Why these 3 ASX companies popped yesterday


Industrial companies were the big winners on the ASX yesterday with the S&P / ASX 200 Industrials Index (Index: ^AXNJ) (ASX: XNJ) climbing 2.3%.

Here’s a rundown on why these three industrial companies popped yesterday.

Vocus Communications Limited (ASX: VOC) jumped 9.9%, or 16 cents to close at $1.77. Like many stocks, Vocus has seen its share price hammered in the last month, falling 16%. There has been no particular reason for the share price falls, and little change in its underlying business strength. As we mentioned in our weekly update on Monday, Vocus’ business is unlikely to be heavily impacted by either a flailing Europe or a slowing Chinese economy.

In fact, Vocus released good news on Monday, when it announced that it was acquiring Maxnet Limited, a leading New Zealand based data centre operator and Cloud provider for NZ$9.5m. The acquisition complements Vocus’ existing data centre product offerings, and is expected to contribute NZ$2m in Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA), in the 2013 financial year.

Macquarie Radio Network Limited (ASX: MRN) surged 11.7% to close at 62 cents. Macquarie Radio owns two of Sydney’s leading radio stations, 2GB and 2CH and has 26% of the Sydney market radio revenue. The company’s joint venture with Pacific Star Network Limited (ASX: PNW), Melbourne Radio Operations, was recently placed into administration, due to poor financial performance and operating losses. For the six months to December 2011, the company reported a 62% fall in net profit, and expects 2012’s financial year net profit to fall by a similar margin compared to the previous corresponding period.

The price rise maybe related to reports in March 2012 that Gina Rinehart is considering a plan to bankroll MRN’s efforts to acquire the radio interests of Fairfax Media Limited (ASX: FXJ).

Newsat Limited (ASX: NWT) was up 7.7% to close at 70 cents as investors anticipated that the company will be awarded $230m of export financing by the end of this month. The funds will provide two-thirds of the capital needed to launch Australia’s first satellite, Jabiru-1, sometime in the December quarter of 2014. According to the Australian Financial Review, the company is expected to launch a large capital raising in June 2012 to finalise the funding requirements for Jabiru-1, with the majority of the funds to be raised from overseas investors.

Jabiru-1 is expected to have a 15-year life, and achieve revenues of over $US2 billion and net profits of at least US$1 billion over the satellite’s lifetime. With that prospective income and net profit, Newsat could be a stock to add to the watchlist.

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