NZF Money calls in receivers

Financial Markets Authority chief executive Sean Hughes. NZF Money Limited (NZF) withdrew its debt prospectus following an investigation by the FMA.
Financial Markets Authority chief executive Sean Hughes. NZF Money Limited (NZF) withdrew its debt prospectus following an investigation by the FMA.

NZF Group says the board of its property lending subsidiary NZF Money has asked its trustee Covenant Trustee Company to appoint a receiver.

NZF Group said in a statement to the stock exchange that the NZF Money board had explored various options for a short-term funding solution.

"After giving the matter considerable thought and taking into consideration developments over the last couple of days, the board of NZF Money do not believe that such a short-term solution is in the best interests of NZF money or its investors," the company said.

"Accordingly, the Board of NZF Money have requested NZF Money's trustee, Covenant Trustee Company Limited, to appoint a receiver. Further announcements will be made in due course."

The move comes after NZF Money was forced yesterday by the Financial Markets Authority, which raised concerns about NZF Money’s disclosures of asset quality and liquidity, to pull its prospectus. NZF Money also said yesterday it was working through options to address the impact of an expected $3.5 million contract between one of its borrowers and a buyer not settling as expected.

NZF Money had secured debenture stock of $18 million as at June 24 this year and isn't subject to the extended Crown retail deposit guarantee scheme.

- INTEREST.CO.NZ

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