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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Copano Energy, Kinder Morgan, Sunoco Logistics Partners and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

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Chicago, IL – January 31, 2013 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. (KMP - Analyst Report), Copano Energy LLC , Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI - Analyst Report), Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL - Analyst Report) and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA - Snapshot Report).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Kinder Morgan to Take Over Copano

 

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. (KMP - Analyst Report) has plans to take over Copano Energy LLC for about $3.22 billion in stock. This would spread Kinder Morgan’s footprint in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The purchase price will reach about $5 billion including debt.

Per the deal, Copano shareholders will get $40.91 per share, which is a 23.5% premium to Copano's closing price of $33.13 on Jan 29. Shares of Kinder Morgan - which agreed to pay 0.4563 share for each Copano share - closed at $89.66 on Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

The boards of directors of both the companies approved this unit for unit agreement, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013. The deal is yet to pass the customary closing conditions that include regulatory approval and a vote of the Copano unitholders. With more than 14% stake Copano's largest shareholder − TPG Capital Management LP − has already given its green signal to the deal.

A midstream entity with operations mainly in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming, Copano has throughput capacity of 2.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), and over 1 Bcf/d of processing capacity and 315 million cubic feet per day of treating capacity. It has 9 processing plants and holds shares or operates about 6,900 miles of pipelines.

This Copano acquisition will facilitate Kinder Morgan to pursue development activities in the prolific Eagle Ford Shale areas of South Texas and also allow it to enter the Barnett Shale Combo in north Texas as well as the Mississippi Lime and Woodford shales in Oklahoma.

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs) and generally serves as a benchmark for the pipeline MLP group. Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI - Analyst Report), one of the largest mid-stream energy companies in the U.S., owns the partnership’s general partner interest.

Last year’s purchase of El Paso Corp for $38 billion positioned Kinder Morgan as the largest midstream company in North America. It expanded its portfolio further with the addition of Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) and a portion of El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) with this acquisition. Various agreements and modifications are lined up in the coming years with these assets, which are expected to augment the partnership's revenues.

Kinder Morgan retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), implying that it is expected to perform in line with the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months.

Meanwhile, there are certain other energy pipeline operators like Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL - Analyst Report) that offer value and is worth buying now. The partnership sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

 

ARIAD Closes Share Offering

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA - Snapshot Report) recently announced the closure of its previously announced public offering. ARIAD Pharma priced the public offering of 15.3 million common shares at $19.60 per share, including 1.18 million shares sold to underwriters to cover the over-allotment options.

ARIAD Pharma plans to use the net proceeds from this offering – approximately $310 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering costs – to facilitate the sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution of its oncology candidate Iclusig (ponatinib) on approval. The company also intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to develop its other pipeline candidates.

We believe that investor focus will remain on the approval of Iclusig. The candidate is under review in the US and EU for treating patients suffering from resistant or intolerant chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or Philadelphia-chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). A decision from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected by Mar 27, 2013.

In Aug 2012, ARIAD Pharma submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for the candidate for the same indication to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). ARIAD Pharma had requested accelerated assessment of the MAA for the candidate, which was granted by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). ARIAD Pharma expects the candidate to be cleared in the EU in the third quarter of 2013.

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