Wilson one of AAP’s mystery investors

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 7-Jul-20

Wilson Asset Management founder Geoff Wilson is a member of the consortium that has acquired the newswire business of Australian Associated Press. Wilson has stressed that he contributed to the consortium via a privately-owned entity rather than any of his listed companies. The 35-member consortium finalised the deal in late June, and will formally take control of the business on 1 August.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS PTY LTD, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT

Fundies blast AMP over $3.4b fire sale

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 22 : 31-Oct-18

Allan Gray Australia and Merlon Capital Partners are among the institutional investors that have criticised AMP’s proposal to divest its life insurance business. They believe that the $3.4bn sale price undervalues the life business, and Merlon has flagged the possibility of seeking an extraordinary general meeting to challenge the deal. Merlon has written to AMP arguing that the deal demonstrates a "reckless disregard" for shareholders’ funds, while Simon Mawhinney of Allan Gray describes it as a "disastrous deal" for AMP’s shareholders.

CORPORATES
AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, ALLAN GRAY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MERLON CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, MACQUARIE COUNTRYWIDE MANAGEMENT LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, RESOLUTION LIFE GROUP LIMITED, AXA ASIA PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED

Equities titans say ‘leave dividend imputation alone’

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 20 : 3-Jun-15

Balanced Equity Management fund manager Andrew Sisson has urged the Australian Government to retain dividend imputation. He warning that scrapping the regime will result in lower dividend payouts and prompt more companies to shift their tax liabilities offshore. Veteran fund manager Peter Morgan also favours retaining the current system, as do Djerriwarrh Investments and Westpac. Perpetual did not make a submission on the Government’s tax white paper.

CORPORATES
BALANCED EQUITY MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, DJERRIWARRH INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX DJW, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, BT FINANCIAL GROUP PTY LTD, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, 452 CAPITAL PTY LTD, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX QBE, BOND CORPORATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

S&P’s Blitzer worries about rates and whippersnappers

Original article by Sally Rose
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 14-Apr-15

David Blitzer of Standard & Poor’s has warned that the sharemarket rallies in the US and Australia are not sustainable. He notes that technology stocks are most at risk of experiencing a correction. Blitzer adds that many Australian fund managers and stockbrokers have never had to cope with a recession and its potential effects on financial markets. He says this could present as big a risk to the domestic sharemarket as an increase in the cash rate

CORPORATES
STANDARD AND POOR’S CORPORATION, NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Healthscope price splits fund managers

Original article by Jemima Whyte
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 : 21-Jul-14

Shares in Healthscope will be priced within the range of $A1.76 and $A2.29 apiece in an IPO that will be worth around $A2.5bn. The company is being floated by TPG Capital and The Carlyle Group, but Anton Tagliaferro of Investors Mutual says investors should be cautious about IPOs that are backed by private equity firms. He believes that Healthscope’s shares are overvalued and says Investors Mutual will not be buying stock in the float

CORPORATES
HEALTHSCOPE LIMITED – ASX HSO, INVESTORS MUTUAL LIMITED, TPG CAPITAL LP, THE CARLYLE GROUP, EQUITY TRUSTEES LIMITED – ASX EQT, PENGANA CAPITAL LIMITED, RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LIMITED – ASX RHC