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August 13, 2014
14:57 EDTBX, SEASBlackstone could opt to take SeaWorld private again, FT says
The post-earnings plunge in SeaWorld’s (SEAS) shares could "turn out to be a great opportunity to buy a beaten-up stock," according to Financial Times' Lex team. Also, private equity firm Blackstone (BX) could reconsider its plans to sell its remaining stake in the theme park operator and opt instead to take it private again, the report contended. Reference Link
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November 20, 2014
16:01 EDTBXBlackstone to puchase GE Japan's residential real estate
Blackstone (BX) announced that funds affiliated with Blackstone Real Estate Partners Asia will make an investment in connection with an agreement to acquire GE Japan's 100% owned residential real estate business for over ¥190B. The business owns and operates more than 200 residential properties, consisting of over 10,000 units primarily in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
November 19, 2014
09:21 EDTBXHilton working with Jones Lang LaSalle on sale of Sydney hotel, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTBXBlackstone planning conservative fund with long time horizon, Reuters says
Blackstone is looking to launch a new investment vehicle that would last for more than ten years and invest in slower growing, safer companies than most private equity funds, according to Reuters, which cited multiple unnamed sources. The fund would also use less debt and charge lower fees, the news service added. Reference Link
06:38 EDTBXBlackstone to buy Orica's Chemicals business for A$750M
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November 18, 2014
10:20 EDTSEASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:56 EDTBXColumbia Management announces strategic initiative with BAAM
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06:37 EDTBXBlackstone to sell 1095 Ave. of the Americas for $2.25B, WSJ reports
Blackstone Group will Manhattan office tower for about $2.25B to a venture led by Canadian property investor Ivanhoe Cambridge, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. If completed, the sale of the 1.2M square-foot tower at 1095 Ave. of the Americas would be the second most expensive sale of an individual building in U.S. history, the WSJ says. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
12:03 EDTSEASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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November 14, 2014
10:10 EDTSEASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTSEASJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
08:15 EDTBXBlackstone may urge U.S. probe to speed sale of Waldorf, NY Post says
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November 13, 2014
06:08 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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November 12, 2014
11:44 EDTSEASSeaWorld sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit, attendance fall
Shares of theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld (SEAS) are plunging after the company’s profit, attendance and adjusted EBITDA all fell significantly on a year over year basis. The also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down from last year. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SeaWorld reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of $1.01, missing analysts' $1.13 consensus by 12 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $495.84M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $495.4M. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $209.1M, a decrease of $45.3M, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2013. Attendance in Q3 ws 8.4M, down from 8.9M a year ago. The company believes the decline in attendance results from a combination of factors including negative media attention in California along with a challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida. The competitive challenges in Florida relate to significant new attraction offerings at competitor destination parks, along with a delay in the scheduled opening of one of the company's new rides at its Busch Gardens Tampa park. The decrease in total revenue in the third quarter was primarily driven by a 5.2% decline in attendance, along with a 2.9% decline in total revenue per capita from $60.74 in the third quarter of 2013 to $58.99. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, SeaWorld forecast FY14 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down 6%-7% and 14%-16%, respectively. The FY14 revenue consensus ahead of the company's report was $1.37B. The company also said it expects to take a restructuring charge of up to $13M in Q4 related to its cost reduction initiatives. The company sees FY14 capital expenditures to be in the range of $155M-$165M and fiscal year 2015 CapEx to be in the range of $185M-$195M. Jim Atchison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that the attendance trends the company experienced in the latter part of the second quarter continued into Q3. He called 2014 a “challenging year,” and said the company was executing a cost savings plan that is expected to deliver approximately $50M of annual cost savings by the end of 2015. He also said the company was adjusting its attraction and marketing plans to address immediate top-line concerns. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SeaWorld fell $2.24, or 12.04%, to $16.36 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.53. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 48% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the theme park space include Disney (DIS), up 0.03%, Six Flags (SIX), down 0.16%, and Cedar Fair (FUN), up 0.76%.
07:37 EDTSEASSeaWorld reports Q3 attendance of 8.4M vs. 8.9M a year ago
07:36 EDTSEASSeaWorld sees FY14 revenue to be down 6%-7%, consensus $1.37B
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07:35 EDTSEASSeaWorld: 2014 has been a challenging year
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07:35 EDTSEASSeaWorld reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.01, consensus $1.13
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTSEASNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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November 10, 2014
07:10 EDTBXHoward Hughes secures $600M non-recourse construction loan
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