APA shares plunge after Canberra blocks CKI buy bid

Original article by Matt Chambers, Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 9-Nov-18

Shares in APA Group fell by 10 per cent on 8 November after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg indicated his "preliminary view" on Hong Kong-listed CK Infrastructure’s $13 billion bid for the pipeline operator. Frydenberg stated he did not consider the bid to be in the "national interest"; he is expected to make his final decision in around two weeks. Superannuation fund infrastructure investor IFM is seen as the local entity most likely to make an approach to APA with a bid if Frydenberg’s views remain unchanged; any Australian-based bid for APA is expected to be lower than CKI’s

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APA GROUP – ASX APA, CHEUNG KONG INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDINGS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, WOOD MACKENZIE, COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, DUET GROUP, MOODY’S ANALYTICS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

BHP chair happy with portfolio

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 26 : 21-Sep-18

Analysts who attended BHP Billiton’s recent briefing in London say chairman Ken MacKenzie gave strong indications that the petroleum division is still regarded as a core asset. However, he signalled that further exploration success will be needed for BHP to remain in the sector. BHP’s petroleum division faces a decline in production in coming years as key gas and oil fields become depleted. MacKenzie also told analysts that BHP may be open to retaining its Nickel West assets due to growing demand for batteries.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, NICKEL WEST

Hanson warns against bid for gas pipelines

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 19-Sep-18

Cheung Kong Infrastructure’s $13 billion takeover of pipeline operator APA Group remains subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board. However, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson opposes the deal, arguing that key infrastructure should remain locally-owned, whether by governments or the private sector. Hanson has vowed to campaign against the deal if it receives government approval, while Liberal senator Jim Molan has also called for the deal to be blocked.

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APA GROUP – ASX APA, CHEUNG KONG INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDINGS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, ONE NATION PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED, CENTRE ALLIANCE

Watchdog to rule on CKI’s takeover of APA

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 13-Sep-18

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has approved CK Infrastructure’s $13 billion takeover of pipeline operator APA Group. The merger creates a massive pipeline company with significant infrastructure assets on both sides of the country. The Foreign Investment Review Board must now give its consent for the Hong Kong-based CKI’s bid at a time when there is a lot of political scrutiny over high gas prices. JP Morgan expects that the FIRB will approve the bid, while UBS anticipates a decision by 4 December, the date on which the transaction is due to take place.

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CHEUNG KONG INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDINGS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, APA GROUP – ASX APA, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

AGL warns of gas squeeze in Victoria

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 6-Sep-18

AGL Energy executive Richard Wrightson warned on 5 September that Victoria faces gas shortages in the 2020s, with Bass Strait reserves running out and coal-seam gas from Queensland becoming more expensive. He said he hoped potential shortages could be partly addressed by AGL’s proposed LNG import facility at Crib Point, which AGL hopes to make a final decision on in 2019. Commenting on Labor’s plans to cap gas prices, Wrightson says this could discourage investment.

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AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED

LNG import terminal remains a live option

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 5-Sep-18

Australian Industrial Energy CEO James Baulderstone says it still plans to make a final decision on its proposed LNG import terminal at Port Kembla by the end of 2018. Baulderstone believes LNG imports will still be competitive under federal Labor’s proposed gas measures. AIE’s LNG import project is expected to cost around $500 million. AGL, which is planning a similar project at Crib Point in Victoria, is not yet in a position to state how Labor’s proposals could impact on its project.

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AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, MACQUARIE EQUITIES LIMITED, HAYBERRY INVESTMENTS PTY LTD

Twiggy, Santos battle over gas developments

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 10-Jul-18

Macquarie has suggested that Santos could find it hard to secure New South Wales government approval for its Narrabri coal-seam gas project if Australian Industrial Energy builds an LNG import terminal. AIE CEO James Baulderstone claims that the facility would be able to supply gas to NSW much faster and at much lower cost. However, Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher argues that gas from Narrabri would be much cheaper. The AIE consortium’s members include iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT

Santos and ENN in an awkward spot after Harbour bid rejected

Original article by Simon Evans, Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 25-May-18

Oil and gas producer Santos announced on 22 May that it had rejected a $A14.4 billion takeover bid from private equity firm Harbour Energy. Chinese gas firm ENN, which is a major shareholder in Santos, did not take part in the board’s decision to reject Harbour’s bid, as it had backed the Harbour offer. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher says he does not expect there to be any tension on its board as a result of the decision to reject the offer, while Macquarie Capital has described the decision as a "bold move".

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, HARBOUR ENERGY LIMITED, ENN ECOLOGICAL HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD, HONY CAPITAL, ENERGYQUEST PTY LTD

Santos share price now at right level

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 28 : 24-May-18

Troy Angus of Paradice Investment Management says Santos’s rejection of a takeover offer from Harbour Energy was justified, saying it did not reflect the growth potential of some assets. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has also defended the decision to spurn the $A14.4bn bid, after Harbour Energy questioned the oil and gas group’s medium-term growth opportunities. Santos shares closed 8.4 per cent lower at $A5.90 on 23 May, but Gallagher says the stock is now at an appropriate after rising in recent months.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, HARBOUR ENERGY LIMITED, PARADICE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, CONOCOPHILLIPS, ENN ECOLOGICAL HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED, HONY CAPITAL, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Industry baulks at Pauline’s gas pact

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 4 : 23-May-18

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has warned that oil and exploration costs would rise under proposals put forward by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. The Federal Government had agreed to a number of concessions in return for One Nation’s support for its company tax package, including changes to the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax and a gas reservation scheme in Western Australia. One Nation subsequently withdrew its support for the tax package, although LNG producers still anticipate some changes to the PRRT.

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AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED, ONE NATION PARTY, CHEVRON AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE