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February 11, 2013
06:49 EDTSPPSappi Ltd. downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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September 28, 2015
16:19 EDTSPPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as investors continue to worry about the health of China's economy and continue to flee the biotech sector. The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB) was down 6.33% today and is down about 18.5% since September 21, when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to take action against the high prices of specialty drugs. Adding to the tentative mood among investors was noted investor Carl Icahn's preview for a presentation that will be made available on his site tomorrow, entitled "Danger Ahead." The preview includes several cautious comments that the billionaire has publicly made recently regarding his concerns about the high-yield bond market and the stock market. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income grew 0.3% in August, versus expectations for it to rise 0.4%. Personal spending rose 0.4% last month, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. The pending home sales index fell 1.4% in August, missing expectations for it to have risen 0.4%. The Dallas Fed manufacturing outlook survey for September had a reading of -9.5, versus expectations for a reading of -10.0. In China, industrial profits plunged 8.8% in August, adding to the recent string of weak data from the Asian giant. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) reported that it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. However, shares of the tech giant slid about 2% to $112.44 following the announcement... Alcoa (AA) shares advanced 52c, or 5.73%, to $9.59 after the company announced that its board has approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies - an Upstream company that will operate under the Alcoa name and a new "Value-Add company" that will provide high-performance, multi-material products whose name will be announced at a later date... Biotech stocks continued recent declines, with Valeant (VRX) dropping 16.6% after a group of Democratic congressmen urged additional scrutiny of the company's "price hike" business model, while Epizyme (EPZM) and NewLink (NLNK) fell a respective 27% and 21% after presenting data at the 2015 European Cancer Congress... Shares of both Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) and Williams (WMB) fell after they announced a combination deal valued at approximately $37.7B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under the terms of their deal, an affiliate of ETE will acquire Williams at an implied current price of $43.50 per Williams share, the companies said. In late June, Energy Transfer Equity made a proposal to merge with Williams in an all-equity transaction valued at that time at $53.1B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under that prior merger proposal, ETE would have acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Williams at an implied price of $64 per Williams share, which represented a 32.4% premium to Williams' common share closing price as of June 19. Energy Transfer Equity shares closed down $2.95, or 12.69%, to $20.29 after announcing today's revised deal, while Williams dropped $5.03, or 12.09%, to close at $36.57. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Republic Airways (RJET), which surged $2.38, or 81.8%, to $5.29 after announcing that the company and Teamsters Local 357 have reached a consensual tentative agreement on the terms of a new three-year contract for the 2,100 Republic pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Also higher was Media General (MEG), which gained $2.49, or 22.3%, to $13.64 after Nexstar (NXST) proposed a cash-and-stock deal to acquire the company for $14.50 per share, which Media General said it would "carefully review." Additionally, Sanchez Energy (SN) rose 4.5% to $5.57 after agreeing to sell certain Eagle Ford Shale midstream assets to Sanchez Production Partners (SPP) for $345M. Among the noteworthy losers was Huntsman (HUN), which plunged $3.99, or 28.7%, to $9.92 after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. Also lower were shares of Depomed (DEPO) and Horizon Pharma (HZNP), falling a respective 22% and 21%, after Depomed continued its criticism of Horizon's hostile takeover bid for the company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 312.78, or 1.92%, to 16,001.89, the Nasdaq lost 142.53, or 3.04%, to 4,543.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 49.57, or 2.57%, to 1,881.77.
13:01 EDTSPPAnalyst says Sanchez Energy's asset sale to strengthen liquidity position
Shares of Sanchez Energy (SN) surged after the company said it plans to sell certain Eagle Ford Shale midstream assets to Sanchez Production Partners (SPP) for $345M. WHAT'S NEW: Sanchez Energy said it reached an agreement with Sanchez Production Partners under which SPP will acquire and operate certain midstream assets located on the Western part of its Catarina asset in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas for cash consideration of roughly $345M. As part of the divestiture, Sanchez Energy said it will sell roughly 150 miles of midstream gathering lines and associated midstream infrastructure concentrated in four gathering and processing facilities. The deal is expected to close in October. In a statement, Sanchez Energy chief Executive Officer Tony Sanchez III said the midstream sale "highlights our ability to capture the full spectrum of value in our asset base, raise capital outside of traditional markets and improve our financial flexibility." Sanchez Energy also confirmed this morning that its third quarter 2015 average production will "likely meet or exceed" the high end of the previous guidance range of 46,000-50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company said it is still confident that it can build a 20-30 well bank toward its 50-well per year drilling commencement at Catarina at its current rig count. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Affiliates of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Reliance Holding USA sold off pipelines and other midstream assets in the Eagle Ford to Enterprise Product Partners (EPD) in July for $2.15B to be paid in two installments, and Matador Resources (MTDR) recently sold off similar assets to EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) for $143M. Meanwhile, Sanchez Production Partners said it will recommend that the board of directors of its general partner approve a plan to start distributions at an initial annualized rate of $1.60 per share. STREET RESEARCH: Northland Capital Markets analyst Jeff Grampp said that the proceeds from the announced asset sale will strengthen Sanchez Energy's "already meaningful" liquidity position and set up the company well for opportunistic acquisitions. The analyst said that even though the company previously discussed the possible sale of midstream assets, the move's value capture is "meaningfully positive" and underappreciated by the market. Grampp reiterated an Outperform rating and $12 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Sanchez Energy is up 5.82% to $5.64 and Sanchez Production Partners is up 88.89% to $8.84.
07:05 EDTSPPSanchez Production Partners to recommend distributions of $1.60 per unit
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07:03 EDTSPPSanchez Energy to sell $345M in midstream assets
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