Mark Beyer

Mark Beyer has responsibility for all content produced by Business News, including daily online news, the fortnightly magazine and the BNiQ database. As well as overseeing the Editorial team, he has a particular interest in reporting on corporate finance, the professions and family business. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. 

BGC discloses big losses

Perth’s largest home builder has shone a rare light on its financial performance, with annual accounts for BGC Australia revealing big investment write-downs and large bottom-line losses over two years.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss markets drama, Cockburn harbour recommendation, Infrastructure Australia, shopping centres write down, planning law changes, Altrad, AFG, and our special report on major projects.

AHG to make further write-downs

Takeover target Automotive Holdings Group will pursue the sale of its refrigerated logistics business after a strategic review found it had overstated revenue in the underperforming unit.

Taskforce backs $4bn Kwinana port

The state government’s Westport taskforce has concluded that all container shipping should be moved out of Fremantle to a new land-backed port in Cockburn Sound, to be built at a cost of about $4 billion.

Civmec wins FMG contract

Civmec has announced $120 million of new work, led by a contract to build and instal the primary crushing and ore processing facility at Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana iron ore mine.

Visa rules disadvantage WA business

Business leaders from sectors as diverse as education and manufacturing say temporary migration visa policies are holding WA back.

Infrastructure audit warns on urban sprawl

Infrastructure Australia has dramatically scaled down the expected cost of road congestion in Perth, mainly because of lower population growth, but has warned about the impact of continued urban sprawl.

Big business aims to boost indigenous spend

Twelve big companies have pledged to lift their indigenous procurement to 3 per cent of their annual spend, seeking to match targets the federal and state governments have already set for their own agencies.

Major contractor set for new start

Altrad Services has become one of the largest contractors in Western Australia after the privately owned French group merged and rebranded its Cape Australia and Hertel businesses.

CTI Logistics warns on profit

Trucking company CTI Logistics has foreshadowed a marginal profit for the latest half-year, saying weak economic conditions particularly in Western Australia had resulted in significant reductions in activity and increased margin pressure.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss markets volatility, trade surplus, HealthEngine, Michael Chaney, energy news, EY entrepreneur of the year awards, and our special report on the oil & gas industry.

Mark Barnaba podcast interview

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall talk to business leader and company director Mark Barnaba about the economic outlook, the role of central banks and our relationship with China.

Marsh settles in as Willis pivots

Perth’s largest insurance broker is preparing to consolidate its staff across two offices following a merger earlier this year, as one of its main competitors readies for a major transition.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the lithium slowdown, house prices, BGC brands, Rita Saffioti, Minderoo, gold and our special report on the arts sector.

ACCC outlines Qantas-Alliance concerns

Qantas has reaffirmed its desire to gain control of Alliance Aviation Services despite the competition watchdog today expressing concern about the two airlines coming together.

Lithium boom running out of charge

A $1 billlion-plus lithium refinery planned for the Pilbara has been put on hold and a second refinery under construction in the South West has been reduced in size as local company Mineral Resources and its US partner restructure their joint venture after a sharp fall in lithium prices.

Resolute launches $US274m takeover offer

Perth-based gold producer Resolute Mining is adding a fourth mine to its portfolio after striking an agreement to acquire privately owned Toro Gold, which owns the high-margin Mako mine in Senegal.

Court upholds uranium mine approval

The Western Australia Court of Appeal has dismissed an application seeking to overturn the environmental approval granted in 2017 to Cameco Australia’s Yeelirrie uranium project.

Swan Taxis to invest $15m in expansion

Swan Taxis has announced plans to upgrade and substantially expand its fleet with more hybrid vehicles, following a similar investment by its Singapore-based owner Comfort DelGro Corporation.

Infrastructure WA board selected

The state government has appointed 10 members to the board of its peak infrastructure advisory body, including six directors from the private sector led by chairman John Langoulant.

Big FIFO airline under review

The international owners of Cobham Aviation Services, which is one of the major players in the FIFO charter market in WA, have announced a strategic review that could lead to new ownership.

Peppy Grove’s fail on heritage

The Shire of Peppermint Grove has been strongly criticised in a Supreme Court ruling that found it mishandled the listing of heritage properties, and specifically a prominent house on the Swan River foreshore.

$422m bid for Pacific Energy

Pacific Energy has entered a takeover deed with investment group QIC, with major shareholder Kenneth Hall set to reap more than $200 million from the deal.

Regional aviation on the rise

Every major airport in Western Australia achieved growth in passenger numbers last year, with Broome and Kalgoorlie hitting annual records.

Aviair flies in with regional routes

A privately owned WA airline has taken the lead on an innovative new service as the state government continues its review of regional aviation.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss big retail projects, unemployment statistics, apartment developments, iron ore production, tourism update, private school fees, Austral Fisheries, and our special report on regional aviation.

Sales to shake-up stockbroking

The recently announced sales of Perth stockbroking firms Patersons Securities and DJ Carmichael will reshape the sector’s pecking order in Western Australia.

Black Swan reveals financial strain

WA’s major theatre company has reported a sharp fall in box office sales for the fourth year in succession, along with a small operating surplus, with a big donation from Minderoo Foundation helping to bolster its financial position.

Private M&A boosts deals flow

The end of the financial year has triggered the sale of a spate of long-running private companies in Western Australia, including global tech leader Immersive Technologies, mining consultancy CSA Global and Action Industrial Catering.

Wilson ordered to repay $13m

Quintis subsidiary Arwon Finance has won a Supreme Court ruling against its former chief executive Frank Wilson requiring him to repay a $13.2 million loan taken out in 2014.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Berrington Care Group, house prices, lithium projects cost, new retail and hospitality ventures, Minderoo plans, lotto fallout, and our special report on corporate finance.



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.