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

 


Farmers say ‘yes’ to rural stores merger

Media release: February 27, 2013

Farmers say ‘yes’ to rural stores merger

Farmer Shareholders in the rural supply co-ops Farmlands and CRT have agreed to merge the two Societies with a majority of Farmlands and CRT Shareholders voting in favour of merger in today’s second special vote.

It means an immediate bonus for Shareholders in both co-ops. A bonus share issue of $32 million shares is being made to shareholders to distribute the retained earnings and unallocated reserves of the two co-operatives prior to merging.

And the two companies will distribute more than $8 million in an interim bonus rebate to Shareholders. This relates to their trading with the two co-operatives over the period 1 July– 31 December 2012. The rebate will be paid in a 60/40 share/cash split.

The decision clears the way for a March 1, 2013 merger of the two businesses, creating a nationwide farm supplies co-op with 54,000 members throughout New Zealand, more than 1,000 staff, 47 farm supplies stores in the North Island and 31 in the South Island and combined historic sales of $2 billion a year.

Farmlands chairman Lachie Johnstone, who will chair the Establishment Board of the merged entity, and CRT chairman Don McFarlane said they were very pleased with the outcome.

“The boards and management of both companies both worked hard to formulate and evaluate the proposal before it was put to Shareholders. It makes a lot of sense and we’re pleased these plans have been endorsed by the Shareholders of both organisations,” they said in a joint statement.

Mr Johnstone said the Establishment Board and management would move quickly to ensure merger gains were captured on behalf of Shareholders.

All Shareholders would shortly receive information about the bonus issues to be completed as part of the new capital structure of the merged co-op, he said.

Mr McFarlane said the quality of the analysis and consultation process was a tribute to both management teams and Boards, and he was delighted the merger would proceed.

“It’s an historic milestone for both Societies, and one that I am sure we will look back on as a valuable and worthwhile step,” he said.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Housing: Affordability Drops 14%, Driven By Auckland Prices

Housing affordability across New Zealand fell 14 percent in the year ending November 2014, with Auckland’s lack of affordability set to reach levels it hit during the height of the global financial crisis, according to the latest Massey University Home Affordability Report More>>

ALSO:

The Dry: Fonterra Drops Forecast Milk Volumes By 3.3 Percent

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the worlds largest dairy exporter, reduced its milk volume forecast for the 2014-2015 season by 3.3 per cent due to the impact of dry weather on production in recent weeks. More>>

ALSO:

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news