Fitness First penalised for short-changing customers via surcharges

Fitness First penalised for short-changing customers via surcharges

Fitness First has paid a penalty of $12,600 after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found that the gym chain was excessively surcharging its customers on card payments. The ACCC issued an infringement notice against Fitness First after it investigated concerns against the company's flat fee surcharge on members...

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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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Abacus sells Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5m

Abacus sells Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5m

Abacus Property Group (ASX: ABP) is on the cusp of winding down its hospitality fund altogether with the $88.5 million sale of Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland to Melbourne-based Shakespeare Property Group. The sale represents the final divestment for Sydney-based ABP's Abacus Hospitality Fund (AHF), which al...

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Asian private equity firm set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group for $630 million

Asian private equity firm set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group for $630 million

Affinity Equity Partners, a large Asian private equity firm, is set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group (ASX: SCO) for $630 million. The deal, to be approved by shareholders, will see Affinity purchase 100 per cent of SCO's shares for $4.40 per share representing a premium of 17.6 per cent. Established in 2004, Affinity is one of th...

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Health issues force Michael Hill CEO to resign

Health issues force Michael Hill CEO to resign

Less than eight months into the job the CEO of jeweller Michael Hill (ASXL MJH) Phil Taylor (pictured top) has resigned. Citing the diagnosis of a "health issue", Taylor will step down to focus on his treatment and recovery. In his place is Daniel Bracken (pictured right), the now former CEO of Specialty Fashion Group (ASX: ...

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Premier Investments bucks retail slump with record sales

Premier Investments bucks retail slump with record sales

Premier Investments (ASX: PMV) notched outstanding retail sales results in FY18 with a solid contribution from online, but a revaluation of one of its brands ultimately drove profits southward. Taking stock of an increasingly competitive apparel retail sector in Australia and New Zealand, an impairment expense of $30 million for Just...

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The Agency set to acquire Top Level on $13.4m capital raising

The Agency set to acquire Top Level on $13.4m capital raising

The Agency Group (ASX: AU1) is going ahead with its acquisition of Top Level Real Estate, after securing $13.4 million in new equity. The Agency emerged from a trading halt this morning to announce that it will acquire the fast-growing Sydney firm upon raising $8.4 million from a share placement and $5 million from converting Top Level...

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TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

Internet and mobile phone service provider TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) saw its margins decline in FY18 as broadband subscribers moved to NBN bundles, pushing net profit after tax (NPAT) down 4 per cent to $396.9 million. However, underlying NPAT rose 3.6 per cent to $432.6 million and EBITDA ended up $41 million higher than FY18 forecasts made...

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Elixinol is the latest Australian cannabis company to list on US stock exchange

Elixinol is the latest Australian cannabis company to list on US stock exchange

Australian cannabis player Elixinol (ASX: EXL) is the second company in as many weeks to list on a specialised United States stock exchange. The business, which operates in the industrial hemp, dietary supplements and emerging medicinal cannabis sectors, will list on the OTCQX market under the symbol ELLXF. Trading on the OTCQX will o...

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Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Sydney-based drone defence company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has been selected by Danish Special Operations Command to participate in the annual international 'Night Hawk' initiative. DroneShield will take part in the major military training exercise which is run annually by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).and atte...

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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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ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

As the global cannabis market continues to expand at a serious pace, Aussie cannabis companies are reaching out globally to form a powerhouse export market. Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG)  has recently announced a partnership that will allow it to export its cannabis for German patients. In partnership with Cannamed...

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ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

Back in June, ANZ, Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank got caught up in a widely publicised scandal relating to alleged criminal cartel charges. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission laid charges against the banks and several senior personnel from each of the financial institutions. Today, ASIC has once again gone after ANZ fo...

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Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia's most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like...

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Step down or face shareholder revolt, Solomon Lew urges Myer chairman

Step down or face shareholder revolt, Solomon Lew urges Myer chairman

Myer's (ASX: MYR) leading shareholder has demanded chairman Garry Hounsell "step down immediately" after the retailer reported a net loss in FY18 that is almost $130 million larger than its market capitalisation. Premier Investments Limited has been consistently railing against the Myer board's decisions over the past ye...

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Another "disappointing" result for Myer as profits slide

Another "disappointing" result for Myer as profits slide

"These results are obviously disappointing and shareholders deserve better," says Myer CEO John King. One of Australia's biggest retail brands has reported a 52 per cent plunge in profit for a financial year marked by shareholder indignation at a disappointing discount program that failed to deliver results. The bottom l...

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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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Maurice Blackburn launches $100 million class action at Woolworths

Maurice Blackburn launches $100 million class action at Woolworths

Grocery giant Woolworths (ASX: WOW) is staring down a class action potentially worth $100 million launched by law firm Maurice Blackburn. Maurice Blackburn is alleging that Woolworths mislead shareholders in 2015 by affirming a profit guidance that could not be met without adversely affecting its competitiveness. The listed grocery gi...

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Medlab given green light to export cannabis

Medlab given green light to export cannabis

Earlier this year Medlab (ASX: MDC) raised $24 million to bring its cannabis-based medicine to the market. Now, the company has been given the green light to export its buccal spray products NanaBis and NanaBidial overseas. NanaBis is used as an alternative to opioids in the treatment of cancer related pain, while NanaBidial is used t...

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APDC and NEXTDC Supreme Court stoush dissolves

APDC and NEXTDC Supreme Court stoush dissolves

The short-lived legal battle between data centre operators NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) and Asia Pacific Data Centres ('APDC') (ASX: AJD) has come to an end. The Supreme Court of New South Wales legal proceedings, lodged against NEXTDC by APDC, have come to a quiet ending as the judge decided to not make any declarations. This determinat...

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Evans Dixon acquires Fort Street to launch new division

Evans Dixon acquires Fort Street to launch new division

Sydney-based stockbroking and financial advisory business Evans Dixon (ASX: ED1) will expand its operations following the acquisition of Fort Street Advisors. The deal, worth 14.3 million shares in Evans Dixon and $23.4 million in cash, will form the basis of a new corporate & institutional division at the company. The new divisio...

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Yellow Brick Road rejects takeover, talks up bidding war

Yellow Brick Road rejects takeover, talks up bidding war

Financial services group Yellow Brick Road (ASX:YBR) has urged shareholders to reject a $25.4 million takeover bid by corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley, while indicating that a potential bidding war could be on the horizon for the company. In a letter to shareholders, the Mark Bouris-led group argues that the offer from Mercantile Investm...

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Zelda secures partnership to crack the German medicinal cannabis market

Zelda secures partnership to crack the German medicinal cannabis market

With the medicinal cannabis movement expanding globally, Australian pharmaceutical group Zelda Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) are riding the wave not just at home but abroad too. On Tuesday, the company announced a partnership with German medicinal cannabis company HAPA Medical that provides HAPA with first rights to distribute and manufacture Z...

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CannPal steps up testing of cannabis drug for pets

CannPal steps up testing of cannabis drug for pets

After successfully testing its cannabis-derived pain formulation on a group of Beagles and Foxhounds, CannPal Animal Therapeutics (ASX:CP1) has begun a new phase of its study into determining safe dosages for pets. CannPal declared the Phase 1A pharmacokinetic and safety study for the CPAT-01D formula a success after testing of 11 dogs sh...

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The Agency yet to turn a profit after doubling revenue

The Agency yet to turn a profit after doubling revenue

A solid pace of real estate agent recruitments and acquisitions has led to a near doubling of sales revenue for The Agency (ASX:AU1), but one-off set up costs continue to impact the tearaway group which posted a marginally higher bottom-line loss for FY18. The Agency, formed two years ago by a handful of McGrath's (ASX:MEA) top agents...

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Retail Food Group tops off horror year with $306m loss

Retail Food Group tops off horror year with $306m loss

Embattled franchise operator Retail Food Group (ASX:RFG) capped off a horror year by posting a $306.7 million bottom-line loss and revealing it remains at 'significant risk' of breaching debt covenants over the next 12 months.

The loss, the first time the Gold Coast-based company has plunged into the red in any financial year as ...

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How your business can jump on new "PayPal for cryptocurrency" solution

How your business can jump on new "PayPal for cryptocurrency" solution

In case you missed it, cryptocurrency is a bit of a big deal in Australia right now. Over the last year it's estimated over $8 billion worth of crypto was traded in Australia, $4 billion of which was traded on Australian platforms. But there's still a big hurdle for crypto to overcome before it can move beyond its status as a ...

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TPG, Vodafone agree to form $15b telco powerhouse

TPG, Vodafone agree to form $15b telco powerhouse

TPG Telecom (ASX: TPG) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) are set to join forces after agreeing to a merger that would create a fully integrated telecommunications operator with an enterprise value of $15 billion. In an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange this morning, the companies said the proposed deal would create a &quo...

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DriveMyCar soars on Airbnb partnership

DriveMyCar soars on Airbnb partnership

One of Australia's fastest emerging sharing economy businesses, DriveMyCar, has scored an Australian first by becoming an affiliate partner of accommodation giant Airbnb. DriveMyCar, owned by parent company Collaborate Corporation (ASX: CL8), has joined the pay-for-performance program for partners who promote hosting on Airbnb. Th...

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