Acquirer: Centennial Coal Company Ltd; Target: Powercoal Pty Ltd


Summary Centennial Coal proposes to acquire Powercoal, an owner and operator of coal mines in NSW and a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Power which is a statutory corporation established under the Electricity (Pacific Power) Act 1950 (NSW)
Outcome Not Opposed
Date completed 6th August 2002
Merger type Horizontal
Guidelines thresholds Below
Imports about 10% No
Market definition
The Commission considered the relevant market to be the market for thermal coal in NSW.
Competition analysis
The Commission decided that the proposed acquisition did not appear to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the market for the supply of thermal coal in NSW. This was because:
- the market concentration of the merged entity would be below the Commission's safe harbour threshold;
- the large volume of exports from domestic suppliers, including the parties, indicated that Australian coal is priced at internationally competitive levels. Suppliers are also likely to be able to divert supply from export markets to defeat a rise in domestic prices; and
- countervailing power appears to be present among some major customers of the parties.
Date raised 27th November 2001
Initiation Parties
ANZSIC code 1101