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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Manikay puts MYOB takeover in jeopardy

Manikay puts MYOB takeover in jeopardy

Manikay Partners is edging closer to blocking the takeover of business management software provider MYOB (ASX: MYO) as it acquires more of the Australian company. Hedge fund Manikay now owns 14.93 per cent of MYOB, up from just 9.9 per cent two weeks ago. In order for the takeover of MYOB by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) to pass ...

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Compumedics scores major US health contract

Compumedics scores major US health contract

Neurological device developers Compumedics (ASX: CMP) have signed an agreement with a major US health organisation which will see its technology deployed in 48 hospitals. Compumedics has contracted with Adventist Health System to allow Compumedics to supply 48 hospitals with its suite of sleep, neurological monitoring and brain research s...

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The tug of war for Xenith IP Group heats up

The tug of war for Xenith IP Group heats up

The battle for control of Australia's intellectual property law firms continues as Xenith IP Group (ASX: XIP) is pulled in two opposing directions. Overnight IPH (ASX: IPH), Australia's largest supplier of IP services, released a letter addressed to IPH and Xenith shareholders detailing the various reasons why their proposal is be...

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Significant demand pushes WiseTech raise up $50 million, closes at $300 million

Significant demand pushes WiseTech raise up $50 million, closes at $300 million

Shareholders hungry for a slice of logistics software giant WiseTech (ASX: WTC) has pushed its capital raise up from $250 million to $300 million. Announced yesterday, the raise by one of the fastest risers in this year's Sydney's Top Companies List is intended to assist the company with its growth plans. At the close of the p...

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GO1 bags over $30 million in raise led by Microsoft

GO1 bags over $30 million in raise led by Microsoft

Tech startup success GO1 has raised more than $30 million in a series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft's venture fund. The $30+ million capital raise was primarily led by M12 alongside existing investors SEEK and Y Combinator, as well as new investors Larsen Ventures. As part of its investment M12 will get a seat on the board...

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Class action looms for IOOF

Class action looms for IOOF

While Australia's prudential watchdog takes action against IOOF (ASX: IFL) directors and executives over alleged misconduct, the wealth manager is about to face another legal battle. Sydney-based law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced today it planned to file a class action against IOOF, arising from evidence given a...

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Investment firm launches $20 million takeover bid for Yowie

Investment firm launches $20 million takeover bid for Yowie

Yowie (ASX: YOW) might be completely gobbled up by Australian investment firm Keybridge Capital (ASXL KBC) for a cool $20 million. The underperforming confectioner is facing the takeover by Keybridge following a disappointing first half during which the company recorded a loss of $871,000. Keybridge looks to be taking advantage of thi...

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Sigma Healthcare rejects API takeover proposal

Sigma Healthcare rejects API takeover proposal

The parent company of some of Australia's leading pharmacies, Sigma Healthcare (ASX: SIG), has rejected a takeover proposal from Australian Pharmaceuticals Industries (ASX: API). In December 2018 API offered $727 million to buy the entirety of Sigma Healthcare. Sigma is the parent of leading Australian pharmacies Amcal, Chemist King, ...

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Retail Food Group denies administration rumours

Retail Food Group denies administration rumours

Embattled franchisor Retail Food Group (ASX: RFG) has denied reports in the Courier Mail citing "word on the street" speculation that administrators could be called in as soon as next week. The operator of food brands including Brumby's, Donut King, Michel's Patisserie and Gloria Jeans reported a loss of $111 million for...

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Zelda strikes up partnership to break into US medicinal cannabis market

Zelda strikes up partnership to break into US medicinal cannabis market

Zelda Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) has entered into a partnership that could see it grab a serious slice of the US medicinal cannabis market. Zelda and Ilera Healthcare will explore a range of commercialisation opportunities to tap into the lucrative US medicinal cannabis market. Though not legal or decriminalised federally, the United Sta...

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Clayton Utz, AMP cave in to ASIC's 'fees for no service' notes demand

Clayton Utz, AMP cave in to ASIC's 'fees for no service' notes demand

After months of withholding notes from interviews of current and former AMP representatives, law firm Clayton Utz has finally coughed up documents requested by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The notes formed the basis for Clayton Utz's October 2017 report on on fees for no service (FFNS) that was consider...

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Manikay ups the ante in MYOB takeover spat

Manikay ups the ante in MYOB takeover spat

Hedge fund Manikay Partners has increased its shareholding in business management business MYOB (ASX: MYO) a day after it publicised its criticism of a potential takeover of MYOB. Manikay now holds 11 per cent of MYOB shares, up from 9.99 per cent. The increase in shareholding comes after the hedge fund sent a letter to MYOB expressin...

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Australian retailers continue to flounder in 2019

Australian retailers continue to flounder in 2019

The beginning of 2019 has not shown any improvement for Australian retailers, clawing only a tiny bit of sales back during the first month of the year. According to the January retail figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) sales increased by just 0.1 per cent from December 2018. This slight increase follows the d...

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