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In the latest Eco Investor magazine

October 2014 edition

Core Securities
Ingenia Grows Lifestyle Parks Portfolio
The news that the listed Ingenia Communities Group is withdrawing its takeover proposal for the Aspen Parks Property Fund is disappointing news for investors who prefer their investments to be listed, but on the bright side the proposal has drawn attention to the environmentally positive growth plans of this little known listed accommodation and holiday parks company...

Pre-Dividend Securities
Profit Increase for Endless Solar
Evacuated tubes solar hot water company Endless Solar made a net profit of $433,000 for the year to 30 June, up from $71,000 in 2012-13. Earnings per share were 1.12 cents, up from 0.22 cents. Revenue rose 38 per cent to $1,355,000, of which sale of goods was $785,000, up from $511,000...

Pre-Profit Securities
Another Prawn Farm on Commodity Group’s Barby
Commodities Group has purchased the prawn farming business of Queensland aquaculture company Coral Sea Farms Australia Pty Ltd through its aquaculture subsidiary, Seafarms Group Ltd. The acquisition will increase Commodity Group’s annual production capacity by 25 per cent, and mean that Seafarms will represent over 30 per cent of Australian production. Read More

Commercialization Timeline for Leaf Resources
Leaf Energy has completed its name change to Leaf Resources, and issued a timeline for the commercialization of its Glycell technology for converting waste biomass to green chemicals and products.

Pre-Revenue Securities
Hot Rock Completes OCTIEF Acquisition
Hot Rock has completed the acquisition of OCTIEF Pty Ltd, giving the company a new and profitable focus as an environmental services company. The initial consideration to the vendors was the issue of 320,754,355 shares, which is 50 per cent of the total maximum consideration. Hot Rock will issue more shares on satisfaction of identified milestones.

Eco Securities Data
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders. It also includes the quarterly Cash Positions of Speculative Environmental Stocks...

Unlisted Companies
Top Five Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms
Solarplaza and the upcoming Renewable Energy Crowd Funding Conference in London have published a list of the top five renewable energy crowdfunding platforms in the world based on the money they have raised so far. Read More

Industry Focus
Secretary of State Supports Sustainable Food
The sustainable seafood sector has been receiving strong support from what for some may be an unexpectedly high power quarter - US Secretary of State and former US presidential candidate, John Kerry. On numerous occasions between helping to solve the world’s most pressing political and military issues, Mr Kerry has found time to lend his support and increase awareness about protecting the oceans and the need for sustainable seafood. Read More

International Shares
Old Oil Money Divests Fossil Fuel Investments
In one of the nicest investment ironies for some time, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a charity which gained its initial money from oil, has begun to divest its investments in fossil fuels. It has joined the World Council of Churches and other major investors who have joined the growing Global Divest/Invest Coalition, which says its 800 members now hold over US$50 billion in assets...

Commercial Solar Saves Business Millions
Over 15,000 Australian businesses have now installed solar power to reduce their energy bills, and there is the potential for tens of thousands more to follow suit if the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is left as legislated, says the Clean Energy Council.

Sea Level Refugees in Latin America

Indigenous people from Panama are being forced to flee their homes as a result of rising sea levels, says a report by international NGO, Displacement Solutions. “The Guna people are already being displaced in Panama as a result of climate change. This is the first documented case of an indigenous group in Latin America being forced to relocate as a result of rising sea levels,” said Scott Leckie, Displacement Solutions’ executive director.

Fixed Interest
US Clean Energy Victory Bonds
US investors have launched a campaign to have the US Treasury issue Clean Energy Victory Bonds to support clean energy in the US....

Fossil Fuel Free Super Fund
Future Super is a new superannuation fund that is claiming to be Australia’s first fossil fuel free super fund. As well as this negative screen, it also has a positive screen, saying it aims to provide members with a strong return while funding activities that make a positive impact on the environment and community....

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September 2014 edition

Core Securities
Cleantech Dividends Flow
The 2013-14 profit reporting season was a very good one for cleantechs, with five companies added to Eco Investor’s group of core securities, an excellent flow of dividends for income investors, and some record profit results.

Transpacific Joins Core Securities

Eco Investor has upgraded Transpacific Industries to a core security, following its years of restructure and the reinstatement of its dividend. In October Transpacific will pay a final dividend of 1.5 cents fully franked, the first dividend since 2008. The company intends to pay a regular dividend of 50 to 75 per cent of underlying net profit after tax. Read More

Pre-Dividend Securities
Double Glazing IPO
New Zealand continues to deliver for environmental investors with the successful listing on the ASX of energy efficient glass company Metro Performance Glass. The IPO was open only to NZ investors and to Australian sophisticated and professional investors and broker clients, but the NZ$1.70 shares listed on the ASX on 30 July and have so far traded at between $1.70 and $1.57, above their issue price of $1.51 at the current exchange rate.

Pre-Profit Securities
Cardia Factory in Brazil
Biodegradeable plastics maker Cardia Bioplastics has continued its commercialization plans with the set up of a manufacturing plant in Brazil, which it said is in response to strong orders and high demand for its environmentally preferred bags.

Pre-Revenue Securities
Carnegie Looks at Japan
Carnegie Wave Energy hosted former Japanese prime minister Mr Naoto Kan at its Fremantle Wave Energy Research Facility. Mr Kan was prime minister when the Fukushima nuclear disaster occured and is now against nuclear energy.

Eco Securities Data
A round-up of the month's highs and lows for environmental share prices, director buying and selling, and movements by substantial shareholders...


Unlisted Companies
Entrepreneurs Needed to Pitch on TV
Channel 10 is calling for entrepreneurs to apply to appear on a new television program called Shark Tank where they can pitch their business ideas to investors.

International Companies
Nanuk Sees International Upside
The Nanuk Global Alpha Fund was part of a recent forum on boutique fund managers organized for sophisticated and professional investors by corporate adviser Wholesale Investor. The Fund is a global listed equities fund that invests across the full range of environmentally positive activities including clean energy, agriculture, water, waste and pollution management, and recycling.

Fixed Interest
Strong Performance for Ethical Fixed Interest Trust
With interest rates for term deposits and bank deposits low, the media sometimes says that investors who are chasing income are increasing their allocation to risk assets such as dividend paying shares. But we don’t often hear that they are switching to fixed interest funds, even though cash, bond and other fixed interest funds can sometimes also provide higher income than term deposits. How good are these funds as an alternative to term deposits?

Increasing the Urban Tree Canopy
Hobart has the highest proportion of tree canopy cover - 56 per cent - to other kinds of ground cover among Australia’s capital cities, while Adelaide has the lowest proportion of tree canopy at 27 per cent. Brisbane has 43 per cent tree coverage, Sydney 36 per cent, Melbourne 34 per cent and Perth 31 per cent. Perth has the most shrub coverage at 13 per cent and Melbourne the least at 4 per cent. These are among the findings of a report that measured the canopy cover of urban trees in our capital cities – a key indicator of green space... Read More

Restoring River Catchments
Environmental scientists are urging Australians to support the rescue of endangered and other river wildlife through the restoration of catchments and river banks, especially in cities. Read More

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