Seven closes in on control of Boral

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 9-Jul-21

Seven Group’s stake in Boral has risen to 40.95 per cent after the takeover target repurchased an additional $131m worth of its own shares on 8 July. Boral has now bought some $772.2m of its issued shares since launching a buyback program in April. The building materials group paid an average of $7.402 apiece for its latest tranche of shares, which is in line with Seven’s offer of $7.40 per share. An independent expert’s report has valued Boral’s shares at between $8.25 and $9.13. Seven’s takeover bid is scheduled to close on 15 July.

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BORAL LIMITED – ASX BLD, SEVEN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SVW

Buyback bonanza for bank investors

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 16 : 7-Jun-21

Richard Wiles of Morgan Stanley estimates that the combined surplus capital of Australia’s four major banks is within the range of $19.5bn to $28bn. He says the banks could potentially return about $15bn to investors via share buybacks over the next year, with the Commonwealth Bank tipped to repurchase $5bn worth of shares when its 2021 financial results are announced. Buybacks of this magnitude would reduce the number of bank shares on issue by 3-5 per cent.

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MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

Earnings jump sees CBA eye buybacks

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 : 13-May-21

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has posted unaudited cash earnings from continuing operations of $2.4bn for the March quarter, compared with about $1.3bn for the same period in 2020. CBA’s common equity tier one ratio was 12.7 per cent at the end of the quarter, well above the regulatory requirement of 10.5 per cent. CBA has more than $10bn of excess capital, and CEO Matt Comyn says its capital management plans are likely to be a key focus for investors when its full-year earnings are released in August. Brett Le Mesurier of Velocity Trade expects CBA to return up to $12bn to investors in the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years via a share buyback

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, VELOCITY TRADE LIMITED

Rio Tinto eyes cash returns, record tonnage

Original article by Melissa Yeo
The Australian – Page: 16 : 22-Jan-19

Glyn Lawcock of UBS says Rio Tinto could potentially expand its share buyback program and pay a special dividend in 2019 using the proceeds of asset sales. He estimates that the resources group still has about $U4.4bn on hand from asset sales that could be returned to shareholders. Meanwhile, UBS forecasts that Rio Tinto will produce 353 million tonnes of iron ore in 2019, compared with the miner’s own guidance of 338 million to 350 million tonnes.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

BHP rewards investors with extra dividend

Original article by Nick Toscano
The Age – Page: 24 : 18-Dec-18

BHP has completed an off-market buyback of its shares at $27.64 each. The buyback was funded by BHP’s sale of its US onshore oil and gas assets to BP for $US10.4 billion ($14.7 billion) earlier in 2018. Proceeds from the sale will also go towards the payment of a special dividend of $1.42 per share, which shareholders will receive on 30 January. Those who took part in the share buyback will be paid on 24 December. Macquarie Wealth Management believes that BHP could return another $US3 billion to shareholders in the 2019 financial year.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BP PLC, MACQUARIE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION

Investors cheer BHP for buyback, dividend

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 2-Nov-18

BHP Billiton has advised that it will distribute $US5.2bn of the proceeds from the sale of its US shale assets to shareholders via a special dividend. Another $5.2bn has been earmarked for an off-market buyback of its Australian-listed shares. Macquarie says BHP will return cash to investors faster than the firm had expected; it had anticipated that BHP would complete an off-market buyback of its Australian shares and an on-market buyback of its London-listed shares by mid-2019. BHP shares rose 2.79 per cent to $33.11 on 1 November.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fortescue up after Forrest buys shares

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 2-Nov-18

Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest has increased his stake in the pure-play iron ore miner from 32.46 per cent to 33.87 per cent after buying 3.95 million shares in late October. Fortescue’s shares closed at a 10-week high of $4.11 on 1 November, and the stock has gained 13 per cent since Forrest’s on-market share transaction. Fortescue has also repurchased about $7m worth of share since it announced a $500 million share buyback in mid-October.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MINDEROO PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fortescue in $500m share buy-back

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 12-Oct-18

Shares in Fortescue Metals Group closed nearly 2.5 per cent higher at $3.76 on 11 October, after the pure-play iron ore miner announced plans to repurchase $500m worth of its shares. Peter O’Connor of Shaw & Partners has welcomed the share buyback, which has coincided with the recent rise in the price of lower-grade iron. Fortescue is expected to launch the buyback following the release of its quarterly results in late October.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Rio Tinto goes off market for share buyback

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 21-Sep-18

Rio Tinto will repurchase around $US3.2bn worth of its shares, including $US1.9bn ($2.6bn) of its Australian-listed stock. The off-market buyback will be financed via the proceeds from the sale of Rio Tinto’s coking coal assets in Queensland. Don Hamson of Plato Investment Management says an off-market buyback is preferable to a special dividend, given that Labor intends to abolish cash refunds for excess franking credits if it wins the next federal election. Rio Tinto had previously announced $US2.4bn worth of buybacks.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Time for companies to splash the buyback cash

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 10-Aug-18

Berowne Hlavaty of JP Morgan says key indicators suggest that the August reporting season in Australia will be a strong one. The firm’s poll of analysts shows that 33 per cent of stocks are expected to post an earnings surprise on the upside, while only 17 per cent of stocks will surprise on the downside. JP Morgan has identified a number of companies that could potentially announce share buybacks during the reporting season. They include BHP Billiton, Westpac, Woolworths, Insurance Australia Group and Vicinity Centres.

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JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, VICINITY CENTRES – ASX VCX, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, ANSELL LIMITED – ASX ANN, MIRVAC GROUP – ASX MGR, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, PLATINUM ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX PTM, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, SIMS METAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX SGM, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NATIONAL STORAGE REIT – ASX NSR, CHARTER HALL LONG WALE REIT – ASX CLW, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, IRESS LIMITED – ASX IRE, GROWTHPOINT PROPERTIES AUSTRALIA – ASX GOZ, CHARTER HALL RETAIL REIT – ASX CQR, PERSEUS MINING LIMITED – ASX PRU, CROMWELL PROPERTY GROUP – ASX CMW, PROPERTYLINK GROUP LIMITED – ASX PLG, TASSAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX TGR, CARDNO LIMITED – ASX CDD, MYOB GROUP LIMITED – ASX MYO, MAGELLAN FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX MFG, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA