APN hopes for more from JCDecaux

Original article by Bridget Carter
The Australian – Page: 29 : 22-Jun-18

APN Outdoor Group has advised shareholders to take no action at present regarding JCDecaux’s $A1.1bn takeover bid. Dion Hershan of Yarra Capital has described the cash offer of $A6.52 per share as "opportunistic". Shares in the out-of-home advertising group closed 12.14 per cent higher at $A6.56 on 21 June. Based on APN’s current valuation, the offer represents an 11.5 per cent premium to its closing share price on 20 June, and it is believed that a premium of 30 per cent will be required for APN directors to endorse the bid.

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APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED – ASX APO, JC DECAUX SA, YARRA CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED – ASX APO, CADENCE ADVISORY, ADSHEL PTY LTD, HT&E LIMITED – ASX HT1

More pain to come for Telstra investors

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 22-Jun-18

Telstra shares fell to a seven-year low on 21 June, in response to its restructuring proposal and 2018-19 earnings guidance that was below market expectations. Citigroup is bearish about the EBITDA and earnings outlook for Telstra’s mobile division over the next four years, and the firm has downgraded its earnings per share forecasts. Citigroup and CLSA also expect Telstra to reduce its dividend payout in coming years.

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TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, CLSA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, VODAFONE HUTCHISON AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

CBA gets green light for BBSW settlement

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 22-Jun-18

Federal Court judge Jonathan Beach has ruled that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s $A25m settlement for manipulating the bank bill swap rate is appropriate. Justice Jonathan Beach said the magnitude of the fines should be sufficient to deter similar misconduct. However, he criticised CBA’s bank bill traders for abusing their "privileged position" and questioned the adequacy of training and monitoring of the bank’s traders.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Atlas board backs Rinehart’s $390m bid

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 22-Jun-18

Mineral Resources will be entitled to a break fee of $A3.12m after Atlas Iron’s board recommended that shareholder accept the rival bid from Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting. Atlas had previously endorsed Mineral Resources’ scrip offer of $A0.036 per share, which was trumped by Hancock’s cash bid of $A0.042 per share. Fortescue Metals Group could also make a counter-bid for Atlas in the wake of its recent move to acquire a 19.9 per cent stake in the iron ore producer.

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ATLAS IRON LIMITED – ASX AGO, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, REDSTONE CORPORATION PTY LTD, CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INCORPORATED

RBA to keep interest rates on hold until 2020: Macquarie

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 22-Jun-18

Macquarie Group economists Ric Deverell and Justin Fabo forecast that Australia’s unemployment rate will not fall below five per cent until 2020. They warn that "persistent" spare capacity in the economy will ensure that wages growth remains subdued in the near-term. As a result, they do not expect the Reserve Bank to tighten monetary policy until at least 2020. However, they note that a number of domestic and international factors could affect the timing of an interest rate rise.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG

Disney, Fox agree on $97bn merger

Original article by Keach Hagey, Erich Schwartzel
The Australian – Page: 24 : 22-Jun-18

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has ruled out a deal with Comcast to carve up the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. Sources have indicated that Fox and Disney are finalising the terms of the latter’s $US71.3bn ($A96.8bn) cash and scrip deal, which has trumped Comcast’s $US65bn cash bid. Fox shareholders are expected to emerge with about 19 per cent of the enlarged Disney via the revised deal, compared with around 25 per cent under its previous scrip-only offer.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, COMCAST CORPORATION, FOX NEWS, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY, COWEN AND COMPANY, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED, S&P GLOBAL RATINGS, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, SKY PLC, STAR INDIA, HULU LLC

Bottled-up investment plans freed

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 36 : 22-Jun-18

Australian mining companies are capitalising on factors such as rising commodity prices and strong balance sheets to ramp up investment. BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group recently announced plans for new iron ore mines in the Pilbara, while South32 has struck a deal to acquire Arizona Mining. However, much of the new investment is intended to replace projects that are nearing the end of their mine life, while miners are also pursuing growth plans that were put on hold following the end of the mining boom.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, ARIZONA MINING INCORPORATED, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ATLAS IRON LIMITED – ASX AGO, OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, PEMBROKE RESOURCES PTY LTD, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AUSTRALIA (INTERNATIONAL) PTY LTD, EMR CAPITAL PTY LTD, PT ADARO ENERGY TBK, GLENCORE PLC

Remarkable rebound as June changes its tune

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 29 : 22-Jun-18

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 has gained nearly three per cent since the start of 2018 and nine per cent so far in 2017-18. However, the market typically posts strong gains in the second half of June, after the tax-loss selling and profit warning season has run its course and bank stocks rebound from initial falls after trading ex-dividend. Meanwhile, bank dividend payments traditionally boost the local market in July, although factors such as the potential for a US-China trade war remain a risk to Australian equities.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, BLOOMBERG LP, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, ARISTOCRAT LEISURE LIMITED – ASX ALL, TREASURY WINE ESTATES LIMITED – ASX TWE, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LIMITED – ASX RHC, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

FWO loses bid to impose record fine against MUA

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 22-Jun-18

The Federal Court has ordered the Maritime Union of Australia to pay a $A38,000 fine over strike action at Hutchison Ports’ container terminals in 2015. The Fair Work Ombudsman had sought fines of up to $A3.5m over the unlawful industrial action, arguing that each work stoppage should have been treated as a separate breach of the Fair Work Act. Justice Jayne Jagot ruled that the strike comprised a single course of action and rejected the FWO’s push for Hutchison to be awarded more than $A620,000 in damages.

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MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, HUTCHISON PORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

PM delivers on historic tax reform

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 22-Jun-18

The first stage of the Federal Government’s personal income tax cuts package will proceed on 1 July after nine Senate crossbenchers voted for the bill, although Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has described the tax cuts as "unfair and unaffordable". Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott has welcomed the income tax reform, but stresses the need for a further reduction in the company tax rate. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has signalled that she may be willing to support the company tax cuts if the government further cracks down on tax avoidance by multinationals.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ONE NATION PARTY, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE