29 Sep 2015

Infratil, Super Fund ease back from Z Energy

8:21 pm on 29 September 2015

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund and utilities investor Infratil are scaling down their investment in Z Energy, the former Shell-owned petrol station chain which they bought in 2010.

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The two investors each hold 20 percent in Z Energy, but Infratil is selling out all together and the Super Fund is selling nearly 10 percent of its stake.

The fund's chief investment manager, Matt Whineray, said the Z Energy investment had been a good investment for the fund but its holding was bigger than it needed to be, and they were taking advantage of being able to sell at a good time.

Shares in Z have been suspended from trading until the share sale, to investment funds and retail shareholders is completed, probably by the end of Wednesday. It closed trading today at $6.63 a share.

An indicative price range of between $6.00 and $6.20 a share has been given for the sale, which would see Infratil earn as much as $500 million and the Super Fund up to $240 million.

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