New Montana hearing announced
- Friday 20 July 2001
The New Zealand Stock Exchange will listen to accusations made by Australian brewer – and rival bidder – Lion Nathan that Allied violated rules when buying Montana shares in May.
Allied, with a stake of around 27%, has put in an offer for Montana at NZ$4.80 (US$1.97) a share but the NZSE hearing on 18 August doesn't concern them. 'We are confident the hearing will not go against us – our offer could have been accepted by then,' Allied spokeswoman Jane Mussared told decanter.com.
Lion, which holds 63% of Montana, was recently ordered to reduce its stake by 19% after it breached NZSE rules when buying shares in February.
Lion made a new offer for 11 percent of Montana at NZ$5.50 (US$2.26) a share and planned another offer at NZ$3.70 (US$1.52) a share for the remainder. But its single offer with two different prices was not allowed under new takeover rules introduced on 1 July.
Allied's offer is conditional on firstly securing more than 50% of Montana, in compliance with takeover rules.