Today’s Headlines

  • ASX 200 down 18 to 6266
  • High 6283 Low 6249. Off lows on PM survival.
  • Tax cuts off the agenda.
  • Shorts capitulate across the board in a crazy day for some.
  • Tech shines on results.
  • Telcos bounce on TPG merger news
  • Banks slip on politics.
  • Resources under pressure..
  • AUD steady minutes to 73.53c
  • Bitcoin firms to US$6719
  • Aussie Gold firms slightly to $1626.
  • US futures down 62 rallies slightly after Trump comments.
  • Asian markets mixed with Japan up 0.58% and China off 0.59%.


  • HTA +51.67% rallies on Vodafone news
  • TLS +7.21% strong rally on industry consolidation.
  • NEA +7.30% firms after briefing cheers.
  • HLO +3.92% broker upgrades.
  • PPH +13.33% broker upgrades target.
  • BAL +9.10% the worm has turned.
  • APX +12.02% follows the A’s higher.
  • WGN -13.17% on results looks overdone.
  • ALU +31.70% results last night. Very good and shorts scamper to cover.
  • PRY -7.36% puts entitlement issue to bed.
  • LOV -7.56% results underwhelm.
  • AGL -4.49% ex dividend.
  • FMG -3.10% brokers cool after result.
  • 4DS -8.70% profit taking.
  • RFG -14.18% response to price query.
  • BRN 7.69 profit taking.
  • AHY +10.69% broker upgardes following results.
  • AGL -4.49% ex dividend and then some.
  • FLK +25.23% takeover approach.
  • ABC -7.13% not as easy it seems.
  • Speculative stock of the day: Impedimed (IPD) +27.27% good move on good volume. No announcements yet.
  • Biggest risers – HTA, ALU, WTC, TPM, PPH, APX and CAR
  • Biggest fallers – WGN, LOV, PRY, ABC, FXL, VAH and WSA


  • Seven Group Holdings (SVW) +8.72% FY18 results saw statutory NPAT +830% on year to $413.9m whilst underlying NPAT, excluding significant one-off items, was +54.78% on year to $330.6m. Underlying EBIT grew 67% on year to $496.9m, beating guidance of $470m and FY19 EBIT guidance is to be up 25% on FY18 EBIT. The final dividend of 21c is unchanged from the previous period, taking the full year dividend to 42c per share. The company is also proposing to convert its TELYS4 notes into ordinary shares, offering 4.6064 shares per note and the option to swap 50% for cash at a 15% premium.
  • A2 Milk (A2M) +5.05% FY18 results saw EBIT jump 102.8% on year, to NZ$280.8m and NPAT jump 116% to NZ$195.7m driven by strong revenue growth and cash generation due to significant expansion in key markets. Infant formula share grew to 5.1% in China and 32% in Australia. No final dividend has been declared. Looking to FY19, A2M forecasts continued growth in the US, Australia and NZ, and China; higher marketing and overhead costs and thus the EBITDA to sales ratio is to be broadly consistent with FY18
  • AMP (AMP) – 1.74% Has a new CEO in Francesco De Ferrari. Ferrari will replace interim CEO Mike Wilkins December 1st. Ferrari comes from 17 years at Credit Suisse where he was CEO South East Asia and Frontier Markets and Head of Private Banking Asia Pacific.
  • Lovisa (LOV) -7.56% full-year profit after tax rose 23.8% to $35.9m. Revenue jumped 21.4% to $217m and profit before tax climbed 26.5% to $51.2m. 14 c dividend. Chairman Michael Kay will be stepping down on October 31, after two years in the role. Co-founder Brett Blundy will now join the board and assume the role of chairman.
  • Wise Tech (WTC) +27.24% Revenues up 44% to $221.6m and EBITDA up 45% to $78m. Guidance: FY19 revenue of $315m – $325m, revenue growth of 42% – 47%, EBITDA of $100m – $105m and EBITDA growth of 28% – 35%.”
  • Ingham’s Group (ING) +1.06% a net profit for the full year of $114.6m, up 12.4% on a year ago. EBITDA rose 8.7% to $212m. Gross profit was up 4.4% to $476.9m. Final dividend, fully franked, of 11.6c a share, to be paid on October 4. Capital return of $125m pay back to shareholder of 33c and a positive outlook despite feed prices rising.
  • TPG Telecom (TPM) +21.62% The company has responded to speculation of a merger with Vodafone Australia. There are talks but no certainty of any transaction eventuating.
  • Corporate Travel (CTD) +0.49% TTV up 19%. Revenue up 14% and underlying EBITDA up 27%. NPAT up 41% to $86m which is pretty much in line with estimates. Guidance EBITDA range of $144m-$150m with 15% – 20% growth. Market should like this result, at least the outlook guidance Final dividend 21c 40% franked.
  • McMillan Shakespeare (MMS) -3.93% net profit fell 26% to $50.3m from $67.9m in financial year 2017. Revenue in the year ended June 30 climbed 4.2% to $545.4m from $523.44m a year ago. A 40¢ final dividend.
  • Ardent Leisure (AAD) +2.81% Pro-forma net loss for the period July 1 2017 to June 30 reported a $88.6m loss from $62.6m a year ago. Pro-forma revenue from continuing businesses grew 16.1% to $59.7m. EBITDA pro-forma was a loss of $50.4m from a profit of $1.2m the previous year and EBIT was a loss of $106.8m from a loss of $53.8m.
  • APA Group (APA) +0.60% full-year earnings climb 11.8 % to $264.8m on sales that edged up 2.6% to $2.386 bn. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were marginally ahead of guidance at $1.518 billion, up 3.3%.
  • Sydney Airport (SYD) – 1H18 Results. Net profit up 4% to $174m. Revenue up 8% to $771m as they saw a 3% increase in passengers for the period. The company reiterates capital expenditure guidance of $1.3bn to 1.5bn for 2018-221. An interim dividend of 18.5c per share has been announced and guidance of a 37.5c full year dividend reaffirmed.
  • Vocus Group (VOC) +7.42% FY18 Results. Net profit of $61.0m after last years $1.5bn loss. Underlying net profit down 17% to $127.1m. Underlying EBITDA of $366.1m, expected to stay in the range of $350m – $370m for FY19 as they focus on re-investing in the business to drive growth in FY20 and beyond. Revenue up 4% to $1.9bn. The company will not pay a final dividend.
  • Coca Cola Amatil (CCL) +3.57% Coca-Cola Amatil has posted a statutory net profit after tax for the first half of $158.1m, up 12.8 % on a year ago. EBIT rose 6.6 % to $257.2m. Underlying EBIT fell 4.9% to $297.5m and underlying NPAT fell 5.9% to $178.8m. Strong performance in New Zealand and Fiji. It will pay an interim dividend of 21c unchanged from last year of which 65 % is franked. Guidance to continue to target mid-single digit EPS growth. The uncertain impact of container deposit schemes in Australia and soft market conditions in Indonesia, will impact Group near-term earnings.
  • Bapcor (BAP) -4.06% Net profit after tax rose 47.8% to $94.7m. Pro-forma net profit after tax from continuing operations up 31.6% $86.5m. Revenue from continuing operations up 22% to $1.24bn. EBITDA from continuing operations climbed 42.8% to $147.1m. A final dividend of 8.5c, fully franked, on September 27. Up 13.3% on a year ago.
  • Lend Lease (LLC) –1.89% FY18 results saw NPAT up 5% to $792.8m and return on equity of 12.7%, towards the top end of the 10-14% guidance range, driven by strong performances across both development and investment segments. Full year dividend was up 5% to 69c per share.
  • Nearmap (NEA) +7.30% FY18 results. The company’s net loss after tax worsened by 107% to -$11.1m as expenses increased by 46% to $62.4m despite revenue picking up 32% to $53.6m. The company saw record portfolio growth, as annualised contract value (AVC) increased 41% to $19.2m, with a strong performance in the US, accounting for 25% of the AVC, and a third of AVC owing to multi-year subscriptions.
  • Adelaide Brighton (ABC) –7.13% The 1H result saw revenue up 11.7% for the half to $807.2m due to strength in NSW, QLD and VIC markets. Statutory NPAT was up 17.7% for the half to $84.5m whilst underlying NPAT was up 9.8% to $85.2m. The total dividend increased 53% to 13c per share, consisting of an increased final dividend of 9c and a special 4c dividend.


  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dumped his government’s signature economic policy after the Senate today blocked legislation to introduce a 25% tax rate for companies with turnovers above $50m.



  • China now has 800m users more than India and the US combined.
  • These are the stock s owned by the world’s largest pension fund, the Japanese government pension fund. GPIF is now a top 10 shareholder in 265 firms outside Japan.
  • Very focussed on US.

Recent glamour IPO Xiaomi a handset maker raised US$5.4bn by selling investors on its promise as a high-growth internet company. Gloss seems to be waring off after the stock is now down 19% since listing. Was pretty expensive.


  • FTSE is expected to open down 18, DAX down 20 and CAC down 10. Expect Merkel to spit out her cornflakes as Trump announces the car tariff on BMWs.
  • JP Morgan is planning to roll out a mobile brokerage platform next week that includes free research and some free trading to its millions of retail customers.
  • A Republican congressman from California and his wife have been charged with illegally using campaign money on personal expenses.
  • The Virtual Commodity Association, an industry group led by the Winklevosses’ own online cryptocurrency exchange, said it planned to “promote fairness, transparency, risk management, and liquidity” in the market.

And finally…..Clarence is heading overseas to London and beyond for a few weeks..

A mechanic fixes a rich heart surgeon’s Mercedes.

“You know, our jobs are alike,- I delicately dismantle your motor , which is like the heart of the car,- then I fix some fairly complicated things, put it back together, and it works like new.

So how come I earn $50,000 a year and you earn $500,000?”

The surgeon replies, “ The difference is – I do all that while the engine is still running!”


Melbourne Zoo had acquired a female  of a very rare species of gorilla.Within a few weeks, the gorilla  became very cantankerous and difficult to handle.Upon examination, the Zoo  veterinarian determined the problem.

The Gorilla was on heat…

To make matters worse, there were no  male gorillas of the species available.

While reflecting on their problem,  the Zoo management noticed Graham, a big Kiwi lad & former All Black,  responsible for fixing the Zoo’s machinery.

Graham, like most Kiwis, seemed to be  possessed with ample ability to satisfy a female of any species.

So the Zoo administrators thought  they might have a solution.

Graham was approached with a proposition. Would he be willing to have Sex with the gorilla for $500? Graham  showed some interest, but said he would have to think the matter over carefully.

The following day, Graham announced  that he would accept their offer, but only under three conditions:

‘Fust,’ he said, ‘I don’t want to  have to kuss’er.’

‘Sicondly, you must niver niver tull  anyone about thus.’

The Zoo administration quickly agreed  to these conditions, so they asked what his third condition was.


‘Wull,’ said Graham, ‘You gotta give  me another week to come up with the $500.





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