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ANZ 5: credit quality improves

For all the flap earlier this month over ANZ's exposure never confirmed in any detail to the barely solvent El Paso energy combine of Texas, it looks like the bank has its wholesale loans in hand. read more

Alliance Finance to miss prospectus profit

Perth-based finance company Alliance Finance will miss its prospectus forecast, with the company disclosing on Friday that net profit would be between $500,000 and $700,000 less than the $2.52 million promoted ahead of Alliance's ASX listing in June 2002. read more

Margins fall on NZ credit cards

There's mixed news for banks in New Zealand from their credit card business, with a recovery in spending in January, but with card holders paying down their outstanding balance. And the benefits of the increased cards spending are unequally shared, with most of the growth in spending made with cards issued outside New Zealand (and presumably an indicator of spending connected to the America's Cup regatta). read more

Radian takes control of Royal & Sun Mortgage Insurance

The business of underwriting home loan risk in Australia will become a purely US insurance company affair, with Radian Group reported to be on the verge of taking control of Royal & Sun Alliance Lenders Mortgage Insurance. The AFR puts the price at around $280 million, which is a narrow premium to the company's reported 2001 net assets of $270 million, but presumably at a discount to the so (so far undisclosed) profit for RSALMI in 2002. read more

ERG secures Sydney contract

ERG found the resources to pay the performance bond on Sydney's integrated ticketing system, and at last has a contract with the NSW Department of Transport. read more

ERG's MASSive mystery

The technology the ERG will implement in Sydney will be a derivative of that first used by the company as part of the consortium that introduced smart card based tickets to Hong Kong's public transport network in the early to mid 1990s, and subsequently adapted for smart card based integrated ticketing systems over the last three years in cities such as Rome, San Francisco and Singapore. read more

Share shuffle set for April

Shaun Duffy, ERG's investor relations manager, said the documentation for the planned capital restructure was still subject to legal and accounting review. Owners of ERG convertible notes will vote on the plan in late March, and shareholders in early to mid April. read more

Sub prime investments drive Record profit

Record Investment, the specialised lease financiers, fund manager and investor in sub prime and distressed debt is starting to find its feet. In the six months to December 2002: read more

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