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Airbus bows to Queen’s jubilee and delays key investor meeting

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Airbus is picuted at the Airbus facility in Montoir-de-Bretagne near Saint-Nazaire, France, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

By Tim Hepher

PARIS (Reuters) – Plans by Airbus to host its largest investor meeting in three years have been postponed after the keenly awaited presentation clashed with Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee, ruffling feathers among the aerospace giant’s British investors and staff.

Airbus officials have written to participants acknowledging the date for the Capital Market Days was “inconvenient” and set a new date of Sept. 22-23, according to an email seen by Reuters.

The original date of June 2-3 overlapped with two public holidays at the start of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s seven decades on the throne and raised eyebrows in Britain, where 14,000 employees build the wings for Airbus jets.

The company is the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the Royal Air Force, which plans to hold a jubilee fly-past likely to include Airbus transporters on June 2.

The plan had also upset UK analysts forced to abandon family holiday weekends to travel to France for the event. “The Brits were revolting,” quipped Vertical Research analyst Rob Stallard.

The company was eventually forced to rethink the idea after airlines extended summer schedule cuts to June, in a reminder of the incomplete recovery seen in the planemaker’s core markets.

Airbus, which marked its own 50-year anniversary three years ago, was born as a consortium of national assets in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. But analysts say its UK role has been increasingly marginalised since Britain left the European Union.

A company spokesperson declined to comment on meeting agendas.

The Capital Markets Day is expected to set the tone for months as Airbus aims to defend a strong lead over rival Boeing (NYSE:BA). Multiple aerospace firms are holding such events to kickstart interest in the sector after the two-year pandemic.

Airbus’ timing headache is not entirely over. Also competing for attention will be Boeing, which is expected to organise its own investor summit in September, analysts said.

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Plotkin’s Melvin Capital to Wind Down – Report

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Gabe Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management, a hedge fund that lost billions after its bearish wagers were caught up in a Reddit-fueled rally of buying stocks including GameStop (NYSE:GME), announced its plans to wind down funds and return cash to investors, Bloomberg News reported.

Plotkin wrote to investors about his decision to step away from managing external capital, noting they have not been able to deliver the returns investors should expect.

“The past 17 months has been an incredibly trying time for the firm and you, our investors,” Plotkin wrote to investors. “I have given everything I could, but more recently that has not been enough to deliver the returns you should expect. I now recognize that I need to step away from managing external capital.”

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Chevron, Schlumberger withdraw request for California carbon-capture permit

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By Liz Hampton and Sabrina Valle

(Reuters) – Top U.S. energy companies Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) have withdrawn an application to capture carbon dioxide emissions and store them deep underground in central California, spokespeople said on Wednesday, putting the clean-energy project on hold after U.S. environmental regulators questioned it.

Burying industrial gases has become a focus for energy companies seeking to show investors they are willing to reduce emissions and help fight climate change. Their permit was one of more than a dozen filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requested the application be withdrawn.

In a March 25 letter, the EPA said the application was “substantially incomplete,” citing changes to the application and the failure to supply financial assurances.

The companies had formed a venture to revive an idled biomass-fueled power plant and generate “carbon negative power” in Mendota, near Fresno, California. The project included an underground carbon sequestration site and would remove about 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

“The EPA did the right thing by hitting the brakes on the Mendota carbon capture project,” said Victoria Bogdan Tejeda, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Carbon capture is risky, expensive, and incompatible with environmental justice.”

Chevron and Schlumberger said they elected to withdraw the permit application and the group would continue “to gather and evaluate project information.”

“The team remains committed to developing lower carbon solutions and doing so in an environmentally and socially responsible manner,” spokespeople said.

Separately, Chevron on Wednesday said it was launching a carbon-capture and storage project in the San Joaquin Valley aimed at reducing emissions from its own operations in California.

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Synopsys Shares Up 4% Following Q2 Beat, Upbeat Guidance

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Synopsys (NASDAQ:SNPS) shares were trading more than 4% higher after-hours following Q2 results, with EPS of $2.50 coming in better than the consensus estimate of $2.37. Revenue was $1.28 billion, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.26 billion.

The company expects Q3 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $2.01- $2.06 and revenue in the range of $1.21 billion – 1.24 billion. This is better than the consensus of $1.61 and $1.14 billion, respectively.

For the full 2022-year, the company expects EPS in the range of $8.63 – $8.70 and revenue in the range of $5 billion – $5.05 billion. This compares favorably to the consensus of $7.90 and $4.81 billion, respectively.

Shares of Synopsys were down 26% year-to-date going into the results.

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