BP Refinery Explosion Layoffs
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BP Refinery Explosion Layoffs

Plus, Workiva's takeover rumors.

Steven Lerner
Steven Lerner

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BP Refinery Explosion Layoffs

BP (NYSE: BP) is reportedly laying off most of its contractors at an Ohio refinery, with the stock breaking even in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

Details: The report on Wednesday from Reuters added that the Toledo-based plant will experience a prolonged shutdown after an explosion and fire last week. BP is not commenting on the report.

Background: The plant, which BP owns with Cenovus Energy (NYSE: CVE), is now offline following the explosion last week, which resulted in the deaths of two United Steelworkers members.

Stock Price: BP’s stock is up 4% this year, which is great compared to most stocks, but is down 12% in the last 30 days.

Final Thoughts: This isn’t the only time this week that BP has shut down production. The company temporarily closed some platforms in the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Ian.


Notable Earnings Today: Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY), Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU), Nike (NYSE: NKE), Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD), CarMax (NYSE; KMX), Comtech Telecomm (Nasdaq: CMTL), Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR).

Notable IPOs Today: Porsche AG P911 GY (Xetra).

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Kari Gran (StartEngine), CAREMINDr (StartEngine), Deskless Workers (Netcapital), acQyr eXchange (Netcapital), Prisma Imaging (StartEngine), Petzey Technology (Netcapital).

Notable Economic Events Today: Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m. ET), GDP (8:30 a.m. ET).

Workiva Jumps on Takeover Talk

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Shares of Workiva (NYSE: WK) jumped 17.64% on Wednesday after a report suggested that the software company could be taken over.

Details: According to Bloomberg, Thoma Bravo and TPG are among the private equity firms that have held financing talks with direct lenders to help with the transaction. None of the companies in the report have commented thus far.

Background: Workiva reported better than expected results for its most recent financial earnings.

Stock Price: Workiva's stock is down 40% this year, which is like most tech stocks this year.

Final Thoughts: Software companies such as Workiva are becoming a popular takeover target for private equity firms because of their ability to scale.

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What are the terms of the investment for your campaign? Investment via convertible note with $9 million valuation cap, 20% discount, variable rate based on Prime (~8%) and 60 month term. Favored nations. See MicroVentures for details.

What makes your startup special? Proven Animal and Human Data. Team expertise and track record in the space. FDA pathway clear. Established and reputable manufacturing in the United States. Two issued utility patents. Large addressable market. No direct competitors.

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Best Time to IPO: Porsche to debut amid market tumult in historic IPO (Reuters)

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