Friday, 25 May 2012

Where to tasmania?

Two months ago the problems facing the State Government were outlined with a detailed examination of cash inflows and outflows in the General Government Sector over a 9 year period including the then Forward Estimates: State of the State: What your mother didn’t tell you, graph by graph.

This note proposes to update the information as a result of last week’s Budget, to see what effects if any may ensue.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Wilful blindness and the new forest industry

Just what is happening with Gunns?

On 15th May 2012 it requested ASX extend its listing suspension pending recapitalisation which it anticipated might take an indefinite period.

Gunns advised that

·        The Victorian Heyfield timber mill sale agreement was finally executed. The enterprise value was reported at $28 million.

·        The sale will end native forest operations for Gunns in Victoria following similar moves in WA and announced intentions in Tasmania.

·        The sale of Green Triangle assets was proceeding (as it has for the last 12 months)

·        Indicative offers had been received for the mainland plantation assets (in other words the Great Southern MIS management rights) and the Portland woodchip facility and a structured sale process had commenced.

·        Mr L’Estrange had his term extended until 31st December 2012.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Feathering nests or furthering tassie....?

Not everyone it seems is fully aware of the scale of funds flowing into Federal Hotel’s coffers each year from gambling. It’s all publicly available information, from the Tasmanian Gaming Commission Reports and ASIC returns lodged by Federal Hotels’ parent company Mulawa Holdings Pty Limited.

For the year 2010/11, player losses for table gambling, keno and poker machines (EGMs), the 3 leisure pursuits covered by FH’s monopoly license started to flatten out a wee bit, $256.9 million compared with $253.2 million in the previous year. Pubs and clubs (excluding those owned by FH) ended up with $16.3 million (6%) from commissions net of EGM machine hire and promotion fees, the Government $59.5 million (23%) in taxes and license fees whilst the balance of $181.1 million (70%) landed in FH’s lap.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Forestry Tasmania's shrinking estate

Forestry Tasmania is not as bad as Geoff Law suggests in a recent posting Forestry Tasmania: A compelling case for reform: HERE.

It’s far worse.

The sale of Taswood Growers’ 46,000 hectare softwood plantation estate of which FT was a 50% joint venture (JV) partner was just another indecent hasty grab for cash, much like the TOTE sale.

Whilst we still own the land we will get no rental return for the next 57 years.