Saracen ups bid for Bligh's gold project

Saracen Mineral Holdings has increased its offer for Bligh Resources' Bundarra gold project after Zeta Resources made a competing bid last week.

Zeta emerges with Bombora takeover plans

Two days after Magnum Gas & Power ended plans to acquire private company Bombora Natural Energy, Perth-based Zeta Petroleum has revealed its own merger plans with the target.

CKI’s $7.5bn Duet bid approved

A Chinese consortium is set to take control of the Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline and several power stations across WA after regulators and shareholders today approved the $7.5 billion takeover of listed company DUET Group.

Storage group outlays $17m on WA properties

National Storage REIT intends to acquire two properties in Perth for a combined $17 million while confirming plans to develop two further sites, believed to be at Yanchep and Martin.

Carnegie raising grows to $18m

Carnegie Clean Energy has tripled the size of its capital raising to $18 million after accepting oversubscriptions from a share purchase plan and undertaking an additional placement.

Zeta makes $8m play for Bligh

Investment group Zeta Resources has announced plans to make an all-cash takeover offer for gold-focused Bligh Resources, competing with Saracen Mineral Holdings which had agreed to buy the target's core asset in February.

Skin Elements buys McArthur Skincare

Recently ASX-listed Skin Elements has acquired a Perth-based therapeutic and cosmetic skin care products company for $1 million in cash and scrip.

Lithium Aust extends Lepidico takeover deadline

Lithium Australia is pushing ahead with its takeover plans for Lepidico, extending the deadline by two weeks despite only a small portion of the target's shareholders taking up the offer so far.

Eastern raises $28m for Davyhurst

Eastern Goldfields has announced a $28 million capital raising and share sale facility as it works towards commissioning of its Davyhurst gold operation near Kalgoorlie.

Transerv buys into Canadian gas operation

Oil and gas explorer Transerv Energy is back looking for opportunities overseas after failing to achieve commercial success in Australia, announcing today a $4.9 million farm-in agreement over a producing operation in Canada.

Little shareholder interest in Lepidico takeover

Lithium Australia's $23.8 million takeover offer for lithium-focused rival Lepidico looks set to fall short, with the bidder lifting its stake to only 18.28 per cent a week out from the offer's closing date.

Paringa raises $53m to build coal mine

After locking in a $US20 million ($A26 million) debt facility agreement last week, aspiring coal miner Paringa Resources has tapped investors for $53 million to fund development of its Poplar Grove mine in Kentucky.

AHG buys Melbourne dealerships

Logistics and car retailer Automotive Holdings Group has acquired two dealerships in Victoria for $8.5 million plus stock and assets, in the same precinct where it is building a new Jaguar and Land Rover dealership.

OreCorp pursues gold plan with Africa focus

SPECIAL REPORT: OreCorp is the latest in a string of Perth-based gold companies to complete large capital raisings this year.

Capital raisings top $1bn

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian stockbrokers and companies raised nearly $1.1 billion in 104 transactions in the March quarter, with gold deals being a major driver of activity, according to new data compiled for the BNiQ Search Engine.

GCS buys Melbourne business

Global Construction Services hopes to gain more exposure to the commercial construction sector on the east coast through the acquisition of a Melbourne-based business for $18.4 million in cash and scrip.

Major M&A deal hunters lurking

SPECIAL REPORT: The mergers and acquisitions market was eventful in the March quarter, with Chinese and private equity investors to the fore, multiple WA businesses on the block, and a surprise advisory switch on a key takeover.

RNI receives acquisition bids

Minerals explorer RNI says it has received competing proposals from credible parties for both its assets and the business as a whole.

Neometals to sell Mt Marion stake for $125m

Neometals hopes to reap about $US96 million ($A125 million) from the sale of its interest in the Mt Marion lithium mine near Kalgoorlie, with the operation's joint venture partners given a pre-emptive right to buy the stake.

Cardinal in $23m raising, TSX listing

Gold explorer Cardinal Resources has announced plans to raise up to $22.7 million to fund ongoing drilling work at its Namdini project in Ghana, while also putting forward plans to dual-list on the Toronto Stock Exchange.