It’s official: Bunnings is Australia’s most trusted brand, with Coles the big mover

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 1-Jun-20

Over the 12 months to 30 April 2020, Bunnings, ALDI, Woolworths and Coles were selected by Australians as the country’s most trusted brands. The Roy Morgan Risk Monitor reveals that year-on-year Coles lifted three trust rankings. According to Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine, "Coles was the fastest mover over the 12 months, to be neck and neck with Woolworths for the first time". NRMA emerged as Australia’s most trusted insurer – and its most trusted financial services brand. The ABC emerged as the most trusted media brand in the country. Unsurprisingly given the top-4 most trusted brands, the retail sector emerged as Australia’s most trusted industry, with the supermarket sector 2nd and consumer products 3rd. On the flipside, Facebook, Telstra and AMP were revealed as the most distrusted brands in Australia during April 2020.

CORPORATES
ROY MORGAN LIMITED, BUNNINGS GROUP LIMITED, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, WOOLY BULLY, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, NRMA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP

Bankers ready for GFC-style raising spree

Original article by Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 6-Apr-20

Australian companies are looking to equity funding to assist them through the COVID-19 pandemic, and private equity firms are eager to participate in possible transactions. The ASX has temporarily amended its listing rules to allow companies to raise more funds via non-renounceable rights issues and share placements, while coronavirus-impacted companies that are tipped to undertake equity raisings include Virgin Australia, Sydney Airport and Tabcorp.

CORPORATES
ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, SYDNEY AIRPORT – ASX SYD, TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, WEBJET LIMITED – ASX WEB, FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED – ASX FLT, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL, CORPORATE TRAVEL MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX CTD, BORAL LIMITED – ASX BLD, JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC – ASX JHX, KATHMANDU HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX KMD, NEXTDC LIMITED – ASX NXT, COCHLEAR LIMITED – ASX COH

Spending, tax cuts to buoy firms with US exposure

Original article by Damon Kitney, Andrew White, Eli Greenblat, Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 21 & 26 : 11-Nov-16

Australian-listed companies with a significant presence in the US do not expect the election of Donald Trump as president to have much impact on their business. Brambles CEO Tom Gorman is upbeat about the logistics group’s outlook, noting that its US customers are primarily in sectors that are not affected by political and economic cycles. Orora CEO Nigel Garrard says the packaging group is optimistic about the economic impact of Trump’s policies on corporate tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

CORPORATES
BRAMBLES LIMITED – ASX BXB, ORORA LIMITED – ASX ORA, TREASURY WINE ESTATES LIMITED – ASX TWE, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, EVANS AND PARTNERS PTY LTD, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, SYDNEY AIRPORT – ASX SYD, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL, WESTFIELD CORPORATION – ASX WFD, BERINGER WINE ESTATES HOLDINGS INCORPORATED, DIAGEO PLC, NORTH STAR STEEL, PRATT INDUSTRIES (USA) INCORPORATED, OAKTREE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC

Super funds push for more ESG disclosure

Original article by Ruth Liew
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 3-Mar-16

Australian-listed companies are under pressure to report more thoroughly their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. On 2 March 2016, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and the Financial Services Council launched a new guide on corporate disclosure of ESG information to shareholders. Research by ACSI suggests that the ESG disclosure practices of ASX 200 companies are inadequate.

CORPORATES
FINANCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

ASX leaders named as being at risk

Original article by Georgia Wilkins
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 18-Dec-14

A report from Citibank raises concerns that some Australian-listed companies could be exposed to bribery and corruption scandals. It notes that a number of companies are vulnerable due to their lack of adequate procedures to deal with such issues, while some have a presence in countries that are deemed to have a high risk of corruption. Companies that tender for government contracts could also at risk

CORPORATES
CITIBANK PTY LTD, COCHLEAR LIMITED – ASX COH, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LIMITED – ASX RHC, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, LEIGHTON HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX LEI, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE