MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares dip

Published: Wed 14 Aug 2019 09:01 PM
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares dip as SkyCity result continues steady reporting season
By Paul McBeth
Aug. 14 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares dipped as the local reporting season continued to meet expectations with SkyCity Entertainment Group posting a small increase in underlying earnings and signalling growth in the current year.
The S/NZX 50 Index decreased 5.01 points, or 0.05 percent, to 10,849.76. Within the index, 18 stocks fell, 25 rose, and seven were unchanged. Turnover was $137.6 million.
SkyCity decreased 1 percent to $3.97, with 570,000 shares changing hands, less than its 90-day average of 789,000. The casino operator reported a 1.9 percent lift in normalised earnings, which smooths out the impact of big wins by its high rollers. Those wealthy international players had a good year at the casino operator's expense, helping push down net profit 15 percent.
"It was okay - there were no major surprises in there and the guidance for next year was for some growth," said Mark Lister, head of private wealth research at Craigs Investment Partners.
"It's reasonable. It looks like the new financial year has started pretty well with most of the properties trading in line with expectations."
Fletcher Building fell 1.3 percent to $4.63 on a volume of 2.5 million shares, more than twice its 1 million average. SkyCity today said it has withheld $39.5 million of payments from Fletcher over the delayed construction of its downtown Auckland convention centre and hotel.
Precinct Properties New Zealand, which reports on Friday, rose 0.6 percent to $1.83 on a volume of 2.5 million, almost three times it 893,000 average. The commercial landlord also has a dispute with Fletcher over the construction of its Commercial Bay development in the Auckland CBD.
Lister said company results so far have been in line with expectations, but most firms will report in the coming two weeks. Of those that have reported so far, Contact Energy rose 0.7 percent to $8.38 on a bigger volume than usual of 2 million shares, Summerset Group increased 0.5 percent to $5.90 and NZX climbed 2.5 percent to $1.23, its highest close in almost five years.
Heartland Group Holdings advanced 1.3 percent to $1.62 ahead of its annual result tomorrow.
Infratil led the market lower, down 2.4 percent at $4.82 on a volume of 541,000 shares, down on its 733,000. Sky Network Television fell 2.4 percent to $1.22 and Fonterra Shareholders' Fund units dropped 2.2 percent to $3.53.
Spark New Zealand was the most traded stock on a volume of 4.3 million shares, more than its 3 million average. It rose 0.4 percent to $4.07. Of other companies trading on volumes of more than a million shares, Kiwi Property was unchanged at $1.64, Meridian Energy decreased 0.8 percent to $4.84 and Goodman Property Trust increased 0.2 percent to $2.14.
Gentrack posted the day's biggest gain, up 2.6 percent at $5.60 on a volume of 52,000 shares, about half its 90-day average. The stock was upgraded by a broker this week, and Lister said some investors may be seeing it as a better-valued growth option than the likes of Vista International Group - up 2.4 percent at $5.60 today - and ASX-listed Xero, which rose 1.1 percent to A$62.70 in late trading. Xero holds its annual meeting in Auckland tomorrow.
Property For Industry increased 1.1 percent to $2.30 after saying it finalised an agreement to buy a site in Mangere, Auckland for $34.2 million.
Outside the benchmark index, Colonial Motor Co was unchanged at $9.10 after reporting a 12 percent decline in annual profit, ending nine years of growth. The board declared a final dividend of 30 cents per share, taking the annual payment to 45 cents, down from 50 cents a year earlier.
PGG Wrightson fell 6.1 percent to $2.16 after yesterday reporting a decline in earnings from continuing operations on the lingering malaise in the rural sector.
The Local Government Agency's 2033 bond paying annual interest of 3.5 percent was the most traded debt security on a volume of 2 million. The notes closed at a yield of 1.99 percent, down 2 basis points.
Heartland Bank's 2024 bonds paying 3.55 percent traded on a volume of 1.3 million, closing at a yield of 2.64 percent, up 2 basis points. Chorus's 2021 bonds paying 4.12 percent traded on a volume of 1 million, closing at a yield of 2.1 percent, down 9 basis points. Chorus shares fell 0.5 percent to $5.57, a dividend yield of 3.95 percent.
Independent, Trustworthy New Zealand Business News
The Wellington-based BusinessDesk team provides a daily news feed for a serious business audience.
Contact BusinessDesk

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Contact delivers for customers, employees and shareholders
By: Contact Energy
OceanaGold Announces Receipt Of WKP Mining Permit
By: OceanaGold
COVID-19 lockdown has widespread effects on labour market
By: Statistics New Zealand
New Research By NZ Post Shows Online Shopping Grew 105% In Alert Level 3
By: New Zealand Post
Westpac NZ Lowers Merchant Fees For Small Businesses
By: Westpac New Zealand
Million Dollar Plus Property Sales Increase 11.7% Nationally, Says REINZ
Ice-olation For Antarctica New Zealand
By: Antarctica New Zealand
July House Price Index illustrates market resilience
By: QV Valuations
Queenstown Rents Experience Biggest Drop In Seven Years
By: Trade Me Property
The Quiet Earth
By: Auckland University
James Shaw says Kiwibank, not ministers should decide on investors
Kiwis Confident Financial Markets Will Recover From COVID-19, Plan To Increase Investments
By: Financial Markets Authority
Warehouse Using Covid For Cover As Extensive Restructure Makes Everyone Worse Off
By: FIRST Union
Stronger Green Voice Needed Next Term To Stop More Mining On Or Under Conservation Land
By: Green Party
Unemployment Figures Don’t Tell The Full Story
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media