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 Up to 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)
  • 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.

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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 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.

 To listen to “4Dx technology is spreading in US” please click on the button below.

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.
Read more

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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AsiaPhos: High Growth / Low Risk Mix Deserves Attention, Fair Value: S$0.225

High Growth / Low Risk Mix Deserves Attention

Attractive mix of reduced risk and high growth. AsiaPhos Limited’s (AP) latest Qualified Person’s (QP) report indicates improved mine operations, thus explaining for the 117% 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. We assert that AP offers a compelling de-risked investment case with a positive outlook, based on estimated phosphate rock output of at least 40% in 2016 and 35% in 2017. The upside is even more attractive when we consider that AP’s shares are trading at 7% below book value, implying that the full value of AP’s mines has not been priced in yet.

First time reporting reserves shows lower risk. Total resources were largely unchanged year-on-year after mining depletion, except that 1.5m tonnes of resources were upgraded to reserves. Data from the past two years of development and production has given sufficient confidence for the QP to upgrade resources in the immediate vicinity of exploration and development work to reserves, includng planned output from 2016 to 2018.

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Analytica Announces its Latest Capital Raising Initiatives

18th March 2016, Analytica Announcement

Analytica Ltd (ASX: ALT) manufacturer of the PeriCoach® system, is pleased to announce the following capital raising initiatives

  • A $1m placement to an entity associated with the Chairman Dr Michael Monsour (subject to shareholder approval), which if approved is expected to increase Dr Monsour’s interest in the Company to approximately 25%[1].
  • A $0.5m placement to a new cornerstone investor conditional on the placement to Dr Monsour, which is expected to represent approximately 10% of the expanded capital base[2]
  • A $0.3m placement to other non-related parties of the Company.
  • A share purchase plan (SPP) offer to all existing shareholders.
  • Funds raised will be used for working capital purposes.

The investment of $1m investment by the chairman, (subject to shareholder approval), and the investment by a new cornerstone investor shows strong support for the recently announced strategic plan and cost cutting initiatives of the company.

The shares under the placements and SPP will be issued at 0.255 cents per share.  The proposed share issue price to Dr Monsour is 0.300 cents per share.

Details of Funding

Placement to an entity associated with Chairman Dr Michael Monsour: The Company has reached agreement with the Chairman Dr Michael Monsour, that subject to shareholder approval, the Company will place 333,333,333 fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.300 cents per share, to raise $1m, to an entity associated with Dr Monsour.

The issue price is the volume weighted average price calculated over the last 5 days on which sales in the Company’s shares were recorded on ASX and Chi-X markets immediately preceding the date of this announcement. If the placement proceeds, Dr Monsour’s interest in the Company is expected to increase from approximately 12.8% to approximately 25%[3].

Analytica expects to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on 22nd April 2016 (EGM) to seek shareholder approval for the placement and also the increase in Dr Monsour’s interest in the Company. Details of the EGM together with an independent expert report in relation to the increase in Dr Monsour’s interest in the Company will be sent to Analytica shareholders on or about 23 March 2016.

Placement to new cornerstone investor:  The Company has reached agreement with a new cornerstone investor to issue 202,324,638 fully paid ordinary shares at 0.255 cents per share to raise $515 928, subject to the placement to Dr Monsour. The placement shares are expected to represent approximately 10% of the expanded capital base of the Company[4].

The investor is a private investment fund in the biotechnology sector and is very supportive of the direction of the Company.

Completion of the placement is expected to occur within 3 business days after the holding of the EGM to approve the placement to Dr Michael Monsour and is conditional on that shareholder approval.

Placement to non-related parties: The Company has agreed to issue 109,813,725 fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.255 cents per share to raise approximately $280,000 to sophisticated, professional and other investors to whom no disclosure is required under the Corporations Act. Completion is expected to occur on Monday 21 March 2016.

Shareholder approval will not been sought for the cornerstone and non-related party placements as they fall within the Company’s ordinary placement capacity under the ASX listing rules. However, the Company will be seeking to ratify the placements at the EGM for the purposes of refreshing its placement capacity.

All shares issued under both placements will rank equally with existing shares on issue.

Share Purchase Plan: The Company is also announcing the offer of an SPP to all shareholders who are registered shareholders (Australian and New Zealand holders only) at 7pm (Sydney time) on the 17th March 2016.  The offer price will be the same as the cornerstone and non-related party placement price of 0.255 cents per Share

Further details of the share purchase plan can be found in the share purchase plan offer booklet which will be sent to shareholders on or about Wednesday 23 March 2016 and released on the ASX announcement platform today.

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Altech Appoints M+W Group as EPC Contractor for its HPA Project

18th March 2016

Highlights

  •  M+W Group appointed as EPC contractor
  •  Leading global engineering and construction group with extensive Asian experience
  •  Project familiarisation and design hand-over meeting held in Germany this week
  •  Established Singapore and Malaysian offices, with extensive Malaysian construction experience

Following a week long project familiarisation and design hand-over meeting held at the offices of M+W Group in Stuttgart, Germany this week, Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) has formally appointed M+W Group as its Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for its high purity alumina (HPA) project.

Attendees at the Stuttgart meeting included Altech management , representatives from Simulus Engineering (the Perth based multi disciplined engineering company and lead consultant for the HPA project bankable feasibility study), M+W Group, and for part of the week representatives from KfW IPEX-Bank.

The appointment of M+W Group as EPC contractor by Altech marks the formal commencement of the final detailed engineering design phase of the Company’s HPA project, in preparation for the commencement of construction. M+W Group has advised Altech that it has selected a specialist chemicals processing team to be assigned to the project “We are delighted by the opportunity of being part of this new state of the art chemical facility” said Mr Robert Savarese, Head of M+W Group Global Chemicals Business Development. “We are excited to have been
appointed EPC contractor and we look forward to engineering an efficient sustainable solution for Altech”.

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Martin Aircraft Company Investor Presentation March 2016

Martin Aircraft Company Limited is the maker of the innovative Martin Jetpack, the world’s first practical Jetpack, which is poised to alter the dynamics of aviation. Founded in 1998 by Glenn Martin, the company continues to build on and develop the idea conceived by Glenn in Dunedin in 1981.

Initially designed as a personal Jetpack for individuals in the leisure market, the company soon realised the ground-breaking role the Jetpack could play in saving and improving human lives. As well as recreational usage, its potential applications span first response, search and rescue, military, and commercial, both in a manned and unmanned capacity.

Martin Aircraft intends to deliver the first Jetpacks to customers in the second half of 2016. These Jetpacks will be designed for the First Responder market, which includes fire service, police, ambulance, search and rescue and natural disaster recovery. Initial production will be based on the current P12 Jetpack. Further development of the Martin Jetpack will be for uses across government agencies, commercial applications and recreational aviation markets.

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Universal Biosensors Shareholder Newsletter; Financial Results, R&D Developments, & OneTouch Verio Flex™

In this edition we hear from Universal Biosensors’ new non-executive director, David Hoey, look at what R&D means for UBI, hear about LifeScan’s latest innovation with its OneTouch Verio Flex device, and farewell CEO Paul Wright.

FROM THE CEO’S DESK

As you are no doubt aware, Paul Wright has retired as CEO of Universal Biosensors after five years leading the company and I have taken on the role as we seek his replacement.

FY FINANCIAL RESULTS

Universal Biosensors’ financial results for 2015 showed the company continuing to make excellent progress – operationally, developmentally and financially.

WHAT IS “R & D” AT UBI?

A significant part of UBI’s business activity today is in “R&D”. Indeed, the largest area of expenditure for the company is in “R&D”, with $19.8 million spent in the last financial year.  It’s a significant amount of money, but also a significant investment in our future.

Q & A WITH DAVID HOEY, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“UBI has an excellent team in place with a demonstrated record of innovation and product development.  The company has also forged strong relationships with world leaders in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.”

LIFESCAN INTRODUCES NEW ONETOUCH VERIO FLEX WITH COLOUR

Universal Biosensors’ partner LifeScan has released a new OneTouch Verio Flex™ blood glucose monitoring system that uses colour indications to make it easier for diabetics to gauge and manage their blood sugar levels. The blood glucose test strip developed by UBI is used in this new system.

PAUL WRIGHT FEATURES IN THE AUSTRALIAN

Late last year Paul Wright was featured in The Australian advocating that Australia’s Research and Development Tax Incentive should be extended, so that companies with revenues up to $50 million may continue to be eligible to receive the R&D Tax Rebate (instead of currently becoming ineligible when revenue exceeds $20 million).

APN: Monthly Distribution Payments & Special Offer to Reduce Management Costs by 50%

 APN are delighted to announce two exciting new changes to the APN Asian REIT Fund ARSN 162 658 200 (“Fund”).

Change from quarterly to monthly distributions

Effective from 1 January 2016, the Fund is paying distributions monthly (previously paid quarterly).

We understand a large number of investors appreciate frequent and regular income payments from their investments and we are pleased to be able to increase the frequency of the Fund’s distributions. The annualised distribution amount paid by the Fund will not change as a result of the move to monthly distributions. Investors will receive the same annual distribution amount, but paid in 12 monthly payments, rather than in four quarterly payments.

The first monthly distribution was paid on 10 February 2016 and distributions will be paid monthly thereafter.

Based on the unit price of $1.5867 (at 15 March 2016), the monthly distribution rate of 0.8333 cents (paid on 10 March 2016) equates to a distribution yield of approximately 6.30%1.

Investors are also reminded of their ability to participate in the Fund’s Distribution Reinvestment Program which continues to be available.
Special 50% reduction in management cost

The Fund currently charges investors a 1.20% pa management cost. We are offering a special 50% reduced management cost for all existing investors and those new investors who apply by 30 June 2016. This will reduce the cost to these investors by 0.60% pa and will make a material difference to their returns.

APN has made this change to reward investors who have participated in the Fund’s success to date and to increase the income returns for existing and new investors who hold units during the period ending on 30 June 2016.

The details of the change and the offer are as follows:

  • The special 0.60% pa management cost will apply for three years from 30 June 2016 until 30 June 2019. After 30 June 2019, the management fee will revert to 1.20% pa.
  • The benefit will be paid by way of an issue of bonus units at the current issue price, which will be paid quarterly.
  • Existing investors and new investors who apply before 30 June 2016 will receive the 50% reduction on management costs on their total investment balance until 30 June 2019
  • New investors applying for units after 30 June 2016 will be charged the full management cost of 1.20% pa.
  • The fee reduction will apply from 17 March 2016.

Capitalising on Asia’s booming middle class

Asia’s transforming economy and social structures present a wealth of investment opportunities over the next decade and beyond. By 2030, middle class consumers in the Asia-Pacific region will increase to over 3 billion people according to the Brookings Institute, which will represent a hefty two-thirds share of the global middle class. With billions set to enjoy higher living standards, the desire for additional goods and services will create large new consumer markets.

A vast array of real estate is required to support this fast rising urbanisation – from housing and retail shopping centres through to recreational centres, hospitals, warehousing and office buildings. The rise of the middle class consumer in numbers has important ramifications for all economies in the Asian region – the developed Asian markets where the Fund is focused, will benefit enormously in many ways, from rapidly increasing tourism numbers (and spending power) to the export of services (eg education), as well as more office space demand from financial services and wealth management firms looking to expand regionally.
Why Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong REITs?

In line with APN’s long held “property for income” philosophy since 1998, the Fund aims to deliver value by investing in high quality commercial real estate backed by stable and consistent rental cash flows. The three main markets the Fund invests in are mature, developed Asian markets (Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong).

Accessing quality commercial real estate in Asia is difficult. The large upfront capital required to purchase a property is not only prohibitive for most investors, but requires specialist local investment knowledge. Direct property also bears the burden of illiquidity.

REITs provide an avenue for investors to access high quality, professionally managed commercial real estate across predominantly Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. In normal market conditions, REITs can offer liquidity, require small upfront capital to access and provide exposure to a diversified portfolio of underlying commercial real estate that generates regular income from tenants on long leases.
To make an investment

To find out more about the Fund, visit www.apngroup.com.au

Augusta Capital Ltd; High Yield Property Investment

Fully Underwritten Offer – High Return

The property markets in both New Zealand and Australia have shown similar trends over the years, especially in cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Click here to see one of the many reports on commercial property in New Zealand.

 Highlights of this offer are:

  •  All 5 commercial or industrial properties are in the growth centre of Auckland.
  • All properties have income from existing tenants or rental underwrites.
  • All are independently valued at NZ$112 million but will be acquired at NZ$109 million.
  • NZX Listed Augusta Capital is taking a minimum 10% shareholding themselves.
  • The share issue is fully underwritten by a number of independent parties.
  • Maximum of 5 year term – may well be less for all properties to be sold.

Investors get a quarterly distribution of income from tenants (estimated to be 6%) plus share of the increase in value of the property when sold, giving total target return of 11% – 14% pre-tax. Early sale of properties will increase IRR.

Note appications for this Offer must be received by 23 March to ensure processing by closing date.

Folkestone Real Estate Outlook 2016- Positive Returns Expected

16th March 2016

Folkestone is pleased to release its Real Estate Outlook 2016 entitled Navigating the Road Ahead . The paper provides an in-depth look at the three real estate sectors – residential, non-residential and A-REITs.

As we enter 2016, investors are now asking the question “which road should I take” – real estate markets have, or are close to, peaking … or is there more upside in this cycle?

Mr Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management, Folkestone said “Since the lows of the GFC, non-residential real estate and listed A-REITs have delivered positive risk-adjusted returns. In fact, A-REITs have been the standout performer over the past five years – taking the title as the best performer in 4 of the past 5 years.”

Over the five years to 31 December 2015, A-REITs have delivered a total return of 15.3 per cent per annum, more than double the 6.7 per cent per annum from equities and 6.6 per cent per annum from bonds and higher than the 10.7 per cent for non-residential property.

In 2015, both listed and direct real estate performed strongly relative to other asset classes. A-REITs delivered a 14.4 per cent total return in 2015, outperforming non-residential property (14.0 per cent), equities (2.8 per cent) and bonds (2.6 per cent).

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Altech Improves Financials of HPA Project with BFS Update

16th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Updated Bankable Feasibility Study confirms financial robustness of Altech’s HPA project
  • Improved financials include:
    - Increased  estimated pre-tax NPV9 of US$358 million (previously US$326 million
    - Higher Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 33% (previously 30%)
    - Capex  US$78.7 million (was US$76.9 million)
    - Long term sale price forecast unchanged at US$23,000/tonne for 99.99% (4N) product
    - Cost of goods sold lightly higher at US$9,074/tonne
    - EBITDA of US$55.7 million per annum at full production

Altech Chemicals Limited (Altech/the Company) (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce the results of an update to its Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for the develpoment of a 4,000tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia.

Background 

Results from the BFS were announced on 29 June 2015 and since then the Company has worked with its various consultants to further refine the study. Key items of work included optimising the process flow sheet, refining equipment selection and pricing, the critical evaluation of key assumptions and operating parameters and an update of key consumables pricing and sourcing.
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Leaf & Andritz Complete Successful Evaluation of Glycell™ Evaluation on EFB

16th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Joint evaluation by Leaf and Adritz show improved recovery of sugars using Glycell™ process
  • Andritz nominates Leaf’s Glycell™ process as one of its preferred pretreatments of Empty Fruit Bunch Biomass

Leaf Resources and Andritz (a globally leading supplier of plant, equipment, and services for pulp and paper and other industries) undertook work to evaluate Glycell™ pretreatment technology on the specific biomass known as Empty Fruit Bunch Biomass (EFB) at pilot scale in Springfield, Ohio.

EFB is an abundant, low cost feedstock in palm oil producing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and others. Approximately 20 million metric tons are “generated”annually by palm oil mills in Malaysia, between 22-23 million metric tons in Indonesia and over 2 million tons in Thailand.

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Booodl Helps Finding Stores That Sell What You Want

Ever been stuck trying to find a product when out and about? It’s part of the reason Booodl exists.

Obtaining and organising the data to drive these ‘product + location’ searches is a massive job, but Booodl are determined to fix it. Whether you’re searching on Google, the Booodl website or in the Booodl app, they want to make it delightfully simple for you to find stores that sell what you want. So far, the results are looking pretty good! [watch video]

In other exciting news, Booodl is a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion awards. More on that soon!

Thank you for your continued support. If you know someone in retail who could benefit from Booodl, please direct them to the website.

www.Booodl.com

OrionVM & BluLogix Strengthen Channel Offering with Unique Technology Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO and LAS VEGAS, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/

OrionVM, an award-winning white-label wholesale Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, and BluLogix, a leading cloud services marketplace provider, today announced a technology partnership for the channel partner community at Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2016, taking placeMarch 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV. The one-of-a-kind union enables clients to quickly brand and launch high-performing public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions with the ability to easily package and bill those products.

This unique and symbiotic relationship represents the best of both worlds for users. Using these platforms, resellers can capitalize on OrionVM’s disruptive wholesale business model and next-gen hyperconverged architecture to resell cloud capacity (compute, storage and networking) significantly below AWS rates – all for no upfront cost and either pay-as-you-go or an annual contract. In addition, they can rely on BluLogix’s award-winning Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution for accurate service measuring, tracking, pricing and billing. The combination enables resellers to effectively maintain backend billing processes such as order to activation, invoicing and time to market—improving revenue assurance, cost reconciliation, predictive revenue and overall cash flow.

“BluLogix is proud to partner with OrionVM, a trusted and reputable wholesale IaaS provider,” said Tim Cook, CEO at BluLogix. “This partnership represents massive opportunity and profitability for the channel. Together, we look forward to transforming operations for resellers, enabling them to see higher profits and better compete in today’s dynamic market.”

“Solution providers are frustrated with the cost and operational barriers to building their own cloud,” said Sheng Yeo, OrionVM Co-Founder and CEO. “We understand those challenges and are excited about the business outcomes and market opportunity collaborating with BluLogix creates for solution providers. Our integrated services do the heavy lifting around the complicated task of managing and billing a scalable suite of premium cloud services. Now partners can focus on core competencies and value adds with the confidence they can deliver the competitive pricing and the enterprise-class performance their end-users demand.”

One company already taking advantage of the combined approach is CloudCo Partner, Inc., a leading U.S. based 3CX hosting partner and channel provider that empowers its partners to easily and profitably resell a variety of industry-best cloud services through a proprietary consolidated services portal.

“We have searched tirelessly and no other cloud vendor had the combination of features, support and a business model that fit our unique requirements – right out of the box. OrionVM and BluLogix provide us a complete solution that gives us the flexibility, performance and margins needed to efficiently launch our products and services and pass all that value along to our ecosystem of channel partners. This is going to allow our channel partners to grow their sales rapidly by removing the roadblocks of billing and infrastructure so they can in turn put more focus on their customer and revenue development,” said Mike Evanisko, CTO, CloudCo.

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Congratulations BioDiem, Making it into The Top 25 R&D Spin-Offs List

13th March 2016, Science Meets Business

For a country that makes up just 0.3% of the world’s population, Australia packs a heavyweight punch in science – generating 3.9% of the world’s research publications. However taking that research to market has proved a broader challenge.

Fostering the commercialisation of research success and encouraging collaboration between industry and researchers is at the forefront of the government’s renewed focus on scientific innovation, with over $1.1 billion earmarked to kickstart the “ideas boom” as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

“Collaboration is key to turning Australian ideas into viable and lucrative commercial products and services,” says Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, adding that high-tech knowhow plus innovative R&D will drive jobs and wealth in the future.

“We must capitalise on the opportunities that are presenting themselves in the economic transition taking place in Australia by being agile, innovative and creative,” Pyne says.

He notes a range of measures, including the $155 million Industry Growth Fund and the R&D Tax Incentive program, are supporting firms to innovate and drive investment into new high-growth industry sectors.

“Placing #4 on the list, with an innovation ratio of 0.22, we are very pleased with this - Australian companies that have successfully moved their R&D from lab to marketplace.” CEO, Julie Phillips

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Altech Chemicals Half Yearly Update; BFS Results, HPA Plant Update, Mandate with German Bank

15th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Review of Operations 

On 29 June 2015, the Company released the results of its Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for the development of a 4,000pa high purity alumina (HPA) manufacturing plant Tanjung Langsat, Johor, Malaysia. The financial and technical outcomes of the BFS were compelling, they included total estimated capital cost for the project of US$76.9 million, project net present value of US$32 6.1 million (10% discount rate), annual revenues at full production of US$92.0 and annual EBITDA at full production of US$59.4 million (refer ASX Announcement dated 29 June 2015 for complete details and key assumptions of the BFS).

During half-year ended 31 December 2015, the Company made important progress towards the proposed development of the HPA plant by significantly advancing its efforts to secure project finance. In December 2015, the Company announced the execution of an exclusive mandate with German KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH (KfW-IpEX), a wholly owned subsidiary of the German promotional bank KfW, to provide advisory and structuring services in relation to senior debt project financing.

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Altech Finalises Agreement for HPA Plant Site – Johor

15th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights

  • HPA plant site secured at the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor Malaysia
  • 30 year lease, with an option to extend for an additional 30 years
  • Johor, Malaysia affords significant operating cost and strategic advantages for the Company

Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX: ATC) is pleased to announce that it has finalised a lease agreement with Johor Corporation for a ~4Fa plot of land in the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor, Malaysia as the site for its proposed high purity alumina (HPA) plant. The Company has previously announced the reservation of the land (refer ASX announcement dated 20 September 2015), which is in a section of the industrial complex that is set aside for chemical facilities.

The agreement is a 30-year lease with an option to extend for an additional 30 years (standard terms for land in the industrial complex). The land has been secured with an initial deposit and interim payments will be made during 2016, with a final payment due at the end of 2016.

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People in Virtual Reality Are About to Look a Lot More Realistic

14th March 2016, Technology Review By Rachel Metz

Standing in a San Francisco office recently, I got coached on some boxing basics in a gym, checked out a model at a photo shoot, and watched a guy rapping out by Venice Beach. Yet while what they were doing was interesting, I couldn’t stop staring at their butts.

That’s because these people, all virtual-reality creations of a startup called 8i, looked quite realistic. And I was viewing them while wearing an HTC Vive headset set up in an open space large enough for me to rove around without bumping into anything. Thus, I had enough room to concentrate on the details I found most fascinating—and in this case it was, admittedly, the way the fabric of their clothes looked on their derrieres and legs.

8i’s goal is to capture humans with an array of cameras and show them in a way that’s as true to life as possible in virtual reality. Its CEO and cofounder, Linc Gasking, imagines a lot of uses for this—it could lead to virtual-reality films that let you view live-action character’s actions from different angles, and concerts where you can get up close and personal with your favorite musician. Or perhaps it would help make remote learning easier: you could walk around your yoga teacher to examine a move before trying it yourself.

These kinds of experiences would be different from the way you typically see live-action content in virtual reality today. As the viewer wearing the headset, you tend to be passive, sitting in the center of a sphere of captured video with which you can’t interact. But 8i is betting that new high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which give users some freedom of movement by including positional tracking, will create a market for ever-more-immersive experiences.

“What we’ve found is that there is really a race toward creating an incredibly realistic experience,” says Gasking.

The company starts crafting each so-called “volumetric” person for virtual reality by filming on a green stage surrounded by cameras (8i has one stage set up in Los Angeles with 40 high-definition cameras, and another in Wellington, New Zealand, with 20). After recording a video, like that of the boxing coach I saw, the company uses its software to stitch the footage together to show just the person—detailed, three-dimensional, and visible from the front, back, or sides. The results can also be placed in different settings, like a gym or a desert, which may be computer-generated, photorealistic, or some combination.

Right now, the results are a bit jarring. In the demos I saw, people’s faces looked fairly realistic but a little bit off (perhaps softer-looking than they should be), which created almost an “uncanny valley” effect. (Gasking says this is a result of the algorithm used to process the video in three dimensions, and he expects it will improve over time.) Yet I was drawn to the detail captured in their clothing. Looking at the tracksuit pants on the boxing coach and the dress on the model was mesmerizing; they looked very true to life (which makes sense, since they were initially recorded as videos).

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iCollege Research by DJ Carmichael

iCollege Limited (ACT-AU) – Vocational Training Provider with a difference

Summary Key Points:

ICT is a vocational education provider: ICT is a vocational education provider that offers courses which are delivered in a face to face and blended offline-online format. In order to expand its business ICT has acquired, or is in the process of acquiring, a number of small RTOs around Australia. ICT’s  RTOs offer 70 combined accredited and non-accredited courses across 22 different industries geographically spread across Australia.

ICT is delivering community programs in Queensland correctional facilities: ICT, through Celtic Training, has begun to deliver training programs at a correctional centre in central Queensland. The programs provide a pathway to employment for prisoners by teaching them basic maths and literacy skills from foundation level to certificate 3.

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Video Interview With Folkestone Education Trust CEO

Folkestone Education Trust (ASX:FET), Australia’s only listed trust dedicated to investing in early learning real estate, released its HY16 results stating that it is on track to deliver on its FY16 forecast projections.

To watch Chief Executive Officer, Nick Anagnostou discuss the HY16 results and FY16 strategy, please click here.

ABOUT FOLKESTONE 

Folkestone is an ASX listed (ASX code: FLK) real estate funds manager and developer. Folkestone pursues a diverse range of Australian real estate opportunities across investment types, capital structures and sectors. The Company has two real estate businesses:

  • funds management; and
  • on-balance sheet “direct” investments.

Leaf Resources Nominated as Finalist in World Bio Markets Bio Business Awards

14th Macrh 2016, ASX Announcement

Leaf Resources has been nominated as a finalist in the World Bio Markets Bio Markets ‘Breakthrough Bio-Based Technology Platform’ section of their Bio Business awards.

In its 11th year, World Bio Markets is the leading global gathering of the strategic decision makers driving growth and innovation throughout the bio-economy. 650 plus delegates from the world’s leading bio-economy companies are expected to be at World Bio Markets conference.

Leaf Resources has been nominated as one of three finalists in its section alongside Avantium and Whitefox Technologies. Both these companies represent exciting technologies, albeit in different fields and will be stiff competition for the award. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday 15th March in Amsterdam.

Details on the awards and nominations can be found by clicking here

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WYZA Ltd Interview on Magic Radio Network

WYZA is Australia’s fastest growing digital platform created specifically for people 50-plus. The company serves as a comprehensive resource – ‘a one-stop shop’ – delivering curated content, interactive services and social networks to Australia’s fastest-growing demographic online; people 50-plus.

With over 130,000 members and more than 1 million page views each month, WYZA is disrupting the $200 billion spending patterns of the powerful 50-plus demographic by connecting them directly with the products, services and information they want.

Please listen to Sandra Hook, Chair & Non-Executive Director, for more information below. 

Augusta Value Add Fund No. 1 Ltd Offer Closing Soon

Augusta Value Add Fund No. 1 Limited is a recently established New Zealand Closed End fund that will acquire a portfolio of five commercial and industrial properties, each located within key locations in New Zealand’s growth centre Auckland.

The properties currently provide a running cash yield, with each property in its own right providing an opportunity to add value given its characteristics.

The Fund’s objective is to deliver pre-tax internal rate of return of 11%-14% pa through acquiring, redeveloping or implementing  value-add strategies (such as re-leasing or re-zoning) and then selling down its portfolio of properties.

Offer Closes 23rd March 2016!

To find out more about this investment opportunity please click on the Receive Offer button below.

Offer Highlights

  • All 5 commercial or industrial properties are located in Auckland.
  • All  properties have income from existing tenants or rental underwrites.
  • All are independently valued, total NZ$112 million, acquisition price NZ$109 million.
  • NZX Listed Company Augusta Capital is taking a minimum 10% shareholding themselves.
  • The share issue is fully underwritten.
  • Maximum of 5 year term.
  • Structured as a portfolio investment entity.
  • The offer is open in Australia only to those who are either a “sophisticated investor” or “professional investor” under the corporations Act 2001 (6th) – No offer is being made outside Australia or New Zealand.

Investors get a quarterly distribution of income (projected to be 6% in the first financial year) plus share of any increase in value of the property when sold, giving total target return of 11% – 14% pre-tax.

If you wish to invest please click on the ‘Receive Offer’ button. The offer closes on the 23rd March 2016, but all documents need to be in the post to Chapman Tripp, PO Box 2206, Auckland or Courier level 38, ANZ Centre, 22 – 29 Alberts St, by 21st March to ensure processing can be done in time.

To register your interest in Augusta please click on the ‘Receive Offer’ button below.

Folkestone February Monthly Report; Fund Returned +8.60% & Outperformed Benchmark Return

Monthly Report – February 2016 

Over the 12 month period ended 29 February 2016, the Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund  returned +8.60% (after fees, before tax) outperforming the Benchmark return of +6.56% by +2.04%. Since inception (15 October 2005), the Fund has outperformed its Benchmark by +0.90% on an after fees, before tax basis.

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

Read more.

Real Estate Performance

A-REIT MONTHLY PERFORMANCE – FEBRUARY 2016

A-REITs generated a total return of +2.8% in February outperforming equities (-1.7%) and significantly outperforming for the year: +6.6% vs. -13.4%.

Read more.

PROPERTY COUNCIL/IPD AUSTRALIA PROPERTY INDEX – DECEMBER QUARTER 2015

Non-residential property delivered a total return of 14.0% for the year ending December 2015. Capital return of 6.8% was the highest annual growth since March 2008.

Read more.

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY PERFORMANCE – FEBRUARY 2016

House prices fell in two cities (Perth and Canberra) and apartment prices fell in five cities (Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Canberra and Brisbane) in the month of February.

Read more.

WYZA $1.2M pre IPO Capital Raise

WYZA.com.au, Australia’s fastest growing digital destination for people 50+ knows the importance of brands getting the message right for the 7.9 million Australian’s over fifty. In just 18 months WYZA has 130,000 subscribers and over 500,000 site visitors per month. WYZA has formed strategic partnerships with companies that want to reach the 50+ audience. Blackmores offer 25% off vitamins (a recent survey of WYZA database showed 45% wanted more information on bone health, joints or back issues and 38% felt vitamins, minerals and supplements were effective) WYZA enjoys a trailing commission on all vitamin sales.

Other strategic partners include Bridges Financial, Spring Financial, Vic Super and OnMarket Bookbuild. The recent WYZA survey showed that 60% of people over 50 were concerned about having enough money in retirement. Further, the poll indicated that more than a quarter of them (27%) intended to either see a financial planner in the next year and/or invest in shares or managed funds.

When WYZA subscribers were asked what they intended to do in the next year a lot of their decisions involved real estate. 11% said they intend to buy or sell their primary residence (49% of this group intended to downsize, 30% to maintain a similar sized home and 4% to upsize). Further, 5% said they would buy an investment property, 7% said they would move to the country or coastal town and 2% said they would move to a retirement village or home. This provides WYZA with revenue generation opportunities from the 2,200 properties featured in their retirement and aged care directory listing. First National Real Estate another strategic partner offers free appraisals which generate sales commissions to WYZA.

Launching on WYZA later in March 2016 will be a 20% off motor insurance through strategic partnership with Hollard. Other insurance offerings will be added as a result of 61% of the WYZA database stating one of their highest priorities in life was having insurance or an emergency fund.

To date, WYZA has successfully raised over $600,000 in seed investment and $1.2M in convertible notes. The pre IPO capital raise of $1.2M is to fund the IPO process and working capital to grow the database to circa 220,000 pre IPO and add strategic partners to offer our audience special deals on telecommunications & ISP (11% indicated they intend to change providers in next 12 months), likewise 10% of subscribers said they intend to change utilities provider.

A warning to brands: Ignore people 50+ at your peril! 

Our survey indicates that 87% of Australians 50+ think that businesses are not interested in them but with people 50+ spending $4 billion per week (and the fact that they have high net worth) they are Australia’s wealthiest demographic. The WYZA generation (50+)  will live longer than any other generation before them: they are keen to live life to the fullest, but  marketers too often depict ageing as a problem rather than an unprecedented opportunity. The WYZA survey was completed by over 8,000 subscribers in February and March 2016.

Major US Footwear Brand Adopts YPB Authentication Solution

11th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • YPB anti-counterfeit technology to protect a major US brand of casual footwear
  • Customer is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children
  • YPB providing its invisible tracer and scanner solution to the brand’s Chinese manufacturer

Anti-counterfeiting  technology company YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) has entered into a three year contract to provide its invisible supply chain authentication solution to a major  US casual footwear brand, incorporating the tracer technology into more than 70% of its entire production.

The brand is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children. Having sold in excess of 300 million pairs since 2002 in more 90 countries it now manufactures 4 million pairs monthly in China.

The brand chose YPB’s solution to protect its brand and customers against possible counterfeit as it sought an innovative covert solution that provided high security protection at a competitive cost.

To read the full announcement, please click here

 

Buy: A First to Market Service, Large Pipeline of Trial Customers and a High Margin Operating Platform at Scale

Aeeris Limited AER

Recommendation BUY

Price $0.13
Price Target $0.32
Market Capitalisation $7.1m
Shares on Issue 54.8m
PER - FY2017 23.1x|
Yield – FY2017 0.0%
NTA – FY2017 $0.05

Leader in Geospatial Asset Protection

AER is a leading Australian geospatial company that has developed innovative products for the workplace safety, asset and contractor management sectors. These products automate manual incumbent processes creating substantial cost savings and increased business continuity, they include:

Early Warning Network – Enterprise asset risk management software that increases business continuity and safety by providing targeted, relevant, location specific event intelligence – that customers leverage to make smarter decisions, reduce financial exposure, obtain cost savings and create new business opportunities.

Safe@Work – A cloud based mobile location software solution with smart technology functionality that automates employee and contractor management services.

View360 – Geospatial imagery platform developed by customer demand for the government and insurance industry.

Strong Growth Outlook

AER has continued its strong growth from 1Q FY16 with 25% growth in cash receipts to $0.4m for 2Q FY16, off a low base. Veritas Securities forecasts FY16 Revenue to increase by 87.9% to $1.8m, driven by:

  • An improved corporate structure, new products, increasing scope and complexity of existing customer contracts and the benefits being realised from the enterprise pricing restructure.
  • Improved brand awareness around revenue and cost efficiencies of the products.

We expect further growth in FY17 and a move to profitability with Revenue growth of 92.2% to $3.5m and an EBITDA of $0.3m.

We view these forecasts as conservative, with the leverage from the technology platform increasing significantly on a growing customer base. Revenue is high margin at scale, with both procurement and setup costs recovered and a recurring subscription revenue model.

Valuation and Recommendation

We initiate coverage with a BUY recommendation and a price target of $0.32 per share, based on:

Leading market position – First to market opportunity and the rapid acquisition of major blue chip customers has validated the benefits of the products.

Growth – A large pipeline of corporate prospects to underpin growth and Cash Flow breakeven in CY2016.

Valuation – Trading at a 146% discount to our valuation of $0.32 per share.

Please download the full report below.

Watch Martin Aircraft MD & CEO, Peter Coker, Presenting at the Emerging Company Showcase

Please watch Peter Coker, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Aircraft Company below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below.

ABOUT MARTIN AIRCRAFT COMPANY LTD Martin Aircraft Company has developed the world’s first practical and commercial Jetpack. Powered by a V4 200hp engine driving two ducted fans, it has been flown to over 3,000 feet and can travel at up to 74km/h. MJP listed on the ASX in February 2015, after raising $27m and now has a market cap of $200m. The company has recently announced that the latest model of its Prototype 12 (P12) aircraft (P12.3) has achieved New Zealand CAA approval for manned flight. The company has also signed a MoU with Dubai Civil Defence and launched the “Iron Man” clubs for China.

Watch Nev House Founder, Nev Hyman, Presenting at the Emerging Company Showcase

Please watch Nev Hyman, Founder of Nev House below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below.

ABOUT NEV HOUSE PTY LTD

Nevhouse is a philanthrocapitalist organisation that produces architect-designed affordable homes, schools, medical clinics and other structures from recycled plastic and other waste products. Each structure can be assembled in less than a week by a small team of local people, can withstand a Category 5 cyclone and works either on or off the power grid.

The size of the ‘affordable housing market globally is 250 million homes and McKinsey Global Institute estimates demand will be USD12 Trillion by 2025.

Watch Crowd Mobile CEO, Domenic Carosa, Presenting at the Emerging Company Showcase

Please watch Domenic Carosa, CEO of Crowd Mobile below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below.

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.

Watch WYZA Chair & Non-Exec Director, Sandra Hook, Presenting at the Emerging Company Showcase

Please watch Sandra Hook, Chairn & Non-Executive Director of WYZA below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below.

ABOUT WYZA

WYZA is Australia’s fastest growing digital platform created specifically for people 50-plus. The company serves as a comprehensive resource – ‘a one-stop shop’ – delivering curated content, interactive services and social networks to Australia’s fastest-growing demographic online; people 50-plus.

With over 130,000 members and more than 1 million page views each month, WYZA is disrupting the $200 billion spending patterns of the powerful 50-plus demographic by connecting them directly with the products, services and information they want.

Watch 4Dx Executive Chairman, Andreas Fouras, Presenting at the Life Science and Healthcare Showcase

Please watch Andreas Fouras, Executive Chairman of 4Dx below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below.

 ABOUT 4DX PTY LTD

4Dx brings a technological solution set to disrupt this multi-billion dollar sector through compelling unique competitive advantages over existing respiratory diagnostics. The respiratory diagnostic sector represents a global market of over $25B perannum. Currently served by out of date technology, 4Dx has enormous scope for financial success as well as life changing advancement for medicine.

Offering more detailed information, faster validation of treatment efficacy, lower costs, and reduced radiation dosage, 4Dx allows for earlier detection of disease and earlier intervention.The ability to identify lung issues earlier is creating a critical shift in the practice model from cure to prevention.

Modifications to Collaboration Arrangements with Universal Biosensors and Siemens

9th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Universal Biosensors (ASX: UBI) announced today that it has agreed amendments to its agreements with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. The parties have agreed to shift the focus of their joint product development activities, provide  prepayment of milestones to UBI and improved strip pricing to support Siemes’ entry into the point-of-care PT-INR testing market.

Under the Collaboration Agreement which commenced in September 2011, Universal Biosensors is developing three coagulation strips and associated reader products in collaboration with, and exclusively for, Siemens. In turn, Siemens contributes to the cost of development through a series of milestone payments. To date, UBI has been paid a total of US$8 million for five of the seven milestones under the Collaboration Agreement.

Siemens and UBI have agreed to cease development work on one of the two remaining strip products in order to focus resources on an alternative product that offers the potential for greater return on investment to both companies.

To read the full announcement, please click here.

Watch ThinCats CEO, Sunil Aranha, Presenting at the Emerging Company Showcase

Please watch Sunil Aranha, CEO of ThinCats Australia below presenting at the Wholesale Investor Emerging Company Showcase February 2016 below, for a refresher on how they operate, their unique investor proposition and update on their progress.

About ThinCats Australia 

ThinCats Australia is Australia’s first peer-to-business lending (P2B) platform for secured business loans to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Our platform links wholesale investors willing to lend fractionally to corporate borrowers through an online marketplace for loans.

This is a unique opportunity for wholesale investors to access a “new” diversified fixed income asset class (previously only available to banks) with gross returns (interest rates on loans) between 12% to 16% p.a. and monthly repayments of principal and interest over the loan term.

 

APN Update; Commercial vs Residential Property & A Day in the Life of an Investment Analyst

APN are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 edition of Rooftop, APN’s investor magazine.

Rooftop magazine aims to keep you informed with news and views on the commercial real estate market as well as specific APN updates.

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In this edition

  • Thinking outside the box
    Commercial vs Residential Property
  • A day in the life of an Investment Analyst
  • Market outlook
    Commercial property set for another positive year
  • Asia
    Rising growth and urbanisation presents a golden opportunity
  • APN AREIT Fund
    Timeline of world events

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Crowd Mobile to Launch First Financial Services Q&A App

8th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Crowd Mobile partners with leading investment management firm Peak Asset Management to launch a financial services Questions & Answer (Q&A) app using its Crowd Experts platform
  • This is the first financial advice app in Australia to connect consumers with an expert
  • The app will allow users to ask questions and obtain general investment advice from experts at Peak Asset Management for a small fee
  • The Australian financial planning and advice industry is worth $5bn a year according to IBISWorld
  • The financial services app marks Crowd Mobile’s first expansion into the professional services, as the Company looks to increase its income by diversifying its revenue base

Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 & FWB-XETRA: CM3, Crowd Mobile, “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent with leading Melbourne-based investment management firm Peak Asset Management (Peak), to launch a financial services Q&A app in April 2016.

The app will enable users to ask personal financial questions and seek general investment advice from experts at Peak for a small fee. It is anticipated that users will pay $9.99 to ask a question. Crowd Mobile will keep 25% of the revenue generated from the app while Peak will be paid the balance.

To read the full announcement, please click here.  

Lung Imaging Medtech Start-Up 4DX Aims to be the Next Cochlear After Raising

7th March 2016, AFR By Yolanda Redrup

A Monash University mechanical engineering professor has kicked off a $4 million capital raising round for the commercialisation of lung imaging technology, which can enable earlier detection of lung cancer.

Dr Andreas Fouras abandoned his academic career to turn one of his discoveries into a business, 4DX, selling his house and moving his family to Los Angeles to “give it a go”.

While it was a risky move, so far it’s paying off, with 4DX securing a partnership with major LA hospital Cedars Sinai, attracting the interest of many others (including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic) and raising more than $3.2 million to date in funding from high net worth individuals.

The current capital raising round will bring its total funding to $7.2 million and in just a few weeks it has already secured $700,000 of the round.

Dr Fouras said the company would remain headquartered in Australia, but that tackling the US market was critical to its success.

“Every year in Australia there are 1.1 million diagnostic procedures to diagnose lung disease, but in the US there are 72.6 million procedures every year,” he said.

“The tools that are out there are out of date. They require the two or three pieces of diagnostic information to piece together what is happening in someone’s lungs.”

Improved Technology 

Whereas current lung imaging techniques tend to give an overall picture of the amount of air a lung is taking in, 4DX’s technology highlights if there are parts of the lungs which are receiving less air, helping in the early diagnoses of lung diseases and more effective treatment.

A specialist in wind tunnel imaging, Dr Fouras realised his expertise could be used to fix problems in the health industry.

“I am basically applying wind tunnel technology into imaging the lungs and combining that with some existing medical technology … in the end both are measuring how the air flows through and around something,” he said.

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YPB Signs Another Government Contract in China

7th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Key points:

  • YPB’s anti-counterfeit technology has been selected to protect security passes for the People’s Procuratorate  of Beijing Municipality
  • YPB technology now is able to be used in the standard laminate of any Credit/ID or access card to provide invisible protection

Anti-counterfeiting technology company YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) is pleased to announce that it’s anti-counterfeit technology solutions have again been chosen to be applied to Government security passes, in this instance those used by officers of the Peoples Procuratorate of Beijing Municipality, within the actual laminate of the card. YPB technology has been chosen by Beijing Sandun Card Technology Co. Limited who is the prime contractor for this project.

The details of the anti-counterfeit measures supplied by YPB remain strictly confidential, however Beijing Sandun Card Technology Co. Limited is an enterprise under the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security, supplying card equipment, R & D, manufacturing and security card production to Government applications.

To read the full announcement, please click here

ThinCats Business Update and New Loans

ThinCats are pleased to inform you that they have been making great progress with growth across all metrics in business. Membership, both registered and actively participating lenders has grown to well over 300 HNW and wholesale investors (lending via various structures including SMSF’s). Recent marketing and sales activity including a number of presentations to alliance partners and directly to investors has resulted in a daily upward movement in membership numbers, which is a fantastic result after just over 12 months of operation and ThinCats thank you for your support.

ThinCats are very close to receiving substantial equity and lending funds from our JV partners ThinCats UK/ESF Capital (the Alternative Finance fund that controls a majority stake of 74.3% in ThinCats UK). This support will enable them to grow their team, increase market presence and invest in technologies that will improve service to both lenders and borrowers. So ThinCats can now, with confidence support the huge demand from bankable SME’s for growth finance they are unable to get from the banks.

In the last 12 months ThinCats have funded over $2.2m in 17 loans with an average return to lenders of around 14% p.a. with no defaults to date.

In the next 12 months ThinCats are targeting $20m in loans and $100m in the year beyond. And the momentum with loan listing will continue in the coming months as it ramps up. They expect to list between 3-5 loans per month over the next quarter and then increase to 8-10 loans in the months after. It is important to note that this largely “unserviced” market of growing SME borrowers is larger than $10b p.a. so there’s significant growth potential.

If you are already a participating lender please look out for the email announcing a new loan listing (loan for $300k, P&I over 36 months, paying 13% p.a.).

If not, this is a great time for you to complete your membership registration visiting www.thincats.com.au and to become an active lender. Feel free to call them if you require any clarification. 

As always it’s about return and risk diversification and with the minimum bid amount of $1k per loan you have the opportunity to really diversify your portfolio within a unique Fixed Income Asset Class.

ThinCats look forward to welcoming you as an active member of ThinCats, Australia’s first Peer to Business lending platform and encourage you to communicate this unique opportunity to your network of both SME borrowers and HNW investors.

Proteomics PromarkerD Update

7th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Follow up, validation study on 500 patient cohort underway – results to be announced in due course.
  • Company is instigating its own development program to produce a standard clinical pathology In vitro Diagnostic (IVD) test kit for PromarkerD.
  • PILL to present to key bio-analytical sector decision markers at invitation only events in the USA this week.

Life sciences company Proteomics International Laboratories Ltd (ASX: PIQ) (the Company, PILL) is pleased to provide the following market update on PromarkerD, the world’s first proteomics-derived predictive (prognostic) test for the diagnosis of Diabetic Kidney Disease.

Partnering and Licensing Progress 

PILL remains in ongoing discussions with a number of diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies in global markets, including USA, Europe, Japan and Latin America, for the commercialisation of PromarkerD. As part of this process, PILL has been in discussion with a major global health care company (potential partner) for a period of 11 months in relation to the partnering and licencing of PromarkerD. These discussions continue to progress in a positive manner.

To view the full announcement, please click here

Newzulu Signs Agreement with Crowd Mobile

4th March 2016, ASX Announcement

Highlights:

  • Newzulu will integrate the Crowd Experts Question & Answer (Q&A) service powered by Crowd Mobile (ASX:CM8) into its current Newzulu news App for iOS and Android.
  • The agreement will enable Newzulu to develop a new revenue stream from its large community of freelance journalists via the Newzulu App and partner apps downloaded over 8.5 million times.
  • Crowd Mobile platform will enable Newzulu users to ask experts questions on news and current affairs through the app for a small fee to obtain personalized answers.

Newzulu Limited (ASX: NWZ, OTCQX: NWZLY, Newzulu, Company), the world’s leading crowd-sourced media company, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 & FWB-XERTRA: CM3) to integrate its Crowd Experts Q&A technology into Newzulu’s mobile applications. The agreement establishes a collaboration by Newzulu and Crowd Mobile to offer consumers a platform where they can ask questions related to news events or current affairs. The questions will be answered near real-time by Newzulu’s global community of freelance journalists and news subject matter experts, on a fee per question basis, with Newzulu and Crowd Mobile shariong users.

To view the full announcement, please click here

Jens Michel Promoted to CEO & Gerard Eakin Appointed to YPB Board

3rd March 2016, ASX Announcement

Jens Michel Promoted to CEO at YPB

The Board of YPB Group Limited (ASX: YPB) is pleased to announce the appointment by promotion of  Mr Jens Michel as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. YPB’s founder MR John Houston will remain fully committed to the company as Executive Chairman, actively involved in the strategic growth of YPB, building the company’s investor base, and working alongside Mr Michel in the CEO role.

Mr Michel was appointed as Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) in September 2015 and has demonstrated his abilities to all stakeholders, overseeing a time of rapid geographical and business growth, establishing YPB for a bright and strong future.

Mr Michel has extensive experience across Asia, Australia, NZ and Europe. Prior to joining he served as Pan-ASEAN Regional Vice President for a US$1.7 billion revenue multinational medical technology company and Country Head for a CHF5 billion revenue market expansion services business.

To read the full announcement, please click here

Funds Management Professional Gerard Eakin Appointed to YPB Board

Mr. Eakin brings significant capital markets experience as a fund manager with Manifest Capital & formally Rothschild Australia Asset Management.

The Board of YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Gerard Eakin to the Board of the company.

Mr Eakin has had a 30 year-plus career in Australian equities in both portfolio management and equity research. His focus has been on identifying and supporting young companies with superior potential. He is the founder of Manifest Capital Management and manages Australian equity portfolios for a select group of high net worth investors. Prior roles included Head of Australian Equities at Rothschild Australia Asset Management managing funds of approximately $3b and Head of Smaller Companies Research at JP Morgan/Ord Minnett and Merrill Lynch.

To read the full announcement, please click here.  

 

Crowd Mobile CEO, Domenic Carosa, Interview on CommSec

3rd March 2016, YouTube

CommSec’s Tom Piotrowski speaks with Crowd Mobile (CM8) CEO, Domenic Carosa about the company’s half year results and recently signed deals to launch in Brazil and Columbia.

To watch the video, please click 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.

Invitations to Folkestone Real Estate Outlook Sydney & Melbourne

Folkestone is pleased to invite you to its bi-annual investment forum on the outlook for Australian residential and non-residential real estate sectors and the listed A-REIT market. The forum will draw on Folkestone’s leading industry knowledge and experience in managing listed and unlisted real estate funds to provide insights on the opportunities and risks in the year ahead.

As well as an update on the market, we will also examine the impact of digital disruption on real estate. Digital disruption is all-pervasive, with technology integrated into our everyday lives. Not surprisingly, technological advances are rapidly disrupting the conventional ways that people live, work and shop.The ramifications for our cities and the real estate sector are enormous.

Melbourne 9th March Speakers:

Greg Paramor AO, Managing Director, Folkestone
Topic:  2016 Real Estate Outlook – Navigating the Markets

Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management, Folkestone
Topic:  Digital Disruption – The Impact on Real Estate

Date:
Wednesday 9 March 2016

Time:
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Light refreshments will be served

Venue:
Auditorium Level 1, 452 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

RSVP:
Thursday 3 March 2016

Sydney 15th March Speakers:   

Greg Paramor AO, Managing Director, Folkestone
Topic:  2016 Real Estate Outlook – Navigating the Markets

Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management, Folkestone
Topic:  Digital Disruption – The Impact on Real Estate

Date:
Tuesday 15 March 2016

Time:
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Light refreshments will be served

Venue:
Clayton Utz – Level 14 Boardroom, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney

RSVP:
Thursday 10 March 2016

To RSVP please email: office@folkestone.com.au

Edison Investment Research Initiates Coverage on Prescient Therapeutics

3rd March 2016, ASX Announcement

Edision Investment Research Limited has initiated coverage of clinical stage oncology company Prescient Therapeutics Limited (ASX: PTX).

The full report can be found under the Media/Press & Research Reports tab on the Company’s website www.prescienttherapeutics.com or found on Edison Investment Limited’s website at www.edisoninvestmentresearch.com by clicking to the Research tab, selecting Sector Reports and under the sector Health Care.

To read the full announcement, please click here

Martin Jetpacks May Soon Fight High-Rise Fires, Ditch Microlight Tag

3rd March 2016, Stuff By Tim Fulton

Christchurch-made Martin Jetpacks could soon save people from burning skyscrapers in China and Dubai if global sales take off. The company already has an agreement with Dubai Civil Defence for the sale of up to 20 Jetpacks and two training simulators. It is hoping to win more customers who see the Jetpack’s potential for use in urban emergencies such as fighting fires in high-rise buildings. In the past year it has also signed agreements with three Chinese companies for 100 Jetpacks and 20 simulators. Martin Jetpack has stopped calling its machines microlights to help it reach a wider market. The company’s latest half-year report to the end of December, which reported a loss of $4.6 million, said Jetpack sales would be extremely limited without the re-definition. Chief executive Peter Coker said the company originally wanted to class the Jetpack as a microlight to encourage sales to users who could operate the aircraft with minimal training. However, they had since realised the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and regulators would not allow general commercial use of microlights. As a result the company decided to define its product as experimental, restricted and certified.

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4Dx Featured on SBS World News

3rd March 2016, SBS News

Andreas Fouras, Executive Chairman of 4Dx, provided insight into 4Dx’s potential for the life changing advancement of lung diagnostics and the huge opportunity for the commercialisation and export of IP from Australia’s leading universities. Andreas is supported by commentary from; Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost from Monash University and Associate Professor Louis Irving, the Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

To watch the video, please click here

Recording of Crowd Mobile Investor Webinar and Teleconference Available

3rd March 2016, ASX Announcement

Crowd Mobile Limited (ASX: CM8 & FWB-XETRA: CM3) (Crowd Mobile or the Company) advises that a recording of the investor webinar and teleconference briefing held on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 12.30pm (AEDT) regarding Crowd Mobile’s FY16 first half financial results has been made available on the Company’s website.

The recording can be accessed at:

crowdmobile.com.au/media-news

To view the full announcement, please click here

Catcha Group March Update; iProperty Acquisition Complete & IFLIX Plans International Expansion

The past month marks a significant milestone in Catcha Group’s history. With REA’s acquisition of iProperty now complete, Catcha Group reflects on the company’s journey as a proud and nostalgic parent. With the “first child” having now left the Catcha nest, they are hugely excited about upcoming developments, as our their companies continue to grow rapidly and cement their market leadership throughout the region.

iProperty’s story validates Southeast Asia’s high growth markets and demonstrates that truly great companies are being built here. Join them at Wild Digital in June and meet the region’s preeminent entrepreneurs and investors, as they explore the opportunities and trends shaping the industry.

PATRICK GROVE: MIXED FEELINGS ON $751M iPROPERTY SALE TO REA

The Australian
SYDNEY: Digital entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “corporate troublemaker” Patrick Grove admits to mixed feelings about agreeing to sell his stake in his iProperty Group to News Corp’s REA Group
Read more

IFLIX PLANS MASSIVE EXPANSION ONLINE

New Straits Times
IFLIX, an Internet television (TV) service provider in Southeast Asia, plans a massive expansion this year in emerging markets across three regions spanning Asia, Africa to Eastern Europe.
Read more

Universal Biosensors Appoints David Hoey as Non-Executive Director

2nd March 2016, ASX Announcement

Universal Biosensors, Inc. (ASX: UBI) today announced the appointment of Mr. David Hoey as an independent non-executive director to the Board of Universal Biosensors (UBI). This appointment forms part of the board renewal process which has occurred over recent years.

Mr. Hoey has more than 25 years’ experience in technology financing and commercialization. David is a US-based director and his primary expertise is in business development, strategic planning, market development, corporate partnering and financings for medical technologies, diagnostics and drug development.

David is currently the chief executive officer and a director of Vaxxas Pty Ltd, a Brisbane-based company that is developing and commercializing a novel vaccine delivery technology – the Nanopatch™.

To read the full announcement, please click here

Prescient Featured on Bloomberg’s – The Redchip Money Report

2nd March 2016, ASX Announcement

The new CEO of clinical-stage oncology company Prescient Therapeutics Ltd (ASX: PTX), Steven Yatomi-Clarke, will appear on Bloomberg Network’s The Red Chip Money Report later this week. Mr Yatomi-Clarke’s interview with host Dave Gentry will air on Sunday, March 6, at 3.30 p.m. HKT on Bloomberg Asia, and 5.30 p.m. AET on Bloomberg Australia.

The interview segment can be previewed online www.redchip.com/media/1405/prescient-therapeutics-novel-treatments-for-a-range-of-cancers

To view the full announcement, please click here

Martin Aircraft Company March Newsletter; Further Investment Confirmed & New Test Facility

1st March 2016, ASX Announcement

Welcome to our March 2016 newsletter. in this newsletter we announce KuangChi Science Limited pre-agreed further investment, a brief overview of out Interim Financial Statements for the Half Year ended 31 December 2015 and Investor Relations information for our current and potential investors. For those of you interested in the technical side of our operations, we provide some information on our exciting new temporary test facility and our production roadmap. We’ll also be looking at the upcoming events in which Martin Jetpack will be participating.  

$23.7 Million for Jetpack Commercialisation 

Martin Aircraft Company Limited (Martin Aircraft) (ASX: MJP) is delighted to announce that, in accordance  with the arrangements agreed at the time of Martin Aircraft Company’s IPO in terms of which Martin Aircraft agreed  a further funding agreement with KuangChi Science Limited (KCS) in the form of a convertible bond, KCS has now subscribed for the convertible bond and has also exercised its option to sell its interest in the Company’s existing Hong Kong joint venture. This provides Martin Aircraft with net proceeds of NZ$23.7 million, which it will use to continue the commercialisation of the Martin Jetpack. KCS has also provided Martin Aircraft with notice that in accordance with the terms of the Investment Agreement it wishes to immediately convert the convertible bond into fully paid ordinary shares in the Martin Aircraft Company. As a result of the current transactions, KSC increases its holding in Martin Aircraft to 52.0%

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