Australian Finance Group has announced a capital raising to strengthen its financial position ahead of an expected softening of the housing loan market and to support the growth of its subsidiary AFG Securities.
Businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors are holding out for COVID-19 restrictions to lift, as a majority of turnaround professionals believe these businesses won’t be able to survive more than three months if the shutdown continues.
Pioneer Credit has accused its major lender and takeover bidder, US private equity group Carlyle, of trying to either push down its $120 million takeover offer to a very low price or withdraw from the deal altogether.
Stockbroking and funds management group Euroz expects to report a loss of $16 million for the nine months to the end of March but said its trading activity is still profitable and it intends to pay a final dividend.
Primewest has postponed the spin-out of a new $285 million commercial property trust, citing market volatility, with Macquarie Bank and rent.com.au among other listed companies to change their capital raising plans.
The Supreme Court has disclosed that company director Russell Moran could have settled his dispute with broking firm Argonaut by paying $2 million; instead he went to trial and has now been ordered to pay in excess of $37 million.
The corporate regulator has strongly criticised company directors and lead managers involved in mining IPOs, saying they often have conflicts of interest, favour select clients and are focused on chasing short-term gains.
Pioneer Credit has named US investment group Carlyle as preferred bidder to acquire the business, at a price of $1.82 per share, a large discount to the company’s latest closing price of $2.46 per share.