Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
subscribe to our newsletter

Lender halts trading ahead of ‘possible’ takeover

An ASX-listed financier has halted trading pending a “material announcement”, which is expected to relate to a takeover bid.

All of debtor finance company Scottish Pacific’s securities have been placed under a trading halt at the request of the lender, ahead of a “possible” takeover bid.

In a letter to the ASX, Scottish Pacific requested a trading halt “pending a material announcement” by the group “regarding a possible control transaction involving the company”.

Media reports have suggested that the company could be on the verge of receiving a bid from another company, with some media outlets reporting that Affinity Equity Partners has made an offer for the company worth $600 million.

Mortgage Business reached out to Affinity Equity Partners for confirmation of the reports but has not yet received a response.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The lender also requested that the trading halt remain in place until the earlier of the time it makes an announcement to the market and the commencement of normal trading on Monday, 24 September.

Last month, the group published its full-year 2018 (FY18) financial results, reporting an increase in its debtor finance turnover of 13.2 per cent, from $15.4 billion in FY17 to $17.4 billion in FY18.

The business lender’s net profit after tax (NPAT) also jumped, rising by 17.4 per cent, from $25.3 million in FY17 to $29.7 million in FY18.

Speaking to Mortgage Business’ sister publication, The Adviser, CEO of Scottish Pacific Peter Langham attributed the lender’s FY18 performance to growth in clients’ businesses and the “need for increased working capital by business owners”.

Mr Langham added: “We’ve seen growth in client numbers and demand, and we’ve seen growth [from] our existing customers growing their businesses, [so] I think our clients are growing and we grow with them.”

PROMOTED CONTENT


[Related: Treasurer approves bank-aggregator merger]

Lender halts trading ahead of ‘possible’ takeover
ASX, lender, trading, takeover bid
mortgagebusiness

Are you a new-to-industry broker in the process of growing your business? Then there’s some great news: The Adviser’s New Broker Academy is back in 2021 and will provide you with essential insights into cutting-edge tools, strategies and processes to fast-track to success. Don’t miss your chance to attend. To secure your FREE place, visit newbroker.com.au now!

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib is the news editor on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.

Before joining the team in 2017, Charbel completed internships with public relations agency Fifty Acres, and the Department of Communications and the Arts.

You can email Charbel on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest News

Mortgage delinquency rates are tipped to increase moderately over the rest of the year, with Moody’s expecting economic aftershocks to lin...

A Nationals senator has faced criticism, after arguing Australians should be willing to cop higher mortgage costs to support lending to reso...

The major bank has increased its projected forecast of Australian house prices for 2021. ...

Join Australia's most informed brokers

Do you know which lenders are providing brokers and their customers with the best service?

Use this monthly data to make informed decisions about which lenders to use. Simply contribute to the survey and we'll send you the results directly to your inbox - completely free!

How long do you think it should take to discharge a mortgage?

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.