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31 Aug 2015 (TheAge) – Heavyweights lose patience with coal – Coal M&A predicted to rise as prices slump and growth projects prove difficult

(31 August 2015, The Age, BusinessDay, p25, Amanda Saunders)

‘Consolidation is set to sweep Australia’s struggling coal sector over the next six to 12 months, as diversified majors lose patience with depressed coal prices and companies choose M&A instead of navigating a political and environmental minefield to develop new projects.  Ernst & Young transactions partner Paul Murphy says Australian coal will follow the run of M&A in gold, the only sector that has demonstrated an appetite for growth, by consolidating at the mid-tier level. ‘

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