14/09/2009 - 10:35

WA stock value rises to $138bn in Aug

14/09/2009 - 10:35

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The market capitalisation of Western Australia's listed companies have continued their upward trend, adding a further 5.3 per cent in August to be collectively valued at $137.7 billion.

WA stock value rises to $138bn in Aug

The market capitalisation of Western Australia's listed companies have continued their upward trend, adding a further 5.3 per cent in August to be collectively valued at $137.7 billion.

 

 

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The market capitalisation of Western Australian listed companies within the Deloitte WA Index increased by a further 5.3% for August, with a collective value of $137.7 billion at the month's end.

The increase makes it seven consecutive months of growth for the Deloitte WA Index, and according to Deloitte Perth Office Managing Partner Keith Jones, recent developments in the oil and gas industry, in particular, augur well for further growth for WA business.

"When final investment approval for the $50b Gorgon oil and gas project is given by Chevron and its partners it will represent the most significant capital expenditure to be incurred on one project in Western Australia's history," Mr Jones said.

"This approval is expected to promote positive growth across the wider contracting, service and support industries in Western Australia.

We expect to see not only greater interest and focus on the oil and gas industry but positive flow on effects across the WA market. This augurs well for the future growth of Western Australian businesses," Mr Jones said.

The Mining and the Oil and Gas sectors were the key drivers behind the growth in the WA Index for August, with mining companies collectively increase 6.6% and oil and gas companies by 5.8%. The Index tracks the market capitalisation of companies with Perth as their home exchange. .

Movers and shakers within the Deloitte WA Index during August included Herald Resources Ltd, Grange Resources Ltd and Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd, with their market capitalisation increasing by 100%, 62.0% and 52.5%, respectively.

The significant increase in Herald Resources followed an unsolicited off-market takeover offer during the month by Calipso (wholly-owned subsidiary of PT Bumi Resources, owners of 84.2% of Herald). This offer has been rejected by the Independent Directors of Herald Resources.

Grange Resources announced a number of capital raising initiatives, including a one-for-one rights issue to raise approximately $124m, and $29m in placements to major shareholders.

Aditya Birla attributed its increase in share price to the steady growth in the London Metals Exchange copper price over the period, and market reassessment of their copper resources at both the Nifty Copper and Mt Gordon projects.

The major world indices have all recorded positive growth across August. The FTSE gained the most ground with 6.1% growth, the Australian All Ordinaries index gained 5.5% and the US S&P 500 recorded a gain of 4.3%. In comparison the Nikkei increased by a more modest 1.3%.

The commodities market has seen continued positive growth across the board with the strongest growth seen by Copper, Lead and Palladium, up 13.0%, 12.6% and 10.1%, respectively. Other commodity prices to gain during the month included Zinc, Nickel, Silver and Oil up 7.5%, 6.5%, 5.1% and 4.7%, respectively. Platinum and Tin remained relatively consistent with the prior month, with more modest increases of 2.4% and 1.9%, respectively. Both Gold and Uranium recorded virtually nil movement in August.

 

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