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


$6.50 a share takeover offer for Acurity

NZX and Media Release final

Connor Healthcare launches $6.50 a share takeover offer for Acurity Health Group

Connor Healthcare Limited (Connor), a company jointly established by the two principal shareholders in Acurity, has today issued a takeover notice to acquire the balance of the shares it does not own in the listed private healthcare provider at $6.50 per share.

The all-cash offer represents a premium of 24% above the closing price on the NZX Main Board of $5.25 on 25 July 2014 of Acurity’s shares.

Connor’s spokesman Mark Stewart says the offer will be attractive to Acurity’s shareholders who have seen meagre total returns over the last four years.

“Acurity faces formidable challenges including considerable expenditure estimated at approximately $50 million (Forsyth Barr research report dated 19 May 2014) to meet the earthquake code requirements at its flagship hospital in Wellington. This capital expenditure represents between $2.00 and $3.00 per share purely to maintain the existing capacity at the hospital.”

Acurity’s shares are illiquid, and largely neglected by institutional investors who would otherwise stimulate investor interest and be a creative force for change. These factors, along with the fact that any significant capital expenditure will only generate acceptable returns in the long term, have lead the majority shareholders to the view that it is in Acurity’s best interest for it to be privatised.

“Connor believes its offer, at a premium of 24% to the 30-day volume weighted average price (VWAP) is the highest price Acurity shares have traded at in four years, will be compelling to Acurity shareholders.”

The main points of the offer are:
• Cash of $6.50 per share for all the fully paid ordinary shares of Acurity
• The offer price represents a 24% premium to the 30 day VWAP
• The offer price represents a 24% premium to the closing price of Acurity’s shares on the NZX Main Board on 25 July 2014
• It provides an opportunity for shareholders to realise cash for their infrequently traded shares
Connor is a company that will be 75% owned by Austron (a company jointly owned by the Royston Hospital Trust Board and interests associated with the Stewart family of Christchurch) and 25% owned by Sydney-based Evolution Healthcare (NZ) Pty Limited when the takeover offer is satisfied.

Austron and associated parties currently hold 59.07% of the shares in Acurity and Evolution controls 11.7 % of its shares.

The takeover offer, which is subject to conditions set out in the Takeover Notice including a 90% minimum acceptance condition and approval from the Overseas Investment Office, is expected to be sent to Acurity shareholders on 26 August 2014.

About Evolution Healthcare
Evolution is a leading provider of healthcare services in Australia and New Zealand. We focus on attracting and training the best staff, partnering with leading medical professionals and healthcare providers and investing in modern private healthcare facilities to offer our patients excellence in healthcare. Evolution separately owns and operates Shellharbour Private, South Coast Private, Boulcott, Canberra Private and Waratah Private hospitals.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Housing: English On Housing Affordability And The Economy

"Long lead times in the planning process tend to drive prices higher in the upswing of the housing cycle. And those lead times increase the risk that eight years later, when additional supply arrives, the demand shock that spurred the additional supply has reversed. The resulting excess supply could produce a price crash..." More>>


Sweet Health: Sugary Drinks Banned From Hospitals And Health Boards

All hospitals and DHBs are expected to kick sugary drinks out of their premises. University of Auckland researcher, Dr Gerhard Sundborn who also heads public health advocacy group “FIZZ”, says he welcomes the initiative. More>>


NASA: Evidence Of Liquid Water On Today's Mars

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. More>>


Bird Brains: Robins Can Just Be Generally Clever

Research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed that birds may possess a ‘general intelligence’ similar to humans, with some individuals able to excel in multiple cognitive tests. More>>


Psa-V: Positive Result On Whangarei Kiwifruit Orchard

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has received a Psa-V positive test result on Hort16A and male vines on a kiwifruit orchard in Whangarei. This is the first confirmed case of Psa-V on an orchard in the Whangarei region. More>>

Regional Accents: Are Microbes The Key To Geographical Differences In Wine?

A new study of six of New Zealand’s major wine-growing regions has found that differences in flavour and aroma of wine from different areas may depend more on microbes than was previously thought. More>>


Science: AgResearch To Cut Science Staff In Areas Of 'Reduced Demand'

“We are therefore consulting with our staff from today on a proposal to reduce science staff in areas of shrinking demand. Combined with recruitment planned in areas of growing demand, this would mean a net reduction of 15 scientists and 41 technicians at AgResearch in the 2015/16 year." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news