The Overseas Investment Office has released the following decisions for this month.

Deletions

Schedule of deletions in terms of section 17 of the Official Information Act 1982 and under the provisions of sections 9(2)(a) and/or 9(2)(b)(ii) and/or 9(2)(ba)(i) of that Act.

Case Number:

No Deletions

Statistical information on Overseas Investment Office decisions for November 2010

The following statistical information shows consents granted or declined by the Overseas Investment Office for the sale of New Zealand land, business assets and fishing quota to overseas persons. It does not necessarily indicate that a sale has taken place or will take place. In addition, if a transaction for which consent is granted does proceed to sale, that sale will always take place after the consent has been granted. The settlement date will depend on the contractual arrangements between the vendor and the purchaser.

Value of investments to New Zealand

The table below shows the net dollar investment value to New Zealand and gross value of consideration of consents granted to overseas persons in November 2010 and for the 2010 calendar year to date.

Net investment dollars

“Net investment dollars” represent the total dollar value invested in New Zealand. For example, if a New Zealander sells a $100 million business to an Australian then the whole $100 million is added to the net investment total. However, if for instance the New Zealand asset was 100% Japanese owned, then $0 would be added to the net investment total. Thus, the net change in ownership of New Zealand assets is captured in the "total" net investment figure.

Gross value of consideration

“Gross value of consideration” represents the total consideration including GST (if any) to be paid for the acquisition of the assets, or the value attributed to those assets, under consents granted during the relevant period. The “gross value of consideration” figure for November includes consideration paid by New Zealanders (for example, an acquisition of a business by a New Zealand/Australian joint venture), and will not reflect the net change in ownership of New Zealand assets.

Consideration

The reference to “consideration” refers to the amount proposed to be paid for the acquisition by the purchaser.

Asset value

“Asset value” refers to the value of assets of the person being acquired (or the person being acquired and its 25% or more subsidiaries)..

 November 2010Jan – November 2010Jan - November 2009
Number of approvals696143
Net Investment $13,386,855404,254,925742,981,484
Gross value of consideration13,722,0161,477,774,5387,805,380,643
Asset Value2,016,710,00013,722,778,46322,404,820,757

 

In terms of net investment, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2010 to date, that can be disclosed were for:

 

  • Bathurst Resources Limited’s proposed acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of L&M Coal Limited – a “net” investment of $55,141,026; and
  • Amalgamated Holdings Limited’s proposed acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of Skycity Cinema Holdings Limited – a “net” investment of $42,323,970; and
  • The Saint James Company LLC’s proposed acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of Bolitho Vineyards (Hope) Limited and Waimea Estates (Nelson) Limited and 69.9426 hectares of freehold land situated at Hope and Appleby, Nelson – a “net” investment of $34,571,250.

Total land area approved for sale to overseas persons

The tables below show the net and gross area of land (in hectares) for which consent was granted to overseas persons in November 2010 and for the 2010 calendar year to date.

Net hectares

"Net hectares" represents the total land area proposed to be transferred into foreign ownership under consents granted during the relevant period. For example, if a New Zealander sells 10 hectares to someone from overseas, the whole 10 hectares is shown. However, if the seller was a company that was 50% New Zealand owned and 50% foreign owned then only five hectares would show in that column. Five hectares represents the "net" change in foreign ownership of New Zealand land.

Gross hectares

“Gross hectares” represents the total land area proposed to be acquired under consents granted during the relevant period. The figure will not show the seller’s New Zealand ownership share (if any) (unlike the “net hectares” figure) and will include land that is proposed to be acquired by New Zealand interests as well as overseas interests (for example, under a New Zealand/Australian joint venture).

Freehold land approved for sale

 November 2010Jan - November 2010Jan - November 2009
Number of approvals561118
Net land area (ha)2,10713,30919,184
Gross land area (ha)2,172106,699261,846

In terms of net investment, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2010 to date, that can be disclosed were for:

  • Cabo Limited’s proposed acquisition of 2,269.2059 hectares of freehold land situated at Wyuna Station, Glenorchy – a “net” land area of 2,269.2059 hectares; and
  • Dairy Farms Partnership’s proposed acquisition of 1,760.8180 hectares of freehold land situated at Patearoa, Ranfurly, Central Otago – a “net” land area of 1,760.8180 hectares; and
  • Ding Furu’s proposed acquisition of 1,921.2706 hectares of freehold land situated at State Highway 1, near Puhoi, Northland – a “net” land area of 1,752.2758 hectares.

Other interests in land approved for sale (for example leases and crown pastoral leases)

 November 2010Jan - November 2010Jan - November 2009
Number of approvals12020
Net land area (ha)6314,1591,199
Gross land area (ha)10628,04590,824

In terms of “net” other interest land areas, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2010 to date that can be disclosed was for:

  • Coast Range New Zealand LLC’s proposed acquisition of up to the remaining 75.1 percent of the shares of Flock Hill Holdings which owns or controls 13,988.6306 hectares of leasehold land situated at State Highway 73, West Coast Road between Castle Hill Village and Cass – a “net” land area of 13,988.6306 hectares.
  • Kaingaroa Timberlands’ proposed acquisition of 105.53 hectares of leasehold land situated at Dun Road, Kaingaroa – a “net” land area of 63.318 hectares.
  • Bright Dairy and Food Co., Ltd’s proposed acquisition of rights or interests in 51 percent of the shares of Synlait Milk Limited which owns or controls 49.2245 hectares of leasehold land situated at 1028 Heslerton Road,Bankside-Dunsdale – a “net” land area of 37.1153 hectares; and

Approvals under the Fisheries Act 1996

The table below show the net fishing quota for which consent was granted to overseas persons in November 2010 and for the 2010 calendar year to date.

 November 2010Jan - November 2010Jan - November 2009
Number of approvals000
Net tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement000
Gross tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement000
Net Quota shares000
Gross Quota shares000

Applications declined

The table below shows investments for which consent was declined in November 2010 and for the 2010 calendar year to date.

 November 2010Jan - November 2010Jan - November 2009
Number of Declines010
Total proposed purchase price ($)03,950,0000
Total proposed area to be acquired (ha)0100

For more information contact:

Overseas Investment Office
Land Information New Zealand
Ph: 04 462 4490
Email: oio@linz.govt.nz