Pyne Gould Corporation shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favour of 'Heartland Bank' merger

Pyne Gould Corporation shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favour of 'Heartland Bank' merger

Read PGC's statement below:

Pyne Gould Corporation Limited (PGC) shareholders today approved the merger of PGC’s wholly owned subsidiary MARAC Finance Limited (MARAC) with CBS Canterbury (CBS) and Southern Cross Building Society (SCBS). The resolution, which required approval by at least 50% of the votes cast by PGC shareholders, was supported by 99.86% of those who voted.

The Chairman of PGC, Bruce Irvine, said: “Our yes vote means that all shareholders of the merging parties have now given their support to the proposal to create a New Zealand listed banking(1) and financial services group through merging MARAC, CBS and SCBS. This is a significant endorsement of the strategic direction we have taken and brings us one step closer to it becoming a reality.”

Earlier this week SCBS and CBS shareholders convened meetings and gained support for the merger. MARAC PIE Fund investors have also given their support to the merger. CBS depositors will vote on the proposal this afternoon. As has been the case for SCBS depositors and MARAC stockholders, who attended meetings earlier in the week, it is anticipated that the CBS depositor meeting may be adjourned due to failing to achieve a quorum (a majority of the total amount of CBS deposits) and a new meeting scheduled.

The adjourned meeting for SCBS depositors will be held on 7 December 2010 and for MARAC stockholders on 8 December 2010. In the event that the CBS depositors meeting is adjourned, a provisional date of 10 December 2010 has been earmarked for the adjourned meeting.

Quorums for the adjourned meetings of depositors and stockholders will be met by those present in person or by representative, irrespective of the number and amount of deposits held by them, providing in the case of CBS and SCBS that they comprise at least two individuals. The adjournments of the depositor and stockholder meetings for want of quorum are not unusual and have been allowed for in the planning process and as such will not affect the proposed merger date of 7 January 2011.

And here's CBS' statement:


CBS Canterbury (CBS) today advised that a meeting of depositors was held in Ashburton to vote on the proposed merger with Southern Cross Building Society (SCBS) and MARAC Finance Limited (MARAC), the financial services subsidiary of Pyne Gould Corporation Limited.

Unfortunately a quorum was not met by the required time at the meeting and accordingly the chairman adjourned the meeting.

The quorum required there to be depositors in attendance at the meeting who represented a majority of the total amount of CBS deposits. This is an extremely high level given the wide spread nature of the register of the depositors. An adjourned meeting has been scheduled for 3.00pm on Friday, 10 December 2010 at Ashburton Trust Events Centre, 211a Wills Street, Ashburton.

The quorum for the adjourned meeting of depositors will be met by those present in person or by representative, whatever their number and whatever the amount deposits held by them, providing they comprise at least two individuals.

All depositors will receive a further notice advising them of the adjourned meeting and any proxies already lodged will carry forward to the adjourned meeting unless a depositor wishes to amend their vote by returning the proxy form which will accompany the notice of adjourned meeting.

The potential adjournment of the depositor meeting had been allowed for in the planning process and as such will not affect the proposed merger date of 7 January 2011.

(Update adds CBS statement).

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