Sharechat Logo

Watson gets his float under way

By Aimee McClinchy

Friday 24th March 2000

Text too small?
Watson's Technology Web entrepreneur Eric Watson is preparing to bundle a group of technology assets to list in a single vehicle on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Blue Star Business Solutions has hired corporate heavyweight Greg Kay to work as a consultant "on a number of projects," which others said included tidying up the assets for the float.

Mr Kay, who acquired a high profile for his drastic restructuring of listed company Wrightsons and a controversial stint at Coalcorp (now Solid Energy), is well-known as a change manager.

The bare bones of the new entity will be Mr Watson's share of the Blue Star Business Solutions group, including companies such as Wang, Cogent, Hart Candy, UBIX, Auldhouse Computer Training and BSG Finance, highly-placed sources said.

Mr Watson, who bought back 60% of the Blue Star Business Solutions group last year, was overseas and unavailable for comment.

Through his company Cullen Investments, Mr Watson has shareholdings in a web of different companies, most of which focus on e-commerce and technology. It is unclear which of them may be involved.

The Watson-linked companies admit they work closely together and leverage off each other but said there was no "master plan."

Business Solutions chief executive Anthony Howard said the suggested scenario was not correct but would not comment further.

Advantage chairman Evan Christian said: "Each company is looking at mergers and consolidation and some will end up in a listed position in New Zealand and Australia by the end of the year, but there is no plan to bolt them together as one big float.

"Everyone's realising they have to move. We will bundle together different business to take advantages as they come, but anything else will unfold as it arises," Mr Christian said.

Pacific Retail Group chairman Maurice Kidd said there were no firm plans. "We may look at consolidating some of our technology investments but all I will say is maybe."

Advantage chief executive Greg Cross said the company was still investigating its own listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. The company had begun talking with investment banks and brokers but Mr Cross said further Australian acquisitions to come were an integral part of the listing.

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

The customer is always right
The modern era of globalisation is in danger
SeaDragon delisting announcement
Kiwi Property reports 2020 financial results
Plexure powers ahead with record revenue growth and profit
Metlifecare substantial shareholders support court action to enforce sia
Fonterra provides performance and milk price updates
Millions of Newly Jobless in China Pose a Looming Threat to Xi
Strong seasons set up venison industry to weather Covid-19 storm - industry analyst
Soaring Silver Attracts Investors

IRG See IRG research reports