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Freeport (FCX) Announces Redemption of Senior Notes due 2020

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc. FCX recently stated that it has issued notice to redeem on Mar 27, 2019, all of its outstanding $1-billion total principal amount of 3.1% senior notes due 2020.

The notes will be redeemed at a make-whole redemption price that will be calculated per the terms of the indenture governing the notes along with accrued and unpaid interest. The notes are to be redeemed from the last date of interest payment on Mar 15, 2019, till, but excluding, the redemption date.

U.S. Bank National Association is the trustee for the notes. On Feb 25, 2019, it distributed written notice of the terms of this redemption to the registered note holders.

Freeport will use cash to fund this redemption. Notably, the company had $11.1 billion in total debt and total cash of $4.2 billion at the end of 2018. The company anticipates the redemption to dent net income by roughly $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2019. Annual interest costs related to the notes is rough $31 million.

In fourth-quarter 2018, Freeport’s adjusted earnings came in at 11 cents that missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 21 cents.

Revenues declined around 26.9% year over year to $3,684 million and missed the consensus mark of $3,848.9 million.

Freeport projects consolidated sales volumes for 2019 (reflecting a transition year) to be roughly 3.3 billion pounds of copper, 0.8 million ounces of gold and 94 million pounds of molybdenum, including 0.8 million pounds of copper, 255,000 ounces of gold and 24 million pounds of molybdenum for first-quarter 2019.

For 2019, the company expects operating cash flows to be roughly $1.8 billion. Capital expenditures are expected to be around $2.4 billion, which includes $1.5 billion for major mining projects mainly related to underground development in the Grasberg and the Lone Star oxide project.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Freeport currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

A few better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space include Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. KL, Ingevity Corporation NGVT and Materion Corporation MTRN, all currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Kirkland has an expected earnings growth rate of 20.9% for 2019. The company’s shares have surged 133.1% in the past year.

Ingevity has an expected earnings growth rate of 17.9% for 2019. The company’s shares have surged 53.8% in a year’s time.

Materion has an expected earnings growth rate of 12.6% for 2019. Its shares have gained 14.6% in a year’s time.

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