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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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December 22, 2014
16:44 EDTKKREncana announces agreement with Veresen Midstream
EnCana (ECA) announced it has reached an agreement with Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership, a 50/50 limited partnership of Veresen and affiliates of KKR (KKR), under which Encana and Cutbank Ridge Partnership, a partnership between Encana and Cutbank Dawson Gas Resources Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, will sell certain natural gas gathering and compression assets supporting Montney development in the Dawson area of northeastern British Columbia. Total cash consideration to Encana under the transaction is approximately C$412M plus actual costs accrued in 2015. Veresen Midstream will provide gathering and compression services to Encana and the CRP under a fee-for-service arrangement in a dedicated area of mutual interest within the Montney. Veresen Midstream has agreed to undertake up to C$5B of new midstream expansion to support development within the Montney, which is a strategic growth asset for Encana. Encana, along with the CRP, plans to invest between $600M-700M in the play in 2015. The structure of the agreement reduces Encana's commitments compared to the typical "take-or-pay" fee structure embedded in traditional midstream arrangements. In addition, it increases Encana's financial flexibility and mitigates its exposure to long-term unutilized demand charges. Encana and its partner can make real-time decisions on expansions or delays of projects as necessary to align with its development plans and have the option to include processing as part of the service package. Encana will continue to operate the related facilities and lead future infrastructure construction on behalf of Veresen Midstream, which will oversee all commercial and other ownership activities. The arrangement includes a competitive fee structure that delivers mutually attractive rates of return and provides Veresen Midstream the incentive to effectively control costs and aggressively pursue third-party opportunities in the basin. The transaction includes the sale of existing infrastructure comprised of gas gathering and compression facilities located in the Dawson area, consisting of approximately 500 kilometres of pipeline and 675M cubic feet per day of compression. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and typical closing conditions, and is anticipated to close in 1Q15.
December 18, 2014
06:59 EDTKKRKKR acquisition of Samson is 'cautionary tale' of shale boom, WSJ says
KKR's acquisition of Samson Investment is in negative territory, driven by falling oil prices, and offers a "cautionary tale" of the U.S. shale market boom, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 16, 2014
06:56 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds fail stress test, NY Times says
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) failed a stress test performed by the Bank of England, according to The New York Times. The central bank found that Royal Bank and Lloyds would not have had enough capital to withstand a severe financial shock at the end of last year, the newspaper stated. However, Lloyds has raised enough capital this year to survive the stress test scenario, the newspaper quoted the Bank of England as saying. Reference Link
06:35 EDTRBSBank of England says seven of eight banks pass stress test
The Bank of England said that all but one of the eight banks passed its stress test. The one bank, Co-operative, needs to submit a revised plan to strengthen its balance sheet. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds (LYG) and Co-operative were found to be the most susceptible to a housing crash and spike in unemployment. RBS and Lloyds passed the stress test, however. Both banks need improved capital positions, but have already put in place plans to do so, the central bank's Prudential Regulation Authority stated. Reference Link
06:07 EDTRBSRBS to sell portfolio of Irish real estate loans to Cerberus for GBP 1.1B
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group announced the agreement to sell a portfolio of Irish real estate loans to an entity controlled by Cerberus. At completion, RBS will receive cash consideration of up to GBP 1.1B at current exchange rates. Completion is expected in 1Q15. The sale proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The transaction, which represents RWA equivalent of cGBP 1.22B as at September 30, is part of the continued reduction of assets in its RBS Capital Resolution division and is in line with the bank's plan to strengthen its capital position and reduce higher risk exposures. The carrying value of the loans is cGBP 1B, the gross assets are cGBP 4.8B and generated a loss of GBP 0.8B, principally impairment provisions, in the year to December 31, 2013.
December 15, 2014
08:22 EDTKKRKKR initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Target $29.
December 12, 2014
12:10 EDTKKRAdobe hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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08:09 EDTKKRBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
18:07 EDTKKRKKR, United Water sign utility partnership with Borough of Middletown, PA
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16:44 EDTKKRKKR to sell Fotolia to Adobe for $800M
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13:40 EDTRBSEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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December 10, 2014
08:45 EDTRBSRBS to exit bond trading in Japan, WSJ reports
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plans to give up its primary dealership in the Japanese government bond market early next year as part of the bank’s strategy to scale back its fixed-income businesses due to increasing regulatory costs, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The move will likely result in "sizable" job cuts, the report added. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
07:56 EDTRBSRBS asks Credit Suisse, others for Coutts bids by Christmas, Reuters says
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