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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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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Myer claws back into the black but sales still down

Myer claws back into the black but sales still down

In a rare bit of positive news for Australian retail giant Myer (ASX: MYR) the company has reported a reasonably positive first half for FY19. Though total sales at the department store were down 2.8 per cent in 1H19, the company recorded a NPAT of $41.3 million (up 3.1 per cent from 1H18). Statutory NPAT during the half was $38.4 mil...

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Major MYOB shareholder refuses to back takeover deal

Major MYOB shareholder refuses to back takeover deal

A major shareholder in business management company MYOB (ASX: MYO) has gone public with its refusal to back the $2.2 billion takeover proposal by a private equity firm. In a letter sent to MYOB and ASIC, and posted on the ASX today by MYOB, major shareholder Manikay Partners has expressed its disagreement with the proposed takeover of MYO...

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Rollercoaster ride for Longtable amidst capital raise and Maggie Beer acquisition

Rollercoaster ride for Longtable amidst capital raise and Maggie Beer acquisition

Shares in Longtable (ASX: LON) rose 36 per cent between in the lead-up to 28 February, right before a trading halt relating to its acquisition of Maggie Beer, a capital raise, and the group's 1H19 results. After the trading halt was lifted, shares fell back down to earth. Premium food producer Longtable (ASX: LON) has had a rollercoas...

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Longtable scoops up the rest of Maggie Beer

Longtable scoops up the rest of Maggie Beer

After 40 years, one month and nine days Maggie Beer has decided to sell her eponymous food brand. It has been a long time coming for Maggie who first sold 48 per cent of the brand to Melbourne based food company Longtable (ASX: LON) in 2016. Speaking to Business News Australia Beer said the decision to sell came at the right point in ...

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Bubs and Bega buddy up for new baby formula

Bubs and Bega buddy up for new baby formula

Infant formula and baby food producer Bubs (ASX: BUB) has entered into a partnership with dairy giant Bega (ASX: BGA) to produce a new goat milk formula for infants. Bubs and Bega subsidiary Tatura will work together to convert fresh goat milk into formula in one step, without intermediate spray dry to whole milk powder. Bubs says this meth...

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Macquarie Telecom records another strong result

Macquarie Telecom records another strong result

For the past nine financial halves data centre operator Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ) has recorded growth in revenue and profit. The half ending December 31 was buoyed by continued investments into the group's data centres, positioning the company well for the serious demand Australian businesses have for data storage. Revenue was ...

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Slater & Gordon in sell-off after senior lenders set free

Slater & Gordon in sell-off after senior lenders set free

Restructuring efforts from law firm Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) have failed to ward off a loss of $10.3 million for 1H19, as the group continues its path to recovery after a woeful foray into the UK market. The result compares to a profit of $141.2 million at the end of 2017, a figure that was only supported by a on...

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Afterpay shares dives on first half loss

Afterpay shares dives on first half loss

Just one day after Afterpay slipped through a Senate report on the buy-now pay-later (BNPL) sector without a scratch, the company is facing the rebuke of shareholders on the back of its first half results. Shares are down after the company announced it suffered an increase to its first half loss after tax of 3043 per cent to $22 million. ...

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ASIC swoops on GetSwift with civil proceedings

ASIC swoops on GetSwift with civil proceedings

GetSwift (ASX: GSW) and its directors Bane Hunter and Joel Macdonald are once again in the firing line. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has today launched civil proceedings against GetSwift in the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne. The proceedings relate to a series of ASX announcements made by GetSwif...

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Webjet flying high on record performance

Webjet flying high on record performance

Flights and hotels comparison service Webjet (ASX: WEB) had a record first half with financial highlights up across the board. The company saw a 42 per cent increase in earnings to $58 million, a 33 per cent increase in revenue to $175.2 million, and a 61 per cent rise in NPAT to $38.3 million. The company's hotel play, WebBeds, c...

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Allensford jumps on disappointing The Reject Shop results

Allensford jumps on disappointing The Reject Shop results

Allensford is once again gunning to take over The Reject Shop (ASX: TRS) following the group's 1H19 results announcement and full year guidance. Though The Reject Shop's half year profit was in line with expectations, Allensford is hoping shareholders will jump ship now that the retailer has announced its full year guidance. P...

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ASIC the enforcer: Regulator reveals raft of investigations in the works

ASIC the enforcer: Regulator reveals raft of investigations in the works

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced it will set up a separate Office of Enforcement as part of a new "Why not litigate?" approach in the wake of the Royal Commission. The regulatory tiger will also have sharper teeth following the recent passing of the Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2018, allo...

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IOOF profit up 200 per cent despite Royal Commission criticism

IOOF profit up 200 per cent despite Royal Commission criticism

Despite being singled out by the final report from the Royal Commission into the banking and finance sector IOOF (ASX: IFL) has had a strong start to FY19. The financial advice and investment manager saw its statutory NPAT rise by 200 per cent in the half to $135.4 million. Underlying NPAT was also up slightly to $100.1 million. The 2...

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Baby Bunting results improve on the back of retail enhancements

Baby Bunting results improve on the back of retail enhancements

New stores and the introduction of a buy-now pay-later finance option saw Baby Bunting's (ASX: BBN) first half results improve. Revenue was up 17.2 per cent to $177.688 million in the first half, whilst profit rose 27.8 per cent to $5.216 million. The company says it has rebounded from significant competition disruption, price def...

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LandMark White in trading halt following fallout from data breach

LandMark White in trading halt following fallout from data breach

Property valuer LandMark White (ASX: LMW) has gone into a trading halt pending a statement regarding the fallout from a data breach that occurred on 4 February 2019. The company said at the time that a data set containing property valuation and some personal contact information was disclosed because of a vulnerability in one of LMW's ...

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Treasury Wine Estates records strongest net sales revenue growth in its history

Treasury Wine Estates records strongest net sales revenue growth in its history

Strong performance in China has pushed Treasury Wine Estates' (ASX: TWE) results to new levels. The company delivered its strongest organic net sales revenue ('NSR') growth rate in its history during the first half of FY19. NSR was up 16 per cent to $1,507.7 million, whilst its NPAT was up 17 per cent to $219.2 million. ...

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A 97 per cent profit drop caps off disaster year for AMP

A 97 per cent profit drop caps off disaster year for AMP

Of all the companies hit hard by the findings of the banking and finance Royal Commission AMP was one of the worst hurt. However, amidst the chaos of renumerating customers for fees charged without rendering services, the company has still turned a profit. The comparably meagre $28 million profit is far shy of the $848 million the com...

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Carsales suffers 82% drop in profit thanks to $47m impairment charge

Carsales suffers 82% drop in profit thanks to $47m impairment charge

A $47.8 million impairment charge has seen Carsales.com Ltd's (ASX: CAR) NPAT slide by 82 per cent to $11.1 million in H1 FY19. Tightening regulations by ASIC about car financing appear to be the major cause of Carsales' woes representing yet another casualty of the findings of the banking and finance royal commission. The imp...

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China's economic slowdown poses a significant threat to Australia

China's economic slowdown poses a significant threat to Australia

China's sudden explosion as an economic powerhouse in the APAC region was once the source of global anxiety, but in 2019 it's the opposite that could cause some problems at home. Industry research company IBISWorld has warned that the decline in growth of China's GDP could have far reaching consequences for Australia's eco...

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Villa World posts slightly improved profit in challenging market conditions

Villa World posts slightly improved profit in challenging market conditions

Despite a tough property market Villa World (ASX: VLW) has recorded a slightly improved profit at the end of the first half of FY19. The residential house and land developer announced a $17.6 million after tax half year profit, up from $17.3 million at the end of H1 FY18. This was despite sales being down significantly from the same t...

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