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Keeping the lights on

  • Decarbonisation and keeping the lights on will need significant investment
  • Investment needs a stable policy environment
  • Policy risk may have lessened with reviews targeted at better information sharing
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Craig Stent | Posted on Aug 24, 2021
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Back to Core Banking

A virtual tour through Australian banking issues

  • More tailwinds for the banking sector
  • Medium term, the banking sector faces pressure to continue to invest heavily in their digital consumer platforms
  • Differentiated strategies are appearing as banks rebuild their client focus
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Andrew Bascand, Simon Momich | Posted on Jul 1, 2021
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It’s not easy being green

  • The Climate Change Commission’s final advice to the Government is due to be released next Wednesday. This follows a review of interested party submissions and feedback from the initial draft report.  
  • We do not see the key draft recommendations changing, but at the margin we might see some alterations to the Commission’s recommendations.  
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Craig Stent | Posted on Jun 4, 2021
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Are the lights going to go out?

  • Hydro lake storage is at about 60% of normal levels; low lake levels may provide risks to the near-term earnings of the electricity sector.
  • Commercial electricity users on spot power pricing are facing significant cost increases.
  • Dry conditions may mean we burn more coal and gas, which highlights the importance of more investment in geothermal and wind energy projects.
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Craig Stent | Posted on May 6, 2021
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‘Four More Years’

We’re staying

  • Rio Tinto and Meridian have today announced an extension to the Tiwai contract through to December 2024.
  • The government has not as yet needed to provide any support
  • We would expect further announcements on project development with Contact progressing the Tauhara geothermal plant and Meridian developing their Harapaki wind farm.
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Craig Stent | Posted on Jan 14, 2021
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Shadow banks shine light on mortgage deferrals

  • Some of New Zealand’s non-bank mortgage lenders have provided detailed data that illustrates they appear well-positioned to weather an increase in non-performing loans when COVID-related loan deferrals expire
  • Our various probes into the big banks indicate no cause for alarm, albeit we expect loss provisioning needs to rise and small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending trends need to be monitored
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Simon Pannett | Posted on Aug 13, 2020
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Are we ‘Thinking Big’ Again?

  • Electrification of industrial and process heat makes sense
  • Pumped storage would be a massive project, but could help achieve the Government’s 100% renewable objective
  • Substantial challenges remain in terms of cost, engineering, and resource consenting
  • Scoping study results unlikely to be published quickly with sector uncertainty to remain in the short term
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Craig Stent | Posted on Jul 27, 2020
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‘Blame it on Rio’

Key Points

  • Rio to leave, another Think Big Project bites the dust
  • Rio Tinto has announced the closure of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) from August 2021.
  • Short term, the biggest impact on earnings will be felt by Contact Energy and Meridian Energy with stranded generation in the lower half of the South Island.
  • Is it time to move forward and focus on transmission investment and de-carbonisation?
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Craig Stent | Posted on Jul 9, 2020
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Electricity demand smelting away?

Key points

  • The probability of closure versus 2013 has increased

  • Weak commodity prices, energy and transmission costs are the main issues

  • As in 2013, the electricity industry may bow to Rio Tinto’s pressure, but possibly not the Government this time

  • Higher volatility in share prices and wholesale electricity prices is likely near term

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Craig Stent | Posted on Oct 23, 2019
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The move to the public cloud accelerates

We try to attend at least one global technology conference each year to keep abreast of latest developments, market trends and hot topics. Over the last five years, speakers have focused on many exciting areas with large market growth potential (covering online migration and SaaS business models disrupting the old world), consumers going mobile, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IOT) to nam...

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Kevin Bennett | Posted on Sep 30, 2019
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a2 Milk Steps Up Market Development

Source: Weekly Times

The a2 Milk Company reported on earnings last Wednesday. In spite of net profit 47% ahead of last year with a 41% increase in revenue, the market was disappointed by reduced margins, reportedly due to increased spending on marketing and, as a consequence, the price has fallen.

a2 spent more on marketing and product development than expected
We see this as building the foundation to be a global leader in ...

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Oyvinn Rimer | Posted on Aug 26, 2019
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Payments: The Disruption of a Two Trillion Dollar Industry

Key Points

The two trillion-dollar global payments industry is forecast to grow 9% p.a. through to 2022
Chinese companies are leading payments innovation and expanding globally
Disruption in the payments industry is being driven by technological and regulatory change
The global payments industry is one that sits quietly underneath the world’s economies. Generally, businesses facilitating payments have been very successful thr...

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Simon Momich | Posted on Aug 5, 2019