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Spotify renews Joe Rogan's podcast deal.

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Spotify shares rose about 2% on Friday after announcing it had renewed its agreement with podcaster Joe Rogan. Under the US$250 million ($383.50 million) deal to license ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ Spotify will sell ads for and distribute the show across several platforms including YouTube and Apple. Notwithstanding the eyewatering figure, the deal represents a strategy shift for Spotify, to pivot away from exclusive podcast deals and be ‘more disciplined’ in its podcast spending.

Despite boasting the no.1 podcast in the world, Rogan is a deeply polarising figure who caused Spotify to face extreme backlash in 2022 over his Covid-19 anti-vax stance and use of racial slurs.

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Market movers

Shares in Pinnacle Investment Management surged 8.62% on Friday, closing at $10.84, after announcing that its funds under management surpassed $100 billion. In its H1 results, Pinnacle announced that its FUM jumped 9% in just six months, while its net profit of $30.2 million was in line with the previous corresponding half’s $30.5 million. The group’s partners netted over $12 million in performance fees during H1 FY24. (Capital Brief)(ASX Announcement)

The quick sync

  • Former employees say Block could scrap Cash App’s Australia launch after recent layoffs and cost-cutting. (Capital Brief)

  • Former banking execs are founding a new private bank, Volans, to target ultra-wealthy families across APAC. (AFR)

  • The Productivity Commission wants policymakers to find a balance between managing consent requirements and maximising productivity and economic gains that AI has to offer. (Capital Brief)

  • Woodside Energy and Santos are struggling to agree on deal fundamentals, but remain committed to pursuing the $80b merger. (AFR)

  • Red Sea conflict and industrial action at Australian ports are hitting the supply chain of major furniture retailer, Greenlit Brands. (The Australian)

  • The Financial Accountability Regime, due to come into force in March, faces delay after Minister Stephen Jones fails to sign off on the new rules. (AFR)

  • The Federal Government has released a ‘preferred model’ for new standards on vehicle emissions, pushing the country closer to greater adoption of electric vehicles. (Reuters)

  • Macquarie edges closer to multi-billion dollar pay day from AirTrunk deal. (AFR)

Trading floor


  • Metcash plans $300m in fundraising for acquisitions. (AFR)

  • Scarcity Partners is set to buy 30% of Evidentia Group. (AFR)

  • Lendlease is extending its retreat from the US construction market, announcing that it won't bid for new work in key regions like Chicago and northern California. (The Australian)

  • Barrenjoey initiates TAB outsourcing exploration, approaching Tabcorp, Sportsbet, and Entain. (The Australian)

  • KKR’s Colonial First State has joined the bidding for Perpetual, adding to the competition for the financial services firm. (AFR)

  • International PE eyes Aussie non-bank lenders like Pepper Money, Liberty, Resimac, and Latitude amid favourable conditions and undervaluation. (The Australian)

Capital Markets

  • Metals Acquisition Corp launches book build for $US600m Australian dual listing. (The Australian)


  • The MRFF has invested $3.25m in four digital health startups through ANDHealth+. (Startup Daily)

People moves

  • Equity rivals lure talent from Fidelity International. (AFR)

  • KKR, EQT and General Atlantic are on the prowl for local dealmakers to fill Australian ranks. (AFR)

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