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Take the money or risk a bullet, says Murray Goulburn chair John Spark


If the deal is approved, the MG corporate entity will retain $195 million to fund any adverse litigation outcomes. This will be overseen by a board of five who will oversee the wind up of the company once legal matters are settled and any remaining funds distributed to investors.

Letting go of the other directors will reduce board fees to just $478,500.

“This is a reduction of approximately 71 per cent from the total fees currently paid,” the company explains in the memorandum.

That is some solace for poor investors, and the dairy farmers who currently control of the operation.

Soft sell

Aconex founders Leigh Jasper and Rob Phillpot will walk away with a $190 million cash pay day after investors welcomed the $1.56 billion bid from US software giant, Oracle Corp.

Aconex founders Rob Phillpot, left, and Leigh Jasper.

Aconex founders Rob Phillpot, left, and Leigh Jasper.

Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Not bad for a company that was started over games of squash and listed in 2014 at $2.20 a share.

And boy did that Oracle offer hurt a lot of short sellers who were betting that the cloud-based construction management service was another tech dud.

Investors – including Australia’s billionaire tech ‘rock star’ – Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes – will now exit at $7.80 a share.

Not that he needs the money, of course. He’s made a motza in bitcoin and Atlassian hasn’t done too badly either.

Chemical reaction

There is still no love lost between the brawling board members of The Hydroponics Company (THC).
The former chairman, Alan Beasley, gets to take his beef directly investors on Thursday after calling the meeting to dump the rest of the board, save for major shareholder Steven Xu.

CBD was puzzled to see that THC has not seen fit to release Beasley’s ASX announcement that Xu, and other major investors accounting for more than one-third of the share register, are backing his purge.

Investors were left, instead, to focus on the abrupt departure of THC’s chief commercial officer Debbie Ormsby.

And CBD could not help but notice that the stock has dropped 10 per cent this week.
It should make for an interesting shareholder meeting.

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Colin Kruger

Colin Kruger is a business reporter. He joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 1999 as its technology editor. Other roles have included the Herald’s deputy business editor and online business editor.

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