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Sunday 31 January 2016
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Pre-Market Stocks Recap: Vantage Drilling Company (NYSEMKT:VTG), General Mills, (NYSE:GIS), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A)

On Monday, Vantage Drilling Company (NYSEMKT:VTG)’s shares declined -0.13% to $0.238.

Vantage Drilling Company (VTG) declared that it has retained Lazard Freres & Co. LLC to advise the Company with respect to financing and planned opportunities. The Board of Directors has retained Lazard to evaluate financing opportunities, strengthen and expand administration’s analysis of the changing marketplace and provide an independent resource for evaluating the Company’s planned plans. The outcome of this process cannot be determined at this time and may not be determined in the near term. The Company does not anticipate disclosure of developments concerning this process until the Company determines that disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

Vantage Drilling Company, through its auxiliaries, provides offshore contract drilling services in the United States and internationally. It offers drilling units, related equipment, and work crews under contract to drill oil and natural gas wells. The company also provides construction supervision and operations administration services for drilling units owned by others.

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS)’s shares gained 0.81% to $56.58.

General Mills, Inc. (GIS) has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from the rest of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. Recently, more than 60 percent of General Mills Cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Original Cheerios are already without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources and have been that way for a long time.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods in the United States and internationally. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Convenience Stores and Foodservice. Its products comprise ready-to-eat cereals; convenient meals, counting meal kits, ethnic meals, pizza, frozen breakfast, and frozen entrees; snacks comprising grain, fruit, and savory snacks, in addition to nutrition bars and frozen hot snacks; refrigerated yogurt products; ice creams; baking mixes and ingredients; refrigerated and frozen dough products; and frozen and shelf-stable vegetable products. In addition, the company’s products comprise organic products, such as granola bars, cereals, and soups.

At the end of Mondays trade, Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH)‘s shares dipped -0.59% to $18.42.

Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), Select Income REIT (SIR) and Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) (each a “REIT” and, collectively, the “REITs”) recently declared that they have attained combined economic ownership of about half of Reit Administration & Research LLC (“RMR”). Each of the REITs is managed by RMR and, simultaneously with the REITs’ acquisition of ownership in RMR, the administration agreements with RMR were amended and extended for 20 year terms. The REITs’ ownership in RMR is held indirectly through a new holding company of RMR (“RMR INC”). Following the agreements entered for this transaction, the REITs have agreed to distribute about half of the RMR INC shares held by them to their shareholders as a special dividend, and RMR INC has agreed to facilitate this by filing a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to register the RMR INC shares to be distributed and by seeking a listing of those shares on a national stock exchange upon the registration statement being declared effective by the SEC.

In addition to the value of the RMR INC shares distributed to the REITs’ shareholders, the predictable benefits of these transactions to the REITs’ shareholders comprise:

  • Further alignment of interests among RMR administration, the REITs and the REITs’ shareholders because the REITs and their shareholders own RMR INC shares.
  • Further alignment of interests among RMR administration, the REITs and the REITs’ shareholders because the historical owners of RMR have become owners of a noteworthy number of restricted shares of each of the REITs and those shares are subject to 10 year lock up agreements.
  • Providing greater transparency for the REITs’ shareholders into RMR administration, counting RMR’s financial and operating results.
  • The REITs will continue to benefit from low general and administrative costs which RMR administration provides to each REIT.

Government Properties Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates in two business segments: ownership of properties that are primarily leased to Government tenants and its equity method investment in Select Income REIT (SIR). The Company’s properties are located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. The Company’s properties (64 buildings), with about 7.7 million rentable square feet, are primarily leased to the United States Government, 18 of those properties (24 buildings), with about 2.6 million rentable square feet primarily leased to 12 state governments, one of those properties (one building), with 187,060 Rentable square feet, is leased to the United Nations, an international intergovernmental organization, and three of those properties (three buildings), with 507,788 rentable square feet primarily leased to non-government tenants.

Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A), ended its Monday’s trading session with 0.97% gain, and closed at $59.12.

Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (RDS.A) declares that it has issued 23,430,143 A ordinary shares of €0.07 each in relation to the scrip dividend program for the first quarter 2015 interim dividend. In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”), Royal Dutch Shell plc confirms that following this issue, it has the following relevant securities held and in issue outside treasury: 3,918,015,024 A ordinary shares of €0.07 each, with ISIN reference GB00B03MLX29; and 2,440,410,614 B ordinary shares of €0.07 each, with ISIN reference GB00B03MM408, each admitted to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and on Euronext Amsterdam. The total number of Royal Dutch Shell plc A ordinary shares and B ordinary shares held and in issue outside treasury is 6,358,425,638. Royal Dutch Shell plc has A and B American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Bank of New York Mellon acts as depositary. Each A ADS represents two A ordinary shares of €0.07 each and each B ADS represents two B ordinary shares of €0.07 each. The Royal Dutch Shell plc A ADSs have the trading symbol RDS.A and ISIN US7802592060 and the Royal Dutch Shell plc B ADSs have the trading symbol RDS.B and ISIN US7802591070.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It also converts natural gas to liquids to provide fuels and other products; markets and trades natural gas; extracts bitumen from mined oil sands and converts it to synthetic crude oil; and generates electricity from wind energy .

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