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April 29, 2014
06:35 EDTMET, GS, BXEU approves MetLife Assurance acquisition by Rothesay Life, Reuters reports
The EU has approved Rothesay Life's proposed acquisition of MetLife Assurance Limited (MET), Reuters reports. Rothesay is jointly controlled by Blackstone (BX) and Goldman Sachs (GS). Reference Link
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April 10, 2015
16:14 EDTBXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:46 EDTBXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:03 EDTBXExcel Trust to be acquired by Blackstone for $15.85 per share, or about $2B
Excel Trust (EXL) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Blackstone Property Partners, under which Blackstone (BX) will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Excel Trust for $15.85 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2B. The transaction has been unanimously approved by Excel Trust's board and represents a premium of nearly 15% over the company's closing stock price on April 9. In addition to the common stock dividend of 18c per share payable on April 15, Excel Trust intends to pay an additional common stock dividend in July, but, under the terms of the agreement, not for any quarter thereafter. Completion of the transaction, which is currently expected to occur in the second half of 2015. The transaction is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the parties intend that Excel Trust L.P.'s $75M of 4.40% Senior Series A Notes due 2020 and its $25M of 5.19% Senior Series B Notes due 2023 will be repaid. Excel Trust L.P.'s $250M of 4.625% Senior Notes due 2024 are intended to remain outstanding following the closing.
08:00 EDTBXExcel Trust to be acquired by Blackstone for $15.85 per share, or about $2B
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06:38 EDTBXBlackstone and Wells Fargo confirm acquisition of GE real estate assets
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06:35 EDTBXGE releases financial details of GE Capital assets sale
Approximately $16B of after-tax charges are expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 in connection with the plan of which about $12B are non-cash. The charges include taxes on repatriated earnings, asset impairments due to shortened hold periods, and charges on businesses held for sale, including goodwill allocation. GE expects that the earnings impact of the GE Capital exits will be offset by the buyback over the exit period. GE has amended its income maintenance agreement to guarantee all tradable senior and subordinated debt securities and all commercial paper issued or guaranteed by GECC. The guarantee will replace the current income maintenance covenant. GE will maintain substantial liquidity and capital through the transition and does not expect to issue incremental GE Capital long-term debt for at least five years. Commercial paper will be further reduced to approximately $5 billion by the end of 2015.
06:34 EDTBXGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTBXBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTBXBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTBXGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTBXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:38 EDTBXGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
07:17 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Goldman Sachs April call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 19, July is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
April 8, 2015
12:36 EDTGSGoogle, Facebook not discussing Twitter buyout, Re/code reports
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10:58 EDTBXBlackstone inactivity may lend credibility to Hilton report, says Wells Fargo
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10:26 EDTGSBofA Merill Lynch names De Giorgi, Assef as investment banking co-heads, FT says
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08:57 EDTBXBlackstone talks to buy Colombia mines blocked by arbitrator, Reuters reports
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08:02 EDTBXChinese investors rumored to ask Blackstone about Hilton stake, Daily Mail says
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone, Corsair could take stake in First Eagle, Reuters reports
Blackstone and Corsair, two private equity firms, are in talks to buy a stake in First Eagle Investment Management, sources tell Reuters. The negotiations, which could value First Eagle at about $4B including debt, are ongoing and expected to continue "for weeks," the sources say. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
08:11 EDTGSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
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