Christopher Adams

The Business Herald’s markets and banking reporter.

Moa to register prospectus for listing to raise $15 million

Export sales growth for Moa beer is around 200 per cent a year. Photo / Supplied
Export sales growth for Moa beer is around 200 per cent a year. Photo / Supplied

Craft beer brewer Moa is expected to register the prospectus for its sharemarket listing today.

The company, which is looking to raise $15 million to fund an expansion of its Blenheim brewery, is holding a media conference this morning, during which new details about its initial public offering will be released.

A market source said the deal had been priced and was oversubscribed, with four institutions already committed to investing in the brewer.

A further $1 million in oversubscriptions is anticipated.

The Business Herald understands Moa is expected to be valued at between $18 million and $24 million before the float.

Last week the Auckland-headquartered company said the NZX listing, which would also fund increased working capital and marketing, would take place this month if it went ahead.

Moa's pre-float shareholders include the Business Bakery - which is co-owned by Moa chief executive Geoff Ross and has a 42 per cent stake - Pioneer Capital and Allan Scott Wines.

Earlier this year Moa general manager Gareth Hughes said the firm was seeing strong growth, with domestic sales doubling year-on-year and export revenue surging by close to 200 per cent a year.

Its export markets include the United States, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The company was founded in 2003 by Josh Scott, the son of well-known Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott.

The float will give New Zealand a locally listed brewery for the first time since Auckland-based brewing giant Lion delisted from the NZX in 2009 following its acquisition by Kirin, a Japanese brewer.

Craigs Investment Partners and Forsyth Barr are the joint lead managers for the Moa offer.

- NZ Herald

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