Macquarie’s $1.6bn capital raise

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 29-Aug-19

Macquarie Group has advised that its profit for the six months to 30 September will be about 10 per cent higher than the $1.3bn result for the same period in 2018. Macquarie posted a record profit of $2.98bn for the year to 31 March, and Jonathan Mott of UBS has forecast a profit of $3.04bn for fiscal 2020. Meanwhile, Macquarie is seeking to raise $1bn from institutional investors and up to $600m from retail investors via a share purchase plan. Most of the proceeds will be invested in assets such renewable energy, technology and infrastructure.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, CADENCE CAPITAL LIMITED – ASX CDT, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Macquarie chief backs loan brokers

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 19 & 23 : 13-Feb-19

Macquarie Group has affirmed that it expects profit growth of around 15 per cent for fiscal 2019, which suggests a full-year profit of at least $3bn. Meanwhile, Macquarie has more than $24bn worth of capital reserves at present, but CEO Shemara Wikramanayake has stressed the need for discipline with regard to risk management in the current environment. She has also expressed support for the mortgage broking industry in the wake of the financial services royal commission.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, CADENCE CAPITAL LIMITED – ASX CDT, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, PROPERTY EXCHANGE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

UBS, Macquarie top of the dealmaking charts

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 4-Jan-19

Data from Dealogic shows that UBS displaced Macquarie as Australia’s highest-earning investment bank in 2018, with revenue of $US219m. It was followed by Macquarie with revenue of $US146m and JP Morgan ($US108m). UBS was also the top revenue-earner in terms of mergers and acquisitions activity, handling some $US752m worth of deals in Australasia. JP Morgan generated the most revenue among investment banks globally, at $US6.9bn.

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DEALOGIC (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, JP MORGAN AND COMPANY INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, BANK OF CHINA LIMITED, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP INCORPORATED, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INCORPORATED, MORGAN STANLEY AND COMPANY INCORPORATED, EVERCORE PARTNERS, MOELIS AND COMPANY, CENTERVIEW

Macquarie’s new chief sees upside

Original article by Joyce Moullakis, Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 21 : 27-Jul-18

Macquarie Group has announced that Shemara Wikramanayake will succeed Nicholas Moore as CEO of the investment bank. Wikramanayake, who joined Macquarie in 1987, will take up her new job towards the end of November. She has been the head of Macquarie Asset Management, which has assets of $A534.1 billion since 2008. Macquarie’s shares closed 2.6 per cent lower at $A121.70 on 26 July.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, MACQUARIE ASSET MANAGEMENT, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ST GEORGE BANK LIMITED, PERENNIAL INVESTMENT PARTNERS LIMITED, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, INDIAN PACIFIC ASSET MANAGEMENT

ANZ, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank executives charged with criminal cartel offences

Original article by Stephen Letts
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 6-Jun-18

The ANZ Bank’s global head of treasury, Rick Moscati, is among six senior banking industry executives who will face criminal cartel charges arising from ANZ’s institutional share placement in 2015. Citigroup MD John McLean and the investment bank’s global head of foreign exchange trading, Itay Tuchman, have also been charged, as has Citi’s former Australian head, Stephen Roberts. Two former Deutsche Bank executives, Michael Ormaechea and Michael Richardson, also face charges following a two-year investigation by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. The three banks will also be prosecuted for allegedly engaging in a cartel.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, DEUTSCHE BANK AG, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

ANZ cartel matter unsettles financial community

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 4-Jun-18

Many legal experts expect that persuading a jury that the parties involved in the ANZ Bank’s cartel case had deliberately sought to break the law will be hard, while others note that a civil case would be easier to win. The Director of Public Prosecutions is pursuing a criminal cartel case against ANZ, Citi and Deutsche Bank on behalf of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. A third investment bank, JP Morgan, has been granted immunity from prosecution.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, DEUTSCHE BANK AG, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, COUNTRY CARE, UNILEVER PLC, BRITISH VIRGIN, CUSSONS

Fees underpin Macquarie profit

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 21 : 12-Sep-17

Macquarie Group has advised that its profit for the first half of 2017-18 will be higher than previously due to an increase in performance fees. However, the investment bank has told an investor roadshow that it expects full-year profit to be similar to its $A2.22bn result for 2016-17. Macquarie’s earnings profile has benefited from the group’s increased focus on annuity-style operations, while the group has also highlighted its risk management practices.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, DEUTSCHE BANK AG, THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INCORPORATED, HILL SAMUEL BANK

Barnaba quits Macquarie for RBA board

Original article by Julie-anne Sprague
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 24 : 30-Jun-17

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced that Mark Barnaba will replace John Akehurst as Western Australia’s representative on the board of the Reserve Bank. Barnaba will step down as the head of global resources at Macquarie Capital to take up the central bank role. Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore has praised Barnaba’s contribution to the investment bank. He is also chairman of Macquarie’s WA division.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, BLACK SWAN THEATRE COMPANY LIMITED, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, WEST COAST EAGLES FOOTBALL CLUB

Views diverge on Macquarie Group earnings

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 26-Jun-17

Karl Siegling of Cadence Asset Management does not think the federal and South Australian bank levies will have too great an impact on Macquarie Group’s earnings. On the issue of taxes, Morgan Stanley predicts that Macquarie will benefit from President Donald Trump’s plans to reduce US corporate taxes, while Bloomberg notes that analysts expect Macquarie to record a 2018 profit of $A2.3 billion.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CADENCE ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT INCORPORATED, BLOOMBERG AUSTRALIA, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, AMB HOLDINGS PTY LTD, NUIX PTY LTD, ENDEAVOUR ENERGY LIMITED

Dobbed in, found guilty

Original article by Misa Han
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 3-Jun-16

Former investment banker Oliver Curtis could be jailed for up to five years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit insider trading. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission had alleged that he profited by using market-sensitive information to trade contracts for difference in 2007 and 2008. Curtis had used inside information supplied by co-conspirator John Hartman, an equities dealer at Orion Asset Management. Hartman has served a 15-month jail term, and received a reduced sentence for providing evidence against Curtis.

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ORION ASSET MANAGEMENT (AUST) PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, CLIFFORD CHANCE