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July 25, 2014
07:57 EDTKKR, RBSRBS says private equity investment in Ulster possible, Reuters reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) acknowledged that a private equity investment in its Ulster Bank unit is among the options it is exploring, according to Reuters, citing comments made by CEO Ross McEwan during a conference call with reporters. The Irish Examiner and Sunday Times have previously reported that Ulster could be sold or invested in by a PE firm, with the Times noting that Warburg Pincus, CVC, KKR (KKR) and Permira were among the groups examining an investment. Reference Link
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August 4, 2015
06:33 EDTKKROnly 5% of 2015 M&A deals through August 3 were private-equity backed, WSJ says
Only 5% of the $2.6T in M&A deals announced this year as of August 3 were backed by private equity firms, the Wall Street Journal reports. Private-equity firms such as Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR), and Carlyle Group (CG) were a part of multi-billion dollar acquisitions, but often in teams, the report says. At the peak of their market share, private-equity deals made up 19% of all announced transactions in 2006 in terms of value, the report says. Reference Link
August 3, 2015
11:50 EDTRBSU.K. government to sell about 5.2% stake in Royal Bank of Scotland
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09:12 EDTRBSU.K. government may start RBS sell-off in next two weeks, Daily Mail reports
The U.K. government might start the sell-off of its 79% stake in RBS (RBS) within the next two weeks, the Daily Mail reports, citing "press reports." Tentative plans were drawn up by U.K. Financial Investments for the sale of a GBP2B holding in RBS, the report says. The move follows the government reducing its stake in Lloyds (LYG) by 1% last week, taking the taxpayer's holding down to just under 14%, the report says. Reference Link
August 2, 2015
18:55 EDTRBSU.K. may start selling RBS stake Monday, Sunday Times says
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July 31, 2015
07:10 EDTKKRJBF confirms $150M investment from KKR
JBF Industries has signed a definitive agreement with KKR under which KKR will invest $150M into JBF Group. A portion of the proceeds will be used by KKR to acquire a 20% stake in JBF, listed on the BSE Ltd. and National Stock Exchange of India. The remaining proceeds will be invested into zero-coupon convertible preference shares with 14.5% voting rights in JBF Global Pte. Limited, Singapore, an unlisted subsidiary. KKR will primarily make its investment from the KKR Special Situations Fund II. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of shareholder approval and regulatory approvals from competition authorities. Further details of the transactions were not disclosed.
July 30, 2015
18:37 EDTKKRKKR to invest $150M in JBF Industries, FT says
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06:53 EDTRBSRBS reports 1H operating profit GBP5629M vs. GBP2.87B last year
Reports 1H operating profit before tax GBP293M, which includes GBP1.05B of restructuring costs. Reports CET1 12.3% and Tier 1 12.3%.
06:25 EDTKKRSamson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection, NY Post reports
Samson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection "within days," the New York Post reports. KKR (KKR) is slated to lose its approximately $2B investment in the firm, the report says. Cerberus Capital Management, Silver Point Capital, and Credit Suisse (CS) are among the second-lien lenders that hold roughly $1B in debt and will take over Samson in exchange for their loans as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy, the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
09:55 EDTKKRKKR enters bidding process for NCR, CNBC's Faber reports
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July 23, 2015
07:08 EDTKKRKKR reports Q2 adjusted ENI 88c, consensus 62c
Reports Q2 revenue $255.87M, consensus $253.91M. Book value was $10.9B on a total reportable segment basis, or $12.77 per adjusted unit. Assets under management and fee paying assets under management totaled $101.6B and $83.7B, respectively, as of June 30, 2015. Return on equity and cash return on equity were 16.6% and 17.1%, respectively.
05:30 EDTKKRKKR, Borealis Maritime JV acquires Hanseatic Ship Asset Management
KKR and Borealis Maritime announced the $254.5M acquisition of Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, a 100% owned subsidiary of Commerzbank AG controlling a modern fleet of 18 container and dry cargo vessels, through a joint venture vehicle established by the two firms. Embarcadero Maritime III, a joint venture formed by KKR and Borealis Maritime to invest in distressed shipping assets, will acquire HSAM with all its assets. Following this purchase, investment vehicles established by KKR and Borealis will jointly operate a fleet of over 50 vessels in the container, chemical, product and LPG sectors. To date, KKR and Borealis have deployed over $600M into vessel acquisitions and continue to pursue additional transactions opportunistically.
July 22, 2015
18:18 EDTRBSRBS hires advisers to investigate treatment of small businesses, Reuters says
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July 21, 2015
10:14 EDTKKRHigh option volume stocks:
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06:08 EDTRBSU.K. watchdog visited Barclays 186 times in 2014, Bloomberg reports
The FCA's supervisory team made 186 visits to Barclays (BCS) in 2014, more than any other British bank that year, Bloomberg reports. HSBC (HSBC) was next highest with 85 visits, with RBS (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) following with 65 and 58 encounters, respectively, the report says. Reference Link
05:49 EDTKKRKKR files paperwork for an IPO of First Data, Financial Times reports
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05:37 EDTKKRKKR acquires 80% stake in Gestamp Solar
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