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February 27, 2014
08:47 EDTGM, BRK.A, BX, FB, NTDOY, SUNE, VZ, FSLR, SCTY, TSLA, BPOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Tesla (TSLA) "Gigafactory" to cost $5B...Solar (FSLR, SUNE, SCTY) brightens for investors...Verizon (VZ) investigating additional retail breaches...REUTERS: BP (BP) denied request to halt compensation for commercial fishermen...Facebook (FB) says better for ads than broadcast TV...BLOOMBERG: Berkshire (BRK.A) expected to post record profit...Nintendo (NTDOY) encouraged to make app store games...OTHER NEWS: Blackstone (BX) near deal for Versace stake, FT reports...GM (GM) aims to beef up financing unit, Detroit News reports...J. Crew considering possible IPO this year, NY Post reports.
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February 23, 2015
08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fund’s $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 19, 2015
09:09 EDTALeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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February 18, 2015
06:38 EDTGMCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:03 EDTBXAllen Systems Group reaches agreement with senior lenders on debt restructuring
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTGMPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:09 EDTAAgilent sees FY15 EPS $1.67- $1.73, consensus $1.73
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16:08 EDTAAgilent sees Q2 EPS 37c-41c, consensus $39c
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16:07 EDTAAgilent reports Q1 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
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15:32 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Devon Energy (DVN), consensus $1.05... Vornado Realty (VNO), consensus $1.23... Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 61c... FirstEnergy (FE), consensus 75c... CF Industries (CF), consensus $5.08... Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 41c... Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus 82c... Flowserve (FLS), consensus $1.13... Fossil (FOSL), consensus $3.07... Rackspace (RAX), consensus 19c... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), consensus 37c... Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 87c... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD), consensus 7c... La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 38c... KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 29c... Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 50c... Valmont Industries (VMI), consensus $1.65... Realty Income (O), consensus 66c.
07:02 EDTBXRentech secures additional loan commitment of up to $63M from GSO Capital
Rentech, Inc. (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), has increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63M. The majority of the proceeds from this new facility are expected to fund completion of Rentech’s Canadian wood pellet projects through positive cash flow. Rentech now estimates the cost to complete the construction of its Canadian wood pellet projects to be $125M-$130M. Rentech expects that the new term loan, together with its other cash resources, will be sufficient to fund its Atikokan and Wawa pellet projects until they have been commissioned and begin to generate positive cash flow. Rentech currently estimates that the cost to acquire and construct the two plants will be $125M-$130M, up from $105M. The majority of the increase is due to delays in construction and higher labor costs for installation of electrical and mechanical components. Rentech expects that working capital and the cost to commission the plants will add approximately $6 to $10 million to the estimated total project cost. Rentech does not expect the plants to generate positive EBITDA or cash flow for the year 2015. Annual stabilized EBITDA projected for both plants remains in line with previous guidance of C$17M-C$20M.
06:57 EDTGMGM in court Tuesday over bankruptcy shield, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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February 16, 2015
12:50 EDTGMGM claims for ignition switch defects rises to 4,312, Reuters says
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10:54 EDTADako and Ono Pharmaceutical announce collaboration
Dako, an Agilent Technologies company and a worldwide provider of cancer diagnostics, and Ono Pharmaceutical announced a new partnership to develop a potential diagnostic test specifically for use with Opdivo in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC. This test is being investigated for its diagnostic utility to determine which patients are most likely to respond to Opdivo.
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