Fueled by government incentive (removal of the 15% withholding tax on dividends repatriated back to Australia) and the growth of the local economy, companies are looking to foreign markets, and succeeding across a broad range of industries.
With the Australian corporate landscape in the best shape for 15 years, the choice is to pay back the capital, or expand offshore.
Australian companies that have been steadily building their investments overseas in recent years are among some of the strongest profit performers.
Australian Companies Offshore:
Ansell 48% 75% US, Europe, Asia
Aristocrat 25% 27% North/South America, Japan
Amcor 75% 65% North/South America, Japan
BlueScope 46% 30% US, Asia, India
BHP Billiton 51% -- North/South America, Europe, Japan
Boral 27% 26% US, Asia
Brambles 87% 79% Europe, Americas
Coca-Cola Amatil36% 17% Indonesia, South Korea
Computershare 72% 32% Europe, Asia, US, South Africa, Middle East
CSL 80% 85% Germany, Switzerland, US, Japan
Foster's 38% 25% Europe, US, UK, Asia
PaperLinX 60% 87% Europe, US, Asia
Orica 32% 43% Europe, US, Africa, Asia
ResMed 39% -- France, Germany, US
Rio Tinto 39% 50% Africa, North/South America, Asia
Macquarie Bank 55% -- Europe, Asia, US
Macquarie Infr. 65% 49% Europe, North America
QBE 75% 69% Europe, UK, US, Asia
Westfield 53% 56% US, UK
Toll 29% -- NZ, Asia
Lend Lease 72% 74% Europe, US, Asia
Source: 2004-2005 Annual Reports
About Amcor Limited
Amcor Limited is an Australia-based packaging company. The Company operates in five segments: Amcor PET, Amcor Australasia, Amcor Flexibles, Amcor Sunclipse and Amcor Asia. Amcor PET provides Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) packaging for a range of y beverage and food products, including carbonated soft drinks, water, juices, sports drinks, milk-based beverages, spirits and beer, sauces, dressings, spreads and personal care items and plastic caps for a variety of applications. Amcor Australasia provides corrugated boxes, cartons, folding cartons, aluminum beverage cans and household products, flexible packaging, plastic and metal closures, glass wine bottles, multi-wall sacks, cartonboard, paper and paper recycling. In April 2008, Silgan Holdings Inc. completed the acquisition of Amcor Limited’s White Cap closures business in Europe, Asia, South America and Brazil.
About Ansell Limited
Ansell Limited (ASX:ANN) is engaged in providing health and safety protection solutions. The Company designs, develops and manufactures a range of full body protection solutions. It is engaged in the development, manufacturing and sourcing, distribution and sale of gloves and protective personal equipment in the industrial and medical gloves market, as well as the sexual wellness category. It operates in four business segments: Industrial Global Business Unit (GBU), Medical GBU, Single Use GBU and Sexual Wellness GBU. The Industrial GBU segment consists of multi-use hand, foot and body protection solutions for industrial worker environments and specialty applications. The Medical GBU segment includes surgical and examination gloves, healthcare safety devices and active infection prevention products for healthcare professionals and patients. The Single Use GBU segment includes single use industrial application gloves. The Sexual Wellness GBU segment includes condoms, lubricants and devices.
About Aristocrat Leisure Limited
Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX:ALL) provides gaming solutions. The Company's principal activities include design, development and distribution of gaming content, platforms and systems. The Company's segments include The Americas; Australia and New Zealand, Digital, and International Class III. The Company offers a range of products and services, including electronic gaming machines and casino management systems. The Company also operates within the online social gaming and real money wager markets. The Company, through Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. (VGT), develops, manufactures and distributes casino games for the Class II and emerging markets. It offers Oasis 360, which is a casino management system and contains a portfolio of open-platform technologies. It also offers System 7000 casino management system. The System 7000 family includes System 7000 PRIME, System 7000 eCo and System 7000 Atom. Its ARC cabinets offer a cinematic experience with sweeping, curved and touch-screen technology.
About BHP Billiton Limited
BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) (LON:BLT) is a diversified natural resources company. The Company is engaged in extracting and processing minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia, the Americas and southern Africa. It sells its product worldwide with its marketing activities centralized in Singapore, The Hague and Antwerp. The Company operates in nine customer sector groups (CSGs): petroleum, aluminum, base metals, diamonds and specialty products, stainless steel materials, iron ore; manganese, metallurgical coal, and energy coal.
About Bluescope Steel Limited
About Boral Limited
Boral Limited is Australia's largest building and construction materials supplier in Australia, and has significant operations in the USA and in Asia. With some A$5.2 billion worth of sales, Boral has over 15,900 employees working across 717 operating sites.
Boral produces and distributes a broad range of construction materials, including quarry products, cement, flyash, pre-mix concrete and asphalt; and building products, including clay bricks and pavers, clay and concrete roof tiles, concrete masonry products, plasterboard, windows and timber. Boral primarily serves customers in the building and construction industries with operations concentrated in three key geographical markets - Australia, the USA and Asia. The Boral Group has leading market positions in all three geographic markets.
Boral has operated solely as a construction materials and building products group since the Company's demerger in January 2000, when the old Boral Group, which also included an energy business, was demerged into two industry specific listed companies, new Boral and Origin Energy Limited.
Boral comprises seven key operating divisions, aligned along three business segments.
About Brambles Limited
Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB) (OTCMKTS:BXBLY) (FRA:R1H) is a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands. Brambles enhances performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. The Group's primary activity is the provision of reusable unit-load equipment such as pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple participants throughout the supply chain, under a model known as "pooling". Brambles primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries, counting many of the world's best-known brands among its customers. The Group also operates specialist container logistics business serving the automotive sector. Brambles has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia, but operates in more than 60 countries, with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe.
Brambles employs more than 14,500 people and owns more than 550 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 850 service centres. For further information, please visit www.brambles.com.
About Coca-cola Amatil Limited
Manufacture, distribution and marketing of beverages.
About Computershare Limited
Computershare Limited (ASX:CPU) (PINK:CMSQY) is in the business of operation of a computer bureau, operation of share registries and the provision of software specialising in share registry, financial and stock markets. Computershare can genuinely be considered an Australian success story. From modest beginnings in 1978, the company now employs over 10,000 people and provides services in 20 countries to more than 30,000 clients. Today, Computershare is considered a world leader in share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and other specialised financial, governance and stakeholder communication services.
About Csl Limited
Development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical and diagnostic products, cell culture media and human plasma fractions.
About Lendlease Group
Property project management, design and construction; Management of investments and trusts; Capital services, investment capital and financing services; Investment in partnerships and joint ventures.
About Macquarie Group Limited
Macquarie Group Limited acts as non operating holding company. Through its subsidiaries, it is engaged in offering a range of investing, commercial banking and retail financial services in Australia and selected financial services offshore. The Company operates in seven segments. Financial Services Group consists of Macquarie Adviser Services, which manages relationships with external financial intermediaries, and Macquarie Private Wealth, which provides investment planning and private banking service. Funds Management Group provides a range of investment solutions. Banking and Securitization Group offers retail lending and banking businesses. Real Estate Group encompasses real estate funds management, finance, and investing and advisory. Treasury and Commodities Group activities include trading and related activities. Equity Markets Group manages its equity derivatives and trading business. Macquarie Capital offers wholesale structuring, corporate advisory and equities research.
About Orica Limited
Orica is the world's leading supplier of commercial explosives and is also the largest chemical company in Australia and New Zealand. It manufactures and supplies commercial explosives, industrial and specialty chemicals, agricultural chemicals and fertilizers, decorative paints, and plastics. Orica has significant operations in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, North and Latin America.
About PaperlinX Limited
PaperlinX is the world's leading fine paper merchant and an Australian manufacturer of high quality communication and packaging paper. We sell over four and a half million tonnes of paper and packaging materials worldwide. Our main focus is on manufacturing and distributing high quality fine paper used as office paper, and specialty paper used in brochures, magazines, annual reports and other business papers.
With global headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, PaperlinX operates regional management teams in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Singapore. We provide our customers with an excellent service, product knowledge and technical expertise through the customer service teams of our locally focused operating companies.
PaperlinX employs 7424 people in 26 countries and is in the top 200 public companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, trading under the ticker symbol 'PPX'.
About QBE Insurance Group Limited
The QBE Insurance Group is one of Australia's largest general insurance and reinsurance Groups. In October 1886, James Burns formed The North Queensland Insurance Company Limited. By 1890, the company had established over 36 agencies, including New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, many Pacific Islands and London.
About Resmed Inc
Medical device manufacturing
About Rio Tinto Limited
Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) (LON:RIO) is a leader in finding, mining and processing the earth's mineral resources. The Group's worldwide operations supply essential minerals and metals that help to meet global needs and contribute to improvements in living standards. In order to deliver superior returns to shareholders over time, Rio Tinto takes a long term and responsible approach to the Group's business. We concentrate on the development of first class orebodies into large, long life and efficient operations, capable of sustaining competitive advantage through business cycles. Major products include aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy products, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide, salt and talc), and iron ore.
About Toll Holdings Limited
Local freight distribution; Interstate freight forwarding by road, rail and sea; Container packing and unpacking; Warehousing, storage and distribution; and Recycling
Toll Holdings Limited
Rio Tinto Limited
QBE Insurance Group Limited
Macquarie Group Limited
Fosters Group Limited
Coca-cola Amatil Limited
Bluescope Steel Limited
BHP Billiton Limited
Aristocrat Leisure Limited