Hawke’s Bay Regional Council beneficially owns 100% of the shares in Napier Port through HBRIC Ltd.
In December 2018, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council voted to progress the work required to support a minority share sale of up to 49% of Napier Port.
This decision follows two years of work into how best to fund the growth of Napier Port, which needs between $320 - $350 million of investment over the next decade to allow for growth and meet demand. A new wharf is the first step in this investment programme and will cost approximately $142 million. Construction will need to begin in 2020 to be ready to use in 2022.
The Regional Council vote to progress with a minority share sale means shares in the Port would be listed and traded on the New Zealand Securities Exchange (NZX). Revenue generated from the sale of shares would fund the Port to begin the process of investing in the new consented wharf, as well as release funds which the Regional Council would invest in a ring-fenced future fund to diversify its income streams.
The Regional Council voted for the minority share option to provide the funding to grow the Port. This protect ratepayers from the costs of paying for Port expansion and allows the Regional Council to retain its focus on protecting and enhancing Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment. In voting to progress work on a minority share sale, the Regional Council also voted to maximise a local option to purchase shares, clearly reflected in public sentiment through public consultation and submissions.
The Regional Council held a comprehensive community consultation exercise. About 3,500 people formally submitted on the proposal to float a minority stake in the Port on the NZX.
Following consultation the Regional Council considered feedback and made its decision on 19 December. Comprehensive papers including analysis of submission feedback and a review of the formal consultation process assisted in the decision-making process. These papers are here.
The Regional Council will make further decisions on whether to proceed with a minority share float before any share offer is made. Work is now being carried out around the possibility of a share offer in mid-2019.
We are not at that point yet. Work is underway to inform that decision, which is yet to be made by the Regional Council. At this stage a minority share sale is being targeted around mid-2019.
If shares in Napier Port are offered, there will be a detailed product disclosure statement issued which anyone considering investing in shares should read.
People considering buying shares in any company should seek independent and qualified financial advice to properly inform themselves.
Employees of the Regional Council or the Port can’t give any advice on this matter. Legally, they are prohibited from doing so.
The Regional Council voted to maximise local participation in share sales, recognising the public feedback received during consultation.
The overall success of the IPO and the Port will also be a key consideration.
There may be a pool of shares set aside for Hawke’s Bay locals. However, the details of the terms of local participation are currently being worked out
If you want to be kept up-to-date on decisions around any minority share sale in Napier Port, please fill out the form below and click submit. We will email or call you when further decisions are taken around the possibility of a share sale.
Napier Port is an international port serving central New Zealand. Its East Coast location close to New Zealand’s main international shipping lane together with excellent road, rail and coastal transport links enables an efficient pathway to market for an increasing range of exports in an expanding central New Zealand catchment.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council beneficially owns 100% of the shares in Napier Port through HBRIC Ltd. Council’s strategic objective is for HBRIC Ltd to continue to beneficially hold the shares of Napier Port as a key means of assisting economic development of the region.
The Council appoints the Directors of Napier Port on the recommendation of HBRIC Ltd.
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