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    I think Skelessi & Chris Lee are spot on.
    If SCF do float, the South Island will back them, as well as many in the industry. Not me, I prefer a bit more risk/reward at present.
    It won't be given away, and it won't be a dog.
    Just a boring conservative well run company.
    And yes, Allan Hubbard does make mistakes, Broadway & Scales have made a few.


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    clips: existing thread to read
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    Finance float sails forward quietly

    03.11.05
    By Richard Inder


    Allan Hubbardís South Canterbury Finance is gearing up for a sharemarket float - a move that is likely to see the intensely private Timaru-based businessman pocket as much as $210 million.

    South Canterbury, which has a loan book of around $1.02 billion, making it the third-largest finance company after UDC and Marac, is silent about the listing likely to occur in the lead up to Christmas.

    However, in a short statement yesterday, it said Hubbard would sell up to 75 per cent of the company, which is worth as much as $280 million, according to an analysis of company earnings. Forsyth Barr would be the floatís lead manager.

    South Canterbury said: "Further details regarding the listing will be provided once the prospectus has been registered."

    The float is an apparent about-face for the company. Hubbard told the Business Herald last month: "They [the media] are always talking about floating South Canterbury Finance.."

    Hubbard, over 70 and chairman of the firm, is thought to be selling so he can ease back on his workload.

    The company faces a tough road to market.

    It will be vying for investorsĀEattention in competition with Graeme Hartís transtasman food business Goodman Fielder, which is seeking about A$1.6 billion before Christmas.

    It is floating at a time when higher interest rates and the high dollar are putting the brakes on the economy.

    Finance companies have also been criticised for poor disclosure and for their exposure to sectors prone to the downturn such as consumer lending and property.

    However, South Canterbury, established in 1926, is one of the stronger companies in the sector. It has a diversified loan book spread across a diverse range of sectors.

    Its earnings have shown steady growth. In the year to June, net profits rose from $20.7 million to $26.5 million and sales rose from $106.7 million to $131.6 million. In the year to June 2003, net profits of $15.8 million were made on $89.1 million of sales.

    One analyst said: "Itís been around a long time. I rate them highly."

    Hubbard said of the latest results: "Over the next 12 months, South Canterbury Finance looks forward to conservative growth through planned development and further diversification of its lending exposure across a broad range of industries."

    South Canterbury is the holding company for several finance subsidiaries across the country, including Auckland Finance, Waikato Finance and Palmerston North Finance in the North Island and the Southland and Otago Finance in the South.

    It also trades on Hubbardís reputation for parsimony and conservatism.

    Although Hubbard is one of the South Islandís wealthiest men, he lives a humble life, working from 6.30 in the morning until 10.30 at night and still drives a 37-year-old VW Beetle.

    - additional reporting Andrea Fox


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    quote:Originally posted by Gofish.

    I think Skelessi & Chris Lee are spot on.
    If SCF do float, the South Island will back them, as well as many in the industry. Not me, I prefer a bit more risk/reward at present.
    It won't be given away, and it won't be a dog.
    Just a boring conservative well run company.
    And yes, Allan Hubbard does make mistakes, Broadway & Scales have made a few.

    Whilst I agree SCF will be a fairly safe bet but not cheap entry to the sector I wouldn't make my decision based on Mr Lee's errudite comments. Had a look at his site "geez is all I can say

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    quote:Originally posted by lambton

    Whilst I agree SCF will be a fairly safe bet but not cheap entry to the sector I wouldn't make my decision based on Mr Lee's errudite comments. Had a look at his site "geez is all I can say
    I had a look at his site too. No nonsense like his comments. Some minor navigation / usability issues but nothing as frustrating as those many expensive web developments that only work for those using Internet Explorer.

    On South Canterbury Finance: The company is a much higher quality lender than many of its so called peers. If Mr Hubbard wants to sell at the top of the market so be it - I suspect the mooted transaction will have more to do with tidy estate planning than extracting the last dollar.

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    I imagine Alan Hubbard also had to find some money somewhere to pay out Humphrey Rolleston.
    Maybe buy a new VW with the change?

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    I have some sympathy for all the points of view expressed.
    Why can't I escape the sneaking unworthy suspicion that de Luca, as a Funds Manager, would like to rain on all finance company parades to try and drive more investment into the dreadful managed funds area which achieves a rotten rate of return below the market indices and hits investors with fees left right and centre.....
    I read recently that the funds industry is continuing to lose funds massively, some sort of cash outflow of about $800 mill in the last year as investors wise up on how bad they are. Probably another reason for TEL going down (as well as the overseas investors taking their exchange profits), the funds industry has to sell TEL at any price to pay out withdrawers.
    Yes, Dominion Finance comes to mind as the most recent and successful float.
    On the other hand Warren Buffett enjoins us to avoid floats as its a means of milking suckers as Capitalist notes. But there are the occasional exceptions Cap Props, TEL, CEN....
    But who is the organising broker? Unless you have an a/c there you can kiss goodbye to the prospect of getting a meaningful parcel.
    It all depends whether Hubbard leaves some profit in for the punters or does another Mike Pero....

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    quote:Originally posted by Skelessi

    Enigmna, sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, but I have been out of town. To answer your question, I think the attributes of SCF as a potential investment are very sucinctly summed up by Chris Lee who is a pre-eminent and well researched sharebroker on the Kapiti Coast. I trust he will not mind me quoting him. He says:

    ďThe best of the finance companies in New Zealand, without much argument from any analysts or commentators, are UDC Finance and South Canterbury Finance.

    They share a genuinely long heritage, they have substantial capital, they lend at rates comparable with the trading banks, they are profitable, and they have knowledgeable management and directors.
    The best of the finance companies in New Zealand, without much argument from any analysts or commentators, are UDC Finance and South Canterbury Finance.

    They share a genuinely long heritage, they have substantial capital, they lend at rates comparable with the trading banks, they are profitable, and they have knowledgeable management and directors.
    SCF lends across all the sectors, its bad debt level is low, its margins fair, and thus from its billion dollar of assets, it produces a tax-paid profit of around $25 million, a 2.5% margin. By comparison, Provincial Finance last year produced the same sort of profit from a $250 million book, suggesting an effective tax-paid margin of 10.0%.

    SCF's best known figure is Allan Hubbard, a legend in the town, driving a very old, olive green VW Beetle, spurning toys like cell phones, reaching his office each day before dawn, and reading all the mail, the better to stay informed.

    He still signs every debenture certificate and there are 700 issued each week.

    But SCF also has competent staff, headed by CEO, Lachie McLeod, once a Super 12 referee and once Westpac's South Island head of rural lending, and it has other very experienced, down-to-earth directors and management.

    McLeod is a quiet, fit young man (40s, I guess) who heads a structure that has several wholly-owned companies in cities like Palmerston North, Dunedin, Auckland and Hamilton, each named by their geographic base.

    The company's funding manager is Kevin Gloag, probably the most experienced and respected funding manager in the industry, himself once a Highlanders rugby coach.

    South Canterbury Finance prides itself as having no frills, just a successful business, built on competent, normal people, confidently performing their duties knowing that if the company ever needed more capital, either Allan Hubbard would write a cheque, or any number of institutions would take up a share opportunity.

    As its owner is 77, there must be a fair chance that some of the company will be floated, perhaps this year.

    If that occurs, the queue for shares will stretch way past Ashburton and Oamaru, and I will be part of it. ď

    Chris Lee has done extensive research into the finance company sector and his weekly articles (not always complimentary) may be read on his website at &lt;www.chrislee.co.nz&gt; They are usually most informative and interesting.
    Chris Lee? Didn't he recommend against Sky TV and OMIP in a newsletter but recommended Kiwi Income Development Trust and AMP Office Trust in same newsletter? Sky TV and OMIP are both well up (several hundred %) but Kiwi and AMP investors lost money.

    South Canterbury Finance to be done by Forsyth Barr - remember Feltex?

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    So [u]much</u> conjecture and so [u]little</u> information!! The only certain thing is that the rumour mill [u]was</u> right. I do not think SCF will be floated badly. In my estimation, the current owner of the company is too astute for that and will want to see the company continue to grow and prosper. I will await the prospectus with interest and make up my mind from that.

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    South Canterbury Finance to list

    02.11.05 3.50pm
    Privately held South Canterbury Finance, one of the country's biggest finance companies, today confirmed it is gearing up for a sharemarket listing.

    The 80-year-old firm is controlled by Timaru businessman Allan Hubbard.

    Mr Hubbard, 77, last year bought out his long term partner, Humphry Rolleston. Now he plans to sell up to 75 per cent of his holding - which is held under the name Southbury Group Ltd.

    Forsyth Barr has been appointed as lead manager, while Timaru-based financial services minnow Munro Hubbard Ltd will co-manage the float.

    Today's news confirms a two-month rumour.

    No further details were released, but sources close to the deal have previously said the float was likely to value the company at $200 million, making it one of the richest sharemarket offerings in the second half.

    The low-profile Mr Hubbard is one of the South Island's wealthiest men, with an estimated worth of $400 million. He has investments across a range of industries, but lives a humble existence, still driving about in an ancient VW Beetle.

    South Canterbury Finance last month posted a record after tax profit of $26.5 million for the year to June.

    Profits before tax rose $5.8 million to a record $30.2 million, up nearly 24 per cent on the previous year.

    Total assets topped $1 billion for the first time in its 80-year history, making it the country's second biggest consumer finance company after bank-owned UDC.

    - NZPA

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    Bit of a disapointment today, South Canterbury Finance has anounced that it is not going to be listed.

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    Maybe just as well as it didn't list .... initial rsponse would have been a soaring shareprice but may have ended up in tears

    If what gaynor says today http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=10583721 is an indication of what is going on i am glad i have gotten any cash in them ....

    All those related party loans is ominious (70% of all loans) and my initial reaction of this outfit recently buying farms from related parties was a shiver down my spine ..... like were these farms bought at the height of the market etc.

    The web of companies involved with SCF is a lot broader than i had imagined (never really studied it anyway) .... like 75% ownership of Kelt Capital (Sam Kelts drunken antics over the years are well publicised and sponsership of $2m horse races and provincial rugby teams always seem to be ego trips), Helicopter Line and strange names like Plum Duff Ltd

    All good stuff that Hubbard is handing out personal guarantees and says he will satnd behind the company ...... but investors have put a lot of faith in one man

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    One of those loans is a $15m one to Dunvegan Seadown .... a $1,000 company controlled by the CEO

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    Oh imho what a mess, remember that the 250 year old Bank of Scotland went bust in 18 months with "flash Harry "type management.
    You cannot f@rt against thunder!!!

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    These must be a good buy at a 40 cents

    SCF 09.42% Perpetual Preference Shares (SCFHA)

    Colin .... interested
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