REA boss Wilson pins growth hopes on Asia

Original article by John Durie
The Australian – Page: 15 : 19-Dec-18

REA Group’s incoming CEO Owen Wilson says that continuing to provide value to customers and consumers will be his priority. Wilson also wants to expand the property listings group’s Asian operations, which currently account for about eight per cent of group revenue. Wilson will succeed Tracey Fellows, who will remain on REA’s board after becoming president of News Corporation’s Global Digital Real Estate business. News Corp has a controlling stake in REA.

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REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, REALESTATE.COM.AU, DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Domain eyes summer of sport boost

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 21-Nov-18

Property listings group Domain Holdings will have a significant marketing presence on Australian TV during the 2018-19 summer. Domain will be the naming rights sponsor of cricket, which will be broadcast by the Seven Network for the first time. Domain is also expected to be marketed heavily on the Nine Network following the merger between Nine Entertainment Company and Fairfax Media, which is Domain’s largest shareholder. CEO Jason Pellegrino is confident that Domain can increase its reach outside its core markets of Sydney and Melbourne.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, CRICKET AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS

Fellows moves house to global News Corp role

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 21 : 16-Nov-18

REA Group is seeking a new CEO after Tracey Fellows resigned to become president of News Corporation’s digital real estate business. Fellows, who will be based in New York in her new role, has been CEO of REA since August 2014. Shares in REA have gained around 62 per cent during her tenure, and the real estate listings group recently posted strong growth in earnings and revenue for the first quarter of 2018-19. Fellows will remain on the board of REA, in which News Corp has a controlling stake.

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REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, REALESTATE.COM.AU, IPROPERTY GROUP LIMITED, HOMETRACK, SMARTLINE HOME LOANS PTY LTD, MOVE INCORPORATED, DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AUSTRALIA POST, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, DELL TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED, IBM CORPORATION

Domain sees considerable upside to proposed Fairfax-Nine merger

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 : 14-Aug-18

Domain Holdings’ executive chairman Nick Falloon says the merger between Nine Entertainment Company and Fairfax Media will help to grow Domain’s business. Falloon is also the chairman of Fairfax, which owns 60 per cent of Domain. He notes that both Domain and Nine have lots of useful data that when combined would be of benefit to both businesses. The property listings company has a posted a statutory net loss of $6.2m for 2017-18, while revenue was 11.5 per cent higher at $357.3m.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED

SEEK warns of flat profits, seeks loyalty

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 14 : 7-Aug-18

Shares in employment classifieds and services company SEEK fell by 8.8 per cent on 6 August, after it announced a profit downgrade and writedown. SEEK will write down $178 million on its investments in Mexico and Brazil, while its expects its 2018-19 net profit after tax to be around the $200 million result it achieved in 2017-18. A survey of analysts by Bloomberg had forecast a 2018-19 result of $240 million. SEEK CEO Andrew Bassat notes that it is reinvesting revenue in preference to targeting profit growth; SEEK expects its 2018-19 revenue to grow by between 16 and 20 per cent.

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SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, BLOOMBERG LP, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, ZHAOPIN LIMITED

Backing for new Domain chief

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 23 : 4-Jul-18

Domain Holdings’ shares closed 0.63 per cent lower at $3.15 on 3 July, after the property listings group advised that Google Australia MD Jason ­Pellegrino will succeed Antony Catalano as CEO. Pellegrino will be paid $1.2m a year in his new role, plus a $500,000 sign-on bonus and $2m worth of Domain shares. Institutional investors are largely positive about his appointment, although some note his lack of experience in the real estate sector.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHG, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, LEGG MASON ASSET MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA LIMITED, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT

Domain chief to fix culture

Original article by Dana McCauley
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 20-Feb-18

Property listings group Domain Holdings has posted a 2017-18 interim loss of $A3.4m. It was Domain’s first result since it was spun off by Fairfax Media, and the company’s interim earnings before significant items fell eight per cent to $A24.7m on a pro forma basis. Domain is undertaking a global search for a new CEO, and executive chairman Nick Falloon says the successful applicant will be required to address the corporate culture issues that led to the resignation of former CEO Antony Catalano.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, REVIEW PROPERTY, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED

SEEK’s reinvestment delivers record revenue

Original article by Yolanda Redrup
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 20-Feb-18

Online job advertisements group SEEK has posted a 2017-18 interim underlying net profit of $A112.1m, which is 21 per cent higher than previously. It has advised that full-year profit is expected to be at the higher end of its previous forecast of $A225m to $A230m. Group revenue for the first half rose by 27 per cent to a record $A628m; its Australia and New Zealand division’s revenue rose 15 per cent and its international unit’s revenue was up 10 per cent. Shareholders will receive an interim dividend of $A0.24 per share.

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SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, BRASIL ONLINE HOLDINGS, ONLINE CAREER CENTER MEXICO SA DE CV

Catalano conduct raised two years ago

Original article by Joyce Moullakis, Aaron Patrick
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 8-Feb-18

Sources have alleged that Domain Holdings’ human resources department had received a complaint about the conduct of former CEO Antony Catalano in early 2016. Amongst other things, a Domain executive is said to have lodged a complaint about Catalano’s behaviour, the "blokey" culture at the property listings group and the promotion of a female intern to a permanent position. Catalano is said to have been aware of the complaint and subsequently asked the executive to leave, although sources within Domain claim that this was due to performance reasons.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ

Domain dives as Catalano quits

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 15 & 24 : 23-Jan-18

The market capitalisation of property listings group Domain Holdings was slashed by $A420m on 22 January, after the sudden resignation of CEO Antony Catalano sparked a sharp fall in its share price. The stock closed 17.2 per cent lower at $A2.75 as investors pondered the reason for Catalano’s departure just two months after Domain was spun off by Fairfax Media. Independent director Greg Ellis has been touted as a potential successor to Catalano. He currently heads Scout24 in Germany and he is a former CEO of Domain rival REA Group.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, SCOUT24 HOLDING GMBH, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, TPG CAPITAL LP, HELLMAN AND FRIEDMAN, ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN