ASIC challenges AMP and Clayton Utz over failure to produce documents

ASIC challenges AMP and Clayton Utz over failure to produce documents

As part of its investigation into AMP for charging 'fees for no service' (FFNS), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has called on the financial services firm and Clayton Utz to provide certain documents it claims have been withheld. ASIC has applied to the Federal Court of Australia for an order that ...

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Cardno finds Texan star with $77m acquisition

Cardno finds Texan star with $77m acquisition

Infrastructure and environmental services group Cardno (ASX: CDD) has come out of a trading halt to announce an agreement to acquire Texan engineering services firm Raba Kistner Inc for US$55 million ($77 million). With 470 staff, Raba Kistner specialises in construction materials testing, geotechnical engineering consulting, project...

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API offers $727 million for rival Sigma Healthcare

API offers $727 million for rival Sigma Healthcare

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (ASX: API) has offered its rival Sigma Healthcare (ASX: SIG) $727 million to buy the entire business. API is hoping to consolidate its position in the face of increased regulatory processes and a more competitive market. The $727 million takeover represents a premium of 69.4 per cent ot Sigma's...

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Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

The nation's leading businesspeople aged under 40 gathered on the Gold Coast for a night of revelry and recognition, but there could be only one outright Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. After Business News Australia staff scoured the country for Australia's most enterprising young business minds across 19 different...

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Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

Smart vape breakthrough for cannabis tech LifeSpot Health

LifeSpot Health (ASX: LSH) has started distribution negotiations with "key players in recreational cannabis" following production of its first medical cannabis smart vaporiser. At the time of writing shares in the Melbourne-based company were up 13 per cent, with the group highlighting significant growth in the booming cannabis ...

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Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Not content to rest on their laurels as the world changes around them, entrepreneurs are a forward-thinking breed for whom determination is de rigueur and risk is a reality.  As the culmination of a decade hosting Young Entrepreneur Awards and following the journeys of its participants through reportage, Business News Australia will ...

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SumoSalad back in the ring with plans for THR1VE merger

SumoSalad back in the ring with plans for THR1VE merger

Within months of struggling through the toils of voluntary administration, food chain SumoSalad looks set to merge with another company that has fallen on hard times. Led by co-founder Luke Baylis as its company director, SumoSalad has signed a heads of agreement to explore the creation of a leading "house of wellness brands&quo...

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Lottery operator Jumbo Interactive cashes in on large jackpots

Lottery operator Jumbo Interactive cashes in on large jackpots

Shares in online lottery operator Jumbo Interactive (ASX: JIN) have surged nearly eight percent after it released a trading update which forecast a rise in first half profit of more than double the previous period. The trading update for the half year to December 31, 2018, forecasts net profit after tax (NPAT) of $11.8 million which is a ...

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IOOF shares in freefall as APRA looks to ban five senior executives

IOOF shares in freefall as APRA looks to ban five senior executives

The prudential regulator has begun legal action to disqualify five senior IOOF employees from running a superannuation fund for failing to act in their members' interest, as ANZ flagged it would now reconsider its sale of its OnePath Pensions business to the wealth manager. APRA on Friday also revealed it was seeking to impose additio...

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Former Murray Goulburn MD hit with $200k fine

Former Murray Goulburn MD hit with $200k fine

A former Murray Goulburn executive has been fined $200,000 over his involvement in the dairy group's false or misleading claims about the fixed pricing system used to forecast expected farmer payments in 2015-16.  The Federal Court approved a settlement between Murray Goulburn and the Australian Competition and Consumer...

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BOQ loses second senior executive in consecutive days

BOQ loses second senior executive in consecutive days

The Bank of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) has lost its second senior executive in as many days, with the resignation of group executive of BOQ business Brendan White. White's departure follows Wednesday's announcement that CEO Jon Sutton would stand down to focus on his long-term health after he underwent an emergency surgery for a triple...

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Zelda reaches cannabis spray deal with SUDA

Zelda reaches cannabis spray deal with SUDA

Perth-based Zelda Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) is set to develop oral spray formulations for its cannabis medicines thanks to a deal reached with SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX: SUD). SUDA will apply its proprietary OroMist oromucosal spray tech for Zelda's pharmaceutical-grade formulations under a 12-month plan, as part of t...

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Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Forget the sofa: Find comfort with online counselling

Seeing a mental health professional can be a daunting experience. Never mind the sterile waiting rooms, the unfamiliar office, and the anxiety of having to ask for time off work sometimes the hardest part is finding a car park! With broadband speeds faster than ever, and with telehealth well and truly entering its prime, it might be t...

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ACCC takes on TPG for retaining millions from allegedly misleading conduct

ACCC takes on TPG for retaining millions from allegedly misleading conduct

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is hoping to secure compensation for TPG customers after the telco allegedly misled consumers about a "prepayment" fee. The ACCC alleges that TPG misled customers about a $20 "prepayment" made by consumers and that the telco included unfair prepayment contract t...

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GrainCorp receives $2.4b takeover offer

GrainCorp receives $2.4b takeover offer

One of the country's largest agribusinesses GrainCorp (ASX: GNC) has been valued at a 42 per cent premium thanks to a takeover bid from Long-Term Asset Partners (LTAP), which is offering $10.42 per share. The non-binding, indicative proposal from the Australian outfit values Sydney-based GrainCorp at $2.4 billion, and at the time...

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Godfreys co-founder John Johnston passes away at 100

Godfreys co-founder John Johnston passes away at 100

John Johnston was described as a "driving force" behind the company's growth to become a national retail chain.  The centenarian owner of vacuum cleaner retailer Godfreys passed away last week, around five months after he and his family took back ownership of the group he co-founded almost eight decades ago. Godfrey...

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Myer receives "second strike" on remuneration

Myer receives "second strike" on remuneration

Shareholders of Myer (ASX: MYR) have delivered a "second strike" on remuneration at the company's AGM in Melbourne, with 37.49 percent of proxy votes rejecting the resolution. At perhaps the most important AGM in Myer's history, shareholders backed an aggressive and ongoing campaign from the company's biggest investo...

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Retail Food Group chairman flags asset sales, imminent "major restructuring"

Retail Food Group chairman flags asset sales, imminent "major restructuring"

The new executive chairman brought in to change Retail Food Group's (ASX: RFG) fortunes says 2019 will be "another demanding year", with asset sales and job cuts looking likely for the for the franchise operator. For Peter George, who has worked on the turnaround of companies including Optus and Asciano, RFG's woes ...

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THC Global expands to NZ with medicinal cannabis range

THC Global expands to NZ with medicinal cannabis range

Within weeks of acquiring a Canadian cannabis growing facility, THC Global (ASX: THC) is living up to its name through international expansion into the New Zealand market. The Sydney-based group has secured exclusive rights in New Zealand to import a range medicinal cannabis products based on cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracts from Danis...

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Why should Myer report its quarterly sales?

Why should Myer report its quarterly sales?

Myer Holdings (ASX: MYR) chairman Garry Hounsell (pictured) has lambasted major shareholder Solomon Lew in a letter to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), claiming a "particularly disrupted" trading environment has been the result of sustained attacks from Lew's Premier Investments (ASX: PMV). The letter was in response to ...

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Solomon Lew: 'failed' Myer board has handed its keys to the big banks

Solomon Lew: 'failed' Myer board has handed its keys to the big banks

Under-siege Myer Holdings (ASX: MYR) has announced it has completed the refinancing of its bank facility, as Solomon Lew's Premier Investments continues its savage attacks on the department store chain. The company has extended the maturity to February 2021 and says this will give Myer the "confidence and ability" to deliver...

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Businesses urged to watch out for email invoicing scams

Businesses urged to watch out for email invoicing scams

Scamwatch, the competition regulator's website highlighting business scams, is calling on businesses to urgently review how they verify and pay accounts and invoices as reports of business email compromise (BEC) scams have grown by a third this year. "This is a very sophisticated scam, which is why many businesses only realise th...

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'It takes time to turn this business around', McGrath CEO says

'It takes time to turn this business around', McGrath CEO says

Collapsing sales volumes and the departure of key sales agents and franchisees have hit real estate group McGrath Limited (ASX: MEA) which has booked a full year loss of $63 million on the back of a revenue drop of 23 percent over the previous year. At the company AGM on Friday, McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas revealed the serious issues facing t...

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Engineering giant RCR Tomlinson goes into administration

Engineering giant RCR Tomlinson goes into administration

After 120 years in business, engineering and construction company RCR Tomlinson (ASX: RCR) has entered administration. A statement from the engineering firm released this morning the company says it has appointed McGrathNicol as administrators to the company overnight. Around 3,400 staff are now in limbo as the company beings its proc...

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Coles starts trading on the ASX

Coles starts trading on the ASX

After an 11-year absence due to its incorporation with Wesfarmers (ASX: WES), one of country's leading supermarkets is back on the Australian Stock Exchange. Shares in Coles Group (ASX: COL) started trading today following a decision from the Supreme Court of Western Australia on Monday to approve a Wesfarmers shareholder vote in...

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Harold Mitchell resigns on ASIC's Tennis Australia probe

Harold Mitchell resigns on ASIC's Tennis Australia probe

The chairman of Free TV Australia Harold Mitchell has been "forced" to resign following allegations made by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) about his involvement with Tennis Australia. Mitchell revealed news of the acrimonious departure in a brief statement. "It is with regret that I have been...

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Our 'failures' hindered police enforcement of major crime, CBA boss admits

Our 'failures' hindered police enforcement of major crime, CBA boss admits

Police and law enforcement authorities were unable to disrupt money laundering by drug and firearm syndicates because of Commonwealth Bank's "failures", according to CBA CEO Matt Comyn. At the banking royal commission on Tuesday, Comyn made the dramatic admission that the contraventions were extremely serious. CBA paid a...

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RCR Tomlinson faces class action over share plunge

RCR Tomlinson faces class action over share plunge

Engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Limited (ASX: RCR) is facing a class action in the NSW Supreme Court from aggrieved shareholders after it suffered a massive share price plunge in August. Litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan filed the class action proceedings with financing from Burford Capital, a glob...

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No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

The outgoing chairman of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) is confident restructuring efforts will help deliver returns, but unlike in previous years the company has not given any earnings guidance for FY2019 at today's annual general meeting (AGM). Chairman John Kain (pictured), who will be replaced by former Hastings Funds...

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G8 Education shares surge on positive outlook

G8 Education shares surge on positive outlook

Shares in childcare services company, G8 Education (ASX: GEM) have surged more than 10 per cent after the company reported earnings for the 2018 calendar year were roughly in line with expectations. Ahead of the company's annual investor day presentation, G8 Education forecast its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) will be in the...

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