Shareholders likely to miss out altogether from Virgin sale

Original article by Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 1-Jul-20

Virgin Australia’s joint administrator Richard Hughes has advised that the failed airline’s creditors are unlikely to be repaid in full. He has also warned that Virgin’s shareholders are highly unlikely to receive any payout from its US-based private equity firm Bain Capital. Sources close to several of Virgin’s five major foreign shareholders have indicated that this outcome had been expected. Bain Capital will formally take control of Virgin on 1 July.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, BAIN CAPITAL LLC

Share surge elevates Forrest to $13bn man

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 15 & 16 : 21-Jan-20

Shares in pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group have gained more than 10 per cent so far in 2020, reaching a new intra-day high of $11.92 on 20 January. The rally has lifted Fortescue’s market capitalisation to more than $36bn, and it now ranks as Australia’s 13th largest company in terms of market cap. The stake of founder Andrew Forrest is now worth about $13bn, while his net wealth has increased by about $1bn since the start of the year and $7bn since March.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Investor’s moral win in Rio row

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 12-Dec-19

Australia’s Takeovers Panel has ruled that Rio Tinto can proceed with its proposal to underwrite Energy Resources of Australia’s entitlement offer, despite the fact that it could result in Rio significantly increasing its stake in the uranium miner. However, the Takeovers Panel also found that Rio Tinto’s underwriting offer was made in "unacceptable circumstances". The Rio deal was opposed by ERA investor Richard Magides, who has a 15.9 per cent stake in the company via Zentree Investments.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ENERGY RESOURCES OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX ERA, AUSTRALIA. TAKEOVERS PANEL, ZENTREE INVESTMENTS

Catalano not working with Gordon

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 11-Dec-19

Australian Community Media’s Antony Catalano says he is not working with WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon to block Seven West Media’s takeover bid for Prime Media Group. Their combined stake in Prime is sufficient to prevent Seven from reaching the 75 per cent acceptances threshold to complete the deal. Catalano says that himself and Gordon seem to be of the shared view that the Seven offer does not represent good value for Prime’s shareholders. Both have stressed the need for further changes to Australia’s media ownership laws.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD

Gordon, Catalano block Seven West bid for Prime

Original article by Leo Shanahan, Nick Tabakoff, Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 10-Dec-19

Seven West Media has offered a fully franked special dividend of $0.03 per share for regional affiliate Prime Media Group, in addition to the initial offer of 0.4582 of its shares. However, two of Prime’s biggest shareholders – WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon and Australian Community Media’s Antony Catalano – will oppose the bid. The former has stated that Australia’s outdated media ownership laws have stymied rival bids for Prime, while Catalano has reiterated his interest in acquiring Prime in order to build ACM into a diversified regional media group.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA

BHP seeks delay in Brazil class action case

Original article by Liz Main
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 27-Nov-19

BHP has asked the Federal Court to postpone a shareholder class action until criminal charges against past and present executives are resolved. Brazilian prosecutors charged eight BHP executives with a range of offences – including intentional homicide – in the wake of the Samarco iron ore tailings dam disaster in 2015. Shareholders subsequently launched a class action against BHP to recover the loss in value of their shares following the disaster. The outcome of the criminal charges is unlikely to be known for at least two years.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, SAMARCO MINERACAO SA, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, VALE SA

How BHP’s chairman tamed Elliott Management

Original article by Peter Ker, James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 25-Nov-19

BHP chairman Ken MacKenzie has stressed the importance of engaging with activist investors in a professional manner, rather than taking a defensive stance. He adds that an activist investor will usually be well prepared before they make contact with a company that they are targeting, and they will almost certainly already be a shareholder. US-based activist hedge fund Elliott Management remains on BHP’s share register several years after its unsuccessful campaign for a restructuring of the resources giant. MacKenzie has described Elliott as "a terrific shareholder".

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD

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

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