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Banks reportedly forged ahead this week with syndication of a $12.5B loan package backing...

Banks reportedly forged ahead this week with syndication of a $12.5B loan package backing Freeport McMoran's (FCX +4%) two recent acquisitions despite growing shareholder concerns. Bankers are mostly shrugging off the transaction risk due to FCX's strong risk profile; net debt to EBITDA is -0.03x and will move up to only 1.9x under the terms of the transaction.
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  • minwyhe
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    Can the banks be sued for supporting this attempt to boondoggle investors? The executive and the board need to be held accountable and now the banks.
    14 Dec 2012, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • alan460
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    yes the banks could be sued but they'd just have to pay a small fine anyway - maybe 3 days profit?
    14 Dec 2012, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • J. B. Wulff
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    I've owned FCX, through various configurations, for decades and regularly made money on it. Dividends were also pretty good. They have always been players with a solid Board of Directors. They have placed bets, if you will, and folded at times. The operation has earned my confidence and I added to my holdings when the shares tanked on the news. I cannot predict the future, but I've placed my bet. They have gained a valuable position in petroleum with which they are well acquainted. They have diversified within the realm of raw materials, their area of expertise. Their holdings in Indonesia remained intact during a time when others lost their investments. You have to love a top dog who is known as Jim-Bob.
    15 Dec 2012, 12:38 AM Reply Like
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