Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) announced today the completion of its at-the-market offering of common stock announced on August 10, 2015. FCX raised $1 billion in gross proceeds through the sale of 96.7 million shares of FCX common stock in open market transactions since August 10, 2015. The shares were issued pursuant to FCX’s shelf registration statement.
FCX also announced today that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a prospectus supplement under which it may offer and sell additional shares of common stock having aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1 billion from time to time through designated sales agents. Sales of the common stock, if any, would be made by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions or block trades on the New York Stock Exchange at market prices or as otherwise agreed with its agents.
FCX intends to use the net proceeds from these offerings for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, the repayment of amounts outstanding under its revolving credit facility and other borrowings and the financing of working capital and capital expenditures.
FCX also announced that it continues to engage in discussions to partner with strategic investors interested in investing capital in the development of its oil and gas properties and to consider the previously announced potential initial public offering of a minority interest in Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc. (FM O&G) as market conditions warrant. These actions, together with previously announced capital cost revisions, are being pursued as required to fund oil and gas capital spending within cash flow for 2016 and subsequent years.
James R. Moffett, FCX’s Chairman, Richard C. Adkerson, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and James C. Flores, Vice Chairman and FM O&G Chief Executive Officer, said, “The actions we have taken to cut costs, significantly reduce capital expenditures in our mining and oil and gas businesses and raise equity proceeds are necessary in the current period of weak and uncertain market conditions. These measures and actions we are taking to enhance shareholder value will strengthen our financial position and preserve our valuable resources for improved conditions in the future. We are focused on strong execution of our plans which position us for future success.” (Original Source)
Shares of Freeport-McMoRan closed yesterday at $12.05. FCX has a 1-year high of $34.65 and a 1-year low of $7.76. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $10.45 and its 200-day moving average is $17.00.
On the ratings front, Freeport-McMoRan has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 1, Citigroup analyst Brian Yu downgraded FCX to Hold, with a price target of $12, which represents a slight downside potential from current levels. Separately, on August 28, Deutsche Bank’s Jorge Beristain reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $17.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Brian Yu and Jorge Beristain have a total average return of 0.0% and -20.1% respectively. Yu has a success rate of 47.6% and is ranked #2493 out of 3771 analysts, while Beristain has a success rate of 26.5% and is ranked #3760.
Overall, one research analyst has assigned a Hold rating and 5 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $19.00 which is 57.7% above where the stock closed yesterday.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc, formerly Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, deals in the mining of copper, gold and molybdenum.