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  • Bill Mitchell | Business Spectator
    markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Bill Mitchell Unemployment coming to a suburb near you With unemployment tipped to rise this year some Australian communities will be hit particularly hard including areas not usually associated with social disadvantage by Bill Mitchell by Scott Baum 8 03am January 10 96 comments Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Harnessing the power of the one man brand Ken Phillips 10 Jan 1 58 PM 2

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  • Scott Baum | Business Spectator
    markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Scott Baum Unemployment coming to a suburb near you With unemployment tipped to rise this year some Australian communities will be hit particularly hard including areas not usually associated with social disadvantage by Bill Mitchell by Scott Baum 8 03am January 10 96 comments Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Harnessing the power of the one man brand Ken Phillips 10 Jan 1 58 PM 2

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  • Singh behind key KKR deal | Business Spectator
    Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Singh behind key KKR deal Brett Cole 1 hour ago 1 DataRoom Mergers Acquisitions Industries Financial Services Jeff Singh s Chase Corporate Advisory helped bring in KKR to secure the 130 million takeover of Centric Wealth You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password In 2008 Jeff Singh then working at Macquarie Group Ltd was introduced to Spiro Paule Paule was building a reputation for himself as a chief executive unafraid to grow his business through takeovers Toronto born Singh who was helping Macquarie Bank acquire financial services businesses made sure he kept in touch with Paule especially after he decided to leave the bank after eight years and form his own boutique advisory firm in March 2011 Chase Corporate Advisory The relationship between Singh and Paule has blossomed into friendship a lucrative one for Singh s budding four person firm Chase is Financial Index Wealth Accountants Ltd s adviser on its planned 130 million takeover of rival financial planner Centric Wealth Ltd Paule s firm won a competitive bidding auction for Centric Wealth in part by it and Chase s efforts to convince KKR Co to contribute 43 million towards the takeover of Centric Wealth in return for taking a 33 3 per cent shareholding in Financial Index The Centric Wealth deal is the latest success for Singh s firm In less than three years Chase has done 20 deals and is currently working on 12 more Chase concentrates on providing advice to financial planning accounting and fund management firms on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital management When I formed the firm I felt there was an opportunity to capture business by doing mid market investment banking better than anyone else Singh told DataRoom We know the sector It is aggregating and consolidating and we have been creating this wave as well as riding it Chase is advising both large financial institutions on disposing assets as well as advising much smaller firms Singh says Financial Index s success in integrating more than 40 acquisitions since 2001 is because the company is focused on finding the right partner that fits culturally philosophically and ethically But takeovers in the wealth planning sector can only be successful if the acquirer and target both must have good balance sheets clients and advisers he says If you ve got those three ingredients in an acquisition

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  • 21st Century Fox shares slide | Business Spectator
    Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu 21st Century Fox shares slide 10 Jan 5 30 PM 1 Industries Media and Digital Shares in media company drop sharply on news of plans to delist from ASX You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Shares in 21st Century Fox Ltd have dropped sharply after announcing its intention to delist from the Australian Securities Exchange after the close of trade yesterday At 1615 AEDT 21st Century Fox was 4 65 per cent lower at 36 31 against a benchmark index decline of 0 23 per cent In earlier trade the stock fell as low as 36 30 after closing the previous session at 38 08 Late yesterday afternoon 21 Century fox released a statement to the ASX the company saying it will file a preliminary proxy statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission SEC for a special meeting of the company s stockholders to approve the request The statement also said the ASX has provided in principle advice to 21st Century Fox indicating that it would be likely to remove the company s listing from the ASX upon the its submission of a formal request subject to its compliance with certain conditions The company expects to hold a special meeting of stockholders in March or April of this year and if the move is approved by both stockholders and the ASX delisting would take place approximately one month thereafter the company said Following the removal of the company s listing from the ASX 21st Century Fox Class A and Class B common stock will be listed solely on the NASDAQ index in the US the company said Today s announcement is part of our ongoing agenda to simplify the operating and capital structure of our company said Rupert Murdoch chairman and chief executive of 21st Century Fox Following the separation of our businesses in June last year 21st Century Fox has only limited operations in Australia and we believe that consolidating the trading of our stock in the world s largest equity market would provide improved liquidity to the company s stockholders and greater efficiencies for the company In a separate statement News Corp publisher of Business Spectator said it would remain listed on the ASX News Corp chief

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  • OM Holdings CEO resigns | Business Spectator
    shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu OM Holdings CEO resigns 10 Jan 5 20 PM 1 Industries Resources and Energy Peter Toth announces resignation will remain in position until April 4 You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Peter Toth has resigned as chief executive of OM Holdings to take up a senior role with a multinational resources company In a statement issued to the Australian Securities Exchange OM Holdings said Mr Toth will remain in the position of chief executive until April 4 Executive chairman Mr Low Ngee Tong said the company will stay committed to its strategic path to deliver on its commitments during 2014 and beyond We will now review the company s senior management structure and make appropriate announcements in due course he said Mr Low will assume the role of chief executive until a permanent arrangement is implemented At the market close OM Holdings shares were up half a cent or 1 27 per cent to 40 cents against a benchmark index fall of 0 23 per cent Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Korea China jostle for Aust resources 10 Jan Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 10 Jan Shares in Kimberley Diamonds shine 10 Jan Forge enters trading halt More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this

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  • Companies | Business Spectator
    8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Companies Singh behind key KKR deal Brett Cole 2 hours ago 1 Jeff Singh s Chase Corporate Advisory helped bring in KKR to secure the 130 million takeover of Centric Wealth Financial Index to buy Centric Wealth for 130m Brett Cole 3 hours ago 1 After the acquisition closes New York based KKR will take one third stake in Financial Index Toyota to produce 10 million cars 12 Jan 11 05 PM 2 Carmaker seen chasing bullish 2014 production target report Telstra may sell Sensis for 3bn report 11 Jan 3 13 AM 6 Telco giant may strike deal with US private equity firm by next week Murray Goulburn mulls 10 WBC bid report 11 Jan 2 17 AM 3 Saputo suitor may up bid as battle for dairy company continues 21st Century Fox shares slide 10 Jan 5 30 PM 1 Shares in media company drop sharply on news of plans to delist from ASX OM Holdings CEO resigns 10 Jan 5 20 PM 1 Peter Toth announces resignation will remain in position until April 4 Saputo increases WCB stake again 10 Jan 4 20 PM 1 Canadian suitor increases holding to above 21 as it confirms extension of takeover offer for dairy producer ACMA hits Telstra with record fine 10 Jan 4 20 PM 10 Telco fined for failure to provide timely new urban landline customer connections Korea China jostle for Aust resources 10 Jan 3 59 PM 1 Mining junior Rex Minerals among first to benefit from competition report Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP 10 Jan 3 28 PM 10 Shorten says Abbott government has given up on manufacturing in Australia Value Investor QBE is still at a premium Stocks In Value 10 Jan 12 30 PM 2 There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Saputo pushes for Bega s Warrnambool stake Brett Cole 10 Jan 12 05 PM 1 The Canadian dairy company is lobbying Bega in an effort to win its 19 per cent stake in Warrnambool Shares in Kimberley Diamonds shine Amanda Saunders 10 Jan 10 51 AM 1 The owner of the Ellendale Mine has seen its shares surge this week sparking talk that another acquisition may be on the cards Google v Facebook Who knows wins Ben Shepherd 10 Jan

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  • The rewards of a pragmatic GPT-Dexus truce | Business Spectator
    now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Having put in place a rather attractive consolation prize what will GPT Group s Michael Cameron do next On Monday evening GPT and its rival bidder for Commonwealth Office Property the Dexus Canada Pension Plan Investment Board grouping announced they had entered binding memoranda of understandings over the potential sale of five assets by Dexus and CPPIB to the GPT Wholesale Office Fund should the Dexus led bid for CPA succeed Should all the asset sales proceed GWOF would outlay almost 1 2 billion to buy the properties The deal doesn t preclude GPT continuing with its own bid for CPA nor increasing it GPT gate crashed the original 2 8 billion Dexus CPPIB bid for CPA in November with a 3 billion offer of its own forcing the partnership to respond by slightly increasing its offer and altering the terms to inject more cash and reduce the scrip component GPT with an 11 44 per cent interest in CPA could have and could still counter that move with an increased offer of its own With the Dexus CPPIB valuation of CPA already regarded as very full and any increase in GPT s bid probably requiring more cash however there would be a significant risk of GPT over paying That risk would be compounded by the fact that GPT s securities are trading at a material discount to their asset backing It would make little sense to significantly dilute its own security holders in order to pay an over the top price including a takeover premium for CPA While much has been made of the need for Cameron to pull off a successful transaction after trying unsuccessfully to land a couple of deals last year GPT s brush with disaster last decade its big highly leveraged and ill fated joint venture with Babcock Brown is scorched into its corporate memory Cameron brought in to clean up that mess and restore the group to its former blue chip status isn t likely to be keen on relinquishing the group s restored reputation for financial discipline The most likely outcome is that he ll take an attractive second prize and allow Dexus and CPPIB to acquire CPA It wouldn t be a bad outcome for GPT Under its existing bid it would outlay about 4 billion in cash and shares to fund the bid for CPA including GWOF s borrowings to acquire 1 1 billion of properties from it if the bid succeeded If it departs the CPA scene GWOF would still acquire a similar amount of assets increasing GPT s funds under management without impacting GPT s own balance sheet or the 3 billion of firepower it was prepared to devote to CPA With one of its major rivals for office properties on the sidelines until Dexus has digested CPA it would

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/1/7/property/rewards-pragmatic-gpt-dexus-truce (2014-01-12)
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  • Robb casts doubt on handouts | Business Spectator
    repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan Trade pact is close Robb 10 Jan Cabinet wary on SPC funding 09 Jan Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Tony Holland Fri 2014 01 10 07 25 The sad fact is that under the ALP all ozzies were encouraged to be the best they can be and if you fell short well the ALP would provide a pick you up support mechanism The ALP began the dumbing down of the populace all men and all women were to be created equal We see spectacles of disable pple acting as receptionist in MPs offices or government departments and we wait patiently as the disable persons helper takes a toilet break before coming to aid with the specific enquiry no doubt some of us walk away with a sense of wow aint I a good person But the rest of the world wonder what on earth has come over us and we wonder why no one wants to invest in oz Ian Macallan Fri 2014 01 10 07 35 Tony We see spectacles of disable pple acting as receptionist in MPs offices or government departments and we wait patiently as the disable persons helper takes a toilet break before coming to aid with the specific enquiry no doubt some of us walk away with a sense of wow aint I a good person But the rest of the world wonder what on earth has come over us and we wonder why no one wants to invest in oz Seriously was this warranted This will explode this commentary as the day unfolds and it bears no relevance to the article Maybe the last sentence but with its precursor you have successfully slanted the whole discussion and put it at jeopardy macallan bigpond net au 0419 504 255 Tony Holland Fri 2014 01 10 09 04 Hi Ian Let me give you a true story the disable debate got its beginnings in the Kirner Government Gillard and Bracks worked for Kirner at the time and my daughter was at the forefront of the gifted children debate with another youngster called Terry Tao Kirner was determined to bring in disability legislation and my daughter was chosen to help she was 9 and promoted into yr 11 The guy she was asked to help was 14 he was spastic but well the minute my 9 yr old sat next to the guy he got his willy out and started masturbating well you can guess I objected and took my story directly to the authorities where upon I was met by another spastic and asked to wait till Kirner could see me I walked out I then took my 9 yr old out of the school and Kirner threatened to sue me I was going to be prosecuted for child abuse untill my daughter took and passed the Oxford entrance aged 10 and both Kirner and Ann Morrow quickly with drew the prosecution and offered us any school in the state we chose Mac Rob Ohhh and you might google Terry http en wikipedia org wiki Terence Tao He won the Nobel but he hates oz and is now works in the states I wonder why Ian Macallan Fri 2014 01 10 10 03 Tony Thank you for the insight my friend Hearing of children having to confront adult matters is always disheartening even if they are supremely gifted and seek to help others There is always a risk at such an early age when they don t have the training or maturity of thought for those types of unpleasantries However I think Business Spectator is probably the wrong forum if you want to talk further you are welcome to call me so long as we don t have to confront further barrage against disabled or disadvantaged people macallan bigpond net au 0419 504 255 Tony Holland Fri 2014 01 10 10 43 Thx Ian but my days in the gifted childrens debate are long behind me Im not even sure I would know any one any more who is active maybe Prof Merica Gross who got the AO this yr is still around Prof Kb Start has long departed but my point is of course we should be encouraging the best and brightest companies as well as individuals supporting them not hamstringing them and Robb is about saying hey you guys if youre good we support you but if you are not up to it dont come to the gov to prop you up I heartily agree with it R Ambrose Raven Fri 2014 01 10 10 54 This is the internet You may or may not be who you clame to be just as your stoty may be true partly true or just a story To me you have no credibility given your willingness elsewhere to present the story you want the reader to see It is entirely your own fault that your approach discredits any truths you may actually wish to express Tony Holland Fri 2014 01 10 11 07 Ambrose you are a well known nut in these columns matey sadly I seem to attract clowns like you to follow me can you tell me if I have a sign on my forehead that attracts you to me I will take it down asap cos Id love to get rid of you but alas i fear that will be impossible R Ambrose Raven Fri 2014 01 10 14 07 Why miss such an excellent example of such a dismal spectacle of rabid right incompetence combined with obsession plus an inability even to spell words of two syllables Tony Holland Fri 2014 01 10 14 28 Ambrose OOOh well if you insists

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