Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Inl Shareholders Approve Sale To Fairfax


For release Monday 30 June 2003

Inl Shareholders Approve Sale To Fairfax


Independent Newspapers Limited today confirmed that a special meeting of shareholders had approved the sale of the company's New Zealand publishing assets to Fairfax New Zealand.

Chairman Ken Cowley said the proposed sale had received 94.23% support, with votes in favour of the sale accounting for 326.9 million shares.

The poll results are as follows:

FOR AGAINST TOTAL
Total Shares 326,943,842 20,003,531 346,947,343
% 94.23% 5.77% 100%

Mr Cowley said he was pleased that the proposal had met with such strong support.

The shareholder approval meant that the transaction would be finalised today.

Mr Cowley told a meeting of around 100 shareholders in Wellington today that the sale marked the end of an era and a long personal association for him with the INL publishing business.

"While it is an emotional occasion, the Board has always maintained that this sale represents the best opportunity for shareholders to maximise their investment."

Mr Cowley said the potential use of the sale proceeds would be considered expeditiously by the INL Board. He confirmed that future options included:
- The potential sale of the Geelong Advertiser
- A return of capital to shareholders
- Increasing INL's shareholding in Sky TV

Mr Cowley said the Board had commissioned an independent valuation of the Sky TV and would await this report before considering the matter any further. "We are considering the options around Sky, but I can assure you that we will not be paying any excessive price or premium."

[Ends]

- Independent Newspapers Limited is New Zealand's largest media company, publishing nine daily newspapers in New Zealand and one in Australia, plus New Zealand's two Sunday newspapers and the news and information website www.stuff.co.nz. In addition INL publishes a range of other weeklies and national magazines, including TV Guide and NZ House & Garden, operates New Zealand's largest magazine distribution business and publishes over 60 community newspaper titles in New Zealand and Australia. INL also holds a 66% interest in Sky Network Television Limited, New Zealand's pre-eminent pay television service. INL had total assets as of 31December 2002 of approximately $NZ2.1B and total annual revenues of approximately $NZ454M for the six months ended 31 December 2002.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: Julian Wilcox Leaves Māori TV

Māori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox. Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004. More>>

ALSO:

Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge

New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September

New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Outage: Power Mostly Restored Overnight

Vector wishes to advise that all but 324 customers have been restored overnight. These customers are spread throughout the network in small pockets. The main St Johns feeder was restored around midnight allowing most of the customers in all affected areas to have power this morning. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news