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January 17, 2013
13:05 EDTSIX, BX, APOLSix Flags, Apollo show interest in SeaWorld, Reuters reports
Apollo Global (APOL) and Six Flags (SIX) have shown interest in acquiring SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which is exploring a sale, Reuters reports, citing three people familiar with the matter. Blackstone Group (BX) controls SeaWorld. Reference Link
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February 8, 2016
07:23 EDTBXCredit Suisse to hold a forum
17th Annual Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum is being held in New York where on February 8, some of the companies will be hosting dinners, followed by company presentations on February 9-10.
07:03 EDTAPOLApollo Global consortium to acquire Apollo Education for $9.50 per share
Apollo Education Group (APOL) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. The purchase price represents a premium of 30% over Apollo Education Group's 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended Feb. 5, and a 44% premium over the closing price on Jan. 8, immediately prior to the announcement that the Board of Directors was pursuing strategic alternatives. Tony Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of The Vistria Group and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will become Chairman of the Apollo Education Group Board upon transaction close. Upon completion of the transaction, Apollo Education Group will be privately held and its affiliated institutions will remain subject to the same U.S. and international regulations and accreditation standards. The agreement was approved by Apollo Education Group's Board of Directors. The acquisition is expected to be completed by Apollo Education Group's fiscal year-end, in August 2016. Apollo Education Group and Apollo Global Management are unaffiliated entities.
07:00 EDTAPOLApollo Education to be aquired by group led by Apollo Global for $9.50 per share
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February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
February 5, 2016
17:11 EDTAPOLApollo Education receives second investigative subpoena
On February 4, we received a Second Investigative Subpoena from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California in the Matter of the Investigation of For-Profit Educational Institutions, following the Investigative Subpoena we received in August 2015. The Second Investigative Subpoena seeks the production of documents and information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices of Apollo Education Group, and each of our subsidiaries, including University of Phoenix, Inc., relating to marketing, recruiting, compensation of enrollment advisors, complaints, financial aid, compliance, accreditation, other governmental investigations, private litigation and other matters, as well as additional information relating to marketing and services to members and former members of the U.S. military and California National Guard, for the time period of July 1, 2010 to the present. We are cooperating with the Attorney General in this investigation. We cannot predict the eventual scope, duration or outcome of the investigation at this time.
06:53 EDTBXBlackstone, Onex advance in Philips Lighting auction, Bloomberg reports
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February 4, 2016
12:25 EDTBXBidders preparing bids for Blackstone's Meerwind offshore park, Reuters says
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February 1, 2016
08:34 EDTBXBlackstone outlook positive, says JMP Securities
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06:49 EDTBXBlackstone reduces stake in ChemChina unit to less than 10%, Reuters says
Blackstone has cut down its stake in a unit of ChemChina by more than half to below 10%, Reuters reports, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. The company spent roughly $600M to purchase a 20% interest in China National Bluestar in 2008, the report says. Reference Link
06:46 EDTBXBlackstone shops IT outsourcing firm in China, WSJ reports
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January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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January 28, 2016
12:30 EDTBXBlackstone says enters 2016 with 'great confidence' in the business
Says does not see recession in U.S. in 2016. Says capital inflows to funds "remain healthy." Says seeing strong demand for credit products. Says the company is in "terrific shape" in all areas. Says remains "highly profitable with strong growth prospects." Says expects price of oil to be significantly higher over next several years. Says prefers cash to massive stock buybacks as it provides more investment opportunities. Says will continue to pursue "smart acquisitions." Says does not expect China to experience a "hard landing." Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
07:05 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 fee-earning AUM $246.15B, up 14% y/y
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07:03 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 ENI 37c, consensus 46c
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTBXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:28 EDTAPOLFor-profit education names fall after FTC sues DeVry over marketing
DeVry Education (DV) and its peers in the for-profit education space are falling after the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the company, alleging that DeVry's advertisements "deceived" consumers about the likelihood of finding jobs in their chosen fields of study and earning more than graduates from other universities. In a related action, the Department of Education is also moving against the company for those same practices, requiring it to stop the allegedly deceptive advertisements and take steps to ensure it can verify the truthfulness of its post-graduation employment outcomes, including hiring an independent auditor and informing students of its "unsubstantiated" statistics. The Department's action comes after its investigation of DeVry found the postgraduation employment claims "have not been substantiated to the extent required by law." PRICE ACTION: Shares of DeVry crashed 13.5% to $20.54 following the news, while Apollo Education (APOL), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer Education (STRA) each slid over 2% and Bridgepoint (BPI) fell 1%.
12:07 EDTAPOLDeVry sinks 19% after FTC brings enforcement action
Peers Apollo Education (APOL), Strayer (STRA), Grand Canyon (LOPE) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI) are also moving lower.
06:41 EDTBXSunEdison shops Vivint rooftop assets before closing takeover, Bloomberg says
SunEdison (SUNE) has yet to close its $1.9B acquisition of Vivint Solar (VSLR) and is already shopping come of the company's rooftop solar assets, Bloomberg reports. The purchase from Blackstone (BX) was announced in July and altered in December, and SunEdison might have difficulty completed the deal if it can't find a buyer for some assets, the report says, citing comments from an interview Credit Suisse analyst Patrick Jobin. Reference Link
January 26, 2016
09:02 EDTBXBlackstone says Peter Grauer to join board of directors
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06:55 EDTAPOLApollo could be worth $17/share if taken private, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Appert says Apollo Education Group could be worth $13-$17 per share in a go-private transaction. The stock has "meaningful" upside potential if the company can overcome the legal, regulatory and financial hurdles to complete a sale transaction, Appert tells investors in a research note. He says there is "considerable uncertainty" as to whether Apollo can overcome such challenges. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on the stock with a $9 price target.
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