Doubts about Fortescue’s Simandou bid

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 21 : 9-Oct-19

Lyndon Fagan of JP Morgan has expressed reservations about Fortescue Metals Group’s bid for blocks 1 and 2 of the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea. He says a successful bid may not be welcomed by shareholders, given the sovereign risks associated with the West African nation. He adds that given Simandou’s high-grade iron ore and the fact that it is likely to be developed, Fortescue may be taking the view that it is better to participate in a project that will compete with Fortescue’s own Pilbara operations.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Warming link to coalmine refusal

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 2 : 19-Sep-19

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has rejected South Korean firm Kepco’s proposed Bylong thermal coal project. Kepco has so far spent $700 million on the project, which is located in the winemaking Mudgee region. It aims to mine 120 million tonnes of coal for export over 25 years, with the prospect that the NSW government would secure $290 million in mining royalties. In knocking back the Bylong project, the IPC cited concerns over its impact on groundwater and agricultural land, as well as noting that "greenhouse gas aspects of the project remain problematical".

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NEW SOUTH WALES. INDEPENDENT PLANNING COMMISSION, KEPCO INCORPORATED

Bellamy’s steps up overtures to daigou traders

Original article by Simon Evans, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 18-Sep-19

Shares in infant formula maker Bellamy’s Australia rose a further 1.1 per cent on 17 September, following a 55 per cent jump on 16 September after it disclosed it was the subject of a $1.5 billion takeover by China Mengniu Dairy. Bellamy’s shares had declined 62 per cent in the 18 months prior to the offer, largely due to regulatory problems in China. Some crossbench senators have suggested the Chinese government sought to depress Bellamy’s share price to make it easier for Chinese companies to bid for it, while Bellamy’s will accelerate a push to boost the sales it makes through daigou traders.

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BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX BAL, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, BURRA FOODS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Bellamy’s set to be bought by China Mengniu Dairy for $1.5bn

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: Online : 17-Sep-19

The board of Bellamy’s Australia has unanimously backed a $1.5 billion takeover bid for the infant milk formula maker by China Mengniu Dairy. The transaction represents the first Chinese takeover bid for an Australian infant milk formula maker, with China Mengniu Dairy manufacturing and distributing dairy products in China, as well as having manufacturing sites in Malaysia and Indonesia. The transaction is subject to the approval of Bellamy’s Australia shareholders and the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX BAL, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD

Rio Tinto prepares for Mongolian parliament review

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 17-Sep-19

Mongolian MPs are due to commence debate on the legal agreement that supports the operation of the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in the week ending 19 September. The agreement in question is the 2009 Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement, which gives the Mongolian government a 34 per cent stake in the mine, which is regarded as one of Rio Tinto’s most significant assets. Production of gold and copper from Oyu Tolgoi commenced in 2013, while Rio is in the process of spending between $US6 billion ($8.7 billion) and $US8 billion on an underground expansion of the mine.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fears for Aussie miners in growing terror hot spots

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 6-Sep-19

Resolute Mining MD John Welborn agrees with Defence Minister Linda Reynolds that there are increased terrorism risks for Australian mining companies operating in West Africa. Reynolds was while speaking at the Africa Downunder mining conference in Perth. Resolute has mines in Mali, Senegal and Ghana, and Wellborn says the terrorism risk is getting worse, particularly in Mali where its main operations are located. Wellborn also contends that China is "stealing the march" on the US and Australia when it comes to investing in Africa.

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RESOLUTE MINING LIMITED – ASX RSG, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE

Your data at risk in takeovers

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 21-Aug-19

Foreign Investment Review Board chairman David Irvine has stressed the need to closely scrutinise foreign bids for companies that own data centres or hold Australians’ personal data. Irvine has used an Australia China Business Council speech to argue that data must be afforded the same level of protection as critical infrastructure such as ports, water supply and the power sector. He added that the FIRB’s tougher stance on the issue of data security has not attracted much concern among foreign investors.

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AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, AUSTRALIA CHINA BUSINESS COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AUSTRALIA. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR, SIRTEX MEDICAL LIMITED, NATURE’S CARE, LIFE-SPACE GROUP, HEALIUS LIMITED – ASX HLS, JANGHO GROUP, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED

Push for Darwin Port to be nationalised to end Chinese ownership of strategic northern asset

Original article by Andrew Greene
abc.net au – Page: Online : 5-Aug-19

Federal Labor MP Nick Champion has called for Chinese company Landbridge’s 99-year lease on Darwin Port, which it was awarded by the Northern Territory Government in 2015 under a $500 million deal, to be scrapped. Champion, who is the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, says he does not think that placing the port back into Commonwealth control will anger the Chinese government. Neil James from the Australian Defence Association says the suggestion to nationalise Darwin Port is a sensible one.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LANDBRIDGE GROUP COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE ASSOCIATION

Divestments on cards in Asahi CUB buyout

Original article by Simon Evans, Tim Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 23-Jul-19

Asahi Beverages Australia’s executive chairman Peter Margin has downplayed suggestions that the acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries may force the Japanese group to sell some beer brands due to competition concerns. CUB is estimated to have a 48.8 per cent share of the Australian beer market, while the market share of Asahi’s brands is about 1.2 per cent. CUB may have increased its market share in June after it engaged in heavy price discounting and trade loading in the lead-up to the end of the financial year.

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ASAHI BREWERIES LIMITED, CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, ASAHI BEVERAGES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, LION PTY LTD, COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV, SABMILLER PLC, FOSTER’S GROUP LIMITED, STONE AND WOOD BREWING COMPANY PTY LTD

Asahi puts $16bn on bar for CUB

Original article by Bridget Carter, Eli Greenblat
The Weekend Australian – Page: 25 & 28 : 20-Jul-19

Japan-based Asahi is set to acquire Carlton & United Breweries in a $16bn deal, subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. The deal includes beer brands such as Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught, and is expected to be finalised in the March 2020 quarter. Asahi secured the deal after Anheuser-Busch InBev abandoned plans for an IPO of its Asian brands, including CUB. The IPO documents show that CUB had a 48.8 per cent share of the Australian market in 2018, while rival brewer Lion – which is owned by Japan’s Kirin – had a 36.4 per cent market share.

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CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, ASAHI BREWERIES LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV, LION PTY LTD, KIRIN HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED