Altech Chemicals’s Managing Director Iggy Tan Interviewed on Finance Network News

25th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  •  Results of optimised bankable feasibility Study
  • Project Financing progress
  • Significance of the 100% off-take sales agreement with Mitsubishi
  • Recent capital raising

Altech chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX:ATC) advises that an interview by Finance Network News was recently conducted with Managing Director, Mr Iggy Tan and is now available for viewing.

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Omni Market Tide to Hold Australia’s First Virtual AGM with Real-Time Voting Through OmniLOOP

24th May, 2016

On Monday 30th May, corporate history will be made when Omni Market Tide (ASX: OMT) hosts Australia’s first ever virtual AGM with real-time voting, using the OmniLOOP mobile app.

OmniLOOP, designed by OMT, is Australasia’s only multi-company app for investors, allowing them to receive company information, stream AGMs, ask a question and participate in live voting from their mobile phone.  OMT’s AGM on Monday will be the first time shareholders will use OmniLOOP to participate in an AGM.

People interested in watching this historic event can download the OmniLOOP app now for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The AGM will be available to stream live at 10am on Monday 30th May.

Megan Boston, Managing Director Omni Market Tide said, “This is not only a fantastic achievement, but a watershed moment in corporate Australia which OMT shareholders have a chance to be a part of. OmniLOOP is positioned to set a new best practice benchmark in investor relations for listed companies, and we believe it will revolutionise company meetings and shareholder engagement.

“It’s often said that AGMs are symbolic of a how we used to do things – paper based, backward in focus, physical in their organisation and process. This could be the catalyst that finally takes the AGM, and shareholder engagement from the old model, to the way of the future.”

OmniLOOP offers investors both convenience and greater transparency in how their investment is performing, making information more accessible and removing barriers to event participation. It features a share price feed and allows shareholders to view key company dates and sync them with their phone’s calendar. Shareholders will also be able to view, save and share announcements in an easy to read format.

At the same time, OmniLOOP can save listed companies time and money while increasing shareholder engagement and providing better governance outcomes.

Currently ASX listed companies are spending $200 million on share registry services, $120 million on AGM meetings and $350 million on shareholder engagement. AGM costs alone range from $250,000—$1,000,000 for ASX200 companies. However, despite this investment, shareholder attendance is decreasing year by year. Only 5% of the top 200 companies are drawing more than 500 shareholders to their AGM.

There is a real opportunity now to harness technology and turn the tables by giving investors what they want – mobility, convenience and transparency. Smartphone and tablet technology are here to stay and companies that don’t adapt to the digital paradigm and interact with shareholders through their preferred channel risk fading away into the obsolete.

Presently, Australia lags behind other developed markets that have already embraced this technology. Virtual meetings have been common in the United States since 2009 and has been widely attributed with an increase in direct voting and New Zealand has followed suit recently. With OmniLOOP, OMT aims to make this happen in Australia, starting with its own AGM.

To download OmniLOOP now for free, visit the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

YPB Completes Oversubscribed A$4.5 million Institutional Placement

24th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Placement of 18.75 million new ordinary shares at $0.24 per share
  • Excellent demand for from new and existing shareholders
  • Six new institutions join the register
  • Capital raised to fund acceleration of business development and product R&D

Brand Protection and Customer Engagement solutions company YPB Group Limited (ASX code: YPB) has successfully undertaken an institutional placement of new fully paid ordinary shares to raise A$4.5 million.

The placement was strongly supported by new and existing investors, with the addition of six new institutions to the register.

Under the placement, YPB will issue 18.75 million new ordinary shares at a price of 0.24 per share.

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Charter Hall Grows Funds Under Management by $600 million

24th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) (Charter Hall or the Group) announces two transactions, increasing funds under management by $600 million.

Charter Hall’s Core Plus Office Fund (CPOF) has created a new wholesale trust with an investment vehicle sponsored by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI), together acquiring 100% of One Shelley Street, Sydney for $525 million.

The Group has also underwritten the purchanse of an $82 million portfolio of assets which form the basis of the Charter Hall Direct Automotive Trust 2 (DAT2), the second DAT retail syndication trust by Charter Hall’s Direct Property business.

One Shelly Street, is a prominently prime-grade office building located directly adjacent to the south side of Barangaroo, and benefits from the improved accessibility to the Wynyard bus/rail interchange, and the revitalised retail and restaurant precinct in the area.

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Crowd-Funder DomaCom Re-Enters the Bidding Circle for Kidman Cattle Empire

3rd May 2016, ABC News By Clint Jasper

Crowd-funding property investment group DomaCom has partnered with Lloyd Business Brokers to re-enter a bid for S Kidman & Co.

Under the partnership, DomaCom, which offers investors the chance to buy small parcels of property, plans to buy Kidman’s land, while Lloyds seeks an investor willing to purchase the business.

The company has been given the opportunity to look at Kidman’s accounts, and plans to match the rejected offer made by a Chinese consortium, of between $360 million and $370 million.

DomaCom’s valuation of the land is $210 million, and the company is seeking an investment partner through Lloyds to make up the difference.

Chief executive Arthur Naoumidis said if the bid was successful, the new owners would seek to list the cattle empire on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund Rating Upgraded By Lonsec

Folkestone Maxim Asset Management is pleased to announce that the Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund has had its rating upgraded to “Recommended” by research house Lonsec.

Lonsec said “the “Recommended” rating indicates Lonsec has strong conviction the financial product can generate risk adjusted returns in line with relevant objectives. The financial product is considered an appropriate entry point to this asset class or strategy”.

Lonsec believes the Fund benefits from an experienced property investment team implementing a differentiated, high conviction investment approach and noted that the Fund is relatively well placed to outperform versus some Lonsec peers who are currently managing much higher levels of FUM than Folkestone Maxim. Lonsec further noted that over the past three years the Fund has outperformed the Lonsec peer group considerably and recorded the lowest volatility of the Funds in the peer group.

Mr Winston Sammut, Portfolio Manager of the Folkestone Maxim Asset A-REIT Securities Fund, said “we are extremely pleased to be upgraded by Lonsec to “Recommended”. The new rating is timely given the current low interest rate environment continues to put the spotlight on the A-REIT sector as a source of yield”.

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Engender Technolgies A Finalist in Silicon Valley Tech Challenge

23rd May 2016, NZ Herald By Jamie Morton

An innovative Kiwi start-up company has been named as a finalist for a prestigious tech challenge to be held in California’s Silicon Valley next month.

Engender Technologies, which is commercialising cutting-edge photonics tech developed by Associate Professor Cather Simpson of the University of Auckland, will compete in the third annual World Cup Tech Challenge before major players in the world’s tech scene.

Start-ups accepted into the challenge are considered in a “pre-global” stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and now ready for a global launch.

It comes soon after Engender Technologies was also named among the finalists of the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

Since Associate Professor Simpson founded the university’s Photon Factory six years ago, the facility has attracted more than $2 million in commercial contracts.

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9 Fat Reasons to Lend or Borrow Through ThinCats

It’s been a really exciting time for ThinCats over the last year completing over 20 loans valued at over $3m. In fact, with a significant growth in lenders (wholesale investors and eligible SMSFs) and a healthy pipeline of borrowers (corporate SMEs), ThinCats are well on their way to meet the target of $20m in loans over the next 12 months!!

ThinCats have during this time received some very positive feedback from our lenders and borrowers and based on this, have created a new look homepage for the website. This is also aligned with that of the partners of ThinCats UK and emphasises the 9 Fat Reasons to Lend or Borrow through ThinCats Australia.

Some key benefits of being a part of the ThinCats community are:

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Altech Chemicals Meckering Mining Lease Granted

20th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Meckering mining lease M70/1334 granted
  • 250+ years kaolin feedstock for 4,000tpa Malaysian HPA plant
  • $1.75 million cash injection for Altech

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that its kaolin mining lease (ML) application M70/1334 at Meckering, Western Australia has been granted by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). The ML is estimated to contain ~11 million tonnes of kaolin mineral resources, representing over 250 years of feedstock supply of the Company’s proposed 4,000 tpa hugh purity alumina (HPA) plant at Johor, Malaysia.

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Proteomics Gaining Strong Traction in Analytical Services

20th May 2016, ASX Announcement

  • PILL has generated monthly revenues of $100,000 in each of March and April (a 60% uplift on the previous monthly average).
  • Several recent contract wins underscore ongoing activity.
  • Growth driven by biosimilars (generic protein drug) market as the sector seeks to replicate the multiple billion dollar blockbuster biopharmaceutical drugs that are coming off patent.
  • PILL has one of the few global ISO 17025 laboratories accredited to accurately analyse the make-up of biosimilar drugs as being like-for-like with the brand-name drugs they seek to replace.
  • Present growth substantiates business model as PILL seeks to become cash flow positive.

Life sciences company Proteomics International Laboratories Ltd (ASX: PIQ) (the Company, PILL) is pleased to provide the following update on the growth of its analytical services operations.

PILL’s analytical services generate a regular ongoing revenue stream by providing a fee-for-service offering in proteomics, protein characterisation, biosimilars and biomarker diversity.

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Booodl: 3 Key Takeaways From the Total Retail & Payments Expo

George Freney (Co-Founder & CEO) and Peter Chapman (Head of Retail Strategy & Operations) attended the Total Retail event in Melbourne from 11–12 May.  There were lots of great discussions and insights across the board, and we wanted to share our three key takeaways.

First of all, we can’t not mention Doug Stephens – one of the world’s foremost retail and consumer futurists. He certainly is the Retail Prophet!

The first key idea is that a store is not just as a place that sells products, it’s another channel for shoppers to experience you – retailers need to use metrics to measure its effectiveness accordingly. This notion is 100% bang on the money.

82% of Millennials and 80% of Gen Z think it is important for brands to have a physical store. While sales might not come directly from within the walls of the shop, the shop influences those sales (much like how other media outlets influence sales).  If you want to get the most out of your store as a media channel, people need to be able to find it as easily as possible.  Is your store optimised for discovery?

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Mobotech US Update; Successful Demos Continue, Funding Round Remains Open

The US road trip is progressing well. See photos and updates at Mobotech Facebook Page.

Over the past two weeks, Mobotech have done three demos to companies along the way from Chicago to Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Saddle Creek Transport, a large 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) Company in the US South East. They were impressed with the Mobots and are keen to progress with trials once units are available.
  • Bimbo Bakeries, Tennessee operation. They remain interested in discussing trials but from a National level. Magline will be leading the approach to this strategic customer.
  • Dollar General, a major discount retailer throughout the US. We visited their massive Virginia Distribution Centre (DC). They have issues hand loading their 53ft trailers and see value in the Mobot. Trials are now being scheduled with them.

From here Moobtech continue on to do three key potential customer demos with Coca-Cola in Charlotte,Pepsi cola in Georgia and Dean Foods in Texas. Magline, having seen the good customer feedback so far, are now developing their manufacturing and distribution plans in order to support these trails.

The recent funding round remains open with NZ$200K still available. Would dearly like to have this extra capital to bring on the resource to help me get Mobotech established here in the US.

Case Studies of Analytica’s PeriCoach Published in Peer Reviewed Urology Journal

19th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Analytica Ltd (ASX: ALT) manufacturer of the PeriCoach® System is pleased announce the publication of case studies describing pelvic floor training with Pericoach in the Urologic Nursing Journal of the US Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates.

Clinical support and publication in a leading peer review journal is a significant milestone for the Company and is a direct reflection of executing its strategy to obtain clinical evidence of PeriCoach.

The journal articles are authorised by US Nurse Practitioner (NP) Julie Starr and Physiotherapist (PT) Beth Shelley. The articles are based on two separate case studies which were conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and ease of the use of PeriCoach in the treatment of common pelvic floor dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, as well as the emotional and lifestyle benefits of restoring pelvic floor strength.

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YPB Issues Earnings Guidance for 2017; Pre-Tax Profit of 5m for 2017, Substantial Revenue Pipeline Established

19th May 2016, ASX Announcement

  • Substantial revenue pipeline established
  • Profit and cashflow breakeven by end of Q1 2017
  • Pre-tax profit of 5m for 2017

YPB Group is pleased to provide earnings guidance for the Company’s financial year commencing 1 January 2017.

Progress made since the early 2016 launch of YPB’s end-to-end solution suite has provided the Board with sufficient information to reasonably judge earnings prospects. Significant revenue growth is anticipated in 2016 and 2017, which together with diligent cost management is expected to result in breakeven being reached by the end of Q1 2017 and pre-tax profit of $5m being realised for 2017.

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Bulletproof’s Presentation for Morgan’s Technology Day

18th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Corporate Information – 17 May 2016 

ASX:BPF – listed 23 January 2014

Current share price: $0.38

Market cap – $60.3m

Background 

Founded in 2000

180 Staff, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington & USA

Over 700 corporate, government and enterprise customers

Customers include Qantas, Amaysim, Sydney Airport and Crownbet

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BPS Signs Contract with Alibaba Partner SmartTrans

18th May 2018, ASX Announcement

  • BPS secures landmark B2B deal with Alibaba Partner, the ASX listed SmartTrans “SMA”, providing BPS’ Merchants access to China’s US$670 billion e-commerce market
  • Agreement gives BPA Australian merchants access to online giant Alibaba’s wholesale e-Commerce Platform – 1688.com
  • Partnership made possible through SMA’s established relationships with Alibaba and cross-border payments facility as well as the large BPA merchant base
  • Additional revenue stream for BPS via service fees, commissions on product sales and transaction fees

BPS Technology Limited (“BPS”) (ASX: BPS) is pleased to announce that it has today executed a Master Merchant Account with SmartTrans (ASX: SMA) to promote and sell products in China via Alibaba’s e-Commerce platform 1688.com.

BPS is committed to enhancing the services and distribution channels it provides to its 24,000 merchants and 50,000 cardholders and pleased to now have opened up access for its proprietary technology and merchant networks to the huge e-commerce sector in China, estimated to be worth US$670  billion and growing rapidly.

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Folkestone Appearing in New TV Show: No More Practise Investment Series

Folkestone has partnered with Evolution Media in its third season of the highly successful No More Practice: The Investment Series TV show and its consumer education portal.

The latest season of The Investment Series follows three everyday Australians as they take charge of their financial futures. With help from their advisers and fund managers like Folkestone, the investors learn about the philosophy that underpins their own financial decision-making, how this influences their approach to investing and how they can think like an investor should.

Greg Paramor, Folkestone’s Managing Director, will feature in Episodes 3 and 4 of the Series on Channel 9 on:

Dates:
Saturday 21 May 2016; and
Saturday 28 May 2016

Time:
12 Noon

Please click on links below to view videos extracted from the No More Practice: Investment Series.

Investment Philosophy

Greg Paramor talks about how he came into real estate and funds management, his investment philosophy and building teams.
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Keys For Successful Investing

Greg Paramor talks about the keys for successful investing in real estate.
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Our Approach To Investing

Adrian Harrington talks about Folkestone, leadership, and how Folkestone invests clients’ money into successful real estate funds.
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No More Practice – Education Website

Evolution Media have created a fantastic consumer website that provides the latest information on investing from Folkestone, Platinum Asset Management, Franklin Templeton and other leading fund managers. By partnering with Evolution Media, Folkestone and these other leading managers are determined to educate more Australians about their wealth potential.
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Prescient Therapeutics Secures $7.0M Capital Raising

18th May 2016, ASX Announcement

  • $7.0 M institutional placement
  • Rights issue on same terms to raise up to a further $3.4 M

Prescient Therapeutics Limited (ASX: PTX), a clinical stage oncology company, is pleased to advise the successful completion of of an institutional placement to raise $7.0 million.

The placement, largely to life-science focused Australian institutional investors, has been undertaken which will involve the issue of approximately 77.7 million shares at 9.0 cents per share with 1 attaching option for every 2 shares subscribed (exercisable at 18 cents; expiring 30 June 2018). The placement will be undertaken in two tranches. The first tranche of approximately 19.4 million shares will be unconditional, with shareholders to approve the second tranche (of approximately 58.3 million) and all attaching options.

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OncoSil Appoints Michael Warrener as Global Sales and Marketing Director

18th May 2016, ASX Announcement

OncoSil Medical Limited (ASX: OSL) (OncoSil Medical or the Company) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Michael Warrener as Global Sales and Marketing Director. Mr Warrener will be responsible for implementing the Company’s commercialisation strategy and infrastructure.

Mr Warrener will be based in Sydney and will oversee the initial market launch in Europe, Australia and key Asian markets. Mr Warrener will commence his role on 1st of June and his appointment completes the Senior Leadership Team of the Company.

Mr Warrener has forged a highly successful career in the pharmaceutical and medical device sector over a period of more than 23 years, including eight years with Sirtex Medical Ltd (ASX: SRX). During his time with Sirtex he held a number of senior management roles including Sales and Marketing Director for Europe and Middle East where he helped introduce then drive adoption of the Sir-Spheres product in the Australian, European Union and Middle East markets.

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Investors Central Performance Report March 2016: Loan Book at $54.62 million

Investors Central have pleasure in presenting the Performance Report for the quarter ending March 2016.

Year to date Performance Highlights:

$10.03  million in new loans written
$1.78 million paid to Investors as interest
Broker network remains steady at 815
Loan book has grown to $54.62 million
Loan write off to written income ratio is 5.6%

The closing date for investments is the 25th of each month. To reserve your shares, please email your application as soon as possible.

Crowd Mobile Signs Australian First Legal Q&A App and a Soccer Star as Partner

17th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Crowd Mobile partners with leading national law firm Go To Court Lawyers to launch the first App in Australia that provides direct and immediate access to legal advice and lawyers across Australia
  • The Company signs partnership with Australian soccer star Archie Thompson allowing fans to directly access advice and information from one of Australia’s leading athlete’s
  • Two new partnerships with leading culinary experts have also been formed adding two new Q&A  Apps that provide users with immediate access to delicious recipes, cooking tips and nutrition advice
  • The Company continues to expand into the higher value professional services space adding legal advice to the recently launched financial and tax advice Q&A Apps.

Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 & FWB-XETRA: CM3, Crowd Mobile, “the Company) is pleased to announce that it has expanded its range of Question and Answer (Q&A) Apps in Australia after signing four new partnerships. The partnerships include Australian national law firm Go To Court Lawyers, leading Australian soccer star Archie Thompson, and new culinary Apps from leading cooking teacher and author Tenina Holder and healthy whole food business Dineamic Australia Pty Ltd (Dineamic).

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YPB Sign MOU with Global Packaging Company Orora

17th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • YPB signs MOU with Global packaging company Orora (ASX: ORA)
  • YPB to provide full suite of products to Orora’s customers

YPB Group Ltd Group Ltd (ASX: YPB)  is delighted to announce the signing of a binding Memorandum of Understanding with Orora Ltd (ASX: ORA) to provide YPB’s full range of products, tools, processes data platforms and services to Orora. As a result of this agreement YPB and Orora will partner to take YPB’s product authentication and customer engagement solutions to Orora’s customers.

Orora, with a turnover exceeding $3.8bn, is an innovative, customers-focused and leading provider of packaging solutions to the manufacturers of beverages (including beer, wine, soft drink and spirits), fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood producers within Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Mexico. Orora has 29 manufacturing plants and 83 distribution sites across seven countries and approximately 5,500 team members, it supplies packaging products and services to grocery, fast moving consumer goods and industrial markets.

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BIG Un Limited Appoints New Chairman & Updated Prospectus

16th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • BIG Review TV appoints Mr Hugh Massie as Independent Non-Executive Chairman, substantially strengthening the Company’s leadership team and corporate expertise
  • An experienced US technology entrepreneur and consultant to global corporations, Mr Massie brings over three decades of experience in corporate advisory services, corporate governance and the technology sector
  • Mr Massie’s global network is expected to accelerate the Company’s global expansion strategy as it enters new markets in the coming months
  • Appointment is further validation of the Company’s business model and increasing profile overseas and follows cash break-even position achieved in March 2016
  • Appointment forms part of the Company’s Corporate Governance Declaration to expand its access to Independent Directors as the nature of its operations grows

Big Un Limited (ASX: BIG, or ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce that leading US technology entrepreneur and behavioral finance strategist, Mr Hugh Massie has been appointed  as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, effective 16 May 2016.

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To view BIG Un Limited’s Prospectus, please click on the button below.

YPB – Chairman’s Address May 2016

13th May 2016, ASX Announcement

The Want – Direct Customer Engagement 

Mass Marketing is Dead

  • General demographic target
  • General geographic relevance
  • Expensive to maintain brand presence
  • Difficult to convert purchase intention
  • No way to qualify success of campaign
  • No individual customer feedback
  • No ongoing database

Intelligent Customer Engagement

  • Individual targeting
  • Location & time specific engagement
  • Very low cost of total operation
  • Intention can be converted immediately
  • Campaigns backed by complete analytics
  • Direct two-way dialogue with customers
  • Complete data accumulates over time

To view the presentation, please click on the button below.

Nevhouse: Media Coverage of Vanuatu Launch

Turning Plastic Waste into Housing

17th March 2016

Ahead of his “material transformation” presentation at the upcoming Green Cities conference, HASSELL principal Ken McBryde describes a novel solution to the waste and housing crises. Plastic is an amazing material. The first man-made plastic is considered to be “Parkesine”, patented by Alexander Parkes in the UK in 1856. Since then, Wikipedia tells me that more than 30 different forms of plastic have been developed, including PET, which was patented in 1941 – paving the way for all those plastic bottles – and polyethylene, used in plastic bags, which made their first appearance in the 1950s.

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Designer Nev Hyman Creating Flat-Pack, Cyclone-Proof Housing for Vulnerable Pacific Nations

25th April 2015

For decades, Australian surfboard shaper Nev Hyman shaped boards for world champions, but now he is shaping something quite different: affordable, cyclone-proof housing. After launching three surfboard brands — the first in 1973 — Mr Hyman initially invested in plastics recycling.

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Eradicating Plastic Waste One House At A Time

29th April 2016

IT’S a scene that often confronts avid surfers as they head to some of the most idyllic breaks in South-East Asia – rafts of plastic waste lapping at the shoreline around a busy harbour. For Gold Coast surfboard shaper and the founder of Firewire, Nev Hyman (pictured below), it was a call to action that led him to establish a social enterprise that only now is showing huge potential.  Nev House, a company that recycles plastic and wood into a sturdy composite building product for modern housing, has just launched its first project in Vanuatu.

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Disaster Housing Solution for Cyclone Ravaged Tanna

3rd May 2016

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 3rd 2016, Anita Roberts writes “Communities on Tanna that bore the brunt of cyclone Pam last year were the first in the south pacific to have been delivered with an innovative housing solution pioneered by Australia’s Nev House Company. Under agreement with the Vanuatu Government, the company has been constructing affordable, cyclone-proof houses to meet the lifestyle needs of the people, by replacing the semi- permanent buildings in any future cyclone.

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Minister of Health wants nurse in first Nevhouse Clinic 

4th May 2016

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 4th, it is claimed that the Minister of Health, Toara Daniel, has announced following his visit inside the house with the Director General, George Taleo, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trades, Commerce, Tourism and Industry, Joe Natuman, Minister of Infrastructure Jotham Napat, Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Moah and other government dignities.

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Spread in The Vanuatu Independent About The Launch on ‎Tanna‬

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Universal Biosensors Annual Report 2016

May 12th, ASX Announcement

Chairman’s Letter 

“Our company is a proud developer of medical diagnostic systems that make a difference to people’s lives around the world every day. Through our efforts, the technology we have developed with our partners is helping people with diabetes who need to manage their blood glucose levels through LifeScan OneTouch® Verio®, one of the world’s most popular blood glucose monitoring devices. And since December 2014, patients managing their use of the blood thinning drug warfin with the Siemens Xprecia Stride™ are using test strips developed and made at our Rowville facility in Melbourne, Australia.

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Real Estate Your Way CEO Interview

www.realestateyourway.com.au is a prominent “digital disruptor” property advertising website that is at the leading edge of a new trend in real estate advertising in Australia.

The business is fully operational and has considerable intellectual property assets including the website, registered trademarks and social media following. It also has registered domains that would be suitable for international expansion

Excellent opportunity for any Australian or overseas media business or financial services or real estate business or business migrant to gain quick entry in the rapidly emerging “For Sale By Owner” property advertising market. The owner is retiring and wishes to sell a majority stake.

Please listen to Michael Forry, Founder & CEO of Real Estate Your Way below. 

YPB – Presentation to 121 Tech Investment Summit Hong Kong

11th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Right Place & Right Time 

YPB stands to profit from sweeping shifts in global trends.

  • Emerging pan-Asian middle class
    - China 350 million
    - India 267 million
    - ASEAN 190 million
    - Total 807 million
  • Massive decline of mass marketing
    - Audiences have shifted to personalised media intake
  • Rise of Customer Engagement
    - Emerging technologies allow engagement through personal devices.
    - Explosive growth in WeChat and Line
  • Rapid evolution in Government Vital Document
    - Need for new-generation protection technology

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BIG Strategic Partnership with E Learning Platform Velpic

11th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • BIG enters into strategic partnership agreement with leading cloud-based e-learning platform Velpic
  • Partnership will see Velpic subscribe to BIG for video content creation across its platform
  • Agreement to open up multiple cross-selling and cross-promotional opportunities and  expands BIG’s reach into new sectors
  • Further’s the Company’s expansion strategy to partner with leading corporates for promotion of services, continuing BIG’s strong growth and further expansion of revenue opportunities

BIG Un Limited (ASX:BIG or ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce it has entered into a strategic partnership with Velpic, a leading cloud-based e-learning platform, as part of an agreement to co-create video content for the platform and jointly promote services.

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Folkestone Monthly Report: A-REIT Sector in Good Shape, Average Income Growth of 3%

10th May 2016, Folkestone

April 2016

The A-REIT sector is considered to be in good shape and continues to be supported with an average income growth of around 3%. Even though cap rates appear close to peak levels, assets continue to be in demand and we expect that A-REITs will persist in selling noncore assets with a view to funneling proceeds into higher yielding developments as opportunities arise.

The April 2016 Monthly Report provides a snapshot of the Fund and the A-REIT sector’s performance.

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A-REIT MONTHLY PERFORMANCE - APRIL 2016

A-REITs generated a total return of +2.8% in April underperforming equities (+3.3%) but significantly outperforming for the year: +15.6% vs. -4.7%.

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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY PERFORMANCE – APRIL 2016

A summary of the latest investment performance for residential property according to the CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Index – April 2016 Update.

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Global Property – A Stand-out Performer in a Low Interest Rate Environment

MSCI has just released its annual report - Global Property Performance: Trends and Insights from the 2015 IPD Annual Report Index. According to the Index, global direct property generated a total return of 10.7% in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of strong returns since the GFC, and the best performance since 2007.

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BIG Investor Presentation May 2016

10th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Rights Issue – May 2016

Eligible shareholders are now able to subscribe for 1 new share for every 4 existing shares they hold at an issue price of $0.12 per share, together with one free attaching option for every two new share subscribed for with an exercise price of $0.25 and term of 18 months.

The offer price represents a 25.8% discount to the volume weighted average trading price (VWAP) for the 5 days trading to the 6th May 2016.

  • 1 for 4 partially underwritten non-renounceable rights issue to raise up to $2.64 million
  • Offer underwritten by CPS Capital to $1.3 million
  • For every two new shares, shareholders will receive 1 free attaching listing option with excersise price of $0.25 and terms of 18 months

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Altech Chemicals Limited – Release of Research Report

10th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that it is featured in a research report titled “Excellent Progress on the Finance and Offtake Front” by Breakaway Research, which has been released today and is available for viewing and dowload on the Company’s website.

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Wild Digital: Southeast Asia’s Largest Gathering of Internet Leaders – Less Than One Month To Go!

Wild Digital explores the growth in Southeast Asia with an in-depth look at the trends and strategies shaping the region. Come hear from Garena’s Nick Nash and Khazanah’s Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin on the recent $170m investment deal, and Lazada’s Maximilian Bittner and Asia Pacific Internet Group’s Hanno Stegmann on the $1B investment stake recently made by Alibaba.

This year we feature exciting new speakers, sessions and workshops, with investor spotlights covering the region’s most compelling and hotly debated topics. What are you waiting for?

Advance priced tickets are running out! 

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1. Check out our full list of speakers below
2. View our updated program
3. Find out how to get to Kuala Lumpur
4. Watch our highlights from last year

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YPB Group Recruits Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Help Indian Push

10th May 2016, AFR By Yolanda Redrup

Australian listed anti-counterfeit technology company YPB Group is expanding to India with the help of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

The company has signed a 10-year contract with one of the retired cricketer’s associated companies. It means Mr Tendulkar will act as a so-called brand ambassador for YPB Group’s consumer engagement platform YPB Connect and facilitate introductions to important contacts in the Indian market.

YPB Group chief executive John Houston said the decision to bring on a brand ambassador was a first for the company and was being tried in India because it was a difficult market to gain traction.

“Sachin is such a reputable and well-established treasure of India,” Mr Houston said.

“India is a totally new market and we’d only go into it with such a partner. Sachin’s endorsement is a quite unique, and it’s really a result of the relationship we’ve been able to built with him. He doesn’t do this often.”

YPB Group is mainly known for its anti-counterfeit software and app which lets consumers spot fake products, as well as its document verification technology, however Mr Tendulkar will be supporting its consumer engagement software.

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YPB Launches T3 Mini Scanner

9th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • First production run of T3 scanners and 100 unit sale to client
  • Existing T2 scanner to remain in production
  • Smallest, most cost effective invisible tracer/scanner technology

YPB Group has released its patent pending T3 mini scanner, with the same functionality as the T2 model but measuring a third the size it is less expensive to produce, allowing fro greater sales and higher margins.

The T3 scanner, the results of more than 12 months R&D provides the opportunity for much wider distribution of scanners, including retail stores and hospitality venues, allowing vendor to demonstrate authenticity of products to customers. The T3 also allows brand owners, financial institutions and Government agencies to deploy scanners more widely for quick and easy product authentication in supply chains, production lines and at retail outlets.

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Altech Sells Exploration Licence for $2.0 Million Cash

9th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Sale of surplus exploration license for $2 million
  • Dispute over termination of Kaolin Mining Rights Deed with Dana settled
  • Altech retains ownership of mining lease application M70/1334 for its Malaysian HPA project
  • Imminent grant of M70/1334

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that it has executed an agreement with Dana Shipping and Trading S.A. (Dana) for the sale of exploration license E70/3923 (excluding mining lease application M70/1334, owned by Altech) at Meckering, Western Australia for $2.0 million.

The exploration licence is surplus to Altech’s feedstock requirements for its proposed Malaysian high purity alumina (HPA) plant. Feedstock for the plant will be sources from within M70/1334 which contains estimated ~11 million tonnes of kaolin mineral resources, representing in excess of 250 years of supply for the HPA plant.

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Seera Accelerates its APAC Growth Roadmap

3rd May 2016, ARN By Hafizah Osman

Cloud-based talent management solution provider, Seera, has appointed Newport Capital to undertake a $10m A Round capital raising in support of its immediate plans for offshore growth.

The company said the new investment round will enable Australian-based Seera to further capitalise on its current position within the Cloud-based talent management solutions space, as well as accelerate its Asia-Pacific growth roadmap with the opening of its first international office in Singapore this year.

This move follows the company’s recent announcement of a new channel program launch and that it is seeking new partners to expand its local reach.

Seera CEO and founder, Bradley Birchall, said participation and backing from existing collaborative channel alliances, including Microsoft, are major contributors to Seera’s growth strategy.

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Seera: An “Innovative Leap Forward”

3rd May 2016, Startup Smart By Denham Sadler

It was when a 19-year-old Melbourne entrepreneur was working for Telstra in the 80s that he first came up with the concept for a million-dollar company.

Tasked with improving the telcos efficiency, Brad Birchall developed a way to automatically dispatch Telstra technicians based on their availability and skills.

Back in the days of the first version of Windows, it was “breakthrough stuff”.

More than 10 years later Birchall was a CIO at SEEK and the idea really began to consolidate.

“I was actually getting to see and understand the whole HR marketplace and the jobs marketplace,” Birchall tells StartupSmart.

“That was a breakthrough insight.”

The entrepreneur then began to develop the concept for a cloud-based talent management platform based around competency of employees and potential hirings.

Now, more than 15 years later, the idea has transformed into Seera, a startup turning over $1 million annually, with a $10 million Series A round in the works and a potential ASX-listing next year.

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HR Tech Startup Seera Seeks $100m Valuation Ahead of ASX IPO

3rd May 2016, AFR By Yolanda Redrup

The boom in Australian technology initial public offerings looks set to continue into 2017, with Seera, a cloud-based recruitment and staff management software company, poised to kick off a $10 million funding round ahead of an ASX listing.

The company, which was founded by former SEEK and Telstra executive Bradley Birchall in 2014, has taken on long-standing technology specialist investment firm Newport Capital to advise on its pre-IPO raising, with the funds earmarked for Seera’s Asia Pacific regional expansion plans. It intends to list on the ASX in 2017.

Its founder told The Australian Financial Review the company had mapped out an ambitious plan to use the ASX as a stepping stone to a $1 billion Nasdaq IPO by 2019.

ASX investors have warmly welcomed human resources technology listings from 1-Page and Reffind in recent times, only to begin selling out once concerns about immature revenue models began to kick in. Reffind’s shares have fallen more than 84 per cent in six months, and 1-Page shares, while still well above its October 2014 listing price, have fallen from a high of $5.69 last September, to sit at 97¢.

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Folkestone Blog: Investing In Unlisted Real Estate Funds – Key Things To Consider

PART 1

What To Look For In Investing In Unlisted Real Estate Funds

In the current low interest rate environment, the hunt for yield is a powerful force. In Part 1, of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, we show the characteristics of unlisted real estate funds, what to look for when assessing a fund and how the Net Tangible Asset number is calculated

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PART 2

How Do Unlisted Real Estate Income Funds Generate High Income Returns

In Part 2 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, we look at gearing, how returns are generated, and the different types of exit strategies.

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Innovation Heroes: Toni Moyes, 8i

3rd May 2016, idealog By Jonathon Cotton

Stephen Henry (Kode Biotech), Dale Clareburt (Weirdly), Lisa King (Eat My Lunch), Glenn Martin (founder and inventor of Martin Jet Pack) and Toni Moyes (8i) will share their successes and failures for the benefit of us all, live and in person in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Today we talk to Toni Moyes, chief operating officer at 8i about start-up culture, raising money and the human side of VR.

You’ve been an advisor, analyst and solicitor. How did you end up COO of 8i?

Well, it was through my work in micro-economic policy. I became really fascinated with what kind firm could be really transformative to the New Zealand economy and raise productivity and, in that capacity, what could I do in my current job to help make more of that happen. And through that process I came to meet an entrepreneur named Linc Gasking and talked to him about all sorts of ideas that he had for companies. I became quite fascinated with his experience in start-up eco-systems. It was through getting to know Linc that, when he started 8i together with Eugene d’Eon, he invited me to come and spend time with him and really be a part of it. So I just had the opportunity when the company was first founded to kind of hang out and help. In fact Linc called me one night and said ‘Hey Toni, we’ve started this amazing VR company. Come over!’ At 10 pm on a Tuesday. And I said ‘Now?’ and he said ‘Yes, now!’ and I went.

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iFAST Enter Joint Venture With PC International (HK)

4th May 2016, iFast Corporation

The board of directors (the “Directors” or the “Board”) of iFAST Corporation Ltd. (the “Company”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) wishes to announce that the Company has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with PC International (HK) Limited (“PC International”) for the purpose of incorporating a new private limited company in Singapore under the name “PC iFAST Holding (SG) Pte. Ltd.” (“JV Company”).

PC International is incorporated in Hong Kong. It is an affiliated company of Paochu Investment Advisory Ltd and PC Securities Ltd. Paochu Investment Advisory Ltd has Type 4 and Type 9 licences with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (“SFC”) which covers regulated activities relating to advising on securities and asset management respectively. PC Securities Ltd has Type 1 license with SFC which covers regulated activity for dealing in securities.

The Company will hold 25% equity interest in the JV Company while PC International holds the remaining 75% equity interest.

The Company expects the incorporation of a JV Company with PC International will enable the Group to increase business from offshore customers who wish to invest in the investment products distributed on its Singapore platforms.

The aforementioned transaction is not expected to have any material impact on the Group’s earnings per share and net tangible assets per share for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.

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Altech Secures Settlement for Mining Lease at Meckering

6th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Settlement with freehold landowners covering mining lease application M70/1334
  • Landowners objection to grant of mining lease lifted
  • Company proceeding to mining lease grant
  • Company to submit Mining Propsal (MP) and Mine Closure Plan (MCP)
  • 18 month option to purchase 94 ha of land covering mining lease
  • Guarantees mining accessibility

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that it has executed a settlement and option to purchase agreement for the freehold land that completely encompasses its mining lease application M70/1334 at Meckering, Western Australia. As reported previously, the landowners had objected to the application for grant of the mining lease and the objection was before the Warden’s Court (WA). Concurrently, the Company continued to negotiate a settlement with the landowners and a final settlement has now been reached.

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Catcha Group Investor Update May 2016: The Explosion of VC Funding in Asia & iflix CEO on CNBC

PATRICK GROVE: THE EXPLOSION OF VC FUNDING IN ASIA

During the past 12 months, the explosion of activity by venture capital firms has been greater than the preceding 14 years, notes Patrick Grove, founder & CEO of Catcha Group.
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IFLIX CEO: WE’RE FOCUSED ON EMERGING MARKETS

Mark Britt from iflix tells CNBC that the firm is focusing its energies on bringing iflix across the globe.
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WILD DIGITAL 2016 – JUNE 8 & 9, LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR

Exciting new speakers announced every week! Check out the full list or subscribe to event updates on www.wilddigital.com

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Martin Aircraft May Newsletter – Gears Up Production in Christchurch, Showcased at Airshow China & Test Vehicles Prove Robustness

5th May 2016, ASX Announcement

This months updates include a review of Martin Aircraft Company’s production status, a technical update on testing our Next Generation Jetpacks and a short report on the progress of the P14 manned vehicle.

Martin Aircraft Company Gears up for Production in Christchurch 

It is always an exciting moment for a company when it watches its first products roll off the commercial assembly line, especially when that product has taken more than 30 years to evolve from concept to reality. With just over a month to go before the formal production process of the Martin Jetpack begins at its headquarters in Wigram, Christchurch, the buzz of anticipation is already apparent as the Martin Aircraft Company Production Team  skillfully makes ready for this momentous occasion. Although the first aircraft will be the designated P14 aircraft – one before the first commercial model – having all the processes and procedures in place ready to be tested is a major milestone.

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TFS First Buy-back Offers Made to Acquire MIS Assets

6th May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Offers sent to growers to acquire their interests in the TFS2000 Project
  • Offers provide growers with significant returns, with the majority set to more than triple their invested capital
  • Results of the TFS2000 Project demonstrate the attractiveness of TFS’s MAnaged Investment Scheme projects
  • Indian sandalwood acquired by TFS will be harvested in June and supplied to TFS’s diverse end markets

TFS Corporation Ltd (“TFS”, “the Company”, ASX: TFC), the world’s largest owner and manager of commercial Indian sandalwood plantations, has launched the first of a seriees of plantation buy-backs, offering growers (Managed  Investment Scheme (“MIS”) investors) significant returns on their investments in sandalwood plantations.

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OncoSil Medical Presents at Asia BiotechInvest

4th May 2016, ASX Announcement

OncoDil Medical Limied (ASX: OSL) (OncoSil Medical or the Company) a late stage medical devices company focused on localised treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer and liver cancer, today announced that Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Kenny will present at the Asia Biotech Invest conference at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, Hong Kong on Thursday 5 May 2016.

The Asia Biotech Invest conference is hosted by AusBiotech as part of their Global Investment Event Series and runs from 5 to 6 May 2016 bringing together a number of institutional investors, partners and life sciences companies from across the Asia Pacific region.  Mr Kenny and Chief Financial Officer, Tom Milicevic will also participate in one-on-one meetings with Asian investors during and prior to the conference.

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Crowd Mobile Investor Presentation May 2016

4th May 2016, ASX Announcement

We are a profitable and global mobile first company

Building a leading m-payments & m-content company

  • Offices in Amsterdam (HQ) Budapest & Melbourne
  • Over 60 employees
  • Reach into 160 Telcos in 50+ countries
  • Growth into the America’s, EMEA & APAC

Corporate Snapshot

ASX Code: “CM8″ & FWB-XETRA: “CM3″

Ordinary Shares on Issue: 157.2m
Options @ Various (25cents to 39cents): 33.5m
Market Cap (@ 24c – $AUD)*:  $37.7m
Cash at Bank ($AUD) as at 30/4/16: $4.4m
Debt/Final Earn Out – as at 30/4/16: $21.0m
Debt Interest Cover: >4.5x
Enterprise Value (EV): $54.3m

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Charter Hall Presentation to Macquarie Australia Conference

4th May 2016, ASX Announcement

FY16 Outlook and Earnings Guidance 

Given volatility across global equity markets, the stable return characteristics of direct property have become increasingly compelling

Charter Hall continues to build its bench strength with the recent appointment of Sean McMahon as CIO, complementing our Leadership group which is driving momentum across all business activities

Charter Hall continues to focus on portfolio security by investing in assets with strong tenant covenants and tenant durations, delivering sustainable income and capital growth prospects

Our guidance is as follows:

Absent  unexpected events, Charter Hall’s earnings guidance for FY16 OEPS of 8-10% growth over FY15, is in line with the upgraded guidance provided in February 2016

The distribution payout ratio is expected to be between 85% and 95% of operating earnings per security

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DA for STARIN at Macquarie Park Approved

It’s with great pleasure to announce that the iconic Macquarie Park Project’s DA (Development Application) was approved by the City of Ryde Council end of April 2016. With architects Group GSA and urban planners JBA Urban, as well as an extended team of reputable specialists involved in the project, STARIN managed to successfully push the limits of Council Legislation to design a building that would go from being a height of 37 metres to a ground breaking 65 metres -the first of its height in the Macquarie Park Core under Ryde City Council’s Macquarie Park LEP incentive process.

Moving forward, we have received the tenders for evaluation and selection, with construction of early works set to begin mid-year. The design development is also steadily progressing with interior and exterior design elements of the structure being finalised. This is a very exciting and long awaited stage of the journey for STARIN which continues to welcome interested investors as well as nurture the confidence of existing investors.

Leaf Resources April Update: Industry Updates, Announcement & New Website Launch

Australian Securities Exchange Announcement

Shareholder Update

Leaf Resources has had a very busy and productive year to date, working around the world to deliver economical projects producing renewable chemicals from plant biomass based on our proprietary , award winning GlycellTM process.
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Australia to invest a billion dollars into clean energy and fuels

Biofuels Digest reports on Australia’s Clean Energy Innovation Fund

The Federal Government announced that it is establishing a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to support emerging technologies make the leap from demonstration to commercial deployment.
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Al Gore: The case for optimism on climate change

Climate advocate Al Gore’s candid TED talk

Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet and the solutions we’re designing to combat them.
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Big companies are driving the sustainability agenda

From packaging design, health, exercise these companies are making progress reports FoodBev Media

At the recent Tetra Pak sustainability round table in Lund, Sweden, it became clear that it is big business not governments that are driving environmental change with these big players all having their own sustainability agenda.
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Bioserie making child’s play of plant based plastic

Biobased World News takes a close look at the new generation of plastic toys

Bioserie are changing the landscape of toys by producing the first 100% USDA certified plant based toy.
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Leaf Resources New Website

Leaf has launched its new mobile friendly website.
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SUDA Investor Presentation May 2016

3rd May 2016, ASX Announcement

Overview 

SUDA (ASX: SUD) is a drug delivery company commercialising low-risk pharmaceuticals

Extensive proprietary technology, expertise and knowhow in formulating and manufacturing oral sprays

Multiple patent families covering approx. 300 widely-used drugs formulated into oral sprays

SUDA’s first-in-class oral sprays have demonstrated meaningful advantages vs. standard-of-care tablets in multiple clinical studies

Multiple oral sprays for large markets – insomnia, malaria, migraine, erectile dysfunction, chemo-induced nausea

Technology proven with 3 products on the market: NitroMist (Nitro-Glycerine), ZolpiMist and Meloxicam (Vet)

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Avenir Capital March 2016 Quarterly Investor Letter; Fund Up Roughly 3.5%

Equity markets in the first quarter of 2016 gave a hard-to-miss demonstration of the behaviour of Ben Graham’s overly emotional friend, “Mr Market”. In what was one of the worst starts to a year in many decades, U.S. markets fell by 9% in the first 12 trading days of 2016 with European markets down by 12%. By the time markets broadly bottomed in mid-February, the S&P 500 was down over 10% and European and Asian stocks down 13% from the beginning of the year. The U.S. Russell 2000, a small/mid cap index, was down over 15% and over 25% from the peak in June 2015.

From the low in mid-February, the markets staged a strong recovery to nudge slightly above breakeven for the S&P 500 and a couple of percent below where they began the year for the main European/Asian indices and the Russell 2000.

The Avenir Value Fund (the “Fund”) decreased 6.5%, net of fees and expenses, in the March 2016 quarter compared to the S&P 500 which increased 1.4% and the ASX All Ordinaries which decreased 2.4% for the quarter. After hitting a low in January, the Australian dollar surged strongly in the latter part of the quarter, ultimately detracting from our return by almost 2.5% for the period.

Almost all of the decline for us occurred in January, in the strong market down draft that occurred at the start of the year, with February flat and March recouping some of the decline being up 2.7%. April continued this trend with the Fund up roughly 3.5%.

While the market proved volatile and we ended the quarter down, the strong underlying operating performance of the companies we hold in the portfolio continued during the quarter and our view of intrinsic value remains much more stable than the market prices. This highlights the need to anchor investment decisions on our fundamental view of long term cash flows and asset value rather than short term market sentiment.

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YPB Secures 14 million Unit Reorder for VariSec Passport Solution

3rd May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Reorder of YPB’s VariSec technology for a major first world economy
  • Total gross revenue approximately A$500,00
  • YPB’s Government Vital Documents business rapid growth continues

YPB Group Ltd (ASX:YPB) is pleased to announce that it has received a further order for its proprietary VariSec technology to apply  to approximately 14 million ePassports in a deal that is expected to generate A$500,000 gross revenue.

The reorder of the technology is for a major first world economy which previously ordered VariSec technology in October 2015. It is estimated that these new passports will be issued in the next six months.

The reorder of VariSec from the major first world western economy highlights the reoccurring nature of the market for securing passports. YPB expects the country to place a third order for the technology in the latter months of 2016.

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TFS Share Purchase Plan Closes Heavily Oversubscribed

2nd May 2016, ASX Announcement

TFS Corporation Ltd (“TFS”, “the Company”, ASX: TFC) , the world’s largest owner and manager of commercial Indian sandalwood plantations, today announced it has successfully closed its Share Purchase Plan (SPP), receiving applications nearly three times the $5 million target.

TFS received applications totaling 14.2 million. In light of this strong demand, the Board of TFS has elected to increased the target to $8 million to allow shareholders to more fully participate in the offer.

A total of 1,460 shareholders participated in the SPP, 20.8% of total TFS holders.

All eligible SPP applications will scaled-back pro-rata to the amounts subscribed for, meaning eligible applicants will receive shares to the value of approximately 56% of their subscription amount.

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Leaf Resources Update: Potential Projects in USA Progressed, JV Progression, Excellent Results from EFB

2nd May 2016, ASX Announcement

Overview 

Leaf Resources has had a very busy and productive year to date, working around the world to deliver economical projects producing renewable chemicals from plant biomass based on our proprietary, award wining Glycell™ process.

Recent trips to the USA have progressed potential projects in the region as Leaf Resources’ personnel continue negotiations with several potential partners in addition to working on the previously announced JV with ZeaChem. In Europe the Joint Venture with Monaghan Bioscience has delivered excellent first stage results and has now progressed to the second stage.

In Asia, plans are being made to utilize the excellent results from the recent testing of Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) at Andritz’s demonstration plant at Springfield Ohio. The results were good enough for Andritz to state that Glycell™ is now a preferred process to convert this waste biomass into commercial sugars.

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Charter Hall Appoints Chief Investment Officer

2nd May 2016, ASX Announcement

Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) (Charter Hall or the Group) today announced it has appointed Sean McMahon as Chief Investment Officer  (CIO); a newly created role identified as part of the Group’s recent organisation restructure announce on 1 February 2016.

Mr McMahon has over 25 years’ property and financial experience having held senior positions in major listed and private operations, most recently as CIO of Frasers Property Australia (formerly Asutraland), where he was also previously the Executive General Manager/Head of Commercial & Industrial. He brings great cross sector property experience having been responsible for office, industrial and neighborhood centre investment and has driven the development of corporate strategies, capital allocation and reinvestment programs, M&A and the management of key investor customer relationships.

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Altech Chemicals Quarterly Update: EBITDA US$55.7m, Mitsubishi Agreement Signed, $2m Capital Raising Update

2nd May 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights 

  • Altech improves financials of HPA project with BFS update
    - NPV3 US$358m (previously US$326m)
    - Payback 3.7 years (was 3.8 years)
    - IRR 33% (previously 30%)
    - Capex US$78.7m (was US$76.9m)
    - EBITDA US$55.7m p.a. (was US$59.4m)
  • Debt funding Update HPA project
    - HPA project will support ~US$60m of debt funding
    - German government-owned KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH mandated
    - Application for  ~US$40m of German government export credit agency (ECA) cover
  • Altech finalises agreement for HPA plant site – Johor, Malaysia
    - HPA plant site secured at the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor
    - 30 year lease, with option to extend for +30 years
    - Johor offer significant opex advantages
  • Altech signs off-take sales agreement with Mitsubishi for all HPA production
    - Off-take arrangement for first 10 years of HPA operations
    - Secures sales for 100% of Altech’s proposed 4,000tpa
  • DJ Carmichael ‘initial coverage’ report
    - Speculative Buy recomendation and a risked valuation of $0.41 a share in initial coverage report
  • $2 million capital raising update
    - $1.2m @ 8.6c/share via private share placement
    - $0.744m via share purchase plan (SPP)
    - Funds used to finalise detailed design, debt funding and working capital

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4Dx Presents at AusBio in Hong Kong and Singapore

4Dx will take part in the spotlight presentations to international investors as part of the AusBiotech Global Investment Event Series, with events taking place in Asia, the US and Australia.

Through a professional business-matching program 4Dx will connect with life science investors from across the globe to discuss investment and partnership opportunities.

The first will take place in Singapore, hosted by the SGX and Wholesale Investor on the 3rd of May.

The second event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on the 5th-6th May. Now in its fourth year, this event attracts over 150 qualified investors each year. Held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair this event provides the opportunity to explore potential future partnerships.

Cash Receipts from Customers Up 123% in Q1 for YPB Group

29th APril 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights

  • Q1 cash receipts from customers increased 123% vs Q4 in 2015
  • Affyrmx JV, established in Q1 2016, showing excellent early promise in the Government vital documents segment, receiving four orders since launch
  • Currently servicing 152 active customer accounts across the world
  • Strong business development pipeline in place with over 150 active projects

Overview 

Global anti-counterfeit and brand protection solution company YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) is pleased to report a strong quarter-on-quarter increase in cash receipts of 123% to A$775,00 in Q1 2016. As part of its Appendix 4C for the period ending 31 March 2016, following is an update on corporate activities.

YPB has built an outstanding launchpad from which to strongly grow revenue and move the  company into profitability in 2017.

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iFast Enters Into MOU To Sell A 5% Stake In iFast China Business

The  Board  of  Directors  (the  “Directors”  or  the  “Board”)  of  iFAST  Corporation  Ltd  (“iFAST”  or  the  “Company” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) wishes to announce that its wholly-owned  subsidiary,   FA   Corporate   &   Compliance   Consultancy   Pte.   Ltd.   (Company   Registration   No.  200722799G), which is intended to be renamed as iFAST China Holdings Pte. Ltd., (“iFAST China  Holdings”), had,  on 28 April  2016,  entered into  a  non-binding memorandum of understanding (the  “Memorandum”)  with  Caerulean  Limited  (BVI  Company  No.  1904290)  (“CL”)  with  its  registered  address at c/o Offshore Incorporations Limited, P.O. Box 957, Offshore Incorporations Centre, Road  Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (collectively, the “Parties” and each, a “Party”).

Pursuant  to  the  Memorandum,  (i)  CL  is  desirous  of  subscribing  for,  and  iFAST  China  Holdings  is  desirous  of  issuing  and  allotting,  such  number  of  newly  issued  ordinary  shares  in  iFAST  China  Holdings, representing 5% of the share capital of iFAST China Holdings on an enlarged basis, at a  cash  consideration  of  USD1.75  million  (the  “Proposed  Subscription”);  and  (ii)  the  Proposed  Subscription shall be completed by June 2016 (“Completion”). The consideration for the Proposed  Subscription was arrived at on a willing-seller and willing-buyer basis. Following Completion, CL will  hold a 5% shareholding interest in iFAST China Holdings on an enlarged basis.

CL is an investment-holding company which was incorporated in the British Virgin Islands in January  2016. Its directors are Mr Lim Wee Kiong and Mr Wong Tin Niam Jean Paul. Its shareholders include  Mr Wong Soon Shyan, Mr Lim Wee Kiong and Mr Wong Tin Niam Jean Paul. Mr Wong Soon Shyan,  Mr Lim Wee Kiong and Mr Wong Tin Niam Jean Paul are iFAST employees.

The Group will be undergoing some internal restructuring, such that post-restructuring, iFAST’s China  business  will  comprise  iFAST  China  Holdings  and  its  wholly-owned  subsidiary  in  China  (“iFAST  China Business”). Based on the unaudited financial results for the financial period ended 31 March  2016, the consolidated net asset value of iFAST China Business amounted to approximately S$2.53  million.  Upon  Completion  of  the  Proposed  Subscription,  the  Group  may  see  an  estimated  gain  of  S$2.12  million  based  on  the  financial  position  of  the  iFAST  China  Business  as  at  31  March  2016.  However, the gain is expected to be recognised in the reserves instead of the income statement of  the Group.

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SUDA Reports 3Q Increase in Receipts & Positive Net Operating Cash Flow

29th April 2016, ASX Announcement

SUDA LTD (ASX:SUD), a leader in oro-mucosal drug delivery, today released its Appendix 4C for the consolidated Group for the third quarter of FY2016. Receipts from customers for the period were $1.6 million, an increase of 7% quarter-on-quarter and up 8% from the same in FY2015. The Company generated a positive net operating cash flow of $0.5 million for the third quarter, compared to a loss of $0.8 million in the previous quarter.

The receipt of $0.7 million from the Australian Taxation Office under the R&D Tax Incentive and also $0.04 million under the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme boosted the operating cash flow for the third quarter. The cash position as at 31 March 2016 was $3.6 million.

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APN Review April 2016: Three Big Themes from Reporting Season, Japan’s Negative Rates Policy

Three BIG themes from reporting season

This was a good reporting season. 99.1% retail occupancy rate, rents are growing, valuations improving – looks like there is a lot to look forward to for the AREIT investor.

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Japan’s negative rates policy: The big winner

The Bank of Japan launched its negative interest rate policy in January which for many was cause for alarm. Where some see panic, we see opportunity.

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Tim Slattery talks half year results

Tim Slattery, Executive Director talks us through some of the best results APN has had in years.

Click here to watch the December 2015 half year results video.

APN Investor Presentation at The CEO Sessions

Tim Slattery, Executive Director at APN Property Group recently presented at The CEO Sessions as a part of the ASX Investor Series.

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Investment opportunities – register your interest

APN is currently working towards launching a number of new investment opportunities.

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Monthly performance updates

First Re-order for YPB in Mexico

28th April 2016, ASX Announcement

YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB) has received its first reorder of high security vital record documents in Mexico, further validating the depth of potential business and revenue from the Affyrmx JV.

The recorder will see YPB provide an additional 200,00 high security vital record documents to the State of Jalisco, one of the largest of the 32 states in Mexico.

Announced in January 2016 and with a six year duration, the JV with Affyrmx LLC for the supply of government documents will initially focus on Mexico,l and includes (but is not limited to) visas, vital records, ID cards and financial instruments.

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Kacific First Service To Be Powered By Newtec Dialog® Multiservice VSAT Platform

28th April 2016, Military Technologies

Satellite operator will use Newtec’s multiservice platform to start its affordable connectivity service to public institutions, consumers and enterpriSES in the Pacific

Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites and Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and Technologies for satellite communications, today announced they have agreed on a cooperation for powering Kacific’s interim services using Newtec Dialog® to be deployed and to provide affordable satellite broadband connectivity in the Pacific.

The multiservice platform will initially be used to deliver Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will be expanding its broadband service delivery to consumers, enterprises and other public institutions in places where Internet connectivity is lacking due to poor or non-available terrestrial infrastructure. The whole of South-East Asia and the Pacific, from Sumatra, Indonesia, to the French Polynesian archipelagos will ultimately benefit from the Kacific broadband service.

Kacific will provide interim Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite.

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Altech Signs Off Take Agreement for 100% of HPA Production

27th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Altech signs off take sales arrangement with Mitsubishi for first ten years of HPA operations
  • Secures sales for 100% of Altech’s proposed 4,000tpa HPA production
  • Exclusive global distributor with well established global customer base
  • Mitsubishi Corporation is Japan’s largest global trading company

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech the Company) (ASX:ATC) is pleased to announce that it has executed a 10 year off take sales arrangement (Agreement) with Mitsubishi Corporation’s Australian subsidiary, Mitsubishi Australia Ltd (Mitsubishi) for 100% of the high purity alumina (HPA) production from the Company’s proposed Malaysian HPA plant.

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Folkestone: A-REITs – Come of Age

26th April 2016, Folkestone

Are real estate investment trusts (REITs) listed on stock exchanges around the world just another part of the financials sub-sector of the equities market or their own legitimate sector?

According to Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the global keeper of the equity market classifications, known as the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), REITs are finally being recognised as their own sector. The GICS system seeks to offer an efficient investment tool to capture the breadth, depth and evolution of industry sectors listed on global stock exchanges.

Recently, it was announced by S&P that a new Real Estate Sector is being created, elevating its position (currently classified under the Financials Sector) to its own legitimate sector and bringing the number of global GICS Sectors to 11.

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Texus Fibre Update, Media Targets & Market Activity

Natural wool, science, and technology to improve human health, initially resulting in the worlds most breathable filter media for deployment in respiratory protection devices and appliances.

What Texus Fibre Does

  1. Creates filter media which can outperforms incumbent materials on performance, yet offer additional benefits to manufacturers and consumers.
  2. The performance advantage provides an enabling technology for device and appliance makers to gain significant competitive advantage.
  3. Deploys an ingredient brand for the filter media for global recognition.
  4. Has an end to end IP portfolio around the business.
  5. Creates value for its shareholders through sale of materials and licensing of its technology.

Texus Filter Media targets:

A range of filter media products specifically suited to :

  • Respiratory Filtration: For devices worn by people
    - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    - Anti Pollution masks (APM)
  • Living Space Filtration: For people inside living spaces.
    - Home air purifiers (HAP)
    - Vehicles
    - Offices

The products optimise the advantages of the functionality in natural proteins, and minimise the negative effects.

The resulting performance characteristics comply with standards, and yet provide a clearly differentiated and highly trusted ingredient.

Our Ingredient Brand

Texus presents an opportunity tell a compelling story, incorporating all levels of the supply chain.

The brand creates emotional connections associated with a high performance natural material solution.

Market Activity

  • Revenue streams with key clients in PPE including Fortune 500 customers, with a growing pipeline.
  • New US manufacturer targeting Asia for APM, establishing manufacturing capability in New Zealand in order to adopt Texus  and embed the story into their marketing
  • Global Strategy and Design company deploying Texus as a partner to develop opportunities using Texus media in global appliance makers HAP devices for Asia.

Proteomics March Update: PromarkerD Progress, Indian Biotech Market Expansion & Solid Quarter Results

26th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Life sciences company Proteomics International Laboratories Ltd (ASX:PIQ) (the Company, PILL)  is pleased to provide the following update on its business activities for the three month period to 31 March 2016.

Highlights 

  • PromarkerD progress: 500 patient follow-up validation study underway to further validate PromarkerD’s initial ground-breaking results.
  • IVD test kit for PromarkerD: Assessing development program to produce a clinical pathology In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) test kit for PromarkerD.
  • Therapeutic Drug Discovery Program: to discover new analgesic and antibiotics drug compounds.
  • Analytical Services operations: Solid quarter-on-quarter results.
  • Business Development: Company expands operations in massive Indian biotech market.

The March quarter delivered another period of sound performance for PILL. During the quarter, it embarked on a number of programs utilising its proprietary, disruptive technology platform. This included a development program, to produce a standard clinical pathology In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) test kit for PromarkerD.

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Aeeris Revenue Growth Continues, New Customers On-Boarded, Strong R&D Investment into New Technologies

14th April 2016

Financial Highlights 

  • Total cash receipts of $496,822
  • Cash receipts received from customers of $483,390, up 28.2% compared with the previous quarter of $377,047
  • Net decrease in cash held (cash burn) of $411,285
  • Expenses higher in the quarter with a big investment in R&D to build new products which are expected to open new markets and generate new revenues. No R&D Tax Rebate received during this quarter.
  • Cash position at end of quarter (31st March 2016) of $2.16 million (unaudited)

Business Highlights

  • Company continues strong quarter-to-quarter growth in business customer revenues
  • Addition of experienced and talented new executives in sales, project management and new customer solutions implementation
  • Rationalisation of some costs, while continuing strong investment in R&D
  • Safe@Work product has evolved into a broader product offering in response to customer demand – an integrated staff and contractor tracking and monitoring system for major employers, known as Security Access Management System (SAMs)
  • Movement away from consumer (B2C) services to focus on enterprise clients (B2B)
  • Discontinuing residential alerting services to Brisbane City Council (BCC) from July 2016, expected to result in productive redeployment of internal resources to potential large business and government customers with better economics
  • Company’s clear future direction lies in demand-driven, highly scalable annuity revenue streams derived from deploying geospatial data systems to large organisations.
  • Aeeris is rapidly evolving into an enterprise-level geospatial data company, and is less focused on marketing consumer weather-centric apps and services.

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SIGFOX Antennas Now Live on Top of Highest Buildings in Sydney and Melbourne

20th April 2016, Thinxtra

Thinxtra announced today that it has started the deployment of the live SIGFOX public network, with installations of base stations and antennas on top of the tallest buildings in Australia: Sydney Tower Eye and Melbourne Eureka Tower. These two prime locations together with just six other installations provide good initial SIGFOX coverage for the two cities’ CBDs.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra: “With these installations we have reached one of our first milestones for rolling out the nationwide public networks in Australia and New Zealand. We chose these 2 prime sites to showcase the fantastic range (20km ) you can get with SIGFOX. We will cover 85% of the population within the next 18 months, starting with covering 30% of the ANZ population by the end of 2016.”

Beyond setting up base stations on high location points, Thinxtra is already discussing deployment opportunities to support local Internet of Things projects with schools, universities and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Barancourt says the IoT is already having a significant impact in many industries. “The solutions previously available are based on traditional telecommunications technology that has been adapted for IoT-type use. This works – but it is expensive to connect to and very power hungry. The SIGFOX technology Thinxtra is rolling out in New Zealand and Australia makes connecting to the IoT viable for a great many more applications.”

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Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Buy Kidman

22nd April 2016, SMH By Kim Christian

A crowdfunding campaign is confident of trumping a Chinese-led bid for Australia’s largest landholder, S. Kidman and Co, as it taps home-grown sentiment.

Property crowdfunding business DomaCom has received $70 million in pledges as it looks to match or beat a $371 million bid for S. Kidman & Co.

China’s Dakang Australia Holdings plans to acquire 80 per cent of Kidman while Australian Rural Capital (ARC) Ltd is looking to take the remaining 20 per cent stake, subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

DomaCom chief executive Arthur Naoumidis said almost 5000 investors had pledged between $2500 and $1 million as they looked to have a “social outcome” from their investments.

“They’re saying I do care about my super fund and my cash needs to give me a return, but I also care about the Australia I leave for my children and this is a transaction I want to be proud of,” Mr Naoumidis told AAP.

“Instead of sitting on the sidelines whingeing about foreigners, let’s put my money where my mouth is.”

Australians should consider whether Kidman would be run as a profitable commercial enterprise which paid taxes in Australia and did not need foreign investment approval, he said.

DomaCom is in talks to raise equity capital for a backdoor share market listing as it ramps up its crowdfunding campaign in the coming weeks.
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Developing Fintech Collaborations with Malaysia

13th April 2016, Austrade

Australia’s growing financial technology (fintech) capabilities were highlighted during a major industry conference in Kuala Lumpur in late March.

‘Malaysia: The Rise of Fintech Innovation and Disruption’ – a two-day event organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in collaboration with the New South Wales Government – outlined how Australia’s fintech capability aligns with Malaysia’s financial services sector ambitions.

Discussions centred on how fintech collaborations can be forged between the two nations.

Malaysia is one of the most tech savvy countries in South East Asia and has one of the largest e-commerce markets by value. In 2015, it was the first Asia Pacific country to legislate a legal framework for equity crowdsourcing.

Australia is home to more than a hundred leading fintech companies, many serving global markets. Customers come from across the finance sector, including banking, insurance, market technologies, payments, and wealth management.

The growth of the fintech industry in Australia has been driven by the size and strength of the country’s financial services market, which include a mature and innovative banking sector, sophisticated and diverse investment vehicles, and an insurance industry supported by world-leading technology.

Susan Kahwati, Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner for Malaysia, said that the growth of the fintech sector in Asia is being driven by new business models and the institution of financial market reforms.

‘The high level of digital adoption, well-developed regulatory environment, and the growing number of new e-commerce players in Malaysia make it an attractive market for Australia’s fintech sector to consider potential collaborations,’ Ms Kahwati said.

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Australian Financial Technology on Show in Malaysia

17th April 2016, Dynamic Report

Australia’s growing financial technology (fintech) capabilities were highlighted during a major industry conference in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

Malaysia: The Rise of Fintech Innovation and Disruption – a two-day event organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in collaboration with the NSW Government – outlined how Australia’s fintech capability aligns with Malaysia’s financial services sector ambitions.

Discussions centred on how fintech collaborations can be forged between the two nations.

Malaysia is one of the most tech savvy countries in South East Asia and has one of the largest e-commerce markets by value. Last year, it was the first Asia Pacific country to legislate a legal framework for equity crowdsourcing.

Australia is home to more than a hundred leading fintech companies, many serving global markets. Customers come from across the finance sector, including banking, insurance, market technologies, payments, and wealth management.

The growth of the fintech industry in Australia has been driven by the size and strength of the country’s financial services market, which include a mature and innovative banking sector, sophisticated and diverse investment vehicles, and an insurance industry supported by world-leading technology.

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Universal Biosensors Q1 2016 Results; Total Revenue Up 64%

21st April 2016, ASX Announcement

Universal Biosensors (ASX: UBI) today released its financial results for the first quarter of 2016.

When comparing the Q1 2016 results with Q1 2015:

  • Net loss is down 42%
  • Total revenue is up 64% to $5.09 million
  • Quarterly Service Fees are up 68% to $4.9 million
  • PT-INR test strip revenue is up 154%to $183,000

The net loss of $1.65 million for the period was an improvement on the net loss of $2.87 million at Q1 2015. Whilst UBI is of the view that it may again qualify for the research and development tax incentive income, it has not recorded such income for the quarter for the quarter as there is no certainty that thew aggregate turnover of the Company for the year ending 31 December 2016 will be less than $20 million. UBI will review its foretasted aggregate turnover on a quarterly basis to determine if the research and development tax incentive income should be captured as part of current year computation. If the research and development tax incentive income had been captured in the quarter, UBI would have generated a net profit of $0.6 million.

The total revenue increased to $5.09 million, up 64% when compared to Q1 2015. The major revenue driver was Quarterly Service Fees (QSFs) paid by LifeScan – the revenue generated by sales of blood glucose testing strips, which continued to show strong growth. QSFs were up 68% to $4.9 million when compared to Q1 2015.

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AirService Update; Australian and International Presence Grows, High Demand as Channel Partners and Integration Partners

Who is AirService?

AirService provides SaaS-model leading edge mobile ordering solutions for hospitality venues, with a strong focus on the enterprise market. Tailored solutions, hyperlocal marketing, and a deep understanding of customers through effective data analytics.

That’s a little heavy on the jargon.

In plain terms, everyone knows of MenuLog, Delivery Hero, Deliveroo etc. There are dozens of similar apps all fighting to be the go-to marketplace app to order takeout or home delivery. And if a venue is a standalone Thai restaurant, or Italian restaurant, or a cafe etc, then these marketplace apps provide a useful service.

But if you’re a chain, or a franchise, or a hotel, resort, casino, stadium, you don’t want to be lost in the noise in some marketplace app. You want to promote your own brand, and own the ordering experience and customer journey, as well as the data and the messaging.

That is where AirService comes in. We are differentiated from common marketplace apps by providing modular, branded mobile ordering solutions with a focus on enterprise-level clients.

Overview on how we’re doing

2015 was been a great year for AirService, and 2016 has continued where 2015 left off. Our Australian presence continues to grow, things are moving nicely overseas, and we are in high demand as channel partners and integration partners.

Recent successes

Recent highlights include:

  • AirService integrated into the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust app to power the mobile ordering within their existing app. The newly-integrated solution launched at the Rugby Sevens on 5 February, with a target of 100 transactions for the day. After 500 transactions in the first 1.5 hours, the app was throttled back as the staff were struggling to cope with the unexpected volume.
  • We launched our partnership with the Meter Maids in Surfers Paradise, and beachgoers can now order from surrounding restaurants using the Maid to Order app and have their orders delivered to them on the beach by the Meter Maids.
  • I had a very successful trip to Singapore, and we’re delighted to welcome Unlisted Collection to the AirService family, with 27 incredible restaurants and hotels around Singapore, Shanghai, London and Sydney.
  • While in Singapore, we were also successful in becoming a recommended partner of the Singapore Productivity Centre, which assists Singaporean hospitality venues with adopting technology to improve operational efficiency and to better serve their customers.
  • Our Promotions Engine has been a huge success, with clients coming up with some very clever and innovative ways of using it, far beyond what we anticipated.

Recent press

The launch with the Meter Maids proved to be controversial, and generated press in the Courier Mail, Gold Coast Bulletin, The Australian, News.com.au the Daily Mail in the UK, as well as 2UE, National Nine News and A Current Affair.

A sample includes:

Asks

Leads are always very welcome. At the moment AirService want to hear about any chains or franchises (established or emerging), or hotels, resorts etc that may be interested in AirService.

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APN Property: New Investment Mandate

21st April 2016, ASX Announcement

APN today announced that it has been appointed by Colonial First State Investments Limited (CFS) as the investment manager for a new Australian listed property securities mandate.

Mr Michael Doble, CEO Real Estate Securities, said “We are delighted to be partnering with Colonial First State to bring APN’s ‘Property for Income’ philosophy and real estate securities expertise to their clients. This appointment reflects our disciplined investment approach that has delivered investors strong and consistent risk adjusted returns over a number of years”.

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Seven West Media to Partner with Content Crowdsourcer Newzulu

20th April 2016, The Australian By David Swan

Seven West Media has taken a shine to ASX-listed content crowdsourcer Newzulu, signing a new partnership with the outlet as part of a $7 million capital raise.

The partnership will see the media giant take advantage of Newzulu’s crowd sourced content, and the start-up’s managing director Alexander Hartman said it’s a huge vote of confidence in the new media model.

“Newzulu is delighted to have completed this fundraising with the support of Australia’s leading media company in Seven West Media and a further investment from financial cornerstone Thorney,” Mr Hartman said.

“Newzulu is now in the exciting position to collaborate with Seven West on world leading crowd sourced content initiatives across Seven’s digital and traditional publishing and broadcasting assets.”

He said the funds raised will be used to grow sales revenues from Newzulu’s Technology, Content and Creative Services business units, with a particular focus on the US market.

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ABOUT NEWZULU 

Newzulu is a crowd-sourced media company that allows anybody, anywhere, with a mobile device and a story, to share news, get published and get paid. Newzulu provides Content and Technology solutions for publishers and broadcasters to crowd source content and engage with their audiences. Newzulu also provides its technology for brands and advertisers to connect with their customers.

Analytica Share Purchase Plan Results; Approximately $2.4m Raised

20th April 2016, Analytica Medical

Analytica Ltd (ASX: ALT), The Company is pleased to announce that the Share Purchase Plan was well supported by shareholders with $567,700 being received. 222,627,485 shares at $0.00255 will be allotted today. Following allotment of these shares ALT will have issued capital of 1,630,197,395 shares.

The SPP forms part of the Company’s current fund raising initiatives which are comprised of:

  • A private placement of $280k ($0.00255 cents per share) to non-related parties on the 21st March (previously announced).
  • A placement to the Chairman, Dr Michael Monsour, of $1m at $0.03 cents per share. This placement is subject to shareholder approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Friday 22nd April 2016 and
  • A placement of approximately $500k to a new cornerstone investor subject to shareholder approval of the placement to Dr Michael Monsour.

Following the completion of these fund raising initiatives the company will have raised approximately $2.4m.

These fund raisings, along with expenditure reduction initiatives announced on the 10th March 2016 has placed the Company on a solid foundation.

The Company wishes to thank shareholders for their support of the Company.

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BIG Experiences Strong Quarter Growth and New Empire Strategy to Continue to Drive Expansion

20th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Accelerated revenue growth with cash receipts for March 2016 quarter exceeding $1.18m – up over 80% on the prior quarter and 1,240% on the corresponding March 2015 quarter
  • Cash flow positive was achieved for the first time in March 2016, significantly ahead of pre-existing expectations
  • Company commenced the quarter with $2.2m at bank and ended  the quarter with $1.7m
  • Content viewership continues to rise, with over 2.9 million views achieved during the three-month period, increasing ability to attract further sponsorship and advertising opportunities
  • Pipeline of over 15,000 members set to drive ongoing growth, along with new enterprise partnerships and overseas expansion, as demand for video content increases globally

Big Un Limited (ASX: BIG, ‘BRTV’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to provide a review of its activities for the three-month period, ended 31 March 2016.

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YPB Builds Momentum in Mexican Vital Record Documents

20th April 2016, ASX Announcement

YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) is pleased to announce the receipt of a further order of high security vital record documents in Mexico. The order, for the provision of 200,000 documents for the State of Campeche, is the third since the joint venture with Affyrmx was signed in February 2016.

The JV with Affyrmx is showing significant promise for YPB’s government business division, where we offer a full range of high security products and solutions, which are designed to assist governments in combating the growing security threat posed by counterfeiters.

As previously announced, whilst for security reasons the full terms of these orders are commercial in confidence, such vital record documents typically have an order value of $US0.10 to $US0.30 per unit to the Government.

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Nev Houses: Designer Nev Hyman Creating Flat-Pack, Cyclone-Proof Housing for Vulnerable Pacific Nations

20th April 2016, ABC News By Mark Solomons

Key points:

  • Hyman teams up with architect to design cheap homes for Vanuatu
  • Homes can withstand 300km/h winds and are easy to set up
  • Vanuatu Government want tens of thousands of houses for immediate use

For decades, Australian surfboard shaper Nev Hyman shaped boards for world champions, but now he is shaping something quite different: affordable, cyclone-proof housing.

 After launching three surfboard brands — the first in 1973 — Mr Hyman initially invested in plastics recycling.”Being in Bali in the late 70s and early 80s and seeing how fantastic [Bali] was, and then going back there and seeing more and more rubbish in the oceans … I ended up thinking I might as well invest in a plastics recycling company,” he told 7.30.

Then, four years ago, Mr Hyman teamed up with leading Sydney architect Ken McBryde to experiment using recycled plastic waste and wood-plastic composite to make cheap homes for Pacific nations that could be quickly set up by non-expert local labour.

The pair initially aimed their project, called The Nev House, at Papua New Guinea.

But following Cyclone Pam in March 2015, they redesigned the house to withstand 300 kilometre an hour winds and shifted their attention to Vanuatu.

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Singaporean Venture Capital Fund Seeks Tech, Fintech and MedTech Opportunities

A venture capital fund backed by the Singapore Government and with over $250M of AUM, is looking for investment opportunities from Australia and New Zealand.

The fund invests in startups from all over the world and at various stages of a startup’s lifecycle from ideation, acceleration and finally at the growth stages (seed funding, Series A, B, pre-IPO), which are looking to expand into Asia using Singapore as a springboard. Specific verticals of interest to the fund are Fintech, Media, MedTech, Cleantech, Smart Energy and Digital Manufacturing.

TARGET:

  • Verticals: Medtech, Cleantech, Smart Energy (companies with an underlying software as an enabler or central to the business)
  • Stage: Series A and later with plans to raise funds before the end of the year
  • Fund raising needs: $1M and above
  • Other: Startups must have a plan for expansion into Asia/South East Asia and consider Singapore as a base from which to do so.

If you are currently seeking capital and fit the criteria above, please click on the expression of interest button below and complete the form. 

MediKane: Two Products, Two Global Markets

Why you should invest in our growing business 

GLOBAL DEMAND: MediKane sells a proven natural product that addresses the growing global problem of diabetes.

We also sell a related product that helps solve one of healthcare’s most intractable problems – constipation.

The diabetes product, NutriKane D, was launched in 2014 and is now sold throughout Australia, New Zealand and China. A US distributor is being appointed and established medical distributors in Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries are asking for distribution licences.

NutriKane D is available through pharmacies, vitamin and health food stores. It is now one of Caruso’s Vitamin World’s top sellers.

Two global natural product marketers have approached MediKane requesting NutriKane D to be incorporated in their own branded solutions that they market to consumers both in Australian and overseas.

NutiKane D’s advantage over pharmaceutical treatments is that it is a safe natural product with no adverse side-affects, and while drugs have to be increased in strength over a patient’s life, NutriKane D maintains a constant benefit.

Our other product, NutriKane +, has been clinical tested to demonstrate that it reduces constipation significantly. Constipation delays the discharge 60% of post-operative hospital patients. Its target market is hospitals, convalescence and Aged Care homes.

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BPS Presents at ASX’s The CEO Sessions

19th April 2016, ASX Announcement

BPS Technology presented at the ASX for The CEO Sessions. To view the presentation please scroll down to click on the button below.

Vision and Mission – BPS is gaining recognition 

  • The world’s number one in digital payments and reward platforms
  • Providing a captive market of motivated buyers and sellers using our leading digital payment and reward platforms
  • Disruptive Business Payment Platforms linking SMEs globally

About BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS)

BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS) provides technology and payment platforms centred on SME’s. It is a profitable business operates in eight countries, capitalising on a number of significant growth opportunities. BPS operates three highly complementary and scalable businesses – Bartercard, bucqi and TESS.

Bartercard operates the world’s largest trade exchange. It allows SME’s to conduct $600m of additional business without the use of cash. bucqi is a disruptive payment, loyalty & rewards platform that allows consumers to pay merchants via an app for goods and services without using a card or cash. TESS develops software for trade exchanges.  It is recognised and recommended as the preferred software by the global governing body of the industry.

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Western Sydney Theme Park CEO Interview

Western Sydney Theme Park Pty Ltd is the largest and most comprehensive theme park destination resort development in the Southern Hemisphere. Western Sydney Theme Park (proposed for Sydney, Australia) will utilize the opportunity of filling the huge gap left in the NSW tourism economy through closure of its flagship theme park, and take it a step further to open up numerous other development opportunities.

The project involves a complete theme park destination resort housing three major theme parks, the Sydney’s Wonderland, a wildlife park, water park, as well as two themed on-site resort hotels, the Wonderland Boulevarde entertainment district and a factory outlet centre.

 Please listen to Ammar Khan, Managing Director of Western Sydney Theme Park below.

APN Investor Presentation to The CEO Sessions

19th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Why do we like commercial property as investment?

  • High cash income yields
  • Long term leases: certainty if income streams
  • Quality tenants: reliability of rental payments
  • Underpinned by real, physical assets

About APN Property 

APN Property Group is one of Australia’s leading specialist real estate investment managers, managing $2.2 billion (as at 31 August 2015)  of real estate and real estate securities across 12 funds. Since 1996 we have delivered real estate investment solutions for more than 100,000 investors based on our ‘property for income’ philosophy.

A deep understanding of commercial real estate together with a highly disciplined investment approach has been the backbone of our performance. APN’s  strategy is driven by a commitment to investment performance and outstanding service. APN recently reported a 69% increase in net profit to $12.6 million in FY15.

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SUDA Update: Funding for Second Phase III Study of ArTiMist™, BIO-Europe Spring International Partnering Conference & More

19th Apriul 2016, ASX Announcement

SUDA LTD (ASX: SUD), a leader in oro-mucosal drug delivery, today announces an update on its business development activities. The Company is in advanced negotiations with multiple pharmaceutical companies regarding licensing its first-in-class oral sprays in a variety of countries. Subject to successful contact negotiations, SUDA aims to finalise agreements within the next few months. Discussions with philanthropic groups and other providers on non-dilutive funding for a second Phase III study of ArTiMist™ in paediatric malaria are also progressing.

The business development team attended the BIO-Europe Spring international partnering conference, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 4-6 April 2016. The team has one-to-one meetings with over 30 pharmaceutical companies.

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YPB to Protect Australian Made Logo in World First

18th April 2016, ASX Announcement 

  •  YPB’s forensic covert tracer now available in Australian Made logo on AAL products
  • Australian Analytical Laboratories (AAL) has chosen YPB for exports to China

YPB Group Ltd (ASX: YPB) is delighted to announce that following the inclusion of its forensic covert tracer in the Australian Made logo on AAL beauty products, the Australian Made Campaign will publish the attached release on its website and social media platforms, which receive 90,000 and 200,000 hits respectively each month.

Australian Analytical Laboratories (AAL) has recently commenced the manufacture of Australian Made beauty products for distribution into the China market on the back of 30 years of successful sales and distribution to the Scandinavian market.

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Cochlear Chairman, Rick Holliday-Smith, to Head QBiotics Board

Australian life sciences company QBiotics Limited today announced the appointment of Rick Holliday-Smith as its new Non-Executive Chairman.

In accepting the appointment Mr. Holliday-Smith said: “I have been a QBiotics shareholder for some time and have watched the technology develop as QBiotics has matured. In my view QBiotics is set to make a significant contribution to the future treatment of cancer and wounds in animals and humans, a contribution that I want to make Australian-centred to the fullest extent possible. To me, QBiotics is another example of great Australian inquisitiveness and innovation. I look forward to being part of optimizing the value of the company and securing its future as an important contributor to the Australian economy. As we move towards a world increasingly focused on new ideas and technology, these are the type of Australian businesses we need to nurture and support”.

Among his current senior leadership roles, Mr. Holliday-Smith is Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Non-Executive Chairman of Cochlear Limited (COH).  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Servcorp Limited (SRV). His extensive board career spans close to 20 years and included long term positions including SFE Corporation Limited, MIA Group Limited, Exco Resources Limited and Macquarie University Faculty of Business and Economics. Previously he held several global leadership positions in the finance industry including CEO of Chicago Research and Trading (CRT), President for global trading and sales at Nations Bank-CRT and Managing Director of London based HongKong Bank Limited.

QBiotics CEO and Managing Director, Dr. Victoria Gordon, said “We are delighted that Mr. Holliday-Smith has agreed to join QBiotics.  Rick brings a wealth of invaluable corporate experience to the Chairman’s position at a critical time for our company.  With our technology progressing towards commercialisation, I am sure Rick’s sage advice will support us to maximize the value of our products for QBiotics, our shareholders and the Australian community”.

“We continue to make progress in veterinary and human trials of our anticancer drug EBC-46 and we are on the verge of securing access to significant markets in the veterinary space. This parallel progress in both the veterinary and human spheres will underpin the long term success of the company”.

QBiotics is an Australian public unlisted company.

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Mobotech Post-Chicago Expo Update

A quick update from the US and final call to action.

  • We arrived safely with three Mobots to Magline in Michigan last week, despite 6 inches of snow.
  • Their sales, marketing and engineering teams promptly pawed ‘all over’ the machines and are now busy preparing their relevant support plans.
  • Feedback has been fantastic. They are very impressed with the Mobots, the opportunity they present and level of ‘sight unseen’ interest they have received.
  • This week we are showing a Mobot as part of the Magline booth at an Industry Expo in Chicago.
  • They have then scheduled a road show from Pennsylvania to Alabama with demo’s to Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Pepperidge Bread, Saddle Creek Logistics and Dollar General along the way.
  • From there we are planning a similar road show to their Texas customers and then onto the West Coast.
  • We have elected to hold back on re-approaching the large bread and milk customers, i.e. BBUSA and Flowers until we have better established our manufacturing and distribution plans with Magline.

The mini $500K cap raise to support the road show is filling fast.

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Augusta Capital Buys NZME House in Auckland

18th April 2016, NBR By Paul Macbeth and Sally Lindsay

Listed property investor and fund manager Augusta Capital [NZX: AUG] has bought NZME House in Auckland for $115.8 million and plans to bundle the property into a syndication investment.

Augusta bought the building at Graham Street in the CBD from a subsidiary of property developer and rich listers Manson TCLM, with the deal to settle on August 15, it says.

The firm will pay for the building through a planned $70 million syndication on investor equity to be raised in units of $50,000 each, opening at the beginning of June. The balance will be funded by debt. The syndication is fully underwritten, with Augusta providing a $25 million backstop.

NZME House is tenanted by NZME/APN over three floors, Pernod Ricard and Meredith Connell on one floor each while one level is vacant. As a pre-condition to the settlement, Manson TCLM is looking to find a new tenant for the vacant floor on a nine-year lease, and is in talks with potential parties, Augusta says.

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Nevhouse Broadcasted on ABC

In light of recent discussions about the Nevhouse modular housing business, the ABC broadcasted a story on Thursday 14th April on the 7.30 Report about the work Nevhouse are doing to help the people living in a remote village in Vanuatu – whose lives and homes were devastated by Cyclone Pam in March last year.

ABOUT NEVHOUSE 

Nevhouse is a philanthrocapitalist organisation – founded by Australian surfing icon, Nev Hyman – that believes in “Doing Well by Doing Good”. The business is seeking US$5 million+ in new capital to roll out ‘sustainable community development’ projects in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The houses and other structures were designed by Ken McBryde from Hassell Architects – a leading global specialist in indigenous housing.

Caldera Health Appoints Robert Mitchell to CEO Role

14th April 2016

Caldera Health has appointed Rob Mitchell to the role of Chief Executive Officer to manage overall operations of the Company and to drive commercialisation of its gene-based prostate cancer diagnostic tests.

New Zealand-born, Rob is a highly experienced senior executive, with over 30 years in leadership roles for major global international pharmaceutical businesses. He has started and built commercial operations in Asia Pacific (New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong), and headed global product strategy for Roche and The Medicines Company.

His most recent experience includes ongoing product development, approval and launches in infectious disease care with the Medicines.

His most recent experience includes ongoing product development, approval and launches in infectious disease care with the Medicines Company (2011 – 15). He served initially as Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, based in Auckland, then as Senior Vice President, Global Innovation Group Leader – Infectious Disease, based in New Jersey. Before that he spent eighteen years with Roche, starting in sales and marketing in New Zealand and Australia, then holding successive positions as Managing Director of Roche Products (NZ), General Manager, Roche Thailand and Head of Global Product Strategy, Virology for F Hoffman La Roche in California.

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Folkestone Monthly Report: Fund Returned +3.05%, Market Review, A-REIT Report & Residential Property Update

14th April 2016, Folkestone

For the month of March, the Fund returned +3.05% (on an After Fee but Before Tax basis), outperforming the Fund’s Benchmark (S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Accumulative Index) by 0.55%.

The March 2016 Monthly Report provides a snapshot of the Fund and A-REIT sector’s performance.

Market Review

Global equities rallied during the month driven by the accommodation stance of the central banks, with the ECB cutting rates and expecting its asset purchase program early in the month, followed by the US Fed adopting a more cautious approach regarding the timing of US interest rate rises. Cyclical sectors outperformed whilst the defensive sectors lagged with the exception of the REITs which was one of the best performing subsectors globally.

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Proteomics to Expand Operations in Indian Market

14th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • PILL to expand to Indian biotech sector – rapidly growing global biotech hub forecast to be worth $US100b by 2025.
  • PILL to conduct India trade visit this month to drive uptake to biosimilars analytics and biomarker services.
  •  Company appoints Regional Sales Manager for India as part of its Indian growth strategy.

Life sciences company Proteomics International Laboratories Ltd (ASX: PIQ) (the Company, PILL) is pleased to announce the expansion of its operations in the massive Indian biotechnology industry.

India represents a significant, global biotechnology jurisdiction, forecast to grow at an average rate of 30% per year to be worth US$100 billion by 2015. PILL has operated successfully in India since 2004, and will now expand its operations to take advantage burgeoning opportunities for its proteomics-based services.

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4Dx AFR Feature: Tel Aviv Uni President Tells Aussie Unis to Do More to Support Innovation

11th April 2016, AFR By Yolanda Redrup

The president of Israel’s Tel Aviv University, Professor Joseph Klafter, says Australian universities need to find corporate partners to sponsor the development of early stage ideas, which have commercial potential.

Australian universities have historically struggled with the commercialisation of ideas, despite some shining examples such as Cochlear.

Professor Klafter said local universities should emulate their Israeli counterparts, which are considered exemplars in spinning out businesses.

“Universities, the way they work when it comes to innovation, are like a big portfolio, or large start-up by itself,” he said.

A lung imaging start-up which sprung from Monash University, 4DX, is aiming to be the next Cochlear, and last year Hatchtech, which came from Melbourne University, made a deal worth up to $279 million with an Indian firm to commercialise a head lice treatment.

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The Rise And Rise Of Vinomofo

14th April 2016, WBM Online By Anthony Madigan

In February 2011 a motley group of wine writers who had every character in Zootopia covered went on a mini-bus tour of the Riverland. The tour manager was Ashley Ratcliff. He had buried his dad the day before but wasn’t going to miss a landmark event for a region in need of a hug.

The Qwoff boys, Andre Eikmeier and Justin Dry, were on the bus; they were the new kids on the wine scribe block, driving a blue kombi to country towns to make reasonably funny videos. During the Riverland junket, Andre mentioned it was intimidating being with big cheese Tony Love, Max Allen and The Great Man, James Halliday. We had a good time, caught yabbies, tasted good Vermentino and came home and went our separate ways. Andre and Justin played ping-pong in thongs in between tastings at a cool Hindmarsh warehouse. They smiled and did good things for the Hutt Street Centre for the homeless. Ironically, they had pressure from home to get real jobs. The crossroads. Two months after the Riverland journey, like the closing scene in Thelma & Louise, Justin and brother-in-law Andre held hands and drove off the cliff of a safe existence to the cut-throat mosh-pit of selling wine online. They called it Vinomofo. First mistake.

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Unity Pacific’s San Remo Valuation Increase

13th April 2016, ASX Announcement

As previously announced, Unity Pacific Limited (ASX: UPG) (Unity Pacific) is conducting an expressions of interest (EOI) process for tis corporate vehicle, including the assets which will remain after the sale of 308 Queen Street/88 Creek Street, Brisbane.

The largest property asset that will remain is Unity Pacific’s parcel of land in San Remo, Victoria (the Land).

In light of recent sales activity in San Remo and the surrounding area, the Board commissioned an independent valuation of the Land as at 31 March 2016.

The book value of the Land in Unity Pacific’s 31 December 2015 half year accounts was $3.85 million. The independent valuer has determined that the value of the Land on an ‘is as’ basis is $6 million as at 31 March 2016.

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Crowd Mobile Reports Record Quarterly Results; EBITDA Increased 515%

13th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Both revenue and earning before interest tax, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) jumped to a record in the March quarter
  • Revenue for the three months to end March increased 24% over the previous corresponding period (pcp) to $11.5 million and underlying EBITDA increased 515% over the pcp to $3.25 million
  • EBITDA in latest quarter already exceeds Crowd Mobile’s half year Underlying EBITDA of $2.2 million
  • Total billed messages from the Question & Answer (Q&A) division rose 59% to 2.3million over the pcp and 9% against the previous quarter – the ninth consecutive quarterly gain
  • Q&A division growing strongly in all key metrics and growth is expected to be sustained with Crowd Mobile rapidly expanding into the professional services sectors
  • The Company continues to generate free operating cashflow on a month-to-month basis in line with expectations

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Prescient Therapeutics Investor Presentation April 2016

13th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Investment Summary: Why all the excitement about AML?

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is an area of substantial unmet medical need.
    - One of the worst survival rates of all cancers
    - Standard of care unchanged for 40 years
  • A disease of intense interest for clinicans, pharma companies and investors
  • Celator Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPXX) showed what can happen when enhancing the standard of care in AML
    - Market cap recently surged from small cap to $780M
    -Dr Jeff Lancet  was the Principal Investigator on CPXX’s ground-breaking trial
  • PTX has successful Phase 1 trial in AML (conducted at Moffitt and MD Anderson)

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Martin Aircraft Secures Supply of Newly Developed Engines

13th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Martin Aircraft Company Limited (Martin Aircraft) (ASX: MJP) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with UK based Gilo Industries Group Limited for the supply of its advanced rotary engines from its wholly owned subsidiary Rotron Power Limited.

As described in our prospectus and recent announcements, Martin Aircraft is moving away from the custom designed and built two stroke V4 engine presently used on Martin Jetpack test aircraft. The company never planned for this engine to be its commercial engine solution and therefore in June 2015 the company began to investigate other options. Following an engine study, Martin Aircraft selected the Rotron rotary engine and consequently is not proceeding at this stage with either the 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine concept design.

The Rotron rotary engine reflects a completely new approach to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) propulsion both in manned and unmanned air vehicle (UAV) operations by redefining the relationship between size, performance, efficiency and reliability.

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Peppermint Innovation: ‘Watch the Pennies and the Pounds Will Look After Themselves’

11th April 2016, iTWire By Ray Shaw

An innovative Australian Fintech is building a business on ‘tiny payments for the unbanked’.

Perth-based Peppermint Innovation is a ‘FinTech’ that operates an established mobile payments and remittance platform, initially in the Philippines, for the ‘unbanked’.

We first need to define two terms:

‘Fintech’ refers to Finance Technology used to make certain ‘niche’ financial services more efficient. At the moment, they are generally start-ups founded with the purpose of disrupting incumbent financial systems and corporations that rely on things like branch networks or having bank accounts.

The ‘unbanked’ is a relatively common term – adults who do not have their own bank accounts. Along with the underbanked, they rely on alternative financial services where these are available.

Peppermint’s success is that its initial target market is the Philippines where 75% of its 100 million people are unbanked but where mobile (smartphone) penetration is over 100%.

It has built a white label Android app – a remittance platform – that is a Filipino version of M-Pesa, the mobile payments app that took Kenya by storm.

The unbanked need to do at least three things:

  • Send money to family or friends
  • Pay bills
  • Buy/top-up mobile airtime – most of the market is pre-paid

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iFAST Corp Signs Share Subscription Agreement To Acquire A Stake In The India Platform Business

11th April 2016, iFAST Corp

iFAST Corporation Ltd. (“iFAST Corp” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) has announced a proposed subscription of 10,607,804 new ordinary shares in the capital of Pecuniam Pte Ltd (“Pecuniam”), representing 21.47% of the enlarged share capital of Pecuniam, amounting to a cash consideration of approximately S$1.27 million. Following the subscription, Pecuniam will become an associated company of iFAST Corp. iFAST Corp intends to finance the proposed subscription through its initial public offering (“IPO”) proceeds.

Pecuniam is an investment holding company which wholly owns iFAST India Investments Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated company, which in turn owns a 74.72 % stake of iFAST Financial India Pvt Ltd, an India-incorporated company engaged in the distribution of investment products in India.

The subscription enables iFAST Corp to re-enter India’s investment products distribution platform business, under conditions that the Group believes are relatively more positive at this point of time. In October 2013, i.e. prior to iFAST Corp’s IPO in December 2014, Pecuniam and its subsidiaries (“India business”) were restructured out of iFAST Corp, as among various factors, the India business did not have the necessary licence to efficiently operate an investment products distribution platform.

The India business has since obtained the necessary licence to operate an investment products platform more efficiently, including the handling of clients’ money and the distribution of a wider range of investment products such as bonds and stocks. The Group believes that the proposed subscription gives it access into India’s burgeoning market, as the India business has already been operating an investment platform targeted at B2C and B2B clients since 2009 with the assets under administration (AUA) of Indian Rupee 10.96 billion as at 29 February 2016.

The Group also believes that the proposed acquisition taps on India’s potential strategic role in terms of providing business opportunities to the rest of the Group; the Group expects increased investment flows from investors in India who are looking to invest into a broader and more global range of investment products and services via wealth management centres such as Singapore or Hong Kong, markets in which the Group operates in. The Group also views the valuation of the transaction as attractive, given the increased attention the financial technology sector is generating globally, including India.

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SUDA Granted Canadian Patent for SUD-002

12th April 2016, ASX Announcement

SUDA Ltd (ASX: SUD), a leader in oro-mucosal drug deliver, is pleased to announce that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued Canada Patent number 2,673,049, covering the Company’s novel oral spray of ondansetron (SUD-002). The patent is entitled “Stable Anti-nausea Oral Spray Formulations and Methods” and has an expiry date of  21 December 2017.

This is the second patent to be issued in Canada for SUDA’s SUD-002 oral spray to treat nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and also in post-operative settings. It is part of the broad intellectual property portfolio acquired by SUDA from NovaDel in 2013. The patent has been granted or is pending in other major jurisdictions.

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APN Asian REIT Fund Management Fees Cut by 50%. Why?

12th April 2016, APN Property

Usually a fund manager only slashes management fees to pacify investors suffering poor returns. Should our decision to cut APN’s Asian REIT Fund management fees in half for all current investors, and new ones applying before the end of the financial year, therefore be a concern?

Absolutely not. Currently delivering an attractive distribution yield of more than 6%, to date the APN Asian REIT Fund (‘Fund’) has delivered a total return of 17.63% per annum since it was launched in 2011*. So why are we reducing the management fee and changing dividend payments to monthly rather than quarterly?

Well, given that performance, this Fund should be more popular with investors than it is. That though, is not the only reason. In our view, many income investors disregard Asian investment opportunities at their cost. We hope cutting our management fee will help investors wary of Asian exposure to think more deeply about how their income-based portfolios might benefit from careful exposure to developed, rather than developing, Asia.

That distinction is important. When investors hear the word ‘Europe’ they think of London, Paris and Berlin, rich cultures that symbolise how we think of Western civilisation, with its democratic origins, political stability and separation of powers. Asia provokes a different reaction. Instead of mental images of creative, dynamic economic hubs like Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, we ruminate on political despotism in places like China and army rule in Thailand, on their weak property rights and unpredictable legal systems.

Investing in Asia can mean many things, but for APN’s Asian REIT Fund it means exposure to high quality commercial property investments in Asia’s most globalised cities – Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

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Altech Chemicals Share Purchase Plan Closed with Strong Support

12th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • $0.744 million raised via Share Purchase Plan
  • 8.6 million new shares issued at 8.6 cents per share
  • Discussions with various potential investors ongoing

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) advises that its Share Purchase Plan (SPP) has now closed.

The Company is delighted with the support for the SPP. A total of $744,000 was raised for the 250 shareholders that participated.

Total funds raised by the Company from the SPP and the recently announced share placements totals ~$2.0 million.

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Folkestone: Population Growth Across Our Cities – Ebbs and Flows

11th  April 2016, Folkestone Blog

Melbourne is officially Australia’s fastest growing capital city, according to data released recently by the ABS.

Melbourne’s population grew by 2.1 per cent in 2014-15, down slightly from 2.2 per cent the year before, but still higher than the next-fastest growing capital, Darwin (1.9 per cent).

Perth, which has been one of the fastest-growing capital cities since the mid-2000s, grew by only 1.6 per cent in 2014-15 (down from 1.9 per cent last year) and now sits equal fourth with Brisbane, behind Sydney (1.7 per cent).

When it comes to growth in actual number of people, Melbourne also comes out on top. Melbourne’s population increased by 91,600 in 2014-15, that’s an average of 1,760 people per week. Sydney had the next biggest increase (83,300), followed by Brisbane (35,200) and Perth (31,100). Sydney, if it grows by a similar amount this year, will hit 5 million people.

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 Residential Monthly Performance – March 2016

A summary of the latest investment performance for residential property according to the CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Index – March 2016 Update.

YPB to Secure Southeast Asian ePassports

11th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • YPB’s VariSec technology to be applied to a further two million ePassports
  • First Asian economy to embrace VariSec solution
  • Further success in secure Government documents

YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) has been contracted to provide its proprietary VariSec technology to protect a large Southeast Asian country’s ePassports. The contract follows those announced in 2015 for the proprietary VariSec technology with a major Western nation and a large African economy, accounting for a total of approximately 16.5 million ePassports on an annual basis.

The new contract comes shortly after contact wins in Mexico and is further evidence of YPB’s penetration into the world of secure Government documents. YPB now provides its VeriSec technology to three countries whose collective population exceeds 440 million.

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Analytica Investor Update Webcast: Link to Recording

 8th April 2016

Analytica Ltd (ASX:ALT) has released a recording of the investor webinar held on Thursday 7th April at 9am AEST to discuss the company’s future strategy and planning for the year ahead.

During the webinar, Analytica CEO Geoff Daly, VP of Global Marketing Megan Henken and chairman Michael Monsour discussed Analytica gaining regulatory approval in the US and European markets for the Pericoach®, the company’s primary sales and marketing focuses, including gathering clinical trial data and evidence to support a deal with a large sales and marketing multinational, and directly answered shareholder feedback in a live Q&A session.

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TFS Corporation Share Purchase Plan Booklet

8th April 2016, ASX Announcement

What is the SPP?

The SPP provides eligible shareholders with the opportunity to subscribe for up to $15,000 worth of New Shares without paying any brokerage or other transaction costs.

What is the Issue Price? 

The New Shares will be issued under the SPP at the Issue Price of $1.55 per New Share, which represents the price at which shares were issued to investors under a successful share placement announced to ASX on 4 April 2016 (Placement), and which is an 8% discount to the closing price of TFS shares of $1.68 on 30 March 2016 prior to TFS entering a trading halt on 31 March 2016.

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Unity Pacific Update on Expressions of Interest Processes

8th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Unity Pacific Limited (ASX: UPG) (Unity Pacific) provides the following update in relation to the expressions of interest (EOI) process for:

  • the sale of its investment property located at 308 Queen Street/88 Creek Street, Brisbane; and
  • the corporate vehicle including remaining assets of Unity Pacific

Unity is currently evaluating the submissions received during both processes.

The Board advises that offers have been received for 308 Queen Street/88 Creek Street that are above the 30 June 2015 independent valuation amount of $34.1 million.

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Omni Market Tide Launches Australasia’s First AGM Live Voting App

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Omni Market Tide (ASX:OMT) has today launched its much anticipated omniLoop app, a multi-company app designed for investors so they can receive company information and participate in company AGMs from wherever they are in the world.

Available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, this revolutionary app makes information more accessible to shareholders and is poised to create a new benchmark in AGM best practice.

omniLoop features a built in share price feed and allows shareholders to view key company dates and sync them with their phone’s calendar. Shareholders will also be able to view, save and share announcements in an easy to read format.

In addition, it’ll allow shareholders to view the AGMs agenda, stream the proceedings live and be able to vote in real time.

Megan Boston, Managing Director Omni Market Tide said of the launch “We are delighted to launch omniLoop to the public. This is an exciting day for shareholder engagement in Australia, bringing us up to speed with the rest of the world.

“It’s often said that AGMs are symbolic of a how we used to do things – paper based, backward in focus, physical in their organisation and process. This could be the catalyst that finally takes the AGM, and shareholder engagement from the old model, to the way of the future.

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Crowd Mobile Expands Range of Professional Services Q&A Apps for Financial Services

8th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • The Company forms partnerships with ASX-listed fund manager Sequoia Financial Group and tax and investment advisory firm CIA Tax to introduce two new Question & Answer (Q&A) apps using its Crowd Experts platform
  • The deals further expand Crowd Mobile’s push into the professional services space following the the launch of its first financial services Q&A app with Peak Assert Management
  • The new apps will allow users to ask questions and obtain general investment and tax advice from experts at Sequoia and CIA Tax for a small fee
  • There are no material capital costs to Crowd Mobile to offer the new services on its highly scalable global platform

Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 & FWB-XETRA: CM3, Crowd Mobile, “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed Letters of Intent with two leading financial services companies to expand its range of professional services Q&A apps.

The first agreement is with ASX-listed Sydney-based diversified financial services firm Sequoia Financial Group Limited (ASX: SEQ) (Sequoia) that will allow consumers to access general investment advice on a range of financial services through its wholly owned subsidary Sequoia Asset Management Pty Ltd AFSL 341506.

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iFAST Corporation: Corporate Profile, Chairman Statement and Unitholder Statistics

iFAST Corporation Ltd. (€œiFAST Corp€ and together with its subsidiaries, the €œGroup€) is an Internet-based investment products distribution platform, with assets under administration (AUA) of approximately $5.64 billion as at 31 December 2015.

Incorporated in the year 2000 in Singapore, iFAST Corp is also present in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China. The Group provides a comprehensive range of investment products and services to financial advisory (€œFA€) firms, financial institutions, banks, multinational companies, as well as retail and high net worth (œHNW) investors in Asia. The Group offers access to over 2,500 investment products including unit trusts (fund€), bonds and Singapore Government Securities (œSGS€), exchange traded funds (€œETF€), and services including online discretionary portfolio management services (€œDPMS€), research and investment seminars, IT solutions, investment administration and transaction services.

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Thinxtra Kordia Partnership Moves IoT from Talk to Action

6th April 2016, Channel Life By Shannon Williams

A new partnership between Thinxtra and Kordia is expected to see Internet of Things solutions gain widespread traction in New Zealand enterprises and government.

According to Kordia, the partnership will see the business telecommunications provider introduce a platform that will allow enterprises and Government to progress from “talking about the Internet of Things, to the widespread deployment of it”.

Kordia is Thinxtra’s preferred partner for the deployment of a SigFox network and has Official Channel Partner status to resell connections and solutions on this network. Thinxtra is ANZ exclusive SIGFOX Network Operator.

Kordia CTO Aaron Olphert explains that SIGFOX technology enables the low-power and low-cost connectivity which brings IoT to life.

“Effective IoT solutions depend on at least two foundational elements: low power consumption sensors (Things) which can be placed anywhere, and low-cost connectivity which allows hundreds of millions of those sensors to be connected,” he says.

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Altech Chemicals SPP Closing Date 8 April

6th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) reminds shareholders that the closing date for applications for additional shares under its current Share Purchase Plan (SPP) is 5pm (WST) Friday 8 April 2016. There will be no extension to the closing date.

The SPP enables existing shareholders of the Company with a registered address in Australia or New Zealand at the record date (18 March 2016) to apply for up to $15,000 of new fully paid ordinary shares in the Company at $0.086 per share, without incurring any brokerage or other transaction costs.

Personal entitlement forms for participation in the SPP were distributed to all eligible shareholders on 24 March 2016.

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Analytica Invites Investors to Webcast

5th April 2016, Analytica

Analytica Ltd (ASX: ALT), invites investors to webcast hosted by Geoff Daly, CEO of Analytica Limited.

The webcast will be held on Thursday 7th April at 9am AEST.

Following a live presentation, including pre-submitted questions, there will be a live Q&A session via webcast.

To listen to the webcast and submit questions for the live Q&A, please pre-register at this link at any time up to the commencement of the broadcast:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5827286656158439939

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Peppermint Launches its MyWeps Platform in the Philippines

1st April 2016, ASX Announcement

Peppermint Innovation Limited (ASX:PIL), an Australian mobile banking, payments and remittance technology platform focused on providing vital access to banking services for millions of people not currently linked to traditional banks, is pleased to announce the commercial launch of its MyWeps mobile payments and remittances application in the Philippines.

The MyWeps App is now available on Google Play to the 1Bro Global agent network (consisting of 90,000 agents and 40 business centres across the Philippines) and the roll out has commenced across this agent network.

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Martin Jetpack April Newsletter: Success at DefExpo India, Demonstration at Wanaka Airshow, RPAS Certification

5th April 2016, ASX Announcement

This month CEO and Managing Director, Peter Coker, responds to a number of queries that Martin Aircraft Company has received from shareholders and the wider community in the form of a Question & Answer session. Martin Aircraft Company also provide feedback on our attendance at events, a certification update, and a more in-depth introduction to our majority shareholder, KuangChi Science and its Global Community of Innovation.

Martin Aircraft Company Enjoys Great Success at DefExpo India 2016 

We are very pleased to report that the Martin Jetpack took centre stage at the ninth edition of DefExpo, the biennial exhibition of Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems in India, which got off to a spectacular start on the 28 March against the scenic backdrop of Nacqueri Quitol in South Goa.

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TFS Corporation MIS Buy-Back and Capital Raising Presentation

4th April 2016, ASX Announcement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

  • The Company will make offers to acquire up to 221 hectares of MIS Grower interests in five MIS Projects due to be harvested between 2016 and 2022
  • TFS’s offers will provide growers with an option to sell ahead of harvest at a cash price based initially on the 31 December 2015 book value
  • The Buy-Back is expected to have a maximum cost of A$53m
  • The acquired plantations are expected to yield around 600 tonnes of heartwood which TFS intends to supply to its recently announced customers in China, India and Middle East

ABOUT TFS CORPORATION 

TFS is the global leader in sustainable Indian Sandalwood plantation cultivation, management, processing and sales & distribution. Founded in 1997 (ASX listed 2004) TFS is a vertically integrated Indian Sandalwood company.

From a strong financial base and via diversified revenue streams TFS is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the demand / supply imbalance in the global sandalwood market.

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Vinomofo Secures Record $25m Raising from Blue Sky Ventures

5th April 2016, AFR By Paul Smith

Online wine seller Vinomofo has received a record-breaking tech start-up funding round, securing a $25 million investment from Blue Sky Venture Capital to help it accelerate its growth plans.

Blue Sky is the sole investor in the funding round, which is the largest raised by a local tech start-up without the assistance of US or other overseas investors. It is also first time that co-founders Andre Eikmeier and Justin Dry have taken venture capital investment, and is the largest venture funding round committed by Blue Sky.

Mr Eikmeier and Mr Dry, who are brothers-in-law, founded the company in 2011. They sold the majority of the business to Catch Group in 2012, before realising it wasn’t working and buying it back for themselves the following year.

The new funding round will be used primarily to drive further growth plans in Australia, and to help lay the foundation for ambitious growth plans in six other countries.

The company works by using the strength of its 400,000 wine-loving members as leverage in sourcing carefully selected wines direct from producers, which are then sold via its website. It told potential investors it would surpass $50 million in annual revenue this year, having grown 100 per cent year on year in the past 12 months, ahead of its first attempts to grow offshore.

Mr Eikmeier told The Australian Financial Review that the international expansion would be targeted at New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, UK and China. Rather than setting up substantial operations in each country he said it would adopt a “business ‘lite’ model” whereby it would hold small events and form wine clubs to attempt to inspire the growth to occur organically as it did in Australia.

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TFS Undertakes a $60 Million Institutional Share Placement

4th April, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Issuance of 39 million new ordinary shares at a price of $1.55 per share
  • Significant demand from existing and new institutional shareholders
  • Capital raised will fund the buy-back of up to 221 hectares of MIS-owned plantations
  • Buy-back provides TFS with certainty of future supply to satisfy increasing demand for Indian sandalwood
  • Share Purchase Plan available to eligible shareholders on the same terms

TFC Corporation Ltd (“TFS”, “the Company”, ASX: TFC), the world’s largest owner and manager of commercial Indian sandalwood plantations, today announced it had successfully undertaken an institutional placement of new fully paid ordinary shares to raise $60.45 million. The placement was significantly oversubscribed with strong demand from both existing and new institutional investors.

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Leaf Resources Completes of Stage 1 Under MOU with Monaghan Biosciences

4th April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • The first stage gate of the joint development program under the MOU has been successfully completed.
  • In combination with a Monaghan Biosciences enzyme cocktail, Glycell™ pretreatment was superior to that of dilute acid in terms of hydrolysing 25% more cellulose than dilute acid at the 24 hr time point.
  • Based on the positive, Leaf and Monaghan Biosciences have agreed to move to stage 2 that will include tonnes per day pilot scale testing.
  • The completion of stage 1 is an important step towards a bankable feasibility study for a renewable chemical project.

The MOU signed last year, detailed a joint development program on spent mushroom compost leading to a bankable feasibility study for a new renewable chemical project. The development work included staged testing of the spent mushroom biomass, pilot scale process evaluation and enzyme optimization.

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4Dx Featured on Start Up Smart and SBS Radio

Andreas Fouras, Founder and Executive Chairman of 4Dx talks to Start Up Smart and SBS Radio about his vision of making a life-changing contribution to global healthcare, and his confidence in this opportunity to build a multi-billion dollar business.

To read “All in”: What happened when a university professor quit his job and sold his house to pursue a “life-changing” idea, please click on the button below.

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ABOUT 4DX 

4Dx Pty Ltd is a medical technology start-up based in Melbourne, Australia, established to commercialise four-dimensional lung imaging technology: 4DxV.

Conceived by 4Dx founder Andreas Fouras and developed by his research group, the Laboratory for Dynamic Imaging at Monash University, this four-dimensional X-ray imaging technology maps the motion and airflow within the breathing lung. This provides information on regional lung function not available in today’s medical clinics.

Catcha Ventures Update: Sky Invests $45M in iflix, Wild Digital Update, Ensogo Appoints E-Commerce Expert

It’s been another incredibly eventful month as Catcha Group companies continue to go from strength to strength. They welcomed industry juggernauts, Sky and Emtek Group to the iflix family in the company’s recent funding round.

The latest updates for Wild Digital: Southeast Asia’s leading digital conference is back on June 8 & 9 at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.

iflix Closes Largest Investment Round To-Date

iflix has raised US$50 million in its latest funding round, led by European pay-TV and broadband juggernaut Sky, which put in US$45 million.
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Ensogo Appoints E-Commerce Expert Cooper McGuire

Cooper McGuire, Co-founder and former CFO of Rocket Internet-backed fashion e-commerce portal Zalora, has quit the company to join Ensogo, an e-commerce company with operations in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, as its Chief Operating Officer.
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Sky makes $45M strategic investment in iflix
TechCrunch · Read More

Sky’s $60 million stake boosts iflix’s growth potential
The Australian · Read More

Celcom joins the big iflix party
Stuff · Read More

Zalora co-founder Cooper McGuire joins Ensogo to spearhead the company’s marketplace strategy
Business Insider · Read More

How iProperty Group is poised for growth across Asia
OPP.Today · Read More

Carlist.my shifts gears to become more consumer-centric
The Malay Mail Online · Read More

More Catcha Group media coverage here

Universal Biosensors Product Update

1st April 2016, ASX Announcement

Universal Biosenors (ASX:UBI) provides below an update to its product development pipeline.

The company has been conducting a review of its current development projects with a view to prioritising development spend and focusing on projects that most enhance shareholder value.

Associated with this review, UBI management have also noted the eligibility criteria to access the R&D cash rebate which is important to UBI’s net cash flow. In particular, it is a condition of the program that the annual revenue remains below $20 million. It makes very little sense for UBI to chase short term small revenue increases that will take our revenue above this limit.

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Altech Commences Grade Control Drilling at Meckering

1st April 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Altech commences grade-control drilling at its Meckering kaolin deposit
  • 21 air core drill holes planned
  • Grade control drilling to assist planning of future mining operation

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a grade control drilling program at its Meckering kaolin deposit.

A total of 21 air core drill holes are planned over Altech 100%-owned tenement E70/3923, which is located approximately 130km east from Perth, Western Australia.

The grade control drilling program is to assist the Company in planning its future Meckering mining operation.

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BPS Features in CommSec Executive Series

31st March 2016, ASX Announcement

BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS) last month announced another successful half-year with an increase of 4% in its EBITDA, 7.3% increase in net profit and an increase in earnings per share of 7.2%.

Please see below for a short interview where Trevor Dietz, CEO of BPS, talks to Tom Piotrowski of CommSec about the highlights of the first half of the 2016 financial year.

ABOUT BPS TECHNOLOGY 

BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS) provides technology and payment platforms centred on SME’s. It is a profitable business operates in eight countries, capitalising on a number of significant growth opportunities.

BPS operates three highly complementary and scalable businesses – Bartercard, bucqi and TESS.

Bartercard operates the world’s largest trade exchange. It allows SME’s to conduct $600m of additional business without the use of cash.

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YPB Annual Report; Key Acquisitions, Commercial Highlights and Finances

31st March 2016, ASX Announcement

Chairman’s Letter

It is my pleasure to present the 2015 Annual Report for YPB Group Limited. It was for YPB a year of exciting growth in our technology portfolio, capabilities and distribution, culminating at year-end with the creation of what we believe to be the world’s first end-to-end ‘Protect, Detect and Connect’ solution.

YPB protects brands and connects them with their consumers around product authenticity. We are proud to be taking a stance against the scourge of counterfeiting. which has now become a US$1.7 trillion industry.

I strongly believe YPB’s future is very bright based on the foundations we laid in 2015.

ABOUT YPB

YPB was listed on the ASX in August 2014. YPB’s shares at IPO were .20c.

YPB means “Excellent Brand Protection” in Chinese. By 2015 the Global Counterfeit market will be US$1.7 Trillion, and US$14bn (growing at 20% pa) will be spent on Anti-counterfeit technologies per annum in Asia. YPB is the only Company licensed by CTAAC in China that sells invisible tracer solutions.

YPB’s patented tracer is Invisible, Indestructible and Inexpensive and our recurring revenue model generates up to 90% gross margin on sales.

Since IPO, YPB has signed significant revenue contracts, has acquired a USA based business named ‘Brand Reporter”, has amassed to date 7 Patents, has established distribution in China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Australia and USA.

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BioDiem Commence Influenza Vaccine Clinical Trial in China

31st March 2016, BioDiem

Changchun BCHT Biotechnology Co (BCHT) has made rapid progress in the development of its ‘flu vaccine in China since licensing the LAIV technology from BioDiem just three years ago. During this time, BCHT has developed the manufacturing process for the vaccine, received IND approval from the Chinese FDA and has now started the clinical trials required for approval to market the vaccine in China.

Dr Jinchang Wu, Director, R&D and International Affairs for BCHT, said:

“We have now reached another important milestone in the commercialisation of the LAIV intranasal ‘flu vaccine in China. Our clinical trial is a Phase I safety study. It will enrol children from 3 years of age and adults over the next three months”.

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Folkestone: The Shifting Tides of Australia’s Population Growth

Population is a key driver of demand for real estate – whether it is residential or non-residential (office, retail, industrial, medical, seniors living etc.). Therefore, tracking population growth and movements is critical in assessing where the demand for real estate is likely to pick-up or fall-away. Population growth also has significant implications for our economic growth profile and the size and shape of our cities.

A Realignment of the Growth Drivers

The latest population statistics from the ABS confirm the transition of the Australian economy after the mining boom is well underway. Victoria is now Australia’s number one population hotspot, gaining an extra 102,311 residents in the year to September 2015, knocking NSW, which grew by 102,243 residents from the top spot.

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Big Un Ltd Accelerating Growth and Set for Positive Cash Flow in March

31st March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Revenue growth has accelerated in the current quarter and cash receipts for the three months ended 31 March 2016 is expected to exceed $1.1m – an increase of approximately 70% on the prior quarter
  • Cash flow positive is expected to be achieved for the first time in the month of March 2016, significantly ahead of pre-existing expectations
  • Key drivers of growth include ongoing membership pipeline conversion and significant Enterprise partnerships

Big Un Limited (ASX:BIG, ‘BRTV’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to provide an update on trading performance for the current quarter.

The Company has experienced accelerating growth into the current quarter, with total cash revenues for the three months ended 31 March 2016 expected to exceed $1.1 million. This represents an increase of approximately 70% on the prior quarter ended 31 December 2015 and a 1,150% increase on the corresponding March 2015 quarter.

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Improved Mine Operations for AsiaPhos Explain 117% Growth in Mine Output

Broker: NRA Capital

Call: Buy

Target price: 22 Singapore cents

Improved mine operations for AsiaPhos Limited (AP) are the explanation for the 117 per cent growth in yearly mine output over 2014 and 2015.

More importantly, AP is showing signs of self-sustainability with both upstream and downstream segments reporting positive gross margins for 2015.

The company offers a compelling de-risked investment case with a positive outlook, based on estimated phosphate rock output of at least 40 per cent this year and 35 per cent in 2017.

Total resources were largely unchanged year-on-year after mining depletion and data from the past two years of development and production give sufficient confidence for an upgrade of resources in the immediate vicinity of exploration and development work to reserves, including planned output from 2016 to 2018.

The company has invested resources in the second half of 2015 to upgrade various mine infrastructure to ensure it will receive approval for larger production scale. A 40 per cent increase in production in 2016 is forecast. Considering the above and other drivers, AP is expected to deliver higher operating profitability this year.

YPB Identifies JV Market Opportunities

31st March 2016, ASX Announcement

YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB), upon entering a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Affyrmx LLC in February 2016, has conducted a market analysis of the opportunity available with Mexican government departments and its ability to capture further business in this sector.

The JV has already produced two contracts for vital records with state governments in Mexico and a number of further potential revenue streams have been identified.

Total revenues disclosed are those to the JV, with YPB’s portion being 50% of the gross revenue at an average gross margin of 45%-50%.

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Alcidion Set to Trial Miya Patient Flow

16th March 2016, LinkedIn

Alcidion Group Limited (ASX:ALC), a leading health informatics company has secured an Implementation Planning Study for a large hospital, which is part of a leading Australian Private Hospital group, to deploy its Electronic Bed Management (EBM) Solution to optimise Patient Flow.

Following the successful Implementation Planning Study, the Private Hospital Group is expected to pilot the technology across a 650 bed acute care facility as its luminary site. The Private Hospital Group has indicated there are another fifteen Australian hospitals within its group that would benefit from the deployment of a Patient Flow Solution.

The solution provides an overview of capacity and demand at both the ward and unit level, providing real time information about open and available beds, patients coming in together with the admission source (emergency, direct elective or transfer) and potential and confirmed ward discharges.

Additionally, clinicians can access individual patient information on mobile devices such as bed and room details, name and gender, unit and whether they are a boarder on the ward, presenting problem, infection precautions, length of stay, expected discharge date, discharge confirmation and relevant clinical documentation.

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Notice of Offer of Shares in Mobotech

Please find attached the associated share offer documents should you wish to take the opportunity to support the US pre-sales deployment. There has been keen interest by current shareholders and Mobotech has raised half the $500K they are seeking. The shareholders round has now closed and the unallocated shares may now be offered to other investors.

If you wish to take advantage of this de-risked opportunity, please advise by 15 April.

Mobots currently steaming past Hawaii due LAX next week, for rail to Chicago.

Magline are reaching out to their customer base arranging demos; They have also re-approached BBUSA to carry on from where we left off last year.

Mobotech are seeking a small cap raise to support the 6 month pre-sales deployment..

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iFAST Corporation Corporate Profile and Annual Report 2015

29th March 2016, iFAST Corporation

Chairman & CEO’s Message 

2015 was our first full financial year since our IPO in December 2014. In many ways, 2015 was a continuation of our mission with our investors and wealth advisers, and we have achieved a number of milestones despite a challenging market environment.

Our mission statement, “To help investors around the world invest globally and profitability“, has been a guiding principle for us. In 2015, we have focused on achieving that, by continually improving the range of products and services for our customers and wealth advisers.

About iFast Corporation 

iFAST Corporation Ltd. (“iFAST Corp”) is an Internet-based investment products distribution platform. Incorporated in the year 2000 in Singapore and listed on the SGX-ST Mainboard on 11 December 2014, iFAST Corp provides a comprehensive range of services, including investment administration and transactions services, research and trainings, IT services and backroom functions to banks, financial advisory firms, financial institutions, multinational companies, as well as investors in Asia. The company is also present in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.

iFAST Corp has two main business divisions, namely the Business-to-Consumer (B2C) website, Fundsupermart.com, which is targeted at DIY investors; and the Business-to-Business (B2B) platform that caters to the specialised needs of over 150 financial advisory (FA) companies, financial institutions and banks.

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Altech Share Placement and Share Purchase Plan

24th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • $1.2 million raised via a share placement to professional and sophisticated investors
  • Existing Shareholders invited to participate via a Share Purchase Plan

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to advise it has raised $1.2 million via a placement of shares to a variety of professional and sophisticated investors at 8.6 cents per share (the Placement). The issue price represents a ~14% discount to volume weighted average price (VWAP) for Altech shares as traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) for the last 5 trading days to 18 March 2016 and a ~20% discount to the 10 day VWAP.

Funds raised from the Placement will be applied to finalising the detailed design of the Company’s proposed high purity alumina (HPA) plant at Johor, Malaysia, for the completion of debt financing and for general working capital purposes.

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WYZA Announces New Partnerships With Australian Name Brands

21st March 2016, LinkedIn

In recent weeks, we’ve announced a number of new partnerships with some of Australia’s leading name brands, including Blackmores, First National Real Estate and OnMarket BookBuilds.

WYZA was created with a mission to serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for Australia’s powerful 50+ demographic, delivering curated content, interactive services and social networks right to their fingertips. These exciting new partnerships will allow us to bring even more targeted, engaging and relevant content to the 5.1 million 50+ Australians who are online, including our own 130,000 subscribers and wider readership who drive more than a million page views on the WYZA site each and every month.

A shift in attitudes

Importantly, the new partnerships represent a growing shift in the attitudes of leading brands and marketers who are starting to realise the spending power of the 50+ market. They now understand the need for much more targeted communication that is free from ageism and focused on the positives of reaching 50 and all that follows.

The over-50s market has thus become an attractive proposition for sponsors, particularly when combined with the power of WYZA, Australia’s fastest growing digital destination for this market.

Our partnership with Blackmores, Australia’s number one vitamin and supplement brand, is a great fit for our health and wellbeing-conscious audience who are keen to the get the most out of life. The partnership will allow us to feature topical information and advice on the site, empowering the WYZA generation to continue their journey to wellbeing and continued good health.

According to Blackmores’ Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Paul Di Vito, the company entered into the strategic partnership with WYZA to help inform the 50+ age group of the value of a healthy lifestyle.

“We have partnered with WYZA, to generate and deliver the digital content 50+ Australian’s are looking for, but in an interactive and enjoyable format, via a platform they trust.”

Real estate recognition

We were also thrilled to join forces with First National, one of the country’s leading real estate networks. Through this key partnership, we hope to help the WYZA audience make wise decisions when considering selling the family home, investing, sea or tree changing – basically providing advice on anything real estate-related.

We know that the rate of home ownership is higher among the over-50s than in any other age group. Today, people 50-plus have more active lifestyles, are more affluent and they have plenty of time and choices open to them. Our alliance with First National is therefore aimed at demystifying the household challenges and lifestyle decisions that the 50-plus demographic faces when buying and selling property.

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OncoSil Medical Investor Presentation March 2016

23rd March 2016, ASX Announcement

OncoSil Medical Limited (ASX: OSL) (OncoSil Medical, the Company) is pleased to release its latest Investor Presentation, delivered at Bell Potter Securities Limited’s Emerging Leaders Day in Sydney.

The Presentation provides an overview and update on the Company’s activities and operations.

OncoSil Medical is focused on regulatory approval and commercialisation of its OncoSil™ brachytherapy technology. It aims to position OncoSil™ as an innovative, new medical radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer and other solid tumours – which have major unmet medical needs.

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YPB Group Receive New Mexican Order for Vital Record Documents

23rd March 2016, ASX Announcement

YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) has received an order for 700,000 vital record documents for the State of Guanajuato in Mexico, the second order resulting from the recently announced six year joint venture (JV) with Affyrmx LLC.

Terms of the order are commercial in confidence, however as previously announced, typically such vital records documents have an order value (to the Government) of between $US0.10 to $US0.30 per document. These orders to provide a strong recurring revenue stream as once the initial order is secured, there is an annual usage requirement.

The State of Guanajuato is one of 31 Federated States in Mexico with a population of approximately 5.5 million people. Each state within Mexico sources its own vital records documents, to record such events as births, deaths, marriages etc. With a population of approximately 130 million Mexico has an estimated annual usage of vital records documents of between 50 and 60 million documents. The JV’s successes in Jailsco and now Guanajuato see it well placed to capture a significant portion of the market.

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Folkestone Distribution Reinvestment Plan

23rd March 2016

In accordance with the 2016 full year distribution guidance of 13.4 cents per unit (cpu), Folkestone Investment Management Limited as the responsible entity of the Folkestone Education Trust (FET) gives notice that the distribution for the quarter ending 31 March 2016 is 3.35 cpu.

The following dates apply to the distribution for the March 2016 quarter:
Ex-distribution Date           30 March 2016
Record Date                        31 March 2016
Payment Date                     20 April 2016

The Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP) will apply to this distribution with a discount of 1.5% to the average of the daily volume weighted average market price recorded on the ASX commencing on 4 April 2016 through to 15 April 2016.  Unitholders who have not yet participated in the DRP are required to complete and sign their application form and return it to FET’s registry, Boardroom Pty Limited by 4 April 2016 to participate in this quarter’s DRP.

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Proteomics Commences Therapeutic Drug Discovery Program

23rd Marc h 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights: 

  • PILL to utilise its proprietary disruptive technology platform to assess potential new painkilling and antibiotic drug compounds.
  • Therapeutic Drug Discovery is one of PILL’s core business areas and is a major growth market – peptide therapeutics market estimated value is $17b.
  • Program is low cost and has potential deliver major end returns.
  • PILL’s drug discovery process delivers a significant reduction in discovery timeline and a substantial cost advantage relative to traditional drug delivery

Life science company Proteomics International Laboratories Ltd (ASX: PIQ) (the Company, PILL) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a Therapeutic Drug Discovery program utilising its proprietary  proteomics-based technology platform.

The Company is specifically targeting the discovery of new analgesic (painkilling) and antibiotics compounds and will test 50 – 100 venoms in the program. The program is low cost to PILL, with no additional costs incurred apart from sourcing the venom samples, and has the potential deliver highly significant end returns.

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iFAST Corporation Performance Share Plan

22nd March 206, iFAST Announcement

The Board of Directors of iFAST Corporation Ltd (“the Company”) refers to the announcement released on 1 March 2016 relating to the grant of awards pursuant to the iFAST Corporation Performance Share Plan (“iFAST PSP”).

The Company wishes to clarify as follow:

  • Number of share awards granted was 1,296,200 and not 1,294,600 as announced on 1 March 2016
  • There was share awards granted to the executive director, Mr Kelvin Yip Hok Yin and his wife.

 ABOUT IFAST 

iFAST Corporation Ltd. (“iFAST Corp”) is an Internet-based investment products distribution platform. Listed on the SGX-ST Mainboard, iFAST Corp provides a comprehensive range of services, including investment administration and transactions services, research and trainings, IT services and backroom functions to banks, financial advisory firms, financial institutions, multinational companies, as well as investors in Asia. The company is also present in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.

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Altech HPA Project Update: $US60m of Debt Funding for its Proposed HPA Project

22nd March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Altech estimates ~$US60m of debt funding for its proposed high purity alumina (HPA) project
  • German government-owned KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH mandated
  • Application for ~US$40m of German government export credit agency (ECA) cover
  • ECA cover application within the quarter

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to provide an update on the debt funding activities for its high purity alumina (HPA) project following a meeting with KfW IPEX-Bank in Stuttgart, Germany on 17 March 2016.

Altech currently estimates that its proposed HPA project will support approximately US$60 million of debt. To provide structuring and financing services in relation to the provision of senior debt funding the Company has mandated German government-owned bank KfW IPEX-Bank Gmbh (KfW IPEX-Bank). Altech has been working closely with KfW IPEX-Bank since January 2016 as part of the bank’s comprehensive due diligence of the Company and the project.

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Leaf Resources Update: Glycell™ Evaluation, Equity Stake in ZeaChem & Signs JV for Cellulosic Sugars Project

Andritz & Leaf Resources announceGlycellTM evaluation on EFB
The report conclusions recommending GlycellTM  for EFB
Leaf Resources and Andritz have jointly evaluated the GlycellTM process on Empty Fruit Bunch.
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Leaf Resources expands equity stake in ZeaChem & signs JV for cellulosic sugars project
Biofuels Digest reports on the partnership
Leaf has a proprietary GlycellTM process to break down plant biomass efficiently while ZeaChem have a pathways to take the sugars produced by the GlycellTM process through to renewable chemicals.
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Leaf in the News

Leaf Resources has received media coverage following the announcement of the ZeaChem Joint Venture agreement.

Leaf a finalist in WBM Business Awards for ’Breakthrough Biobased Technology Platform’
World Bio Markets Bio Business Awards
Leaf Resources has been named as a finalist in the WBM Biobased Business Awards for its Breakthrough Biobased Technology Platform……
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7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
Where is the bioeconomy headed?
The Digest reveals the top 7 trends as presented at the 2016 Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference.
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Crowd Mobile Reports Record Results, Valued at $0.85 per share

Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 / FWB-XETRA: CM3) has just announced a record half- year result. A recent research report by DJ Carmichael values the company’s shares at $0.85 per share. This follows the successful acquisition and integration of Amsterdam based Track Concepts, which will add significant scale to Crowd Mobile’s results.

Crowd Mobile also recently announced a strategic partnership with ONEm which gives the company access to 1bn mobile users. The most recent Investor Presentation can be found here and a list of recent interviews with the Crowd Mobile CEO Domenic Carosa here.

ABOUT CROWD MOBILE

Crowd Mobile is a global m-Content, m-Payments, m-Commerce, mobile entertainment and micro job company that allows customers globally to crowd source answers to their much-needed questions and pay a small fee for each answer received.

Crowd Mobile operates in 50 countries and answers in 30 languages. The company reported a year-on-year revenue increase of 32% in FY16 and has experienced over 50% share price increase in the last 6 months. Crowd Mobile recently acquired Track Concepts Ltd and launched a number of new services across Europe and Africa.

 

BPS Investor Presentation March 2016

21st March 2016, ASX Announcement

BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS) provides technology and payment platforms centred on SME’s. It is a profitable business operates in eight countries, capitalising on a number of significant growth opportunities.

BPS operates three highly complementary and scalable businesses – Bartercard, bucqi and TESS.

Bartercard operates the world’s largest trade exchange. It allows SME’s to conduct $600m of additional business without the use of cash.

bucqi is a disruptive payment, loyalty & rewards platform that allows consumers to pay merchants via an app for goods and services without using a card or cash. Consumers earn and redeem reward points across a wide range of merchants.

TESS (Trade Exchange Software Services) develops software for trade exchanges. It is recognised and recommended as the preferred software by the global governing body of the industry.

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Altech Chemicals Ltd – Capital Raising Update & Share Purchase Plan

21st March 2016, ASX Announcement

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) advises that further to the suspension of the trading of its securities on the ASX pre-open this morning, Perth stockbroking firm DJ Carmichael Pty Ltd is co-ordinating a placement of fully paid ordinary shares of the Company to a variety of professional and sophisticated investors (the Placement). It is the intention of the Company to announce details of the Placement pre-open on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

In addition to the Placement, the Company intends to conduct a Share Purchase Plan (SPP), whereby existing shareholder of the Company can subscribe to a maximum of $15,000 of new shares, at the same price as the Placement shares. The Company intends to also announce details of the SPP on 23 March 2016.

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