NEC Update On Merger With Fairfax

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The merger with Fairfax media has now been implemented by Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (ASX: NEC). The company has issued 834,020,062 new ordinary Nine shares in accordance with the scheme as consideration which resulted in a total number of Nine shares post-implementation of 1,705,393,253. These new Nine shares will convert to NEC shares as at Monday, 10 December 2018 and marking the final step in the merger process will trade on the ASX on a normal settlement basis.

Mr. Patrick Allaway, Mr. Nick Falloon and Ms. Mickie Rosen have been appointed as non-executive Directors of Nine with effect from December 7, 2018. While effective today i.e. December 7, 2018, Ms. Janette Kendall and Mr. David Gyngell will retire from the company’s Board. Peter Costello Chairman of Nine wants to acknowledge the contributions of both Janette and David and also thank them for their commitment to the company over the years. One of the largest multi-platform media companies in Australia has been created by the combination of Nine and Fairfax to take advantage of further growth opportunities with complementary premium assets and balance sheet capacity.

To be `fully implemented over two years as announced in July 2018 of the initial estimate of annualized Pro-Forma cost savings, the company confirms that $35m has been realized on implementation. These savings are mainly from sales, duplicated corporate costs and digital publishing. A further c$30m for a total of c$65m has now been identified, $50m of which will be realized by less than one year after the merger announcement in June 2019 on an annual basis, with the remainder by June 2020. However, the justification of technology costs is still largely to be addressed. Above and beyond Nine’s ongoing, business will be these synergies as usual revenue and cost management which has been a feature of results in recent years.

Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (ASX: NEC) opened at a market price of $1.655 and went to a day high of $1.720 and a day low of $1.582, after witnessing a flat change the stock is currently trading at a market price of $1.635 with a market capitalization of $1.42 billion. The company has an annualized dividend yield of 6.12%. In the last 12 months period the stock has witnessed a positive change of 2.51%.


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