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.

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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

Investors demand action by Westpac

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 26-Nov-19

Nathan Parkin of Ethical Partners Funds Management contends that some at a high level at Westpac needs to be held accountable for the financial penalties that will arise from its massive breach of anti-money laundering laws. Meanwhile, one of Westpac’s 20 largest shareholders believes that CEO Brian Hartzer will not be to able to remain at the helm in the wake of the scandal. Westpac’s share price has fallen by 8.8 per cent since the scandal was revealed.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ETHICAL PARTNERS FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, OWNERSHIP MATTERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, INSTITUTIONAL SHAREHOLDER SERVICES INCORPORATED, NORGES BANK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, BLACKROCK INCORPORATED, THE VANGUARD GROUP INCORPORATED

How BHP’s chairman tamed Elliott Management

Original article by Peter Ker, James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 25-Nov-19

BHP chairman Ken MacKenzie has stressed the importance of engaging with activist investors in a professional manner, rather than taking a defensive stance. He adds that an activist investor will usually be well prepared before they make contact with a company that they are targeting, and they will almost certainly already be a shareholder. US-based activist hedge fund Elliott Management remains on BHP’s share register several years after its unsuccessful campaign for a restructuring of the resources giant. MacKenzie has described Elliott as "a terrific shareholder".

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD

Industry funds to back Murray for AMP chair

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 23-Apr-19

It is understood that the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors will conditionally back the appointment of David Murray as AMP chairman at its AGM in May. Proxy advisers have recommended that Murray be appointed. However, there is some controversy about private comments supposedly made by Murray. He is understood to have said that if there is a big vote against his appointment as a result of the controversy regarding the sale of AMP’s life business, the other two directors who were on the board when the decision was made would resign.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, CGI GLASS LEWIS PTY LTD, INSTITUTIONAL SHAREHOLDER SERVICES INCORPORATED, OWNERSHIP MATTERS PTY LTD

TCCC, Coca-Cola Amatil take 45pc stake in beverage maker Made Group

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 5-Oct-18

Coca-Cola Amatil and The Coca Cola Company are to acquire a 45 per cent stake in beverages company Made Group for an undisclosed amount. The Melbourne-based Made Group was founded in 2005 and makes brands such as Impressed cold-pressed juices, Rokeby Farms smoothies, and Cocobella coconut water. It currently sells its products through outlets such as Woolworths and Coles, and is due to move into a new $45 million manufacturing facility in South Dandenong in Melbourne before the end of 2018

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COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, MADE GROUP, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Lew urges Wilson to help fix Myer board

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 17-Sep-18

Geoff Wilson’s Wilson Asset Management has become a substantial shareholder in retailer Myer, with a 5.5 per cent stake. Solomon Lew, whose Premier Investments holds a 10.8 per cent stake in Myer and who has been unhappy with its performance since Premier acquired its stake in March 2017, has called on Wilson to help him toss out the Myer board. However, Wilson has indicated that he is happy to support new Myer CEO John King and his senior managers, while he has queried the rationale behind Lew’s attacks on the Myer board.

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MYER HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX MYR, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT, PREMIER INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX PMV

Bega’s money not for Capilano Honey: Irvin

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 20 : 11-Sep-18

Bega Cheese announced plans for a $200 million share placement and associated share purchase plan on 10 September. The announcement prompted speculation that it would be using the money raised to launch a counter bid for Capilano Honey, in which it holds a 8.4 per cent stake and which is currently the subject of a $20.06 per share takeover bid from private equity groups Wattle Hill and ROC Partners. Bega executive chairman Barry Irvin claims the money will be used to strengthen its balance sheet and reduce its debt levels, and that it had not made any decisions about Capilano.

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BEGA CHEESE LIMITED – ASX BGA, CAPILANO HONEY LIMITED – ASX CZZ, WATTLE HILL, ROC PARTNERS PTY LTD, SAPUTO INCORPORATED, MONDELEZ AUSTRALIA (FOODS) LIMITED

Bega’s all abuzz for stung Capilano

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 & 29 : 7-Sep-18

Bega Cheese has increased its stake in Capilano Honey to 8.4 per cent, after having secured an initial shareholding in the week ending 31 August. Capilano is currently the subject of a takeover bid from private equity groups Wattle Hill and ROC Partners, whose $20.06 per share offer values Capilano at more than $190 million. Bega executive chairman Barry Irwin states he is not perturbed by reports that Capilano may unknowingly be selling "fake honey". Irwin says Bega has not made any decisions about making a bid for Capilano itself.

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BEGA CHEESE LIMITED – ASX BGA, CAPILANO HONEY LIMITED – ASX CZZ, WATTLE HILL, ROC PARTNERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL EQUITY PTY LTD, KIDDER WILLIAMS LIMITED, SAPUTO INCORPORATED, WARRNAMBOOL CHEESE AND BUTTER FACTORY COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED

BHP buys Solgold stake as battle with Newcrest heats up

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 6-Sep-18

BHP Billiton has purchased a 6.1 per cent stake in Solgold, which operates a copper-gold project in Ecuador. It had previously sought to acquire a 10 per cent in Solgold in late 2016, but lost out to Newcrest Mining. Newcrest Mining is currently Solgold’s largest shareholder, owning around 14.5 per cent of the Brisbane-based company. BHP and Newcrest both have interests in Ecuador apart from their Solgold investment, while Fortescue Metals Group and Hancock Prospecting also have exploration tenements in Ecuador.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, SOLGOLD PLC, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, GUYANA GOLDFIELDS INCORPORATED

Super funds slam short term banks

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 17-May-18

Institutional investors want directors and executives of Australia’s banks to be more accountable in the wake of the banking royal commission. AustralianSuper’s chief investment officer Mark Delaney says the major banks have been too focused on short-term profits, although he notes that this has changed in the last two years. UniSuper chief investment officer John Pearce says the findings of two recent Australian Prudential Regulation Authority investigations have been more damning than the royal commission’s revelations.

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AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, UNISUPER LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, FIRST STATE SUPER, REST SUPER PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, BLOOMBERG LP