ACCC concerned about Transurban's interest in WestConnex

The ACCC has today raised preliminary competition concerns about Sydney Transport Partners’ proposed acquisition of a majority interest in the WestConnex project. Sydney Transport Partners is a consortium led by Transurban (ASX: TCL).

The ACCC has today published a statement of issues, outlining preliminary views on the likely impact of the proposed acquisition.

Transurban controls 15 of 19 toll road concessions in Australia, and seven of the nine existing concessions in New South Wales.

ACCC will not oppose waste industry acquisition

The ACCC has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Tox Free Solutions Ltd (Tox Free) (ASX: TOX) by Cleanaway Waste Management Limited (Cleanaway) (ASX: CWY).

Cleanaway and Tox Free both supply waste management services, including the collection, treatment and disposal of municipal, commercial and industrial, liquid, hazardous and medical waste. They also provide various types of industrial services.

ACCC won’t oppose Zodiac and Fluidra deal

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed merger of Piscine Luxembourg Holdings (Zodiac) and Fluidra, S.A. (Fluidra).

Zodiac and Fluidra are global companies supplying residential swimming pool equipment in Australia. Combined, they would have a significant Australian market share in some products such as pool pumps, filters, water treatment, cleaners and automation systems.

However, the ACCC considered that remaining competitors would provide sufficient competitive constraint following the merger.

ACCC approves Saputo - Murray Goulburn acquisition after undertaking

The ACCC will not oppose Saputo’s proposed acquisition of Murray Goulburn’s (ASX: MGC) assets, after accepting a court-enforceable undertaking from Saputo to divest Murray Goulburn’s Koroit plant.

Murray Goulburn and Saputo, which owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, both acquire milk from farmers in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia, including in areas around Warrnambool and Mt Gambier.

ACCC concerned with MYOB acquisition of Reckon assets

The ACCC has today outlined competition concerns with MYOB’s (ASX: MYO) proposed acquisition of Reckon’s Accountants Group (ASX: RKN).

MYOB and Reckon supply software used by accounting firms for tax returns, client accounting and practice operation.

The ACCC’s Statement of Issues covers a range of issues, outlining the likely impact of the consolidation.

“If MYOB acquired Reckon’s Accountants Group, it would likely be the only supplier of practice software suitable for medium to large accounting firms,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

ACCC won't oppose Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto

The ACCC has announced that it will not oppose Bayer AG’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto Corporation on the basis of global divestments.

On 21 March 2018 the European Commission gave conditional approval to the proposed acquisition, subject to divestiture of major parts of Bayer’s herbicide, traits and seeds business along with a number of research and development functions and projects.

Strong concerns about Pacific National’s proposal to buy Aurizon intermodal assets

The ACCC has raised preliminary competition concerns about Pacific National’s proposed acquisitions of Aurizon’s (ASX:AZJ) Queensland intermodal freight haulage business and intermodal rail terminal at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane.

Currently, Pacific National and Aurizon are the only providers of intermodal rail linehaul services in Queensland and compete closely with each other.

ACCC will not take action in relation to Qube MCS deal

The ACCC has announced that it will not take any further action in relation to Qube Holdings Limited’s (ASX:QUB) completed acquisition of Maritime Container Services Pty Ltd (MCS).

The ACCC’s investigation focused on the supply chain for containerised freight through Port Botany, particularly the role of empty container parks in this chain. MCS controls Cooks River, a significant container park with rail sidings that is used by some of Qube’s rivals, often for regional containerised rail freight.