Former Leighton CFO found guilty of cooking the books

Former Leighton CFO found guilty of cooking the books

Former Leighton Holdings (LHL) chief financial officer and director Peter Alan Gregg has been found guilty of criminal charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).  After a five-week trial in the District Court of New South Wales, a jury found Gregg (of Pyrmont, NSW) had engaged ...

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IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

The managing director and chairman of IOOF Holdings (ASX: IFL) have stepped down from their roles to fight legal action brought by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), in what the finance services provider has described as an "appropriate" step in the interests of governance. APRA announced on Friday that ...

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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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Government announces $2b injection for small business

Government announces $2b injection for small business

The Federal Government is offering a leg up to around three million small businesses in Australia through the creation of a $2 billion fund that will be channelled through loans to small banks and non-bank lenders. The Australian Business Securitisation Fund is expected to improve competition in the business loan market, where borrow...

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Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Wilson Asset Management (ASX: WAM) has raised the stakes in its bid to run Blue Sky Alternative Investments' (ASX: BLA) alternative access fund, but the embattled company has been unswayed. WAM has offered a fee-free period for BLA-managed assets as well as an expansion of the scope of its services to match those of Alterum, the name ...

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CTM founder buys more shares amidst short sell attack

CTM founder buys more shares amidst short sell attack

After losing more than $120 million from a hedge fund "ambush" of his company, Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) CEO Jamie Pherous (pictured) is reinvesting in the business he founded. After the group released an Ernst & Young-backed defence of its financial health, on Friday Pherous acquired 115,000 shar...

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Corporate Travel Management strikes back

Corporate Travel Management strikes back

After 11 days under siege from a short selling attack, Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) is taking its defence up a notch with a review from Ernst & Young (EY) that "has not identified any issues or concerns" with its North American business and has sought to explain alleged discrepancies in cash flow an...

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VGI furthers short position in Corporate Travel over "serious additional concerns"

VGI furthers short position in Corporate Travel over "serious additional concerns"

Hedge fund VGI Partners has been emboldened by last week's 27 per cent fall in Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) shares and has increased its short position in the Brisbane company. The fund sent a 52-page to investors last night claiming the group tried to "tap-dance out of trouble" over allegations...

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Brisbane property tech company PEXA to be acquired for $1.6 billion

Brisbane property tech company PEXA to be acquired for $1.6 billion

A consortium including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), Link Administration Holdings and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners is set to acquire a major Aussie tech group for around $1.6 billion. The bidders have announced they will acquire Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA) after shareholders at PEXA agre...

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Class action on the table after short seller report

Class action on the table after short seller report

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is set to weigh in on VGI Partners' $55 million short on Brisbane-based travel company Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD), with a class action potentially on the cards. But who the Melbourne-headquartered firm will be against is now the question. An investigation is currently underway i...

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Wattle Hill increases bid for Capilano takeover

Wattle Hill increases bid for Capilano takeover

This morning, Australian honey producer Capilano went into a trading halt pending news of a completed takeover. However, shortly after, the company left the halt to announce that the Wattle Hill and ROC Capital consortium has agreed to increase its takeover offer. The China-focused private investors will now be paying $21 per share fo...

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Corporate Travel Management rejects 'misunderstood' short selling report from VGI Partners

Corporate Travel Management rejects 'misunderstood' short selling report from VGI Partners

"CTM has a clear strategy to establish a global footprint and generate scale, but is not intending to do this by building a costly and less productive small office 'bricks and mortar' empire," the group says.  Ahead of its AGM today Corporate Travel Management (CTM, ASX: CTD) has hit back at VGI Partners over its sh...

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Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Less than a week after Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) reached a deal for Pinnacle Investment (ASX: PNI) to manage its alternative access fund from the start of 2019, a new contender has come on the scene. In an announcement today, the group's $177 million Blue Sky Alternative Access Fund (ASX: BAF) informed sharehold...

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IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

Global litigation funder IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is preparing to raise over $84 million to prepare for a range of opportunities presently in reach for the company. The listed company will conduct a fully underwritten institutional placement to raise $74.48 million, comprising an issue of 26.6 million new IMF ordinary shares. The group ...

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Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Update: Since this story was published, APDC has advised that Bankwest confirmed its consent to pay the special distribution and the September quarterly distribution.  After already dropping its price to get the Asia Pacific Data Centre Group (APDC) saga over and done with, former majority shareholder 360 Capital may end up...

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NAB sets aside $314m for customer compensation

NAB sets aside $314m for customer compensation

NAB (ASX: NAB) is the latest bank to set aside a large swathe of cash to compensate its customers. In total, NAB will set aside $314 million for refunds and compensation for issues including adviser services fees and plan service fees. As part of the compensation, $53 million is related to discontinued operations. The costs associ...

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Slater & Gordon launches 'Get Your Super Back' class action against Commonwealth Bank

Slater & Gordon launches 'Get Your Super Back' class action against Commonwealth Bank

Law firm Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) believes it could recoup more than $100 million for thousands of superannuation members through a recently launched class action against Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) and its subsidiary Colonial First State. Slater & Gordon says this is the first class action of its 'Get Your Super ...

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MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

MNF Group acquires spare parts of Inabox Group for $30m+

Communications specialists MNF Group (ASX: MNF) have acquired certain parts of Inabox Group's (ASX: IAB) sprawling business. The agreement, worth between $30.5 and $33.5 million depending on how earn out conditions are met, will see MNF acquire the wholesale and enablement businesses from Inabox Group. The business being acquired ...

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Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

SCA Property Group (ASX: SCP) will become Australia's leading owner and manager of convenience-based shopping centres after picking up 10 assets from Vicinity Centres (ASX: VCX) for $573 million. The sale forms part of Vicinity's plans to divest non-core sub-regional and neighbourhood shopping centre assets as it shifts attention ...

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ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

The inquiry will seek to understand why Australia is the third most expensive G20 country to send money from. Australia's competition and consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into the currency conversion mark-ups and transaction fees that make overseas business, travel and remittances more challenging in Australia than in m...

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Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

The Financial Services Royal Commission has published its highly anticipated interim report into misconduct in the finance industry, but discussions around superannuation and insurance will have to wait until the final report that's due by February next year. Covering issues ranging from consumer and SME lending to financial advi...

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Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has taken aim at National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) and MLC on behalf of customers who were allegedly sold worthless credit card insurance. The law firm has filed class action proceedings in the Federal Court against the two companies, alleging they engaged in unconscionable conduct by selling sellin...

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Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Within days of biotech company Sirtex Medical Limited delisting from the ASX following its takeover from China's CDH Investments for $1.9 billion, former CEO Gilman Edwin Wong has been charged with insider trading. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) alleges Wong, who was also a director of the radioa...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a royal commission into Australia's aged care system the preeminent providers of the service on the ASX saw their shares take a tumble. At 12.20pm AEST Aveo is down 4.28 per cent to $2.16, Estia is down 18.3 per cent to $2.41 per share, Japara is down 14 per cent to $1.44, and Regis Health...

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AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

AusCann lists on US stock exchange to boost international operations

One of Australia's leading listed cannabis companies has jumped across the Pacific to list on one of America's leading stock exchanges. AusCann Group (ASX: AC8) has commenced trading on the US OTCQX Market under the stock symbol ACNNF. The OTCQX is an investor-focused US market featuring US and global companies. To qualify for...

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Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon announces all-out attack on banks to get your super back

Slater and Gordon is launching a full-on assault on Australia's financial institutions in a campaign to secure more than one billion dollars in super from the banks. Their campaign is called Get Your Super Back and it is shaping up to be an intensive, lengthy, and expensive battle. "Slater and Gordon will take on the banks on...

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Suncorp confirms sale of life insurance arm delivering bulk shareholder returns

Suncorp confirms sale of life insurance arm delivering bulk shareholder returns

Suncorp's (ASX: SUN) $725 million sale of its life insurance arm to Japanese insurance group Dai-ichi Life is set to deliver windfall returns for shareholders. The sale, announced in early August alongside its FY18 results, is set to deliver approximately $600 million to shareholders according to Suncorp. The sale to Dai-ichi'...

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Rough trot continues for Blue Sky with poor results

Rough trot continues for Blue Sky with poor results

Deteriorating market sentiment towards Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) dealt a blow to the company's bottom line in FY18 with losses more than tripling year-on-year to $85.6 million. With revenue down 63 per cent at $24.9 million, Blue Sky interim managing director Kim Morison says the market's feelings about the group...

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Double digit growth again for Villa World

Double digit growth again for Villa World

Residential property developer Villa World Limited (ASX: VLW) has reported strong results for FY18 amid solid sales from its flagship projects on the east coast. The company has posted double digit profit growth for the fifth consecutive year with a statutory net profit after tax of $43.6 million for FY18, up 15 per cent year-on-year. ...

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