Summerset shares gain 2.6% after Quadrant finishes exit
Summerset shares gain 2.6% after Quadrant sells remaining stake for $155 million
By Tina Morrison
Oct. 18 (BusinessDesk) – Shares in Summerset Group Holdings climbed 2.6 percent after Australia’s Quadrant Private Equity sold down its remaining stake in the New Zealand retirement operator and developer for $155 million.
Summerset shares rose 8 cents to $3.22 when they resumed trading at 3:30pm after being halted while the sale took place. QPE Funds Management, the Quadrant unit that held the stock, sold 50 million shares at $3.10 apiece to institutional and retail investors in New Zealand and overseas, Wellington-based Summerset said in a statement.
“The Summerset board welcomes new shareholders to the register and appreciates the support shown to the business and its growth plans,” chairman Rob Campbell said in the statement. “The company has a strong capital structure and shareholding base, with a good mix of investors, both in New Zealand and offshore.”
The final sell down removes an overhang on the stock and means Quadrant has reaped about $424.4 million from a staged exit of its holding in Summerset, New Zealand’s third-largest listed retirement village operator. Today was the third sell-down this year as Quadrant looked to realise cash from floating the retirement operator on the NZX in 2011.
Quadrant sold $83.6 million of shares into the initial public offer, which also raised $50 million of new capital, before two further sell-downs this year of $96.8 million and $89 million.
The Australian private equity firm completed its full takeover of Summerset in 2010, buying the 50 percent it didn’t own from fund manager AMP Capital Investors New Zealand.
AMP Capital sold up after it failed to get the retirement village operator away in a public float in 2007. Quadrant came on board in 2008, investing A$90.5 million of an A$500 million private equity fund.
Today’s sale will further expand the shareholder base which has increased to more than 6,000 investors from an initial 1,215 when the stock listed in November 2011, the company said.