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January 17, 2013
13:05 EDTAPOL, SIX, BXSix 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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December 19, 2014
07:11 EDTBXPátria, Blackstone acquire four office buildings in Rio de Janeiro
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06:53 EDTAPOLWhitie House unveils college ratings blueprint, Reuters says
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December 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBXCDL partners with Blackstone to create S$1.5B investment platform
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08:22 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
10:35 EDTSIXSeaWorld CEO exit sparks talk of Busch Gardens split
Shares of theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS) climbed in early trading, but have since given up their gains, following the departure of the company's CEO and president, Jim Atchison. Research firm FBR Capital suggested that the company could be split into two parts. According to the firm, SeaWorld's stock could eventually be worth about double its present value if the company does decide to pursue a break-up. WHAT'S NEW: After SeaWorld announced last night that its current CEO would step down from the position as of January 15 and be replaced on an interim basis by its chairman, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that a split up of the company "looks compelling." Specifically, SeaWorld could split its SeaWorld parks off from the other parks it owns, including Busch Gardens and Sesame Place, the analyst stated. In such a scenario, the other parks could be seen as an eventual takeover target for theme park operators Six Flags (SIX) and Cedar Fair (FUN), although an acquisition would not take place for two years due to tax issues, Crockett stated. Following a split, truncated SeaWorld should be valued at $4 per share, while the other parks could trade at $12 per share, the analyst stated. However, the spun off SeaWorld shares could eventually rebound to $17 if its initiatives to revitalize its weak attendance bear fruit or if it turns itself into a REIT, Crockett stated. Under the scenario outlined by Crockett, SeaWorld's stock, currently trading at about $16.60, could be worth $29. Additionally, split off SeaWorld could be taken private a few years later at a 30% premium, Crockett believes. While the analyst does not think the board wants to split the company, he says that the CEO vacancy could spark greater interest in the idea among investors, or CEO candidates could embrace the concept. Crockett kept a $20 price target and Outperform rating on SeaWorld. WHAT'S NOTABLE: SeaWorld's CEO change is likely to be viewed positively by investors, given the challenges faced by the company, Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Conder wrote in his own note to investors today. However, the analyst thinks the company lacks fundamental catalysts through the first half of next year and is facing difficult comparisons. He kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, SeaWorld fell 4c, or 0.25%, to $16.06.
09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTBXBofA/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
07:49 EDTBXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 9, 2014
07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range

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