Santos seizes Australian oil and gas crown

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 15-Oct-19

Santos expects a $US1.39bn deal to acquire the northern Australia assets of ConocoPhillips to boost its earnings by about 16 per cent. The deal includes the US group’s controlling stake in the Darwin LNG plant, as well as its interests in the Bayu-Undan, Barossa and Poseidon gas fields. Santos will now surpass Woodside Petroleum as Australia’s biggest oil and gas producer. ConocoPhillips still has a 37.5 per cent stake in the Australia Pacific LNG project in Queensland.

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Carnegie finally tunes out of Macquarie

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 8-Oct-19

Nine Entertainment Company has reached the 90 per cent threshold to compulsorily acquire Macquarie Media, after venture capitalist Mark Carnegie accepted the offer of $1.46 per share. Carnegie says he had no option other than agreeing to the Nine deal, and he adds that radio – and news talk radio in particular – is a powerful media that will be a good fit for Nine’s other media assets. Nine CEO Hugh Marks has also stressed the power of talk radio and says he is looking forward to working with the Macquarie team.

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Nine to seal Macquarie deal as Carnegie sells out for $9m

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 4-Oct-19

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie is believed to have agreed to sell his 3.6 per cent stake in Macquarie Media to Nine Entertainment Company. This would put Nine over the 90 per cent threshold for the compulsory acquisition of the radio stations owner. Wilson Asset Management chairman Geoff Wilson, who has a 4.7 per cent stake in Macquarie, is continuing to push for a better offer for small shareholders; he contends that Nine’s $1.46-per-share bid undervalues the target.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT

Nine closes in on Macquarie

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 2-Oct-19

Nine Entertainment Company has lifted its stake in Macquarie Media to 88.78 per cent, with its offer of $1.46 per share due to close on 14 October. The support of Wilson Asset Management and Mark Carnegie – with Macquarie stakes of 2.9 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively – remain crucial to whether Nine passes the 90 per cent threshold to trigger compulsory acquisition. Macquarie broadcaster Alan Jones also has a one per cent stake in the company, and advertising veteran John Singleton expects him to accept the offer.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT

Radio deal not over till the fat lady sings

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 24-Sep-19

Wilson Asset Management holds a stake of about 2.91 per cent in Macquarie Media. WAM chairman Geoff Wilson believes that Nine Entertainment’s offer of $1.46 per share undervalues the takeover target, and that Macquarie’s independent board committee should seek a better deal. He contends that the committee must act in the best interests of minority shareholders rather than merely large investors. Wilson believes that a higher offer for Macquarie may yet emerge before Nine’s bid closes on 14 October.

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MACQUARIE MEDIA LIMITED – ASX MRN, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT

$80m deal: Singleton sells out of radio after 60-year career

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 1 : 23-Sep-19

Nine Entertainment Company’s hopes of gaining full ownership of Macquarie Media have been boosted after John Singleton advised that he will accept the offer of $1.46 per share unless a higher bid emerges. The advertising industry veteran has a 32.2 per cent stake in the owner of radio stations such as 2GB and 3AW, and he will gain about $80m from the transaction. Singleton says he may invest in the media sector in the future, but he adds that breeding horses and canaries are now his top priority.

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

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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Beer giant CUB expands into wine

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 17-Sep-19

Beer company Carlton & United Breweries has purchased Riot Wine Co, which sells wine in aluminium cans and kegs. Riot Wine was established in 2016 by Joe Cook and Tom O’Donnell, with 90 per cent of its sales coming from on-tap wine in bars and hotels. CUB sales vice-president Rose Scott says Riot’s management will continue to run the company, while she says that CUB has no further wine investments in mind at this stage.

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CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, RIOT WINE CO

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

Potential $50b wave of gas M&A deals around the corner

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 30-Aug-19

David Low of Wood Mackenzie says mergers and acquisitions activity in Australia’s oil and gas sector could increase in coming years. He identifies Cooper Energy and Senex Energy as being among the smaller companies that could become takeover targets, while Oil Search could also potentially attract suitors following its recent share price weakness. Low adds that international companies such as ConocoPhillips and Eni could opt to divest some or all of their assets in Australia.

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WOOD MACKENZIE, COOPER ENERGY LIMITED – ASX COE, SENEX ENERGY LIMITED – ASX SXY, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, CONOCOPHILLIPS, ENTE NAZIONALE IDROCARBURI SPA, COMET RIDGE LIMITED – ASX COI, GALILEE ENERGY LIMITED – ASX GLL, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD