Qantas raises $940 million to counter coronavirus, shares slip


first_img“The fact that there was significant demand for this offer shows clear support for our recovery plan and confidence in the fundamentals of this business,” Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.Qantas also plans to raise up to another A$500 million through a share purchase plan.Qantas shares, which were suspended on Thursday for the fully underwritten placement, fell as much as 9.5 percent to A$3.79, the lowest level since May 25, when they resumed trading on Friday. By midmorning they were trading at A$3.83.Jefferies’ analysts said the capital raising and cost restructure would leave the carrier well-positioned for when the pandemic subsides.“The ability to reduce debt is also a positive,” Anthony Moulder and Amit Kanwatia wrote in a note.Morgan Stanley analysts said the plan would “provide an added buffer against any demand volatility through the recovery phase” in the short to medium term.Citi cautioned, however, that the longer-term outlook remained “considerably uncertain and extremely difficult to forecast” and that Qantas’ recovery would likely be volatile.Topics : Qantas Airways Ltd successfully completed a discounted A$1.36 billion (US$940 million) share placement to institutional investors on Friday, before its shares dropped to a one-month low as they resumed trading.The institutional placement was part of a sweeping three-year cost-savings plan announced by Qantas on Thursday to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which includes axing at least 20 percent of its workforce and putting more planes into storage.Australia’s biggest airline reported strong demand for the placement of 372.7 million new shares at a price of A$3.65 each, a near 13 percent discount to the stock’s close on Wednesday.last_img read more

Marathonbet announces the UK launch of its Casino Mobile site


first_img StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Marathonbet has announced the UK launch of its Casino Mobile site, which gives players access to a range of online card, table and slot games.Customers can now play slot favourites including Jungle Jim, Dragonz and Huangdi The Yellow Emperor, plus casino classics including Live Roulette and Blackjack.Additionally, the company will also roll-out a host of new mobile-friendly games each month, giving players more chances and more ways of winning.To celebrate the launch, Marathonbet is giving away a free £5 cash bonus when players deposit just £10 and play in the mobile casino.Christian Melin, Head of Gaming Research and Development at Marathonbet, said: “Our aim was to provide a product that could be customised to individual player needs whilst ensuring we were giving the best gaming experience possible. Our new mobile casino meets the criteria, giving an experience that is truly driven by its users.”As a global betting partner of Manchester United, Marathonbet launched the club’s first ever branded online live casino last October, which is open for business 24/7 and allows United fans worldwide to play on live roulette while immersed in a Manchester United-themed environment. The operator also has shirt sponsorship deals with Hibernian FC and Málaga CF. Related Articles Submit Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

What Andy Dalton’s release from Bengals means for Patriots, Cam Newton


first_imgMORE: SN’s latest NFL Power RankingsSo that immediately brings up the question: Does Dalton become a realistic option for the Patriots? Second-year QB Jarrett Stidham remains New England’s starting replacement for Tom Brady after the team neither added a veteran contingency option nor drafted any rookie competition. Second, how does Dalton’s sudden availablity affect the unsigned status of Newton?Here’s breaking down what Dalton’s release means for the two biggest quarterback queries left in the 2020 NFL offseason:Would the Patriots sign Andy Dalton?Dalton is a 32-year-old three-time Pro Bowler. The times he was at his best with the Bengals, he had everything in place around him with the receving corps, offensive line, running game and defense. “Game manager” is an unfair label for Dalton, but “dependent” is not. He won’t carry a team with limitations in the way Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers do. But he can lean well on a good supporting cast to be efficient and win a lot of games.The Patriots have some seasoned answers with their wideouts in Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu, who had good chemistry with Dalton in Cincinnati. They have a solid front and did a draft overhaul of their tight ends. They can rebound as a stronger running team and should still feel confident in their defense.So the enviroment is favorable for Dalton to “do his job” for Bill Belichick with the intelligence to pick up Josh McDaniels’ offense well in a crash course. The problem is, Dalton doesn’t really offer more upside than Stidham, who already has a year in the system and is capable of at least being a caretaker to meet the Patriots’ needs with the potenital for more. The Patriots also have only around $1 million under the salary cap, and it’s not worth it to free up room for Dalton at the cost of likely cutting or trading from the offense elsewhere.There wasn’t much of a sense that the Patriots were interested in trading for Dalton before the draft. After the draft, knowing they didn’t address the position over all three days, it would be odd for them to want to grab Dalton now. Just like with Newton, attaching New England to Dalton seems to be out of convenience, rather than reality, although for different reasons.MORE: Complete 2020 NFL Draft resultsWould Andy Dalton be signed ahead of Cam Newton?Unfortunately, Dalton’s release creates another obstacle for Newton in trying to find a team. Part of the reason the Patriots would be out on Newton are the unknown quantites regarding his health and personality fit. Part of the reason other teams haven’t acted on Newton are concerns over whether he would be a willing veteran backup.There’s no issue like that with Dalton. He has the right makeup to accept that job. He also has a better direct connection to a possible landing spot for Newton. The Bengals won’t be keeping Andy Dalton as the backup quarteback to No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow. Cincinnati finally released its long-time starter Thursday, one week after drafting Burrow.With Jameis Winston signing with the Saints, it’s now Dalton and fellow 2011 draftee Cam Newton as the best quarterbacks available in NFL free agency. The Jaguars hired Jay Gruden as their offensive coordinator. Gruden also was in that capacity for the Bengals when Dalton was an immediate successful starter during his first three seasons in the league. There’s a very good chance with Gardner Minshew currently backed up by rookie sixth-rounder Jake Luton and former Steeler Joshua Dobbs, that Dalton ends up serving as the veteran No. 2 they need to help Minshew with the transition.Newton had some similar connections with the Broncos (Mike Shula) and the Redskins (Scott Turner). But the Broncos made their offseason all about supporting and further developing second-year QB Drew Lock instead of turning back to the bridge veteran route. The Redskins already traded for Newton’s former teammate Kyle Allen to bring some offensive familiarty to pair with second-year QB Dwayne Haskins.It’s difficult to see Dalton having a long wait to land with another team, with Jacksonville being the ideal, most logical new spot. As for the Patriots and Newton, Dalton entering the market likely does nothing to change their current situations, for better or worse.last_img read more