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March 15, 2013
10:25 EDTLOLorillard expects to receive at least $198M in credits from MSA claims
Lorillard Tobacco Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lorillard, along with other participating manufacturers agreed in December 2012 to settle with 17 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico disputes under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, or MSA, involving payment adjustments relating to nonparticipating manufacturers. The settlement has been under consideration by the arbitration panel presiding over the pending arbitration relating to the disputes. On March 13, the arbitration panel issued a Stipulated Partial Settlement and Award, which directs the Internal Auditor under the MSA to implement the settlement provisions involved, thereby allowing the settlement to proceed. The settlement would resolve the claims for the years 2003-2012 and would put in place a new method for calculating this adjustment beginning in 2013. Under the terms of the settlement, Lorillard and other manufacturers will receive credits against their future MSA payments over the next five years, and the signatory states will be entitled to receive their allocable share of the amounts currently being held in escrow resulting from these disputes. Lorillard currently expects to receive credits over the next five years of at least $198M on its outstanding claims, with the majority of the credits occurring in April 2013 and the remainder over the following four years. This estimate is subject to change depending upon a number of factors included in the calculation of the credit. The arbitration proceeding will continue as to those states that have not settled. A number of states that have not joined the settlement have indicated that they intend to take action in state court to prevent the settlement from proceeding or to seek other relief related to the settlement. There is no assurance that such attempts will be resolved favorably to the company.
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July 14, 2014
08:24 EDTLOReynolds American upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Reynolds American (RAI) to Outperform from Sector Perform. After Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) confirmed that they are in talks about an acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds, RBC Capital expects a deal to take place soon and thinks Reynolds' stock could rally to $72 on a deal. Target to $72 from $52.
07:09 EDTLODecrease in lawsuits could help Reynolds, Lorillard merger, Reuters says
Analysts who follow the smoking industry are saying that the leveling-off of smoking-related lawsuits against U.S. tobacco companies could making it more likely that a merger between Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) will transpire, reported Reuters. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
18:32 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard merger makes sense, Barron's reports
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16:46 EDTLOStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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16:22 EDTLOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
12:36 EDTLOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTLOLorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
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11:17 EDTLOHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTLOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
09:09 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTLOLorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTLOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:02 EDTLOReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLOLorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTLOImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:51 EDTLOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
11:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
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