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S&P/NZX 50 index closes up amid anticipation of Ebos Group's acquisition

EditorAmbhini Aishwarya
Published 2023-11-20, 01:16 a/m
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The S&P/NZX 50 Index in New Zealand closed higher today, marking a slight gain as investors eagerly await details of Ebos Group's potential multi-billion-dollar acquisition of veterinary services provider Greencross. Shares of Ebos remain in a trading halt pending the announcement of the deal, which is speculated to involve a significant capital raise between $2.5-$3 billion.

Ebos Group, which last year raised $845 million to acquire Life Healthcare and expand into the South East Asian market, is now poised for another substantial financial move. The acquisition of Greencross, currently owned by TPG Capital along with key shareholders such as Ontario Pension Plan and AustralianSuper, is valued at around $3.5 billion.

The day's trading saw mixed performances across various sectors. Notable movements included:

  • Fisher and Paykel Healthcare reaching $22.23.
  • Tourism Holdings jumping by 3.82% to $3.53.
  • Auckland International Airport climbing to $7.85 ahead of an MSCI Index reweighting.
  • Seeka growing by over six percent to $2.45.
  • Genesis Energy (NYSE:GEL) selecting Gentrack, which rose by over two percent, for its digital transformation.

Gentrack has notably rebounded nearly 209% from a low point over the past year after securing new contracts and previously hitting a high of $7.15 in September 2018.

In contrast, the retail sector faced downturns with Briscoe Group and The Warehouse experiencing losses amid broader retail softness. Other companies such as Mainfreight and Vulcan Steel also saw declines.

Sky TV and Allied Farmers' shares improved, with Allied Farmers growing to 83c. Energy stocks had a mixed day, with Meridian Energy seeing a slight rise while Vector declined.

In strategic shifts within the insurance sector, Tower Insurance announced it would cease insuring commercial farms starting February next year. This move is part of Tower's strategy to concentrate on personal and small business insurance, including lifestyle blocks, moving away from commercial farm insurance which contributed gross written premiums worth $9 million annually.

Market participants like Matt Goodson highlighted that the potential capital raise by Ebos could be one of New Zealand's largest, following their previous capital influx for the Life Healthcare purchase. Investors are closely monitoring these developments as they could significantly impact the market dynamics in the coming days.

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