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April 7, 2014
05:42 EDTLFRGY, CX, MLM, VMC, TXI, EXPHolcim, Lafarge confirm intention to combine via merger of equals
Holcim and Lafarge (LFRGY) announced their intention to combine the two companies through a merger of equals, approved by their respective boards and fully supported by the core shareholders of both companies. LafargeHolcim would be listed on the SIX in Zurich and Euronext Paris. Bernard Fontana, Holcim CEO will remain in charge of Holcim until completion of the transaction. He will co-chair the integration committee. The proposed combination would be structured as a public offer filed by Holcim for all outstanding shares of Lafarge on the basis of a 1 for 1 exchange ratio with an agreement to have equal dividends on a per share basis between announcement and completion. Completion is expected by the end of first half of 2015 subject to obtaining regulatory approvals. Both companies combined sales amount to c. CHF 39B / EUR 32B and Ebitda to c. CHFB / EUR 6.5B. Names in the cement space include CEMEX (CX), Martin Marietta (MLM), Vulcan Materials (VMC), Texas Industries (TXI) and Eagle Materials (EXP).
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October 30, 2014
09:27 EDTEXPEagle Materials growth compelling, says DA Davidson
After Eagle Materials reported higher than expected Q2 EPS, DA Davidson thinks the company's pricing trends were generally very solid, while its earnings growth profile is very solid. The firm keeps a Buy rating.
06:18 EDTCXHolcim, Cemex to no longer form joint organization in Spain
Holcim (HCMLY) and Cemex (CX) announce that they have agreed on adapted parameters to their series of transactions in Europe. In Germany and the Czech Republic, the scope of the transaction remains unchanged, meaning that Holcim will acquire Cemex’s operations in Western Germany while Cemex will take over Holcim’s business in the Czech Republic, as previously announced. In Spain the two companies will no longer form a joint organization as initially planned and communicated. Instead, Cemex will purchase Holcim’s Gador cement plant and Yeles grinding station, with a total of 1.75M tonnes of cement capacity, while Holcim will keep its remaining operations in Spain, representing 2.2M tonnes of cement capacity, as well as its aggregates and ready-mix positions. In Germany, Holcim will continue the acquisitions of operations in the western part of the country. The transaction includes one cement plant, two grinding stations, one slag granulator, 22 aggregates locations and 79 ready-mix plants. They will be combined with Holcim’s existing Northern German operations. Due to the changed transaction, Cemex will pay Holcim EUR 45M in cash. As a result of these changes, Holcim expects sustainable additional operating EBITDA of at least EUR 10M on a yearly basis after the closing of the deal. This change of parameters reflects the change in the strategic landscape following the announcement of the proposed merger of Holcim with Lafarge. Hence Holcim and Cemex will remain competitors in Spain and Czech Republic. In Germany, Holcim aims to optimize its portfolio by better connecting its operations in Northern Germany and the wider region. These transactions are expected to close during 1Q15.
05:48 EDTCXCEMEX, Holcim agree on transactions in Europe
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October 28, 2014
16:47 EDTEXPEagle Materials reports Q2 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.03
Reports Q2 revenue $284.8M, consensus $303.76M.
08:21 EDTMLMMartin Marietta sees cement market to increase in high-single digits in FY15
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08:20 EDTMLMMartin Marietta sees FY14 Specialty Products net sales $225M-$235M
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08:19 EDTMLMMartin Marietta says 'encouraged' by 'positive' trends in business, markets
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08:17 EDTMLMMartin Marietta reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.45, consensus 1.72
Reports Q3 consolidated revenue $917.9M, consensus $934.79M.
October 27, 2014
15:36 EDTMLMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTVMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
06:11 EDTVMCVulcan Materials upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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October 23, 2014
07:34 EDTCXCEMEX reports Q3 consolidated sales $4.1B, consensus $4.27B.
During Q3, controlling interest net income was a loss of $106M.
October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTEXPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTEXPEagle Materials, GenCorp mentioned positively by Lerner, Bloomberg reports
Chesapeake Partners' Traci Lerner is said to have mentioned Eagle Materials (EXP), GenCorp (GY), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and American Airlines (AAL) as stocks she likes, according to Bloomberg, citing comments made by Lerner at the Robin Hood Conference.
07:24 EDTEXPEagle Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:28 EDTEXPEagle Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
October 17, 2014
06:02 EDTEXPEagle Materials to acquire CRS Proppants for $225M
Eagle Materials announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CRS Proppants and its subsidiaries, including Great Northern Sand, a supplier of high-quality northern-white frac-sand to the energy industry. CRS Proppants’ operations include: A northern-white frac-sand mine and processing facility in Wisconsin that is currently being expanded from approximately one million to two million tons per year capacity; Existing long-term sales contracts with targeted customers for approximately 85% of the two million tons per year of capacity; UP rail-based trans-load network from the mine into the Permian and other target basins. The cash purchase price of approximately $225M is subject to adjustments for working capital and other items, and will be funded by operating cash flow and borrowings under Eagle’s bank credit facility. Revenues, EBITDA and earnings before income taxes from continuing operations for the nine-months through September 30, 2014 for CRS Proppants were $64.7M, $12.2M and $8.7M, respectively. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive and synergies of $5M are expected to be realized within the first 12 months. The acquisition will roughly double Eagle’s frac-sand production capacity and expand Eagle’s frac-sand reserves. Under the definitive agreement, the acquisition is subject to certain customary conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The company currently expects that the acquisition will close during Eagle’s third fiscal quarter of the current year.
October 16, 2014
08:31 EDTVMCVulcan Materials changes organizational and leadership structure
Vulcan Materials announced new division leadership and changes to its organizational structure. The new structure, effective January 1, 2015, will be as follows: the Western Division, comprising the company's businesses in California; the Mountain West Division, comprising Arizona and New Mexico; the Southwest Division, comprising the company's businesses in Texas and Oklahoma; the Central Division, comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois; the Mideast Division, comprising North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware; the Southern and Gulf Coast Division, comprising Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and the Southeast Division, comprising Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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