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Wrightson Finance increases bond sale

Published: Thu 20 Nov 2008 12:55 PM
Wrightson Finance increases bond sale to NZ$100 mln
Nov. 19 – PGG Wrightson Finance, the rural financing unit of PGW Wrightson, increased its sale of 21-month bonds to NZ$100 million from NZ$75 million because of strong demand for the debt.
The sale, which is underwritten up to NZ$75 million by manager Forsyth Barr, will pay back NZ$20 million of existing debt and give the firm more diversified funding, according to Mark Darrow, director of financial services.
“There has been a strong expression of confidence in the company, which is very gratifying at a time when many other finance businesses are struggling,” Darrow said today.
The bonds pay annual interest of 8.25% or 2.25% over the swap mid rate through until October 2010 and Wrightson retains the right to extend the maturity through to October 2011, in the event the Deposit Guarantee Scheme is extended by the same period.
The firm is currently seeking a credit rating through Standard & Poor’s to meet the supervisory requirements of the central bank. It expects “to continue the profitable growth of its lending operations throughout New Zealand, based on the ongoing strength in the rural sector, out strong competitive position and continued support of investors,” Darrow said.
Shares of PGG Wrightson were unchanged at NZ$1.47.
(Businesswire)

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