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Packer: Holdings

Holdings

This listing is indicative only. It embraces entities wholly and partly owned by the family.


Packer family interests encompass -

  • print
  • television and film
  • cinemas
  • technology
  • finance
  • gambling
  • marketing, chemical and other sectors

As of mid 2004 the family was believed to hold around 36% of Publishing & Broadcasting Limited (PBL) and 25% of Challenger Financial Services Group. The stake in PBL is expected to increase to 39.1% through CPH's sale of Hoyts to PBL and WAN.

Print

PBL's Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) magazine titles (inc those licensed from other publishers) include

  • Australian Women's Weekly
  • English Woman's Weekly
  • New Zealand Woman's Day
  • NW
  • Take 5
  • Woman's Day
  • Women's Lifestyle
  • Bride To Be
  • Cleo
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Dolly
  • Good Medicine
  • Harper’s BAZAAR
  • Practical Parenting
  • SHE
  • She’s Having A Baby
  • Australian Playstation 2 Magazine
  • Official Aust. PlayStation
  • Ralph
  • Disney Adventures
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller
  • Australian Table
  • Qantas - The Australian Way
  • SimplyLite
  • The Wine Magazine
  • Lifestyle Home/Garden
  • Australian House & Garden
  • belle
  • Burke’s Backyard
  • 4x4 Australia
  • Australian Auto Action
  • Australian Motorcycle News
  • Caravan World
  • Motor
  • Street Machine
  • Wheels
  • Money
  • The Bulletin
  • Australian Personal Computer
  • PC User
  • People
  • The Picture
  • The Picture Premium
  • Harness Racing Weekly
  • Inside Edge Inside
  • Rugby League Week
  • Foxtel

Television and film

PBL's free to air broadcast and cable holdings include

  • Nine network free-to-air television stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane - majority stake
  • 25% of Foxtel cable
  • 25% of FoxtelSports
  • Sky News Australia
  • 20.7% in New Regency Productions - US film/tv production
  • Television & Media Services - production

Cinemas

Packer's CPH had a 98.7% stake in Hoyts Cinemas (sold to PBL and WAN in December 2004) -

  • Hoyts Australia - exhibition (and distribution
  • Hoyts New Zealand
  • Val Morgan Cinema Advertising
  • minor exhibition and distribution interests in South America and the Middle East

Prior to disposals following acquisition by CPH in 1999 the cinema group had screens in the UK, Germany, Poland, Mexico and the US

PBL has a 5% stake in Regal Entertainment (c6,000 screens)

Technology

The family had a holding of around 30% in CPH Investment Corp (the vehicle formerly used for the stake in Fairfax) which had stakes in

  • Endeavour Health Care Limited
  • Future Fibre Technologies Pty Ltd - fibre optic technology
  • Comindico Holdings Pty Ltd - integrated data and voice telephony services
  • QPSX Ltd - switching technology
  • Q-Vis Ltd - medical laser technology
  • Acxiom - US-based direct-marketing
  • 7% of underlying equity in Huntsman chemicals group
  • 28% of debt collection company Encore Capital Group

In January 2003 CPH Investment announced plans to merge with Challenger Investment, in which Packer interests had a 19% stake.

PBL owns

  • ticketing group Ticketek
  • 50% of ninemsn
  • 25% of SEEK online recruiter

Finance

PBL owns 50% of discount stockbroker Online Broker Holdings and had 25% of AFIG (Wizard Home Loans), sold to GE in 2004.

The family is believed to have around 28% of US debt collection company Encore Capital Group

The family holds 25% of Challenger Financial Services, a diversified financial services group that in 2004 administered over $10 billion on behalf of some 100,000 Australian investors. It is active in Funds management, financial planning and administration, Annuities, and Mortgage finance.

Gambling

PBL holdings include the Crown casino complex in Melbourne and stakes in

  • Burswood Casino
  • joint venture with Betfair online gambling group

Marketing, chemical and other sectors

Other investments include stakes in

  • Endeavour Health Care Limited
  • Future Fibre Technologies Pty Ltd - fibre optic technology
  • Comindico Holdings Pty Ltd - integrated data and voice telephony services
  • QPSX Ltd - switching technology
  • Q-Vis Ltd - medical laser technology
  • Acxiom - US-based direct-marketing
  • 7% of underlying equity in Huntsman chemicals group