ANZ Share Price History
24 Jul, 2020
Australian investigators who brought criminal cartel charges against Citigroup Inc and Deutsche Bank AG "pre-populated" a witness statement with incriminating claims before interviewing the person who ultimately signed off on them, a court heard on Friday. Investigators wrote a statement which appeared to show a rival banker's concern about "inappropriate" co-ordination between the companies while they were working on a stock issue, then interviewed the witness and the passages re-appeared the witness's final signed statement, the court heard. The disclosure shows another strand of the defence against Australia's biggest white collar criminal lawsuit: lawyers for the investment banks have been trying to show investigators departed from due process to build a case against them.
23 Jul, 2020
An Australian investigator who helped bring criminal cartel charges against Citigroup Inc and Deutsche Bank AG departed from correct process by sending sensitive documents to his personal email address, a colleague told a court on Thursday. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) enforcement director Michael Taylor should not have sent draft witness statements to his personal email account and saved sensitive documents on USB sticks so he could work on the investigation at home, said Leah Won, a senior staffer at the regulator.
21 Jul, 2020
Australia and New Zealand Bnkg Grp Ltd, NY Br -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Australia and New Zealand Banking Grp. Ltd.
Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Australia and New Zealand Banking Grp. Sydney, July 22, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Australia and New Zealand Banking Grp.
15 Jul, 2020
IQumulate Warehouse Trust No.1 -- Moody's assigns ratings to IQumulate's first premium funding ABS transaction
Moody's Investors Service has assigned ratings to the notes issued by Perpetual Corporate Trust Limited, as trustee of IQumulate Warehouse Trust No.1. - The fact that 72.0% of the initial portfolio comprises loans secured by cancelable insurance policies.
17 Jun, 2020
Half Year 2020 Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd Earnings Call
05 May, 2020
Australia's big banks have warned that credit losses from the country's first recession in three decades will top A$17 billion ($10.96 billion), but analysts predict the bill for the coronavirus lockdown will be higher - perhaps more than double. If losses spike, there could be more capital raisings and dividend deferrals at the "Big Four", which together fund 80% of Australia's loans, impeding their ability to plough money into the economy as it recovers from the virus that has infected 6,800 people and killed 96 in the country, analysts warn.
04 May, 2020
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- While their peers in other countries weathered a season in hell after the 2008 financial crisis, Australian banks partied.Spared the recession that devastated lenders elsewhere, valuations soared to as much as three times book value — extraordinary levels when most banks in developed countries were trading at a discount to book.At one point in 2011, all of the country’s big four banks (Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corp., National Australia Bank Ltd. and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.) were worth more than Bank of America Corp. in terms of market capitalization. Now, the U.S. lender is worth more than all four — put together.The road to the dismal present has been paved with money-laundering scandals, government inquiries, super-taxes, a housing market downturn and of course the coronavirus, but it’s another factor that has been most crucial: dividends.Bank valuations, after all, aren’t a disinterested vote on the credit quality of a company. Instead, they’re shareholders’ best guess of the current value of future payouts, adjusted for the risk that the share price itself may rise or fall.That’s been particularly important in Australia, thanks to the outsize influence of individuals managing their own retirement savings through so-called self-managed superannuation. In most of the world, fund managers focused on capital growth dominate the stock market, to the extent that many tech companies treat paying cash back to shareholders as a failure of imagination. In Australia, the retirement savers who make up a fifth of the stock market prize a steady and stable income, so generous dividend-payers like the country’s banks have consequently done well.Even when its valuation peaked at three times book in 2015, Commonwealth Bank, the biggest of the four, was still paying out dividends equivalent to more than 6% of its share price. Australian banks were offering all the income security of owning a bond, but with equity-style returns. There was just one problem. Much though they may have behaved like bonds to their investors, Australian bank shares were equity all along — and with the party finally ending, it’s shareholders who are ultimately taking the hit. On Monday, Westpac joined ANZ in deferring its decision about whether to make a payout this year. NAB went one step further last week, cutting its payout by about two-thirds and tapping shareholders for cash by selling A$3.5 billion ($2.2 billion) in new stock.It’s a sign of how crucial payouts have become to Australian bank shareholders that even with an unemployment rate tipped to hit 10% this year, both Westpac and ANZ are presenting their moves as delayed decisions rather than outright cancellations. Even in a crisis, giving up the gospel of dividends risks breaking the implicit contract between management and shareholders that’s supported valuations (and paid for executives’ Maseratis) for a generation.The trouble is, shareholders are already voting with their feet. Price-book valuations have slumped to positively European levels; only Commonwealth Bank is now valued at a premium to its net assets. Unlike other countries, which have spent more than a decade deleveraging, Australian household debt was at record levels relative to income just before the coronavirus struck.As rising unemployment and falling property prices eat into borrowers’ ability to repay, investors are (rightly) making the assessment that the first call on banks’ cash for the foreseeable future is likely to be funding defaulted loans. Next will be fines, like the A$1.06 billion Westpac set aside Monday for dealing with a money-laundering case.The silver lining is that those plunging share prices are making dividends, in isolation, look more attractive than ever. If the coronavirus downturn proves less drastic than feared and Westpac ends up paying out full-year cash in line with last year’s, it would be yielding around 11% at current share prices — not bad at a time when its best one-year term deposit account is paying 1.2%.It’s a mark of how bad things have gotten for Australian banks that even the perennial promise of payouts isn’t enough to tempt shareholders back this time.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.David Fickling is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities, as well as industrial and consumer companies. He has been a reporter for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Guardian.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
08 Apr, 2020
By Gina Lee
07 Apr, 2020
Australian job advertisements suffered their largest drop in more than a decade in March as strict social distancing rules and business closures to combat the coronavirus curbed demand for labour. Tuesday's figures from Australia and New Zealand Banking Group showed total job ads fell 10.3% in March, erasing a 1.2% gain the month before. It was the steepest decline since January 2009 when the global financial crisis was raging.
01 Apr, 2020
New Zealand's central bank said on Thursday that all banks should not pay dividends or redeem capital notes given the widespread economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The local unit of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group said it will not redeem NZ$500 million ($295.80 million) in capital notes as per the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's directive.
27 Mar, 2020
How Does Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's (ASX:ANZ) P/E Compare To Its Industry, After The Share Price Drop?
Unfortunately for some shareholders, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX:ANZ) share price has dived 41...
20 Mar, 2020
Australia's central bank bought A$5 billion ($2.87 billion) in local government bonds on Friday, in the first round of its unlimited quantitative easing programme as it looks to cushion the economic shock from the coronavirus pandemic. The Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) operation is aimed at reducing the funding costs for banks so that cheap credit is freely available across the economy that is on the verge of its first recession in nearly three decades. The move brings the RBA into an uncharted monetary policy setting of controlling the yield curve that only Japan has so far attempted but with little success in stimulating its economy.
17 Mar, 2020
SYDNEY/HONG KONG, March 16 (Reuters) - At least three Australian takeovers potentially worth a combined $1.2 billion are facing lower prices and contract conditions, three sources said, as financial market turmoil sparked by the coronavirus has made it difficult for advisers and bidders to put price tags on deals. The rethinking on price comes as dealmakers had hoped Australia's relatively low number of coronavirus cases would leave it as a dealmaking sweetspot, while so many other Asia-Pacific economies, including China, the region's biggest driver of takeovers, were hit hard by the virus. Some bidders for Australian and New Zealand Banking Group's car lender UDC Finance and AMP's New Zealand wealth management business are lowering their offers and adding conditions due to the COVID-19 market chaos, two sources with knowledge of the deals said.