The Overseas Investment Office has released the following decisions for this month.
Schedule of 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.
Statistical information on Overseas Investment Office decisions for January 2013
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 January 2013.
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.
The reference to “consideration” refers to the amount proposed to be paid for the acquisition by the purchaser.
“Asset value” refers to the value of assets of the person being acquired (or the person being acquired and its 25% or more subsidiaries)..
|January 2013||January 2012|
|Number of approvals||4||5|
|Net Investment $||Confidential||9,654,639|
|Gross value of consideration||Confidential||184,795,265|
In terms of net investment, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2013 to date, that can be disclosed were for:
- El Dorado Research Ventures Limited’s proposed acquisition of up to 100% of the shares of Endace Limited – a “net” investment of $19,142,730;
- Middle Mount Limited’s proposed acquisition of 1,471 hectares of freehold land known as Ruakaka Station and situated at Tiniroto, near Gisborne – a “net” investment of $5,100,000; and
- Matthew Joseph Monahan’s proposed acquisition of 4.3155 hectares of freehold land situated at 329 Whitemans Valley Road, Upper Hutt – a “net” investment of $1,290,000.
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 January 2013.
"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” 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
|Number of approvals||3||3|
|Net land area (ha)||2,529||36|
|Gross land area (ha)||2,529||36|
In terms of “net” freehold land areas, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2012 to date that can be disclosed were for:
- Middle Mount Limited’s proposed acquisition of 1,471 hectares of freehold land known as Ruakaka Station and situated at Tiniroto, near Gisborne – a “net” land area of 1,471 hectares;
- SCFNZ Limited’s proposed acquisition of 1,053.7195 hectares of freehold land situated at Waihopai Valley Road, Benhopai, Marlborough – a “net” land area of 1,053.7195 hectares; and
- Matthew Joseph Monahan’s proposed acquisition of 4.3155 hectares of freehold land situated at 329 Whitemans Valley Road, Upper Hutt - a “net” land area of 4.3155 hectares.
Other interests in land approved for sale (for example leases and crown pastoral leases)
|January 2013||January 2013|
|Number of approvals||0||1|
|Net land area (ha)||0||155|
|Gross land area (ha)||0||211|
Approvals under the Fisheries Act 1996
The table below show the net fishing quota for which consent was granted to overseas persons in January 2013.
|January 2013||January 2012|
|Number of approvals||0||0|
|Net tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement||0||0|
|Gross tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement||0||0|
|Net Quota shares||0||0|
|Gross Quota shares||0||0|
The table below shows investments for which consent was declined in January 2013.
|January 2013||January 2012|
|Number of Declines||0||0|
|Total proposed purchase price ($)||0||0|
|Total proposed area to be acquired (ha)||0||0|
For more information contact:
Overseas Investment Office
Land Information New Zealand
Ph: 04 462 4490