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Sydney, Nov 23, 2005 AEST (ABN Newswire) - A critical juncture has been reached for Australia's corporate development. Many companies have reached market share saturation locally, and the next level of growth for many is going offshore.

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:

%Assets %profit
offshore 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 Brambles Limited

Brambles LtdBrambles 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.

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About CSL Limited

CSL Limited (ASX:CSL) (OTCMKTS:CSLLY) is a leading global biotechnology company with a dynamic portfolio of lifesaving medicines, including those that treat haemophilia and immune deficiencies, vaccines to prevent influenza, and therapies in iron deficiency, dialysis and nephrology. Since our start in 1916, we have been driven by our promise to save lives using the latest technologies. Today, CSL – including our three businesses, CSL Behring, CSL Seqirus and CSL Vifor – provides lifesaving products to patients in more than 100 countries and employs 30,000 people. 

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