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International Growth Opportunity with an income bias

The Bankers Investment Trust PLC The Bankers Investment Trust PLC is a listed fund that provides investors with exposure to global equities. This is achieved by the current manager, Alex Crooke of the Henderson Group, through his ability to select stocks and set asset allocation. Historically around two thirds of performance has been derived from stock selection and one third from asset allocation. There is some risk of getting asset allocation calls wrong, but because the portfolio is highly diverse...
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RaboBank Capital Securities (RBOHA)

Credit Rating: BBB- Investment Grade First Call Date: Oct 8 2017 Gross Yield if Called: 8.65%p.a. Rabobank is a brand well known to most New Zealanders. The Dutch banking cooperative has developed a presence in New Zealand, particularly in the rural sector. The relative safety of Rabobank is why we are happy to hold some of their resettable securities in our fixed interest portfolios. Although they are complex securities, the relative safety of Rabobank, and the potential return over the...

The Sky TV and Vodafone Acquisition

Sky Network Television’s proposed acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand is an admission that structural pressures on its pay-TV model are too great for the firm to handle solo. It has instead opted to go down the convergence path and acquire a telecom entity: one that is the leading mobile operator but in a country that Vodafone’s parent appears to view as a mature, marginal market. The acquisition multiple of 7.1 times Vodafone NZ’s fiscal 2017 EBITDA is reasonable, especially as...
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Brexit - Should they stay or should they go?

On the 23rd of June 2016, Britain will vote on whether to stay within the European Union (EU). What does it all mean? What does it mean for Europe, the UK and the World? What does it mean for your portfolio? Firstly, what is “Brexit”? What is it? Brexit is an abbreviation of "British exit" that mirrors the term Grexit. It refers to the possibility that Britain will withdraw from the European Union. The country will hold an in-out referendum...

Richard Boulton

Richard Boulton has left Hamilton Hindin Greene after over 30 years of service. Over the years Richard has been Managing Director, Managing Principle, Director and shareholder of HHG. He has seen the firm change from a partnership to a company and been through the introduction of formal compliance processes, not to mention numerous market events and the Christchurch Earthquake. HHG wishes Richard well for the future and he has left in the knowledge that his clients are in the safe hands...
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Settlement: T + 2

Important notice regarding settlement of NZX and ASX transactions. What is the change? On 7 March 2016 the NZX and ASX markets reduced their current settlement period of trade date plus three business days (T+3) to a settlement period of trade date plus two business days (T+2) for trades on their markets. Why is the change being made? Shortening of the settlement period on NZX and ASX markets will ensure NZX and ASX match international best practice in this area and...
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Reset Security Opportunity Hybrid Securities - ASBPA & ASBPB

ASB Capital was incorporated in 2002 as a special purpose company to issue perpetual preference shares (ASBPA). It was a subsidiary of CBA Funding (NZ) Ltd. The ultimate parent of this company, and of ASB Bank Ltd, is Commonwealth Bank of Australia. ASB Capital No.2 was incorporated in 2004 as a special purpose company to issue perpetual preference shares (ASBPB). In March 2006 it announced that, as part of a restructuring, the party responsible for its shares would become ASB Group...
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Positive Indications For NZ Stocks From The Solid Reporting Season

The New Zealand reporting season finished up more or less in line with our expectations. In aggregate around 60- 70% of the companies reported results that were in line with expectations, 20% reported results ahead of expectations and the rest reported below par profitability and earnings resulted in a commensurate increase in dividend payments. We believe that a strong economy and supportive exchange and interest rates should assist corporate profits in general over the next 6-12 months. This along with healthy...
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Pacific Edge - Internationalising the Entrepreneurial Firm

Pacific Edge Ltd is a NZX listed [PEB.NZX], New Zealand based biotechnology firm, specialising in the field of bladder cancer detection, through their primary product suite called ‘CX-Bladder’. The technology has been derived from the University of Otago and was established in 2001. The primary competitive advantage of the CX-Bladder product suite; is the non-invasive (urine) testing and their market leading diagnostic accuracy, compared to other urine based testing. The incumbent diagnostic tool is cystoscopy, which involves having a narrow tube...

Iron Ore

Iron Ore Breaches $40 in Singapore as Rising Supply to Feed Glut Most-active iron ore futures in Singapore sank below $40 a metric ton for the first time on concern that the economic slowdown in China will cut demand as supplies from the largest miners climb. The SGX AsiaClear contract for January fell 2.7 percent to $39.67 a ton at 4:34 p.m. in Singapore, heading for the lowest close since trading started in April 2013. On the Dalian Commodity Exchange, futures...
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