Nine jumps on remaining Macquarie stake for $113.9m

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 13-Aug-19

Nine has announced a $1.46 per share offer for the remaining 45.5 per cent of Macquarie Media that it does not already own, with Nine to pay around $114 million for the stake. Macquarie Media is the owner of radio stations 2GB in Sydney and 3AW in Melbourne. Businessman John Singleton, who owns 32.3 per cent of Macquarie Media, stands to receive $81 million if the deal goes through. Nine acquired its majority stake in Macquarie Media as a result of its $4 billion merger with Fairfax Media in 2018.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, 2GB, 3AW SOUTHERN CROSS RADIO PTY LTD

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

Waislitz chips in $30m for papers

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 21 : 9-Jul-19

Thorney Opportunities, the listed investment company of businessman Alex Waislitz, will finance 25 per cent of the deal to acquire the regional newspapers of Nine Entertainment Company. Waislitz’s private company, Thorney Investment Group, will also finance 25 per cent of the deal, while former Domain CEO Antony Catalano will contribute the balance. Waislitz and Catalano recently finalised the $115m deal to buy the regional assets from Nine.

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THORNEY OPPORTUNITIES LIMITED – ASX TOP, THORNEY INVESTMENT GROUP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA

Gindalbie shareholders approve Ansteel buyout

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 28 : 4-Jul-19

Some 81 per cent of Gindalbie Metals’ shareholders voted in favour of Ansteel’s takeover bid on 3 July. The deal required the support of at least 75 per cent of the struggling iron ore miner’s shareholders. Gindalbie’s key asset is a 48 per cent stake in the loss-making Karara magnetite project in Western Australia, which incurred a blowout in construction and operating costs.

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GINDALBIE METALS LIMITED – ASX GBG, ANSHAN IRON AND STEEL COMPANY, SANDON CAPITAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX SNC

AGL under pressure to explain Vocus takeover

Original article by Lucas Baird, Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 22 : 12-Jun-19

Vocus Group has agreed to allow AGL Energy to commence due diligence after offering $4.85 per share for the telco. AGL investors have responded bearishly to the $3bn bid, with its share price falling 7.2 per cent to $19.40 on 11 June. Sentiment toward AGL was also affected by an earnings downgrade on 7 June, before the stock market closed for a long weekend. Justin Braitling of Watermark Funds Management and James Nevin of RBC Capital Markets have questioned whether Vocus is an appropriate target for AGL.

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AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, VOCUS GROUP LIMITED – ASX VOC, WATERMARK FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, EQT INFRASTRUCTURE, M2 GROUP LIMITED

Slaters and Shine hold merger talks

Original article by Luke Housego
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 20 : 11-Jun-19

Senior board members of law firms Shine and Slater & Gordon were recently overheard discussing the possibility of a merger. The two firms are the second and third biggest firms in Australia’s plaintiff law sector, behind market leader Maurice Blackburn. Shine and Slater & Gordon are very close in terms of market capitalisation; Slater & Gordon has a market value of $129 million, compared to Shine’s market value of $113 million.

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SHINE LAWYERS, SHINE CORPORATE LIMITED – ASX SHJ, SLATER AND GORDON LIMITED – ASX SGH, MAURICE BLACKBURN PTY LTD, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP

Vocus has no regrets as turnaround proves too risky for EQT

Original article by James Fernyhough
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 20 : 6-Jun-19

Vocus Group CEO Kevin Russell says he is not aware of any other potential takeover approaches for the telco, after EQT Infrastructure chose not to make a binding offer for the company. EQT undertook due diligence on Vocus after approaching it with a non-binding offer of $5.25 per share. The Sweden-based private equity firm’s decision to walk away from a deal prompted a sell-down of Vocus shares on 5 June, with the stock closing almost 18 per cent lower at $3.77. Russell says Vocus is making progress in its turnaround strategy.

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VOCUS GROUP LIMITED – ASX VOC, EQT INFRASTRUCTURE, M2 GROUP LIMITED, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, GREENCAPE CAPITAL PTY LTD

Empire grows as Seven West Media takes control of Community Newspapers

Original article by Hamish Hastie
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 28-May-19

Seven West Media has struck a deal to buy out News Corp Australia’s 50.1 per cent stake in their Community News joint venture in Perth. Seven West Media’s Maryna Fewster says the portfolio of 12 community newspapers and 17 digital titles will complement the company’s existing media assets in Western Australia. Community News was incorporated in 1985, and its acquisition by Seven West Media will be completed by the start of July.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, COMMUNITY NEWS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

St Barbara confident of Atlantic gold

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 16-May-19

Gold producer St Barbara will finance its proposed $768m acquisition of Canada-based Atlantic Gold via a non-renounceable rights offer and cash holdings. Paul Hissey of RBC describes Canada as a "relatively safe move" for St Barbara. Atlantic has forecast that its gold production in 2019 will be within the range of 92,000-98,000 ounces. Newcrest Mining and Northern Star Resources are among the other Australian miners to have bought North American assets in the last year.

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ST BARBARA LIMITED – ASX SBM, ATLANTIC GOLD CORPORATION, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, ALLIED GOLD