CommBank remediation bill passes $2 billion mark

CommBank remediation bill passes $2 billion mark

Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) has put aside $714 million for customer remediation provisions while its bottom line continues to be hammered by the aftershock of the Royal Commission. Australia's largest listed company announced today the measure would cut its net profit after tax (NPAT) for the third quarter by 28 per cent, even though...

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ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

ACCC opposes Vodafone and TPG merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ('ACCC') has announced that it will block the merger between telecommunications giants TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone (ASX: HTA), saying the merger would lessen competition.  The consumer watchdog inadvertently published a statement online this afternoon stating that the...

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Westpac first half profit down $1 billion

Westpac first half profit down $1 billion

Westpac (ASX: WBC) has seen its profits dive in 1H19 thanks to major remediation and restructuring items. At the end of the half the group recorded a net profit of $3.2 billion, down 24 per cent on 1H18, with earnings down 22 per cent to $3.3 billion. The group says profits were hit by provisions for estimated customer refunds, repaym...

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Melbourne tech startup A Cloud Guru raises $46M

Melbourne tech startup A Cloud Guru raises $46M

A fast-growing enterprise technology company specialising in online cloud computer training has completed one of the biggest funding rounds in Australia to date in 2019, with backing from domestic and US investors. A Cloud Guru (ACG) has successfully closed a growth equity investment of USD$33 million (AUD$46.8 million), led by US-ba...

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Bellamy's shares soar as China gives new brand the tick of approval

Bellamy's shares soar as China gives new brand the tick of approval

Shares in milk-formula producer Bellamy's have spiked following the announcement that a new China-focused formula brand has been approved by Chinese regulator SAMR. The company is awaiting final certification of all changes from SAMR which it anticipates will be received shortly. Prior to producing, the parties may make further amendm...

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Gilbert + Tobin optimistic following bumper year for mergers and acquisitions

Gilbert + Tobin optimistic following bumper year for mergers and acquisitions

Gilbert + Tobin are certainly no strangers to some of the largest Australian mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Most recently the company advised on the acquisition of business software company MYOB by KKR for $2 billion. So, when the firm says that the future is looking bright for M&A that's a fairly strong indication that t...

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NAB takes $525M hit as it repays short-changed customers

NAB takes $525M hit as it repays short-changed customers

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) has copped a $525 million cost to repay aggrieved customers in the wake of the banking Royal Commission. This $525 million after tax ($749 million before tax) bill accounts for increased provisions for NAB's customer-related remediation program and is expected to cut its 1H19 cash earnings by a whopp...

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Blackmores reveals unhealthy quarter as company heir takes the reins

Blackmores reveals unhealthy quarter as company heir takes the reins

The son of the late founder of Blackmores stepped in as interim CEO at the beginning of April and now the company has revealed the state of the group he's inherited. At the end of 3Q19 Blackmores' profit was down 43 per cent to $10 million. Revenue was also down 4 per cent to $141 million. For the first nine months the com...

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Longtable completes the acquisition of Maggie Beer Products

Longtable completes the acquisition of Maggie Beer Products

The acquisition of Maggie Beer's eponymous line of gourmet foods has been completed by listed food company Longtable (ASX: LON). Longtable now owns 100 per cent of Maggie Beer Products after purchasing the remaining 52 per cent not already owned for $10 million. In order to acquire the remaining 52 per cent of Maggie Beer Products...

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Health conscious Aussies becoming a toothache for Easter chocolatiers, experts warn

Health conscious Aussies becoming a toothache for Easter chocolatiers, experts warn

The rising number of Australians concerned with what they consume is causing chocolatiers to change their product offerings around Easter according to a report by IBISWorld. Whilst the anticipated Easter chocolate spend in Australia will continue to grow this year chocolatiers are being pushed to produce more premium and healthier Easter ...

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Citi to refund $3M over complex investment losses

Citi to refund $3M over complex investment losses

One of the world's largest banks will refund more than $3 million to Australian customers over losses from complicated fixed coupon structured products, following an investigation from the country's financial watchdog. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) put Citigroup under the microscope to examine ho...

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QANTM backs down on Xenith merger

QANTM backs down on Xenith merger

The battle for control of intellectual property business Xenith IP Group (ASX: XIP) has more or less come to a close now that QANTM (ASX: QIP) has backed out of the ring. After QANTM's rival in the courtship of Xenith, IPH (ASX: IPH), increased its takeover bid Xenith gave QANTM until Thursday 11 April to match the bid. But today,...

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Challenging half hits BOQ in the pocket

Challenging half hits BOQ in the pocket

Industry-wide challenges have hurt the Bank of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) during the first half of the 2019 financial year. The bank saw cash earnings after tax down 8 per cent to $167 million and statutory NPAT down 10 per cent to $156 million. Revenue was down slightly by 2 per cent to $544 million. Interim CEO Anthony Rose blamed th...

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Seven offloads Yahoo7 to Verizon

Seven offloads Yahoo7 to Verizon

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) has today completed the sale of its 50 per cent interest in Yahoo7, with American communications giant Verizon picking up the business for $21 million. Seven now fully owns and operates all of its 'direct to consumer' digital products following the divestment of its share in Yahoo7. When Seven annou...

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Doubts linger as Blue Sky issues debt update

Doubts linger as Blue Sky issues debt update

Following a tumultuous 2018 and what has been a tough start to this year, Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has informed the market compliance with covenants to its US-based saviour Oaktree Capital remain in limbo. After posting a net loss after tax of $25.7 million for H1FY19 on 28 February, the Brisbane company announced its c...

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Crowdfunding pours in to women-friendly rideshare Shebah

Crowdfunding pours in to women-friendly rideshare Shebah

Update: On 1 April Shebah announced it had reached an Australian crowdfunding record by hitting its $3 million target. The funds were raised from more than 2,100 investors of which 94 per cent were women.  A business catering to women's safety has picked up strong investor interest en route to taking a slice of Australia'...

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ACCC gives IPH acquisition of Xenith the green light

ACCC gives IPH acquisition of Xenith the green light

The likelihood of an intellectual property giant materialising in Australia is edging closer after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) delivered its blessing. Though shareholders have the option of choosing who IP firm Xenith will partner up with, the ACCC has said that it will not oppose IPH Limited's proposed a...

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Airwallex becomes Australia's latest unicorn with estimated value above US$1B

Airwallex becomes Australia's latest unicorn with estimated value above US$1B

Melbourne-founded fintech group Airwallex has achieved 'unicorn status' following a successful US$100 million (AU$141.3 million) capital raise led by DST Global. The Series C round, led by a group that has previously backed the likes of Facebook, Airbnb and Spotify, gives Airwallex an estimated value of more than US$1 billion. ...

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Superloop completes $30M equity raise

Superloop completes $30M equity raise

Internet infrastructure and service provider Superloop (ASX: SLC) has today completed its equity raise of just over $30 million. Having already raised $22.47 million via an institutional entitlement offer over February and March, the company today announced the successful completion of its retail entitlement offer of $8.4 million. In ...

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Westpac earnings will take a hit to "get it right"

Westpac earnings will take a hit to "get it right"

Westpac has flagged a potential $290 million reduction in earnings as a result of ongoing remuneration programs for customers. The funds are part of Westpac's remuneration programs in the wake of the financial services Royal Commission findings and is expected to impact the group's 1H19 figures. CEO Brian Hartzer says looking ...

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