Yovich & Co. Market Update - 04 December 2019

Dec 4, 2019 | Commentary

Market News



In summary, last week saw the NZX50G with 9 companies on the downside, 38 companies on the upside and 3 unchanged. The NZX50G had a bumper week up 3.38%, this being the greatest weekly gain so far this year. The previous week influences were Ryman increasing 4.57% to $15.10 trading at a high of $15.22, along with the power gentailers who have started to see a share price recovery since the talks between Energy Minister Megan Woods and Rio Tinto executives. On a rolling monthly, quarterly and yearly return the index has increased 4.88%, 5.20% and 28.25% respectively. On Thursday 5 December the new capital requirements for NZ banks will be released by the RBNZ, the same day the Commerce Commission is due to release the final Fuel Study Report. On the housing front NZ housing prices are expected to rise 5% in 2019 and 4.5% in 2020 (Jarden).   

Investment News

New Zealand Equities

Westpac Bank

Is all through the media with regards to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac). On 19 November the Austrac released a statement that it is seeking a civil penalty order against Westpac to the sum of A$1billion, due to the bank not complying with Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act. This also comes at a time when Westpac has a Share Purchase Plan offer available to current shareholders.  The share price has fallen from a one year high of $32.30 to currently trading at NZ$25.54. Yovich & Co believe that this presents an entry level or accumulate opportunity. Current: PE Ratio; 11.93, Share price; $25.25, Gross yield; 7.45%.


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Synlait Milk

Has announced an unsecured subordinated fixed rate bond. The $150m bond issue (with the right for $50m in oversubscriptions) is to pay down debt and provide diversification of funding sources to support Synlait’s growth strategy. The fixed interest rate will be set at the sum of the Swap Rate plus the Issue Margin of between 2.50% to 2.70%, but will be no less than the Minimum Interest Rate of 3.70%, and will be announced via the NZX on 6 December being the Rate Set Date. Current: PE Ratio; 20.03, Share price; $9.19.





















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