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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P2P Transport's latest acquisition secures its leading taxi advertising position

P2P Transport's latest acquisition secures its leading taxi advertising position

Taxi and ride-share vehicle management business P2P Transport (ASX: P2P) has completed its latest acquisition, establishing the company as Australia's largest taxi advertising network. The company has acquired Nonstop Media, a national provider of "static backs" which are attached to the read of taxis and act as a platform f...

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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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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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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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Exclusive cannabis deal makes its mark on Impression Healthcare

Exclusive cannabis deal makes its mark on Impression Healthcare

Impression Healthcare (ASX: IHL) might be known for its work in dental impressions, but the Melbourne-based group has ambitions to become a serious medicinal cannabis player too. Following its collaboration agreement with US cannabis pharmaceutical company AXIM Biotechnologies announced in late September, the company has now secured an im...

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The Reject Shop rejects opportunistic Allensford offer

The Reject Shop rejects opportunistic Allensford offer

Following a late October share price dive The Reject Shop (ASX: TRS) has been trying to rebuild its retail business another victim of the dismal Australian retail sector. In late November, a newly incorporated company called Allensford (wholly owned by Kin Group), lobbed an "opportunistic" offer to The Reject Shop's sharehol...

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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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One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

Losing his job in the thick of the GFC turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Travis Erridge (pictured), who has gone on to co-found a succesful business and last night was crowned 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Covering property, supply chains and project management, Erridge's consultancy TM Insight caters to a r...

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Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

With the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) pitch to have its intervention powers extended in the 'buy now pay later' market, one could be forgiven for thinking Afterpay Touch Group (ASX: APT) would be against the idea. Business has been booming for the Melbourne-based company led by Nicholas Molnar (pictured)...

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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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Melbourne's Top 50 Companies revealed

Melbourne's Top 50 Companies revealed

With the Royal Banking Commission triggering shifts at the top while new entrants shake up the offering on the shelf, Melbourne's top listed companies have been a busy lot this year. With a combined market capitalisation of $648 billion these companies help drive Australia's strongest state economy, not to mention the nation and t...

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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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Catalano lobs new bid to stop Fairfax-Nine merger deal

Catalano lobs new bid to stop Fairfax-Nine merger deal

Former Domain CEO Antony Catalano has confirmed he will mount a court challenge to the merger between Fairfax Media (ASX: FXJ) and Nine Entertainment (ASX: NEC), saying he has the financial backing to acquire a 20 percent stake in his former employer. Catalano says he has a superior proposal to the Fairfax-Nine merger, which was given sha...

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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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DigitalX launches American joint venture

DigitalX launches American joint venture

Blockchain company DigitalX (ASX: DDC) has launched a new joint venture with US-based investment bank and broker-dealer Americas Executions (AmerX) to service the Security Token Offering (STO) marketplace. Called DX Americas, the new entity will provide blockchain and technical advisory services in addition to marketing and public relatio...

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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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Reject Shop receives "opportunistic" $78m takeover bid

Reject Shop receives "opportunistic" $78m takeover bid

It has been a rough two months for discount retail chain The Reject Shop (ASX: TRS). In October, the company's shares fell 35 per cent in one day in response to a bleak trading update from the company. The dive was off the back of the company announcing it was unlikely to hit its profit guidance of $17.7 million for the first half...

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