Brand buys Market United Perth

Perth-based advertising group The Brand Agency has acquired the Western Australian office of specialist digital agency Market United, which was part of the ASX-listed company Q Ltd.

Berkshire Hathaway firm swoops on Freo Group

Warren Buffet-backed Canadian company Sterling Crane has acquired Western Australian business Freo Group and its Queensland subsidiary Global Crane in a deal likely to be worth about $160 million.

WA miners raise $39m

Five small and mid-cap miners including Papillon Resources, Coalspur and Condoto Platinum have raised a total of $39 million in new capital to support operations that stretch from West Africa to Canad

Mark Barnaba joins Macquarie

Macquarie Group has appointed Perth deal-maker and company director Mark Barnaba as chairman of its Western Australian operations, bolstering its status as one of the top investment banks in WA.

WA racks up $60bn of finance deals

Corporate finance deals launched or completed in Western Australia during 2011 were worth a whopping $59.8 billion, a survey by WA Business News has found.

Yara deal values Burrup Fertilisers at $850m

Norwegian group Yara International has secured control of Burrup Fertilisers after striking a deal with Apache Energy that will see them become joint owners of the business, while also disclosing that

Regulation, European fallout cause concern

MAYBE it’s human nature when times are uncertain, but when corporate finance players in Perth were asked to comment on market trends over the past year, most had a glass half-empty perspective.

Three advisors lead M&A sector

THREE corporate advisory firms, each with a very different profile, stood out as market leaders in the mergers and acquisitions sector last year.

WA players work hard as foreign firms eat into the raisings pile

Local players in the corporate finance market faced more competition than ever before from big national and international firms, WA Business News’ 2011 survey has found.

AHG acquires Victorian dealer network

Automotive Holdings Group ramped up its push into Victoria, acquiring all but one of Jeff Wignall Group’s 10 car dealerships for $14 million.

Rising costs could drive M&A activity

Miners are looking to shore up their positions following a volatile 2011.

Navigator Resources secures $4.5m funding

Navigator Resources has secured $4.5 million in extra funding by negotiating a royalties deal with Canadian group Franco-Nevada, as it continues efforts to ramp-up gold production.

Forge to acquire CTEC for up to $38m

Engineering and construction firm Forge Group has diversified into the energy sector through the acquisition of Balcatta-based CTEC Pty Ltd for up to $38.6 million.

Santos approves $490m Fletcher Finucane oil project

Santos today announced the final approval of the $490 million Fletcher Finucane oil project in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia, and an increase in its equity interest after buying out

WA's IronClad gets $6m investment boost

Hong Kong based New Page Investments has taken a $6 million share placement in WA-based IronClad Mining, the developer of the Wilcherry Hill iron ore mine in South Australia.

Extension Hill to purchase Mt Gibson gold project

Iron ore developer Extension Hill is planning to exercise its pre-emptive right to purchase Legend Mining’s Mt Gibson gold project, gazumping a previously announced deal with private explorer Top Iron

African Iron surges on $388m takeover

South African mining company Exxaro is set to buy African Iron, an Australian-listed company with iron ore operations in the Republic of Congo, for about $388 million.

iiNet buys Internode for $105m

iiNet has entered into an agreement to acquire Internode, Australia’s largest privately owned broadband services company, for $105 million.

Capital’s recycled road

BAYSWATER company Capital Recycling has hailed the awarding of a Main Roads contract as a huge breakthrough for the recycling industry.

C @ reaches lowered capital raising target

C @ today reached its minimum capital raising target of $14 million, after slashing its price by half and lowering its goal by $6 million last week.

Amcom acquires L7 Solutions

Fibre-optic network owner Amcom has bought Perth-based IT firm L7 Solutions for $15 million.