NZ shares rise and Fisher and Paykel gains
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 6:29p.m.
New Zealand shares rose, with Fisher & Paykel Appliances leading gainers for a third day after its biggest shareholder, Haier, detailed its offer to buy the remaining 80 percent of the company at a premium to recent trading.
Retailers Michael Hill International and the Warehouse Group were among the other gainers.
The NZX 50 Index rose 44.76 points, or 1.2 percent, to 3789.71.
Within the index, 36 stocks rose, seven fell and seven were unchanged. Turnover was a higher-than-average $152.8 million, with F&P Appliances, Fletcher Building and Telecom all trading heavily.
F&P Appliances rose 12 per cent to $1.16, the highest since October 2008. Qingdao-based Haier has gained the agreement of FPA's second-largest shareholder, Allan Gray Australia, to sell its 17.46 percent stake into the offer.
That means Haier only has to get about another 13 percent to win control of the Auckland-based manufacturer. It is offering $1.20 a share cash.
"It is sad to see an iconic New Zealand company disappear off the bourse," said James Smalley, client adviser at Hamilton Hindin Greene.
"The Chinese have laid their cards on the table and the stock is trading like the bid is going to be successful."
PGG Wrightson, New Zealand's largest agricultural company and majority owned by Chinese investor Agria, rose 5.6 percent to 38 cents.
"You may have seen some buy-through in PGG after Fisher & Paykel because they have a Chinese-based shareholder - investors may be hoping lightning strikes twice," Smalley said.
Michael Hill, New Zealand's only listed jewellery maker, rose 3.5 per cent to $1.17 and has gained 32 percent this year. Warehouse Group gained 1.8 percent to $2.87.
Fletcher Building, New Zealand biggest construction company, rose 1.5 percent to $6.72. Auckland International Airport, the nation's major gateway, climbed 2.3 percent to $2.64.
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