Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Fairfax shakes up operations as sweeping changes unveiled

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Elizabeth Knight Fairfax is not the only structurally challenged business in Australia.

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Takeovers can be a stealthy affair

Gina Rinehart

Elizabeth Knight Control by stealth is the new black in corporate fashion. And the world's richest woman, the billionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart, is parading down the catwalk.

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Rinehart dressed for success

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Elizabeth Knight Control by stealth is the new black in corporate fashion and Gina is parading the catwalk.

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Qantas gathers skirts as hunters circle

Speculation is growing that parties other than John Singleton and partners are running the ruler over Qantas.

Elizabeth Knight Speculation is growing that parties other than John Singleton are running the ruler over Qantas.

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Would-be pilots get their rulers out to run over airline

Elizabeth Knight AT $1.10 per share and with a market capitalisation of $2.5 billion, there is growing speculation John Singleton and his partners (Mark Carnegie and the former Qantas boss Geoff Dixon and former...

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Companies opting for a capital buffer

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Elizabeth Knight Capital raisings are flowing steadily, but it is unclear whether it's a sea of equity or a puddle.

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Trouble on a crowded dance floor

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Elizabeth Knight It's all the chatter in corporate marketing circles: when was the last time anyone saw those angelic children standing on the precipice of an outback gorge, inspiring us to support our national...

Kennett's seat off, Story out

Jeff Kennett and James Packer at the lunch.

Leonie Lamont, Sean Nicholls and Elizabeth Knight James Packer has called off a vote to install Jeff Kennett on the board of his casino rival, having claimed the scalp of his corporate foe, Echo Entertainment chairman John Story.

Echo fight brings out the claws

The Star Casino

Elizabeth Knight Corporate strategic manoeuvrings are generally likened to a game of chess. But the fight for control of the Star casino's owner, Echo Entertainment, is not that cerebral.

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High stakes in the Echo board game

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Elizabeth Knight Institutional shareholders hold all the aces as James Packer seeks a seat at The Star table.

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Qantas flies into the perfect storm

Elizabeth Knight Joyce's only strategy left is to turn the international division around - but the odds are stacked.

Qantas at risk of credit rate downgrade

Elizabeth Knight and Mark Hawthorne Just five years ago, the Airline Partners Australia consortium was only hours away from buying Qantas at the price of $5.60 per share.

Profit hit has Qantas 17% lower

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Elizabeth Knight, Mark Hawthorne Five years ago the Airline Partners Australia consortium was just hours away from buying Qantas at the price of $5.60 a share.

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Qantas struggling with the U-turn

Elizabeth Knight Alan Joyce is a man under extreme pressure. Not only is the Qantas chief executive presiding over a company that has plunged to its first loss since joining the sharemarket 17 years ago, and whose...

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Brambles must now sharpen focus on Recall

Elizabeth Knight When it came down to the final cull of would-be buyers of Brambles' $2 billion data management business Recall, there were only private equity contenders left in the race - and none that could afford...

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McLeod to stay on at Coles

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Elizabeth Knight Wesfarmers has persuaded the Scotsman it brought in to revive Coles to remain for less.

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Bargain buy: Coles boss stays for less

Elizabeth Knight Wesfarmers shareholders got two pleasant surprises yesterday. The first is that, for a while at least, the highly successful Scottish import Ian McLeod will be staying with the group, having agreed...

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DJs buyout a matter for the brave or foolish

Elizabeth Knight The scheme to unlock the retailer's property value is nothing but risky business.

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DJs' value lies in bricks and mortar

David Jones

Elizabeth Knight The idea du jour from investment bankers on David Jones is generating some interest in the retailer as a leveraged takeover candidate on the basis its break-up value is higher than its current...

Fight for deposits pushing up mortgage rates, says Clyne

Cameron Clyne.

Elizabeth Knight European debt crisis is no longer to blame for higher Australian mortgage rates, according to NAB chief executive Cameron Clyne.