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Stokes’ Seven Group dares to be different with Boral-linked notes

Seven Group is seeking to raise $250 million via the sale of exchangeable notes on Thursday night. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Forrest-backed Austal and navy join forces on robot warship

De-commissioned patrol boat HMAS Maitland will be turned into a robot vessel under a deal between Austal Limited and the navy.

  • Brad Thompson

BoA, Mac launch $250m Seven Group notes deal, Boral block

Seven Group is seeking to raise $250 million via the sale of exchangeable notes on Thursday night. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

United Malt boss calls time after barley blues

United Malt chief executive Mark Palmquist to part ways two-and-a half years after he jumped ship from GrainCorp to lead the global malting spinoff which has since struggled.

  • Brad Thompson

This Month

Cans winning out over bottles as seltzers and kombucha rise

The CEO of $2.6b bottle and can giant Orora says 70pc of new beverage products in the US last year were in cans, and Australia will follow.

  • Simon Evans
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Investors are learning to love industry again

Those of us that grew up in such places always knew this. Investors are now learning it too. As the tech bubble deflates, I predict market interest in industrials will grow.

  • Rana Foroohar

Bubs takes next step for permanent US presence

The Australian baby formula maker is one step closer to being in US grocery aisles indefinitely.

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  • Carrie LaFrenz

September

A2 Milk makes positive start to the year

The baby formula company says first quarter sales are expected to be marginally ahead of plan due to a gain on foreign exchange, but higher cost of doing business means earnings

  • Carrie LaFrenz

Could a rebound in factory jobs make America great again?

Factories are typically the first to lay off staff - but supply chain disruptions and a shift in consumer spending have led to a boom in US manufacturing.

  • Jim Tankersley, Alan Rappeport and Ana Swanson

Crescent Capital Partners takes a sip of taps business Billi

Michael Alscher’s buyout firm Crescent Capital Partners is going toe-to-toe with a European trade buyer for Billi.

  • Yolanda Redrup, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald

Jarden hits the phones for robot bricklayer FBR

Listed bricklaying robot maker FBR is getting on the front foot following construction giant Brickworks’ renewed interest in the business.

  • Yolanda Redrup, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald

Investors rush to snap up shares ahead of Porsche IPO

The share sale by parent VW could be Germany’s second-largest listing after Deutsche Telekom’s $20 billion IPO in 1996, at the time Europe’s largest ever.

  • Alexandra White and Peter Campbell

Sanjeev Gupta goes back in time to find Infrabuild interim CEO

The departing chief executive of Infrabuild, Vik Bansal, says profits hit a record in 2021-22 and the momentum has continued in the new financial year.

  • Simon Evans

Why do Forrest and Denholm want to rule the world?

The Fortescue and Tesla chairmen have emerged as important policy advocates. Should we be sceptical?

  • Aaron Patrick

Cleanaway taps Barrenjoey for BMI Group tilt, first round bids in

PwC’s wasted no time corralling bidders for Queensland waste company BMI Group, which could be worth more than $700 million.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
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Supply chains aren’t broken, at least not everywhere

Despite all the challenges since 2020, businesses in Asia have done better at weathering shifts in geopolitics.

  • Anjani Trivedi

Australia ‘too far behind’ to make EV batteries: lithium giant

The chief executive of a global battery minerals giant says Australia faces an uphill battle to ever make batteries.

  • Brad Thompson

ScotPac ready to roll into InfraBuild debt facility

Private equity-backed ScotPac is understood to be closing in on a deal to refinance steel manufacturer and distributor InfraBuild, in what would be a landmark funding package for Liberty Steel’s Australian business. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Ixom shortlists bidders for round two, bids late Oct

It’s a case of strategics vs financial buyers at chemicals group Ixom, which is set to meet a handful of shortlisted bidders in the auction’s second and binding bid phase. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Founder bows out after building $1b steel group

Peter Wells built the steel distributor from scratch in 1995, and says he won’t be selling any of his 14 per cent stake as he steps aside from the day-to-day.

  • Simon Evans