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August 11, 2014
16:50 EDTMFRM, INO, WAC, KMP, KMR, EPB, KMI, CQBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory but were never able to gain any upside momentum. There was little to account for the initial move other than no change to the status quo for Israel and Russia. The averages moved in a narrow range but managed to stay on the plus side into the close, though in lackluster fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced $3.25, or 9.0%, to $39.37 after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). The total transaction has a value of about $70B and the combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140B, the company said. Afterward, Kinder Morgan was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch, though Wells Fargo viewed the plans as mixed near-term. Wells believes the deal helps address some of the structural issues that have been pressuring Kinder’s valuation in recent quarters, but it believes it’s unclear how the market will ultimately value the new structure and the firm kept its Market Perform rating on all four stocks involved. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped $3.04, or 30.22%, to $13.10 to close above the $13 per share takeover offer announced by Cutrale Group and the Safra Group. Note that Chiquita previously agreed to combine with Fyffes plc in a stock-for-stock transaction. Also higher was Mattress Firm (MFRM), which advanced $6.52, or 13.58%, to $54.53 after reporting preliminary second quarter results that beat expectations and raising it fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Walter Investment (WAC), which fell $3.52, or 12.45%, to $24.75, and Inovio (INO), which dropped 99c, or 9.94%, to $8.97. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 16.05, or 0.1%, to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq gained 30.43, or 0.7%, to 4,401.33, and the S&P 500 rose 5.33, or 0.28%, to 1,936.92.
News For KMI;CQB;MFRM;INO;WAC;KMP;KMR;EPB From The Last 14 Days
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October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra not considering raising $14-per-share Chiquita offer, Reuters says
09:43 EDTCQBChiquita to host special shareholder meeting
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06:42 EDTMFRMMattress Firm upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
KeyBanc upgraded Mattress Firm to Buy based on valuation, favorable industry trends, and acquisition synergies. Price target is $68.
October 16, 2014
16:20 EDTCQBChiquita says $14/share Cutrale-Safra bid inadequate, would consider higher bid
Chiquita Brands announced that its board of directors unanimously determined that the offer from the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group announced on October 15, to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Chiquita for $14.00 per share in cash, is inadequate and not in the best interests of Chiquita shareholders. The Chiquita Board of Directors has unanimously reaffirmed its recommendation that Chiquita shareholders vote to approve the definitive transaction agreement between Chiquita and Fyffes, as revised on September 25. In its letter to Cutrale / Safra, Chiquita said, "Of course, our Board is always willing to give fair consideration to an increased offer by Cutrale / Safra."
16:18 EDTCQBChiquita board finds $14.00 per share Cutrale-Safra offer inadequate
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October 15, 2014
16:15 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy increases quarterly dividend to $1.40 from $1.39
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16:13 EDTEPBEl Paso Pipeline reports Q3 EPS ex-items 31c, consensus 39c
Reports Q3 revenue $352M, consensus $386.2M.
16:13 EDTKMR, KMP, KMI, EPBKinder Morgan now sees exceeding published annual budget dividend of $1.72
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16:11 EDTKMIKinder Morgan raises dividend to 44c from 41c
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15:28 EDTKMI, KMR, EPB, KMPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
11:27 EDTINOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
10:54 EDTCQBChiquita confirms receipt of revised offer from Cutrale-Safra
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10:53 EDTCQBChiquita confirms receipt of revised offer from Cutrale-Safra
09:57 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra submits offer to acquire Chiquita for $14 per share in cash
Cutrale-Safra announced its definitive offer to acquire all the outstanding stock of Chiquita Brands for $14 per share in cash. Having completed its due diligence, Cutrale-Safra has submitted its offer to the Chiquita Board of Directors, together with a form of merger agreement that Cutrale-Safra would be prepared to execute and deliver concurrently with Chiquita entering into such merger agreement and associated disclosure letters. Cutrale-Safra is also delivering to Chiquita equity and debt commitment letters for the transaction. The offer reflects Cutrale-Safra's assessment and analysis of Chiquita's current condition and prospects. Unlike the proposed combination with Fyffes, the superior Cutrale-Safra offer provides Chiquita shareholders complete certainty with respect to the value of their Chiquita investment. This offer represents a premium of approximately 40% to the market's valuation of the original proposed transaction with Fyffes based on Chiquita's undisturbed closing share price of $10.06 as of August 8, and an approximately 19% premium to the adjusted stock price of $11.80, based upon the revised Fyffes transaction. Moreover, the proposed cash consideration of the Cutrale-Safra offer, including the assumption of Chiquita net debt, represents a multiple of approximately 12.4x EBITDA for the twelve months ended June 30. Cutrale-Safra expects to be able to close its offer promptly following entry into the merger agreement. The Cutrale-Safra offer is not subject to any financing conditions. It will be financed with equity provided by affiliates of the Cutrale Group and Safra Group. Cutrale-Safra has received a commitment letter for facilities to refinance Chiquita's existing credit facilities and a letter agreement pursuant to which Bank Safra Sarasin is obligated to make an offer to purchase Chiquita's 7.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 as required by the relevant indenture in connection with the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. The form of merger agreement is on substantially similar terms to the Fyffes transaction agreement. Cavendish Acquisition will file a copy of the form of merger agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission by close of business. Cutrale–Safra does not believe there are any regulatory obstacles that would prevent it from closing promptly following entry into the merger agreement.
09:26 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra submits offer to acquire Chiquita for $14/share in cash
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09:12 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra raises offer for Chiquita to $14 per share, Bloomberg reports
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05:58 EDTKMIStocks with implied volatility movement; KMI VLO
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October 14, 2014
16:53 EDTKMI, KMR, KMP, EPBTennessee Gas Pipeline closes open season for South System Flexibility Project
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) announced that KMP’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, or TGP, successfully closed a binding open season for its South System Flexibility Project for 500,000 dekatherms per day of capacity. MexGas Supply, formerly known as MGI Supply, the natural gas supply arm of Petróleos Mexicanos, has been awarded 100% of the project capacity. Anticipated project capital is $187M, with service beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2015. In addition, TGP initiated a binding open season Oct. 9 for its proposed Lone Star expansion project, which includes an incremental 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from Tennessee to South Texas for future infrastructure projects. TGP has secured an unnamed foundation shipper for this project and will announce the results and further details upon the close of the open season, which is scheduled for Oct. 31. The volumes committed are sufficient to justify building the project. The general partner of KMP is owned by Kinder Morgan (KMI). KMI owns the general partner interests of KMP and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), along with limited partner interests in KMP, Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and EPB.
16:42 EDTCQBChiquita Brands sees Q3 comparable operating income $10-$12M, conensus (13c)
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15:13 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy announces $240M investment in expansion terminals
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