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June 20, 2014
16:20 EDTORCL, SHPG, ABBV, FLML, DRI, NGLS, ETE, TRGPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a quiet open and remained that way throughout the session. The averages moved in a narrow range but drifted mostly in positive territory, allowing the Dow and S&P 500 to close the week at all-time highs. The Nasdaq also notched a gain, despite being weighed on by shares of Oracle (ORCL), which slid after reporting earnings below Wall Street estimates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software provider Oracle sunk $1.69, or 3.98%, to $40.82 after the company’s fourth quarter results trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. Citigroup downgraded Oracle to Neutral from Buy citing weak license growth and "relatively aggressive" Q1 targets following the company's Q4 results... Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York rose $31.18, or 16.26%, to $222.89 after the company confirmed it rejected a takeover offer from AbbVie (ABBV). Abbvie, which has tried unsuccessfully three times to strike a deal to buy the Ireland-based drugmaker, is considering raising its offer for Shire a fourth time, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was car retailer CarMax (KMX), which surged $7.47, or 16.5%, to $52.75 after the company reported first quarter results that beat expectations. Also higher were shares of Flamel Technologies (FLML), which rose $2.40, or 18.79%, to $15.17 after the FDA changed its drug shortage website and now lists Flamel's Bloxiverz as the "first and only" approved neostigmine. Analysts at Summer Street believe the change could be a "hugely significant" milestone for Flamel and may mean that the FDA could be taking action to remove unapproved neostigmines offered by other companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), which fell $11.44, or 14.03%, to $70.11 after announcing last night that its takeover talks with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) ended without a deal and the stock was downgraded at Wunderlich following the news. Shares of Targa Resources Partners and its parent, Targa Resources (TRGP), had spiked late in yesterday's session after Bloomberg reported that Energy Transfer was near a deal to buy them. Also lower was restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which dropped $1.94, or 3.92%, to $47.58 after stating that same-store sales at its Olive Garden restaurants had declined 3.5% last quarter and reporting earnings that disappointed. INDEXES: The Dow rose 25.62, or 0.15%, to 16,947.08, the Nasdaq advanced 8.71, or 0.2%, to 4,368.04, and the S&P 500 gained 3.39, or 0.17%, to 1,962.87.
News For ORCL;SHPG;ABBV;FLML;DRI;NGLS;ETE;TRGP From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
08:17 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources Partners and Targa Resources to host conference call
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07:57 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources CEO says acquisition is 'compelling strategic opportunity'
Joe Bob Perkins, CEO of the Targa Resources and of the general partner of the Partnership, stated, "Both the Targa and Atlas management teams and our boards view this integrated transaction as a highly compelling strategic opportunity to combine two outstanding midstream businesses and create value for all shareholders and unitholders. We believe the combination provides our customers an enhanced midstream service offering, and presents our investors with an enterprise that has increased scale, diversity and growth. The acquisitions will significantly and immediately increase our scale and geographic diversity, accelerating the growth of our premier North American midstream platform. APL's footprint solidifies the Partnership's position as a leader in the Permian Basin, while adding top-tier assets in the Midcontinent and South Texas regions. Importantly, the combination of APL's NGL production with Targa Resources Partners' leading NGL downstream assets will allow the pro forma partnership to generate additional revenue along the NGL value chain, create additional attractive growth capital expenditure projects and accelerate current growth capital expenditure projects." The boards of the partnership (NGLS), the company (TGRP), ATLS (ATLS) and APL (APL) have each approved the respective merger agreements. Subject to the completion of the spin-off and customary approvals and conditions, including the expiration or termination of all waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the acquisitions are expected to close in 1Q15. The respective boards of APL, ATLS and the Company have voted to recommend the transaction to their unitholders and shareholders.
07:50 EDTTRGP, NGLSAtlas Energy to spin-off non-midstream assets prior to acquisition by Targa
Prior to Targa Resources' (TRGP) acquisition of Atlas Energy (ATLS), ATLS will spin-off its non-midstream assets. After giving effect to the spin-off, ATLS's assets will solely comprise its general partner and incentive distribution rights interests in APL and 5.8M APL common units. Immediately following the spin-off and subject to the concurrent closing of the Partnership's acquisition of APL, Targa Resources will acquire Atlas Energy for total consideration of $1.87B, including 10.35M TRC shares valued at $1.26B based on the closing price of TRC's common stock on October 10 and $610M in cash. Targa Resources has arranged committed financing of $1.1B to replace its existing revolving credit facility and to fund the cash components of the transaction, including cash merger consideration and $149M related to change of control payments. Based on shares of TRC and units of ATLS outstanding as of September 30, current Targa Resources shareholders will own approximately 80% of the pro forma shares outstanding and current ATLS unitholders will own approximately 20%.
07:48 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources sees 11%-13% distribution growth in 2015 following acquisition
For the Partnership, management expects to recommend a distribution increase 4c per limited partner unit at the first Bboard distribution declaration meeting after the transaction closes; which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2015. Assuming a first quarter close, the Partnership estimates full year 2015 pro forma distribution growth over full year 2014 of 11% – 13%, and expects distribution coverage to be at or above the Partnership's stated target range of 1.1x – 1.2x. In conjunction with the Partnership recommendation, management expects to recommend a dividend increase of 10c per share for Targa Resources following the closings of the transactions. Assuming a first quarter close and 11%-13% distribution growth at the Partnership, the company estimates full year 2015 pro forma dividend growth over full year 2014 of approximately 35%. The Company's estimated 2015 effective cash tax rate pro forma for the transaction is expected to be 10%-15% compared to 33% on a standalone basis. Targa Resources Corp. expects $1.00 - $2.00 per share dividend accretion over the long term
07:46 EDTNGLS, TRGPTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
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07:44 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners, Atlas Energy
07:39 EDTABBVPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:37 EDTABBVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.
October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:52 EDTDRIDarden resumes trading, up 1.8% after all Starboard nominees elected to board
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09:47 EDTDRIDarden confirms 12 Starboard-nominated directors to board
Darden announced that, based on the preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the company's 2014 Annual Meeting, shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard-nominated directors to Darden's Board of Directors including Betsy Atkins, Margaret Shan Atkins, Jean Birch, Bradley Blum, Peter Feld, James Fogarty, Cynthia Jamison, William Lenehan, Lionel Nowell, III, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Sonsteby, and Alan Stillman. Darden noted that the preliminary vote count following the Annual Meeting also indicates that shareholders voted FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the company's executive compensation, for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG as Darden's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, for a management proposal to amend the Company's bylaws to provide for proxy access and against two shareholder proposals as described in the company's associated Proxy Statement.
09:36 EDTDRIAll Starboard directors elected to Darden board, CNBC reports
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08:31 EDTTRGPGoldman remains bullish on MLPs
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06:40 EDTDRIDarden up against Starboard at yearly meeting, Reuters says
Darden and Starboard Value are expected to enter into heated discussions at the company's yearly meeting, where Starboard is aiming to win full control of the restaurant company's board, reported Reuters. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
16:49 EDTORCLOracle hires former director of engineering from Google, Re/code reports
Oracle (ORCL) hired Peter Magnusson, former director of engineering at Google (GOOG) and VP of engineering at Snapchat, two weeks ago in a move to improve its cloud computing business, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the move. Reference Link
16:46 EDTDRIDarden initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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11:00 EDTETEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:28 EDTABBVGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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05:22 EDTSHPGShire provides regulatory update on SHP 465
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