FMA halts Forestlands plan to distribute $18M after sales

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March 22 (BusinessDesk) – The Financial Markets Authority is talking to Forestlands over $18 million the forest owner planned to distribute to investors after selling its assets.Wednesday 22 March 2017 04:21 PM

FMA halts Forestlands plan to distribute $18M after asset sales

By Paul McBeth

March 22 (BusinessDesk) – The Financial Markets Authority is talking to Forestlands over $18 million the forest owner planned to distribute to investors after selling its assets.

The market watchdog said it received a number of complaints from Forestlands investors about the group and has asked the firm to place the $18 million set aside for distributions into a trust account until more inquiries are made.

Last month Forestlands told its shareholders it was finalising payment details after selling its forests with a view to making distributions in March and April of this year. A later update on March 15 said it was “working through the individual valuations of the respective Forestlands Companies” with the net proceeds held in trust until that was completed, and that it had been in contact with the regulator “regarding the sale and won’t be making any distribution to shareholders until we complete the above task, or without the agreement of the FMA”.

The market watchdog today said it had issues with the accuracy of that March 15 statement and stressed that it was published without the FMA’s knowledge.

Forestlands owned 1,934 hectares of forest land through a group of companies on the east coast of the North Island and in the south-west of the South Island, according to its website.

(BusinessDesk)
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