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For the company separated from Transfield Services in 1997, see Tenix.
Industry Infrastructure maintenance services
Founded 2001 (Listing on ASX)
Founder Franco Belgiorno-Nettis AC
Headquarters North Sydney, Australia
Area served
Australia, Canada, Chile, New Caledonia, Philippines, India, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United States
Key people
Paul McClintock AO (Chairman)
Fidel Lopez (MD & CEO)
Vince Nicoletti (CFO)
Services Operations, maintenance, and asset and project management services
Revenue Increase A$3.208 billion (2011)[1]
Increase A$3.295 billion[1]
Decrease (A$20 million)[1]
Total assets Increase A$2.267 billion[1]
Total equity Increase A$1.124 billion[1]
Number of employees
Subsidiaries APP, Easternwell, ICD.

Broadspectrum (ASXBRS), formerly known as Transfield Services Ltd. (TSE), was an Australian publicly listed corporation, in June 2016 it was acquired by Ferrovial.[2] It provides operations and maintenance, asset management, project and capital management outsourcing and infrastructure development services to the resources and industrial, infrastructure services and property and facilities management sectors. The Company operates in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Chile, Brunei, New Caledonia, and The Philippines.


Broadspectrum operates across diverse industries, including property and facilities management (i.e offshore detention camps for refugees [3]), defence, transport (including road, rail and public transport), utilities (including water, power, and telecommunications), and mining and chemical processing and hydrocarbons. Broadspectrum's clients include major national and international companies, as well as all levels of government.[4]


Broadspectrum was known as Transfield Services until 2015. The origins of Transfield Services Ltd. can be traced to 1956 when Transfield Pty. Ltd. was founded in Australia by an Italian-born immigrant electrical engineer, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, who was joined soon after by a former colleague from EPT (Electric Power Transmission, an offshoot of Milan-based Societa' Anonima Elettrificazione, which was constructing powerlines), Carlo Salteri. The logo of Transfield Services, designed by Belgiorno-Nettis, reflected its electricity industry origins; it was intended to represent a high-voltage transmission tower, with an accompanying red electrical spark.

Together Saltieri and Belgiorno-Nettis built Transfield into one of Australia's most successful companies focused on major engineering projects, such as bridges, tunnels, dams, hydro-electric and coal power stations, oil rigs, concert halls, sugar mills and power lines. Included in their list of achievements are the construction of the Gateway Bridge in Brisbane and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. By the early 1980s, Transfield had in excess of 3,000 employees and an annual turnover of A$350 million; and within five years grew to be the biggest engineering firm in south-east Asia. The Company acquired the Williamstown Dockyard in Melbourne and, in 1989 after winning a A$6 billion contract to build ten ANZAC class frigates for the Australian and New Zealand governments, the largest defence contract in Australia at the time.[5][6] When visiting Australia in 1986 Pope John Paul II toured the Transfield factory located at Seven Hills.[7]

The Company established a naval shipbuilding capability in Australia first known as AMECON, then as Transfield Defence Systems, with the successful construction of two FFG7 - Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. It was later awarded the Anzac Ship Project contract,[6] for 10 Anzac class frigates, eight for the Royal Australian Navy and two for the Royal New Zealand Navy.

In 1989, Salteri and Belgiorno-Nettis stood down as joint managing directors of Transfield Holdings (as the company was then named) in favour of their eldest sons, Paul Salteri and Marco Belgiorno-Zegna.[8] However, in a dispute between Salteri and Belgiorno-Nettis in 1995, the differences between the two families became irreconcillable and Transfield, then valued at A$733.2 million was split in two.[5] The Belgiorno-Nettis family kept the name Transfield, having earlier established Transfield Holdings’ Operations and Maintenance division in 1993 at Mobil Altona in Victoria.

Separation of Holdings and Services businesses[edit]

In 2001, the Operations and Maintenance division was separated and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange as Transfield Services Ltd.[9]

As a private investment and development company, Transfield Holdings retained a minority shareholding in Transfield Services. Its joint managing directors, Guido and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, sons of Franco, were both directors on the Board of Transfield Services Ltd., until 2012. The two businesses have similar logos and are often confused, but are separate legal entities. Services licences its brand from Holdings.

In June 2007, Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund was floated, comprising seven former Transfield Services assets; and later that year, the company acquired four wind farms.[9]

In April 2009, Transfield Services announced the appointment of Dr Peter Goode as managing director and chief executive officer, succeeding Peter Watson, who had been CEO since the company was listed on the ASX. Goode, born in South Australia, was a former senior executive with US–based oilfield services multinational Schlumberger, and the former Group President and CEO of Vetco. He stated that his strategy was to move Transfield Services into higher margin sectors, particularly providing maintenance services to the oil and gas sector.[10]

As part of this strategy Transfield Services acquired privately owned Australian well-servicing business Easternwell in December 2010 for A$575 million. Easternwell provides services to the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.[11][12]

In July 2011 Transfield Services sold its North American based facilities management business USM to Emcor for US$255 million (A$240m),[13] and also announced the sell down of 80 percent of its share in the Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund to Ratchaburi Australia, a subsidiary of Thai company Ratchaburi Electricity General Holding PLC. In announcing the sale, Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund said it would book an A$12.2 million loss on its investment.[14][15]

The retirement of the Belgiorno-Nettis brothers from the Board, the sons of the company's founder, took place in early August 2012 - with both stating they wanted to concentrate on philanthropic and community interests. The number of Transfield Holdings seats on the Board was reduced to one, with Roy McElvie a former Private Equity and Investment manager being appointed in the brothers' place.

McElvie has since resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Transfield Holdings, but retains a seat on the Transfield Services Board as a Non-Executive Director. As of November 2013 he no longer holds the status of Transfield Holdings nominee.

On 29 August 2012, concurrent with announcing its full year results, the company also disclosed that Peter Goode had resigned as MD and CEO to take up a position with Arle Capital Partners Ltd, a London-based private equity firm, effective 30 September. Transfield Service's board of directors announced the appointment of independent board director Graeme Hunt as Interim MD and CEO, and later confirmed his appointment at the company's annual meeting on 1 November.

Sell down of Holdings Interest in Services businesses and name change[edit]

Transfield Holdings announced on 10 September 2014 that it had sold its entire 11.3 per cent interest in Transfield Services, marking the end of its investment since the Services company was initially listed in 2001.[16]

In a statement Transfield Holdings said this sale and the sale of 0.4 per cent of the Belgiorno-Nettis family stake were an underwritten sale to a range of institutional investors.

The statement said this decision was taken following a strategic review of Transfield Holdings’ current investment portfolio and was in line with objectives to increase diversification and liquidity.

In February 2015 Transfield Services advised the ASX that Transfield Holdings had served it 12 months notice of termination of the right to use the name Transfield and the T logo. Both trademarks had been licensed for use from Holdings by Transfield Services since listing. Transfield Services said it would seek the approval of shareholders to change the Company's name later in 2015.[17]

Current operations[edit]

Current CEO and MD Graeme Hunt is a former BHP Chief Executive of Iron Ore, and was also Chief Executive Officer of Lihir Gold. On confirmation of his Managing Director role at Transfield Services, he signalled a review of the businesses portfolio of operations, announcing at the company's half year results on 26 February 2013 that it would divest the Marine Geotechnical and Mining Exploration Divisions of the Easternwell business, as well as the majority of the company's Middle East and Asia operations.

On 2 September 2013, the company announced that Chairman Tony Shepherd would not be seeking re-election and independent Director Diane Smith-Gander had been elected to lead the Board, effective from 24 October.

The company announced it was exiting the New Zealand hydrocarbons market on 22 October 2013 and selling its 50 percent share in its Transfield Worley joint venture for $30 million to current joint venture partner WorleyParsons. Transfield Services said money from the sale would be used to pay down debt.[18]

In January 2014 in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Transfield Services announced it would be responsible for support and "welfare services" at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection's facilities on the islands of Nauru and Manus, under a A$1.22 billion, 20-month contract. Transfield Services assumed control of the Manus facility on 28 March 2014 and is responsible for managing both facilities, catering, maintenance, recreation and educational activities. It subcontracts security services at both sites to Wilson Security.

In late 2015, the company's name was changed to Broadspectrum, after its founders withdrew its rights to use the name "Transfield" citing concerns over its management of offshore detention centres.[19]

Ferrovial Acquisition[edit]


Transfield Services announced to the ASX on 20 October 2014 that its Board had received an indicative, non-binding and conditional proposal from Spanish domiciled infrastructure services provider Ferrovial Servicios, S.A. to acquire 100 per cent of the issued shares in Transfield Services for a cash consideration of A$1.95 per share, less the value of any dividends or other distributions after 17 October 2014.[20]


According to Chairman Diane Smith-Gander,[citation needed] the Transfield Services Board rejected the offer as "not reflecting the underlying value of Transfield Services shares", but agreed to provide limited due diligence to Ferrovial to see if a higher price could be agreed upon. Ferrovial subsequently agreed to confidentiality terms allowing it to conduct limited due diligence, and not commence a hostile takeover bid prior to 26 February 2015.[21]


In April 2016 Ferrovial made another offer to acquire Broadspectrum.[22] The offer was accepted, and by 13 May 2016 more than 90% of shares had been acquired.[23][24]

Transfield Philanthropy[edit]

Under Franco Belgiorno-Nettis' leadership, Transfield had a commitment to supporting the arts. The company's involvement began when he launched the Transfield Art Prize. Commonly known in art circles as the 'Transfield',[citation needed][dubious ] the prize became one of Australia's major annual arts events.[citation needed] Since 1983, Transfield also supported the Biennale of Sydney, now one of the premier activities in the Australian arts calendar.[citation needed] In the 1990s Transfield began supporting the Australian Chamber Orchestra.[25] Both of these sponsorships have been continued by Transfield Holdings, separate from the Services business. Transfield Holdings and the Belgiorno-Nettis family have also had a long association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and donated A$4 million in 2007 to enable the creation of the Franco & Amina Belgiorno-Nettis & family Contemporary Galleries.[26]

The Transfield Foundation, a joint venture between Transfield Services and Transfield Holdings, was created in November 2010 and provides philanthropic support for innovation in employment and education, resources management and the arts across Australia.[27]

Arts communities[which?] have since rejected funding from Transfield due to Transfield's social image being tarnished by thousands[dubious ] of alleged human rights violations in the detention centres managed by Transfield.[citation needed]


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