Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Profit warnings unveil the devil of exposure

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Adele Ferguson The floods will hurt business for a long time yet, and have put a blowtorch on Bank of Queensland and Suncorp.

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Train deal batters engineer

Adele Ferguson Investors are angry and Fitch has put the boot in.

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Downer tests market's patience

Adele Ferguson Engineering and construction companies live and die by their risk management abilities and credibility.

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Train wreck for investors

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Adele Ferguson Downer shareholders have $250m worth of reasons to feel sorry for themselves after the company fessed up to new complications in its Waratah train project.

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Credibility dives on Downer downgrades

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Adele Ferguson The $1.9 billion NSW rail project bites again.

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Time for Reliance Rail to live up to its name

Adele Ferguson Downer EDI's credibility, and shares, will take a battering tomorrow when shareholders are hit with another $150 million-plus provision caused by technical hitches relating to the delivery of trains...

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Downer's finances at critical juncture

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Adele Ferguson Exclusive: Downer faces the prospect of a $150m provision and a possible ratings downgrade that may force it to seek additional funds from shareholders.

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SABMiller clears the pipes for a Foster's bid

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Adele Ferguson With Foster's tipped finally to get its demerger out of the sediment, the big question is: when will SABMiller pounce?

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Beer giant hops over obstacles to takeover

Adele Ferguson As the Foster's board is tipped to give official approval on February 15 for the split of its wine and beer operations, the world's second biggest beer company, SABMiller, has overcome key obstacles...

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Parallel importing sinks any cheer for Foster's

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Adele Ferguson The discount war in the alcohol sector is likely to send shivers through many a boardroom.

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New year to bring cheap cheer to drinkers

Adele Ferguson If there is one message to come out of the choice of directors and senior managers to lead the proposed split of Foster's Group it is that next year will be a turbulent year for Australia's $20...

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Fast download camouflages faults in the network

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Adele Ferguson The Gillard government's much-awaited business plan for its NBN is three parts puff and two parts smoke and mirrors, with a pinch of fact thrown in.

Stuck in the insolvency gridlock

Adele Ferguson The bankrupt might get legal assistance, but creditors are on their own, writes Adele Ferguson.

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Ariff creditors feel abandoned in a regulatory maze

Adele Ferguson This case highlights some serious problems.

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IAG faces challenges as it looks to Victoria to help weather the storms

ADELE FERGUSON AS listed insurance giant IAG tallies up its exposure to the floods and braces for the coming cyclone season, the board is believed to have considered how to buy the remaining 30 per cent of a...

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RACV holds the keys to IAG growth

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Adele Ferguson As Insurance Australia Group is believed to have considered how to buy the remaining 30 per cent of a lucrative joint venture it owns with the RACV.

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Home loan shake-up may backfire on banking battlers

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Adele Ferguson The proposed changes by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, aimed at creating a fifth banking pillar by turbo charging credit unions are long on rhetoric and short on solutions.

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Bank reform has a long way to go

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Adele Ferguson Treasurer Wayne Swan's bag of banking reforms aimed at creating a fifth pillar in the banking sector by turbo-charging credit unions is long on rhetoric and short on solutions.

Four strikes and you're out: regulator in push to ban serial offenders

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Adele Ferguson THE corporate regulator is lobbying for law reform to give it powers to automatically disqualify directors who have been involved in four or more failed companies over a seven-year period.

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A free rise from the ashes of others

Adele Ferguson Phoenix companies rip people off, go broke and emerge debt-free. It would help if authorities used their new powers, writes Adele Ferguson.