Mergers & Acquisitions

Airtasker buys Oneflare for $9.8 million – a quarter of its former valuation

- May 4, 2022 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed gig economy marketplace Airtasker is acquiring services platform Oneflare for $9.8 million. The company (ASX:ART) will help pay for the acquisition by raising $6.25 million via an underwritten placement of approximately 14.5 million new fully paid ordinary shares at $0.43 cents. Airtasker shares have been placed in a trading halt at $0.51 cents. Oneflare… Read more »


Mike Cannon-Brookes launches campaign against AGL’s demerger after Grok Ventures buys 11.3% of the energy giant

- May 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has wasted no time in becoming an activist shareholder after taking an 11.3% stake in energy giant AGL. The billionaire launched a campaign with the slogan “Keep it together” to oppose AGL’s plans for a demerger, creating two separate ASX-listed companies, just hours after news emerged that he’d become AGL’s largest… Read more »

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Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes makes $650 million play for substantial stake in AGL

- May 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has picked up his pen once again, looking to take a minority stake in ASX-listed AGL Energy through his family investment firm Grok Ventures. In an announcement via JP Morgan’s equities desk after the market closed on Monday, the broker said Grok Ventures and its affiliates are looking to acquire a combined… Read more »


Online broker Stake joins crypto trading race

- March 14, 2022 2 MIN READ

Digital broker Stake is joining competitors such as Superhero and the Commonwealth Bank to offer cryptocurrency investing on its platform. The move to embrace crypto follows research commissioned by the platform last year that revealed crypto was second only to stocks in the portfolio for Australian investors under 40. Last November, CBA announced plans to… Read more »


The small detail in Zip’s results that spell out the longer term challenge for BNPLs

- March 1, 2022 3 MIN READ

Zip shares fell 7.7% following resumption of trade on Tuesday after the company announced a $491 million all-scrip takeover of US BNPL Sezzle. The merger, offering a 31.7% premium on Sezzle shares based on the 30-day volume weighted average price, is another sign of an expected consolidation of the crowded BNPL market following Square’s takeover… Read more »


Shares in mining tech spinoff Orexplore Technologies tank on ASX debut

- January 21, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

A mining tech venture spun out of an ASX-listed mining services company has tanked on debut, falling 46%. Perth-based Orexplore Technologies (ASX:OXT) demerged from parent company Swick Mining Services (ASX:SWK) and made its debut today having raised $2.44 million at $0.25 per share. Orexplore shares closed at $0.135, down 46% amid a general hammering for small… Read more »

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Payday lending fintech Beforepay tanks on debut

- January 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

Payday lending fintech Beforepay had the $35 million value of its IPO wiped away on debut on the ASX today, with the company’s share price plunging 44% in its first day of trade. Making an early bid for 2022’s worst opening day – the drop saw Beforepay (ASX: B4P) float at $3.41 per share, but… Read more »

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Peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne is selling to ASX-listed MoneyMe in $132 million deal

- December 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

ASX-listed fintech MoneyMe is hoping to acquire one of the country’s original fintechs, SocietyOne in a deal worth $132 million. Surprisingly, the merger does not deliver an immediate exit for several key backers of the peer-to-peer personal lending marketplace over the last decade. Leading media companies including News Corp, Seven West Media, and Consolidated Press… Read more »