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


UPDATED: Guinness Peat exits Tower stake for $118 mln

UPDATED: Guinness Peat exits last asset outside Coats, sells Tower stake for $118 mln

(Adds First NZ Capital handled sale in second paragraph, updates shares)

Sept 30 (BusinessDesk) - Guinness Peat Group has sold its stake in Tower for about $118 million leaving the UK threadmaker Coats as its sole investment and signalling the end of its portfolio divestment.

GPG sold about 69.6 million shares at $1.70 apiece, the company said in a statement to the NZX. That’s 5.6 percent below the level they traded On Friday. Today the stock fell 1.1 percent to $1.78. First NZ Capital handled the sale, of which at least 19.9 percent was placed to institutions and retail investors at $1.70 per share, according to a separate substantial security holder notice.

Shares of Tower, which sold its life business to Fidelity Life Assurance for about $145 million in cash and liabilities in May, have fallen 6.4 percent this year, while the NZX 50 Index climbed 18 percent.

GPG plans to rebrand as Coats following the divestment process. The latest sale would lift its cash holdings to about 390 million pounds.

Shares of GPG rose 0.9 percent to 57.5 cents, valuing the company at $802 million. The stock is rated a ‘hold’ based on the consensus of seven analysts polled by Reuters.

GPG plans to return capital to shareholders once its asset sales are completed and the business transformed into Coats, though the total of the return depends on the UK’s Pensions Regulator review of GPG’s obligations under the Coats Pension Plan and Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme, which remain on its books.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news