Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

Turnaround potential good news for Orbital

ORBITAL Engine Corporation has achieved two major breakthroughs this month, removing dark clouds hanging over the company’s future.

Split decision as Moore moves on

There was a changing of the guard at Perth’s largest stockbroking firm this week. Mark Beyer spoke to the main players at Hartleys. TIM Moore and his detractors are still world’s apart.

Brokers tip better times

WA Business News’ inaugural survey of Western Australian equity capital markets has highlighted the dominance of a handful of stockbroking firms. Mark Beyer looks at the market in 2002 and its prospects for 2003.

Croesus deal takes top gong

CORPORATE finance executives have nominated Croesus Mining’s purchase of Central Norseman Gold as WA’s top deal for 2002. The $65 million Croesus-Great Central deal gained high praise from nearly every corporate finance executive surveyed by WA Business

Companies table their case for lead ranking

LEAGUE tables always generate plenty of debate, both for the rankings they produce and the methodology employed to construct them. The contentious nature of league tables is illustrated by the fact that four different broking firms could claim to be the

Companies bypass broking firms

PHARMACEUTICAL developer Chemeq and gold miner Abelle were two prominent companies that managed to raise fresh equity last year without using broking firms. Chemeq raised a total of $18 million in fresh equity while Abelle completed a successful $10m

Euroz plots course on growth path

STOCKBROKER Euroz Securities is moving to new premises to accommodate recent and planned growth in the business. A major recent initiative was the establishment of a dedicated corporate finance department, headed by new recruits Karl Paganin and Doug

Cosmetics firm in US funds push

A small warehouse office in King Street in the city is an unlikely base for an international cosmetics company. Mark Beyer reports on the remarkable success of Becca.

Studies offer differing views on risk of failure

TWO separate studies released over the past month have highlighted the risk of insolvency among Australian companies. The studies formed markedly different views on the degree of risk, however, leaving investors and business people with an awkward

Warning signs for all to see

INVESTORS and business people trying to assess the credit quality of other companies can assess a range of financial and non-financial indicators. John Carello, the reconstruction and advisory services partner at accounting firm PKF, said warning signs

Small business tax focus

THE large paperwork and compliance load on small businesses has been highlighted by a new tax office report on its compliance program for 2002-03. The report itemises the volume of paperwork facing Australia’s 2.5 million ‘micro’ businesses;

Time for a health check

THOSE business people lucky enough to have a break over the next few weeks have an ideal opportunity to review their business’s health. “It’s important to get out of the daily grind and think about where you are going and what you want to achieve

Independence a problem for ICAA

AUDIT independence and professional indemnity insurance remain two of the biggest issues facing the accounting profession, according to the outgoing president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). Perth-based Geoff Brayshaw will

Top CEOs delivering bang for their buck

Executive remuneration is one of the most contentious issues in Australian business. Mark Beyer looks behind the raw numbers to find the ‘best value’ executives.

High pay at the big end of town

SEVEN WA companies paid more than $1 million to their top executive in their latest financial year. The big payers are heavily biased towards WA’s largest companies, ranked by market capitalisation.

Think tank takes future direction

PERTH-BASED think tank the Centre for International Strategic Analysis has adopted a new name to signify a broadening of its focus. Under its new name, Future Directions International (FDI), it will provide high-level strategic advice to government and

Banks cherry pick business

A RECENT Macquarie Equities report on SME banking was titled Small Business: River of Gold. It’s a title that should send a chill down the spines of small business operators.Macquarie estimated that SME banking would generate at least $2.8 billion in...

Big banks dominate but business plays the field

THE business banking market in WA is dominated by five institutions – Perth-based BankWest plus the four major national banks.These banks are the main financial institution for 99 per cent of WA businesses, according to a Yellow Pages Small Business ...

Housing slumps points banks towards business

THE banking industry is looking to business lending to take up the slack following an expected drop in housing lending.Business lending increased by just 4.3 per cent in the year to September 2002, according to the Reserve Bank.This compares with 19..

Cafe culture lures many aspiring business types

THE lure of opening a popular new cafe or restaurant continues to attract many aspiring business operators.And despite the two-year-old ‘tech wreck’ on the stock market, computing and the Internet are also growth areas for new business operators.The..

Clough facing pressure to change its corporate ways

WA business icon Clough Limited is officially a public company but retains the character of a family company, according to broking analysts.This harsh assessment follows Clough’s shock profit warning earlier this week, which analysts believe reveals ...

Better SWOT usage

A SWOT analysis is a ‘tried and true’ business planning tool, but business advisers believe many organisations fail to use this tool properly.The process of preparing a SWOT analysis is relatively straightforward. The hard part is the next step. How ...

Beyer on board with WA Business News

THE editorial team at WA Business News has been strengthened with the appointment of Mark Beyer (right) as senior journalist.

Consistent returns the goal of hedge funds, absolutely

AUSTRALIAN investors can expect to hear a lot more about absolute return funds in future.Absolute return is the increasingly common, and more illuminating, name for hedge funds.

HSBC and RBA share outlook

RESIDENTIAL property has delivered very pleasing returns for investors over the past few years, in stark contrast to the dismal returns from shares.

Perpetual reminder on growth

NOW is not the time for investors to abandon ‘growth’ assets such as shares and property.

Playing mind games

RESEARCHERS in the US are focusing not on investment fundamentals but investor psychology to explain the wild swings in investment markets.

AMP offer adds to hybrids boom

AMP has kicked along the rapid growth of Australia’s ‘hybrid’ securities market with its offer of up to $1.15 billion of ‘reset preferred securities’ (RPS).

Protected loans for the cautious

THE weakness in global share markets has created a fertile environment for promoters of capital guaranteed share investment loans.

Business super scene hots up

TWO very different – and in one case groundbreaking – competitors have entered the corporate superannuation market this month.The groundbreaker is REST, one of Australia’s largest ‘industry’ super funds. It has become the first industry fund to esta...

Rates fix proves a fickle business

A FEW months is a long time in financial markets, as investors who switched to fixed rate housing loans will have discovered to their cost.



Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.