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July 11, 2014
05:27 EDTWHRWhirlpool to acquire majority interest in Indesit for $15.06 per share
Whirlpool and Fineldo S.p.A. announce that they have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these agreements, Whirlpool would acquire shares representing a total of 66.8% of the voting stock of Indesit. Whirlpool currently intends to finance this transaction through cash on hand, together with private, domestic and international public debt financing. The acquisition of control of Indesit is subject to judicial and antitrust approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2014. In this transaction, Whirlpool simultaneously entered into share purchase agreements with Fineldo for a 42.7% stake in Indesit, certain members of the Merloni family for a 13.2% stake in Indesit, and Claudia Merloni for a 4.4% stake in Indesit. This total of 60.4% of Indesit stock capital represents a 66.8% voting stake in Indesit, in light of the treasury shares held by Indesit. The purchase price under all three Share Purchase Agreements is $15.06 per Indesit share, resulting in a total expected purchase price of $1.04B. Under the Fineldo Agreement, however, the purchase price is subject to a possible pre-closing downwards or upwards adjustment based on Indesit's consolidated average net debt and net working capital. The purchase price is based on Indesit's average net debt position for 2013. Either party's breach of its obligation to consummate the transaction or Fineldo's breach of its exclusivity obligations requires payment of at least $54.8M in liquidated damages.
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December 18, 2014
07:26 EDTWHRWhirlpool price target raised to $219 from $198 at MKM Partners
MKM Partners raised Whirlpool's price target to $219 following yesterday's analyst day citing compelling long-term growth strategies. Shares are Buy rated.
December 17, 2014
12:01 EDTWHRWhirlpool says 'bullish' on N.A. market demand prospectus for next 5 years
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11:50 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees 'game changing' acquisitions in Europe, Asia
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11:11 EDTWHRWhirlpool says targeting 2018 net sales $26B-$28B
11:07 EDTWHRWhirlpool says targeting to double ongoing EPS by 2018
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December 16, 2014
11:54 EDTWHRWhirlpool to host investor day with a conference call hookup
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December 15, 2014
18:07 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees FY15 GAAP EPS $10.75-$11.75, consensus $14.50
For 2015, Whirlpool expects to report full-year GAAP net earnings per diluted share of $10.75-$11.75 which includes acquisition related integration costs. The company expects to report full-year ongoing business earnings per diluted share of $14.00-$15.00.
18:05 EDTWHRWhirlpool lowers FY14 GAAP EPS to $8.00-$8.20 from $9.40-$9.90
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18:04 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees FY14 ongoing EPS $10.90-$11.10, consensus $11.65
For the full-year 2014, the company continues to expect to generate free cash flow of $650M-$700M.
18:03 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees FY15 ongoing EPS $14.00-$15.00, consensus $14.50
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12:01 EDTWHRWhirlpool volatility increases into Investors Day
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