Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
Freedom and Truth

QR National shares go public

The share prices for Queensland Rail National announced recently will range between $2.50 and $3.00 per share.

This will place the value of the Top 50 Australian Stock Exchange Company between $6.1 billion and $7.3 billion.

Queensland Rail National are Australia's largest frieght operator

Queensland Rail National is Australia's largest freight operator. Photo: Olivia Noakes.

The float is at the forefront of the State Government’s controversial $15 billion sell-off of five key assets, aimed at fixing the state’s budgetary problems and restoring its triple A credit rating.

Opposition leader John Paul Langbroek says this is not a smart move on behalf of the Bligh government.

“Anna Bligh is saying ‘be part of something’. We think this is part of Labor’s big lie, all to pay off Labor’s big debt and it’s all being done by mean of Labor’s big fire sale, ” Mr Langbroek said.

“The risk is that we’re losing control of something that we currently own and we think that Queenslanders want to own it, 80 per cent say that we shouldn’t be selling our assets in a fire sale simply because Labor went broke in a boom,” he said.

Like the privatisation of Telstra a decade ago, the QR National shares are aimed at Australian ‘mum and dad’ investors.

Financial Advisor Chris Jones believes with a diverse portfolio, investing in QR National may provide a profitable return.

“QR National are the largest freight operator in country, they don’t have a lot of direct competition and it is coming off the back of a resource boom which is still going to continue for some time; in short it looks good and it should help the state dramatically,” Mr Jones said.

By contrast, stockbroker Warwick Foot warns investing in QR National is not without its risks.

“Predominantly the risks relate around the volume of coal shipped across their below rail assets so essentially they miss out on contract renewals with the big mining companies that would have a detrimental effect over the next few years,” Mr Foot said.

The retail price, institutional price and the basis of allocation will be announced on November 22.