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

Mercury gives up on Bauer buyout

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich, Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 17 : 23-Jan-20

Bauer Media Australia CEO Brendon Hill has confirmed that private equity firm Mercury Capital has withdrawn its offer to acquire the magazine publisher. Hill added that Bauer is open to another approach from the private equity sector if the company’s proposed merger with Pacific Magazines goes ahead. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission recently expressed concern about the potential impact of the merger on competition in the magazine sector.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, MERCURY CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

EMR plots production boost

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 16-Jan-20

A consortium headed by private equity firm EMR Capital has acquired the Ravenswood gold mine in Queensland from Resolute Mining. Production costs at Ravenswood averaged more than $2,000 an ounce in the first half of 2019; gold is currently trading at around $2,200 an ounce in Australian dollar terms, and around $US1,551 an ounce. EMR Capital is confident that plans to increase production will enable the mine to remain profitable even if the gold price falls below $US1,300 an ounce.

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RESOLUTE MINING LIMITED – ASX RSG, EMR CAPITAL PTY LTD

Village Roadshow screened rival offer before Pacific Equity Partners deal

Original article by Kylar Loussikian, Jennifer Duke
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 24-Dec-19

Morningstar estimates that there is a 75 per cent chance that Village Roadshow Limited shareholders will accept a takeover proposal from Pacific Equity Partners. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Village Roadshow Corporation’s owners considered a rival offer from BGH Capital before agreeing to accept PEP’s offer for its stake in VRL. VRC is owned by Robert Kirby, John Kirby and VRL CEO Graham Burke.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, VILLAGE ROADSHOW CORPORATION LIMITED, PACIFIC EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, MORNINGSTAR PTY LTD

Private equity raids the Village

Original article by Ben Wilmot, Bridget Carter
The Australian – Page: 15 & 21 : 20-Dec-19

Pacific Equity Partners has made a conditional, non-binding and indicative takeover offer for cinemas and theme parks group Village Roadshow. The offer of $3.90 per share values Village at about $1bn, or $761.2m when its debt is excluded. Shares in Village closed $0.69 higher at $3.89 on 19 December, in response to the private equity firm’s scheme of arrangement proposal.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, PACIFIC EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, VILLAGE ROADSHOW CORPORATION LIMITED, MORNINGSTAR PTY LTD

Nine chases NZ media assets in QMS carve-up

Original article by Bridget Carter, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 30-Oct-19

QMS Media’s board has recommended that shareholders accept a cash offer of $1.22 per share from Quadrant Private Equity, in the latest deal in Australia’s outdoor advertising sector. Meanwhile, Nine Entertainment Company has declined to comment on speculation that it could be interested in buying some of QMS’s assets in New Zealand, including radio stations and its outdoor advertising business. QMS has a 40 per cent stake in MediaWorks, which owns New Zealand TV stations such as TV3 and Bravo, and radio stations such as Magic and The Edge.

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QMS MEDIA LIMITED – ASX QMS, QUADRANT PRIVATE EQUITY PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, MEDIAWORKS (NZ) LIMITED, TV3 NETWORK LIMITED, BRAVO, MAGIC, THE EDGE, OAKTREE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, KKR AND COMPANY LP, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, NZME LIMITED – ASX NZM, STUFF LIMITED, JC DECAUX SA, APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED, ADSHEL PTY LTD, HT&E LIMITED – ASX HT1

Cashed-up PE firms warned on overpaying

Original article by Bo Seo, Jemima Whyte
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 15 : 3-Jan-19

Data from the Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association shows that the private equity sector completed $6.9bn worth of deals in 2018. Private equity firms have an additional $9.7bn available for acquisitions in 2019. However, Quadrant Private Equity’s executive chairman Chris Hadley says they must avoid paying too much, particularly for lower-quality assets. Meanwhile, experts say the private equity sector’s business model is changing, with more funds opting to partner with super funds and other institutional investors.

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AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED, QUADRANT PRIVATE EQUITY PTY LTD, TPG CAPITAL LP, PACIFIC EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, GREENCROSS LIMITED – ASX GXL, PETCO ANIMAL SUPPLIES INCORPORATED, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL, WESTCONNEX, KKR AND COMPANY LP, MYOB GROUP LIMITED – ASX MYO, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, HEALTHSCOPE LIMITED – ASX HSO, NAVITAS LIMITED – ASX NVT, THE CARLYLE GROUP, CAMPBELL INTERNATIONAL, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Cashed-up PE firms prowl ASX for deals

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 13-Aug-18

The value of announced mergers and acquisitions involving Australian-listed companies has topped US$39.3bn so far in 2018. Private equity investors have been particularly active; US$11.4bn ($15.6bn) worth of such deals involving both listed and unlisted assets have been announced so far in 2018, which is 47 per cent higher than at the same time in 2017. Experts anticipate that the private equity sector will continue to pursue listed companies, with Tom Story of law firm Allens noting that suitors and their targets have been more willing to agree on price in 2018.

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ALLENS, DEALOGIC (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, INVESTA OFFICE FUND – ASX IOF, THE BLACKSTONE GROUP LP, SIRTEX MEDICAL LIMITED – ASX SRX, CDH INVESTMENTS FUND MANAGEMENT COMPANY, BWX LIMITED – ASX BWX, SINO GAS AND ENERGY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SEH, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, HEALTHSCOPE LIMITED – ASX HSO, OAKTREE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, BILLABONG INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, PACIFIC EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, LIFEHEALTHCARE PTY LTD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, BAIN AND COMPANY, I-MED RADIOLOGY, ACCOLADE WINES LIMITED, CHAMP PRIVATE EQUITY PTY LTD, THE CARLYLE GROUP, MANUKA HEALTH, IXOM, PEMBA CAPITAL, DEVICE TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, AMCOR LIMITED – ASX AMC, NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE

EMR Capital buys BHP Chile copper mine for $310 million

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 : 20-Jun-18

BHP Billiton has sold its Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile to private equity firm EMR Capital for $US230m ($A310m). BHP will also receive $US40m from the sale of inventory from the mine, while a potential additional payment of up to $US50m is linked to the outlook for the copper price. EMR’s co-founder Jason Chang says the firm’s focus is on increasing the mine’s output and its resource base, rather than the copper price. Chang expects EMR to make further acquisitions in the next two years.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, EMR CAPITAL PTY LTD, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ADARO ENERGY

Healthscope $6 billion bid ‘opportunistic’, but worth a look

Original article by Jessica Gardner, Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 22 : 27-Apr-18

Private hospital operator Healthscope has received a $A4.1 billion takeover bid from a private equity consortium led by BGH Capital. Other members of the consortium include AustralianSuper and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. They are offering $A2.36 per share in cash, as well as taking on around $A1.7 billion in debt. Australian Ethical Investment fund manager Andy Gracey considers the bid to be "opportunistic", but one that investors with a more short-term view may consider.

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HEALTHSCOPE LIMITED – ASX HSO, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN, AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL INVESTMENT LIMITED – ASX AEF, GIC PRIVATE LIMITED, CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, WATERMARK FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, HYPERION ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, ELLERSTON CAPITAL PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, SUMITOMO CORPORATION