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July 11, 2014
10:28 EDTURS, CURS Corporation working with banks on potential sale, Reuters reports
URS (URS) has been working with Citigroup (C) and DBP Partners on a potential sale of the company, Reuters reports. The engineering and construction company has recently held talks with rivals and buyout firms about a sale, but it is unclear if any of the talks have led to offers or will result in a deal. Reference Link
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July 14, 2014
08:33 EDTURSAECOM Technology expects to return to lower debt levels by 2017
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08:19 EDTURSURS Corporation downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
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08:05 EDTCCitigroup reports Q2 Citi Holdings assets down 15% to $111B
Citi Holdings revenues in Q2 increased 33% versus the prior year period to $1.5B. Revenues in the second quarter 2014 included CVA/DVA of negative $1M compared to positive $15M in the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA, Citi Holdings revenues increased 35% to $1.5B primarily driven by the absence of repurchase reserve builds for representation and warranty claims in the current quarter, a higher level of gains on asset sales compared to the prior year and lower funding costs. As of the end of the quarter, total Citi Holdings assets were $111B, 15% below the prior year period, and represented approximately 6% of total Citigroup assets.
08:03 EDTCCitigroup reports Q2 Citicorp revenue $17.88B
Reports Q2 Citicorp revenues of $17.9B declined 8% from the prior year period. CVA/DVA, reported within ICG, was negative $32M in Q2, or negative $20M after-tax, compared to positive $462M, or $284M after-tax, in the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA, revenues were down 5% from Q213, reflecting declines in both GCB and ICG revenues of 3% and 7%, respectively. GCB revenues of $9.4B declined 3% from the prior year period, as lower U.S. mortgage refinancing activity, regulatory changes, repositioning actions in certain markets and the continued impact of spread compression globally more than offset the impact of the Best Buy portfolio acquisition and ongoing volume growth in most international businesses. ICG revenues declined 11% from the prior year period to $8.5B. Excluding the impact of CVA/DVA, revenues were $8.5B, 7% lower than the prior year period, primarily reflecting a decline in Fixed Income Markets and Equity Markets revenues, partially offset by higher Investment Banking revenues.
08:03 EDTCCitigroup CEO: Businesses showed resilience during uneven economic environment
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08:02 EDTCCitigroup reports Q2 allownace for loan losses $17.9B
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08:01 EDTCCitigroup reports Basel III Tier 1 Common ratio 10.6% at quarter end
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08:01 EDTURSAECOM Technology to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the acquisition of URS Corporation will be held on July 14 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:59 EDTCCitigroup reports Q2 EPS $1.24 ex-items, consensus $1.05
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07:38 EDTURSURS volatility expected to move on AECOM Technology acquiring for $4B
URS (URS) option implied volatility is expected to move on AECOM Technology (ACM) acquiring all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B or $56.31 per URS share. Overall option implied volatility of 49 is above its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:05 EDTCCitigroup to settle DOJ, FDIC claims for $7B
07:03 EDTCCitigroup CEO: Settlement in best interests of shareholders
07:02 EDTCCitigroup CEO says has resolved substantially all legacy RMBS, CDO litigation
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07:01 EDTCCitigroup to take charge of approximately $3.8B pre-tax in Q2
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07:01 EDTCCitigroup to settle DOJ, FDIC claims for $7B
Citigroup announced that it has reached an agreement to settle the ongoing investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, part of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Today’s agreement resolves actual and potential civil claims by the U.S. Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008. Under the terms of the settlement, Citigroup will pay a total of $4.5B in cash and provide $2.5B in consumer relief. The cash portion consists of a $4 billion civil monetary payment to the DOJ and $500M in compensatory payments to the State AGs and the FDIC. The consumer relief will be in the form of financing provided for the construction and preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing, principal reduction and forbearance for residential loans, as well as other direct consumer benefits from various relief programs. Citigroup has agreed to provide the consumer relief by the end of 2018. Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, said, “The comprehensive settlement announced today with the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and the FDIC resolves all pending civil investigations related to our legacy RMBS and CDO underwriting, structuring and issuance activities. We also have now resolved substantially all of our legacy RMBS and CDO litigation. We believe that this settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future, not the past.”
07:00 EDTCCitigroup announces settlement with RMBS Working Group
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July 13, 2014
20:31 EDTCCitigroup's $7B U.S settlement on mortgages expected Monday, Reuters says
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14:06 EDTURSAECOM sees URS deal accretive to GAAP EPS in FY15
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14:02 EDTURSAECOM backs FY14 EPS view in lower range of $2.50-$2.60, consensus $2.49
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13:54 EDTURSAECOM Technology to acquire URS for $56.31 per share
AECOM Technology (ACM) and URS (URS) announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6B. The combined company will be a leading, fully integrated infrastructure and federal services provider with more than 95,000 employees in 150 countries. It would have calendar year 2013 pro forma revenues of more than $19B and EBITDA of approximately $1.3B. AECOM will pay $56.31 per URS share, based on AECOM’s closing price on July 11, representing a premium of 19% over the trailing 30-day average closing price of URS shares ending July 11. URS stockholders will receive per share consideration equal to $33 in cash and 0.734 shares of AECOM common stock for each URS share. URS stockholders may elect to receive all cash or all stock consideration, subject to proration in the event of oversubscription. The election will be subject to a customary proration mechanism to achieve an aggregate consideration mix of approximately 59% cash and 41% AECOM common shares. The stock portion of the consideration is expected to be tax-free to URS stockholders. AECOM expects the combination to be accretive to its GAAP earnings per share and more than 25% accretive to its cash earnings per share in fiscal year 2015, excluding transaction-related costs. AECOM also expects annual cost synergies of $250M, nearly all of which it expects to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2016. These synergy expectations are based on the due diligence and planning that have already been conducted. Including the realization of expected synergies, the approximately $6B enterprise value of the transaction is less than 7x pro forma 2015 URS EBITDA. The terms of the definitive agreement have been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, approval by URS stockholders of the merger agreement, and the approval by AECOM stockholders of the issuance of shares in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in October 2014. AECOM also announced that it continues to target diluted earnings per share in the lower end of its range of $2.50 to $2.60 for fiscal year 2014, excluding transaction-related costs. It also still anticipates that its third-quarter EPS will be approximately 25% of its full-year results. The company’s backlog continues to grow sequentially and year over year, and remains at record levels.
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