JB Hi-Fi posts record sales and earnings

JB Hi-Fi posts record sales and earnings

It has been another strong year for retail giant JB Hi-Fi (ASX: JBH), posting record sales and earnings. Total sales were up 3.5 per cent to $7.1 billion and NPAT was up 7.1 per cent to $249.8 million. These continued strong results, showing growth every financial year since FY15, demonstrate the brand's strong position in the Aus...

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AMP to raise $650 million ahead of transformation strategy

AMP to raise $650 million ahead of transformation strategy

Embattled financier AMP (ASX: AMP) intends to raise $650 million to buoy a complete reinvention of the company The new AMP will be a "simpler, client-led, higher growth and higher return" business. AMP is in serious need of a facelift following a rough FY19 stacked with intense criticism of its practices that were revealed d...

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CommBank will take on Afterpay in buy-now pay-later market

CommBank will take on Afterpay in buy-now pay-later market

Australia's largest bank is moving with the times in a financial market where buy-now pay-later (BNPL) companies like Afterpay (ASX: APT) and Zip Co (ASX: Z1P) have gained traction with consumers and investors alike. In its results announcement today, Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) announced it had signed an agreement with Swedish onlin...

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Suncorp investors get $506m gift from Australian Life Insurance sale

Suncorp investors get $506m gift from Australian Life Insurance sale

The loss incurred from the sale of its Australian Life Insurance business was the main reason why Suncorp's (ASX: SUN) profit plummeted in FY19, but shareholders will be rewarded for their patience with a generous payout. Within months of the resignation of CEO Michael Cameron, the Brisbane-based company posted a net profit after...

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Yowie escapes coup as Bolton and Khan clash over Keybridge

Yowie escapes coup as Bolton and Khan clash over Keybridge

Troubled investment firm Keybridge Capital (ASX: KBC) has been choc-blocked in its attempt to oust chairman Louis Carroll from confectioner Yowie (ASX: YOW), with investors seemingly taking little encouragement from the suitor's own internal conflicts.  Keybridge, backed by notorious corporate raiders Farooq Khan and Nichola...

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VGI launches another ASX entity for new Asian investment strategy

VGI launches another ASX entity for new Asian investment strategy

VGI Partners (ASX: VGI) hopes to raise $500 million for the launch of a new Asian investment strategy and subsequent ASX-listed fund. Investors will be able to access VGI's latest strategy through a new entity VGI Partners Asian Investments Limited (ASX: VG8). This latest move comes just four months after the hedge fund launched a...

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Blue Sky ditched as SA venture capital fund manager

Blue Sky ditched as SA venture capital fund manager

Embattled fund manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has been dropped by the South Australian government from its role of managing the state's venture fund. The independent committee in charge of the $50 million SA Venture Capital Fund (SAVCF) is in the process of appointing a new fund manager to oversee the investments ...

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Healthia on a roll with latest acquisitions

Healthia on a roll with latest acquisitions

Diversified health business Healthia (ASX: HLA) has been on a buying spree of late, with today's acquisition of a suite of hand therapy clinics its latest purchase. The group, chaired by former Greencross CEO Dr. Glen Richards, has acquired four specialty hand therapy clinics in Sydney for $3.5 million in total. Group CEO of Physi...

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Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' stake in Alliance hits turbulence

Qantas' (ASX: QAN) acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in Alliance Airlines (ASX: AQZ) has triggered alarm bells for the competition watchdog. In a statement released this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) noted some red flags relating to certain transport routes only travelled by Qantas and Alliance...

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Superloop earnings return to normal after major project completion

Superloop earnings return to normal after major project completion

Major network builds will be the foundation for Superloop's (ASX: SLC) earnings recovery over the next financial year. The company announced this morning it expects FY20 underlying guidance to double year-on-year to $14-$16 million. This growth is backed by recent network builds as well as strong anticipated growth in its fibre co...

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Oaktree takes hold of Blue Sky's water assets

Oaktree takes hold of Blue Sky's water assets

The carving up of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has begun with assets set to be filtered through to the vulture fund that came to its rescue in the darkest hour.  Yesterday the embattled company announced restructuring would commence this week with the transfer of its water and agricultural funds - known as its real ass...

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Corporate raiders come knocking at Yowie's door

Corporate raiders come knocking at Yowie's door

A pair of notorious corporate raiders behind two unsuccessful attempts to buy out confectioner Yowie (ASX: YOW) are taking matters into their own hands. Farooq Khan and Nicholas Bolton have launched an attempt to have chairman Louis Carroll and executive director Glen Watts removed from the company board. It is the latest play from th...

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Furniture e-commerce leader Temple & Webster tables first profit

Furniture e-commerce leader Temple & Webster tables first profit

Furniture retailer Temple & Webster's (ASX: TPW) online model has paid off with the company recording its first full year profit. During FY19 the company generated $101.6 million in revenue, up 41 per cent on the prior year. Most notably for investors who have stuck with the e-commerce furniture and homewares vendor since its ...

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Healthy turnaround for Oliver's Real Food

Healthy turnaround for Oliver's Real Food

Since Oliver's Real Food (ASX: OLI) founder Jason Gunn returned to helm the ship the company's fortunes have improved substantially. During the fourth quarter the health-oriented fast food business delivered a profit as well as earnings of $161,000. "This is a direct outcome of management's determination to eliminate ...

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GBST yields to FNZ takeover bid

GBST yields to FNZ takeover bid

Shares in Brisbane-based fintech GBST (ASX: GBT) have risen 6.5 per cent this morning after the board unanimously recommended a takeover bid from the holding company of FNZ Custodians. The $3.85 per share bid is actually less than an earlier acquisition offer from the New Zealand-based company, but is still 7 per cent more than an offer o...

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Janine Allis stands with board ahead of possible Retail Zoo IPO

Janine Allis stands with board ahead of possible Retail Zoo IPO

Rumours of a potential ASX listing of franchise group Retail Zoo are swirling as of late. The company, which operates Janine Allis' extremely successful Boost and a swathe of other brands, is exploring a range of options to keep growth on an upward trajectory. The group - also responsible for Betty's Burgers, Cibo Espress...

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ASIC to launch proceedings against ANZ

ASIC to launch proceedings against ANZ

ANZ is set to face civil penalty proceedings over fees charged to customers who failed to make scheduled payments between accounts. The issue was part of an ultimately unsuccessful class action brought by law firm Maurice Blackburn, but in December 2018 there was a settlement of $1.5 million for certain fees. The settlement is still s...

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AP Eagers and AHG merger gets ACCC green light

AP Eagers and AHG merger gets ACCC green light

The proposed merger of two of Australia's largest automotive dealers has been conditionally approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) this morning. Combined, AP Eagers (ASX: APE) and Automotive Holdings Group (ASX AHG) will be Australia's largest car dealership business, with a market capitalisation of ...

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Zip exceeds expectations in final quarter

Zip exceeds expectations in final quarter

The last quarter of FY19 was a success for buy-now pay-later group Zip Co (ASX: Z1P). The group claims it has smashed its targets set at the beginning of FY19, with transaction volumes up 108 per cent year-on-year to $1.1 billion and revenue up 17 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $27 million. Zip now has 1.3 million customers using the ...

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APRA slams Macquarie, Rabobank and HSBC over funding standards

APRA slams Macquarie, Rabobank and HSBC over funding standards

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has found the intra-group funding practices of three major banking institutions could undermine their stability in times of crisis. Following a review of funding agreements across the authorised deposit-taking (ADI) industry, APRA has called out Macquarie Bank (ASX: MQG)...

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