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March 21, 2013
07:14 EDTROC, BXBlackstone may be bidders for Rockwood units, Reuters reports
According to sources, Blackstone (BX), Permira and Bain Capital may be potential bidders for Rockwood's (ROC) two units that are expected to be up for sale, Reuters reports. The sale could fetch over $2B, the sources add. Reference Link
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July 21, 2014
10:42 EDTROCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 18, 2014
07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
07:27 EDTBXBlackstone buys CatalunyaCaixa loan portfolio
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone reports total assets under management of $279B
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus 71c
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone buys Catalunya Banc mortgage portfolio for $5B, Reuters says
Blackstone has purchased a large mortgage portfolio from Spain's Catalunya Banc for $5B in an agreement backed by fresh state funds as the government aims to sell the firm, reported Reuters. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
07:10 EDTBXBlackstone, Oaktree strive for Catalunya mortgage portfolio, Reuters says
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July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTROCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:43 EDTROCRockwood reported to have recently approached strategic buyers, Bloomberg says
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13:53 EDTROCRockwood shares should push higher, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse believes shares of Rockwood (ROC) will move higher as Albemarle (ALB) investors get more comfortable with Rockwood's high growth and high free cash flow platform, and sees the potential for other bidders given the relatively low premium.
13:11 EDTROCAlbemarle downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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10:28 EDTROCHigh option volume stocks
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09:21 EDTROCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:56 EDTROCAlbemarle says suspending share repurchase program
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08:54 EDTROCAlbemarle says Rockwood merge to be accretive to cash earnings in first year
Albemarle (ALB) says it views its merge with Rockwood (ROC) as a "decisive move." Says transactions accelerates growth, enhances earnings profile and doubles Albemarle's size. Expects revenue growth to be well above GDP. Says "well positioned" for core earnings growth drivers to drive business. Says the transaction will generate "strong" free cash flow to allow for the company to continually invest in key growth drivers. Says transaction will enable to Albemarle to have more consistent and predictable earnings growth to drive long-term value creation going forward. Expects transaction to be accretive to cash earnings in the first year and adjusted EPS in the second year. Says combined company will create $500M in cash flow on a pro forma basis in first year, rising substantially going forward as the company grows. Expects the transaction to generate cost synergies of $100M to be fully realized in 2016. Comments made during the conference call in which Albemarle and Rockwood discussed their merger.
06:53 EDTROCRockwood Holdings volatility expected to move on Albemarle acquisition
Rockwood Holdings (ROC) volatility is expected to move on Albemarle (ALB) acquiring all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2B. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is at its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:46 EDTROCAlbemarle to host conference call
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06:05 EDTROCAlbemarle, Rockwood to merge in transaction valued at about $6.2B
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06:04 EDTROCAlbemarle, Rockwood to merge in transaction valued at about $6.2B
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July 11, 2014
06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
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