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In the latest Eco Investor magazine

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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August 2014 edition

Beacon Lighting Sells Energy Efficiency
There is an old investor saying that you should visit a company before investing in it and, while it is not always possible, the occasions where I’ve visited a firm or even just driven by have always been interesting. Beacon Lighting piqued my interest because I’ve seen a few lighting shops over the years and was curious how it compares and how much of its product line is related to energy efficiency...

Initial Public Offering
First Organic Food Listing
Environmental investors have the choice of something different with the first listing of an organic food company, Bellamy’s Australia Ltd, which is due to list on the ASX on 5 August after seeking to raise $25 million at $1 per share in a fully underwritten IPO...

Core Securities
Ethically Screened Funds Beat Their Indices
Two Screened Index Models run by ethical investment adviser Ethinvest are performing well.
The Ethinvest ASX50 Screened Index Model returned 20.39 per cent for the past year and 17.43 per cent since inception, beating the S&P/ASX 50 Accumulation Index by 3.1 per cent and 4.98 per cent respectively. Read More

Pre-Dividend Securities
Sims’ Shares Make Strong Recovery
Sims Metal Management’s shares have made a strong recovery since 23 July when the company announced the results of its strategic review and a five year plan. In less than a week the shares rose from $10.16 to a two year high of $11.99, an increase of $1.83 or 18 per cent. Read More

Pre-Profit Securities
Acquisition for Aeris Environmental
Aeris Environmental has acquired the business of Smartcool Systems Australia Pty Ltd, giving it an expanded offering in the energy efficiency sector. Smartcool had turnover in the past year of over $1 million, which should assist Aeris’ struggling financials...

Pre-Revenue Securities
Environmental Acquisition for Hot Rock
Hot Rock’s share price leapt to a one year high of 10 cents on news it is to acquire an environmental consulting and hazardous materials analytical laboratory company, OCTIEF Pty Ltd. Hot Rock’s geothermal energy progress is slow and it has been looking for an acquisition. It is good news for environmental investors that that acquisition is also an environmental business...

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
Angels Give Big Help to Start-ups
Back in February 2010 Eco Investor suggested that the Federal Government commence an angel coinvestment fund along the lines of those in New Zealand and Scotland; had it done so Australian start-ups might be enjoying the sort of support and growth that New Zealand start-ups are enjoying. The New Zealand Government’s Seed Coinvestment Fund is now investing over NZ$5 million a year into start-ups alongside angel investors, and recently invested into its 115th company. Read More

Industry Focus
Little Hope for Local Geothermal Energy
The long term outlook for Australian geothermal energy is poor with an Australian Renewable Energy
Agency report saying “Utility-scale power generation from geothermal projects is not cost competitive in 2014 and is not expected to be cost competitive in 2020.”...

International Companies
Europe A Mixed Bag for Environmental Investors
Europe is currently a mixed bag for environmental investors, with big solar gaining interest from large investors and unlisted solar gaining interest from private equity, but unlisted early stage renewable energy companies are still struggling for venture capital...

Land Corridors Getting Longer
Private land owners are playing an increasingly important role in helping to grow and connect Australia’s land conservation estate and wildlife corridors. Some recent example are biodiversity hotspots in Western Australia and Victoria and wildlife reserves in Canberra. Read More

Fixed Interest
Green Fixed Interest Market Doing Well
The global universe of climate-themed bonds has grown to at least US$502.6 billion, says the annual State of the Market report from Climate Bonds Initiative and the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence. Last year the estimated universe was US$346 billion...

First Wholesale Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund
The ever-creative Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed up to $80 million as a cornerstone investor to help establish Australia’s first unlisted direct infrastructure investment fund for clean energy, the CFS Australian Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund...

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