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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    You mean this article?

    https://www.nbr.co.nz/investment/pen...ays-a2-letter/

    I don’t have a subscription so cannot elaborate any further.
    This begins with a company called Trust Codes that offers product tracing technology to A2 and Synlait. Apparently Penno was not forthcoming to A2 that he was a shareholder of Trust Codes through his investment vehicle Okoura Holdings. Signum the main owner of Trust Codes was in financial trouble and one of its creditors was Okoura, Penno's investment vehicle. Penno sought to put them in receivership, which really annoyed A2 because they had a good working relationship with Trust Codes management and had they known Trust Codes was in trouble they would have provided financial backing to them. Okoura had the power to put Signum and Trust Codes into receivership which would have affected A2's business.

    A2's David Bortolussi had concerns regarding Penno's position as Chair of Synlait and Shareholder of Trust Codes who Penno had a shareholding in and his wife was Chair of Trust Codes too, meaning they ultimately has influence in both companies A2 was a big customer to. Bortolussi said it was unacceptable to A2 being a shareholder and customer of Synlait that Penno influence both companies and withheld his interest in Trust Codes. Ultimately they were very annoyed that he could have disrupted their business if he had put Trust Codes into recievership, along with apparently a nasty email sent to Bortolussi with negative remarks about Trust Codes CEO.

    Could be a big reason why Penno resigned recent from the board. His past conflicts with A2 probably does not sit well with them.
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    Thanks sb888.

    Sounds indeed like John Penno should have removed himself earlier from A2M after the Trust Codes’ episode. Bright might have been unaware of what was happening between John, DB and A2M until it blew up in the courts.

    Definitely would not have helped the working relationship between SML and A2M.

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    And then there was this - something very fishy going on here because soon after, A2M added more claims to arbitration with Synlait.

    https://www.nbr.co.nz/investment/bad...company-claim/
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    Quote Originally Posted by billkiapi View Post
    And then there was this - something very fishy going on here because soon after, A2M added more claims to arbitration with Synlait.

    https://www.nbr.co.nz/investment/bad...company-claim/
    Trust Codes alleged that Synlait supplied bad data that was missing for 30% of A2's products and in place supplied a competitors data instead. Trust Codes fixed the problem with the data but was never compensated by Synlait hence why they were suing for $800k.
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    https://www.nzx.com/announcements/433341

    Synlait Milk Limited’s (Synlait) Special Shareholders’ Meeting will be held on Thursday 11 July 2024 at 2.00pm, in person at Synlait's Dunsandel facility, located at 1028 Heslerton Road, RD13 Rakaia, Canterbury, New Zealand, and online at: www.meetnow.global/nz

    The meeting is to vote on the resolution to approve the proposed entry into a $130 million shareholder loan to be made available to Synlait by Bright Dairy International Investment Limited, a related company of Bright Dairy Holding Limited, Synlait’s 39.01% shareholder. If the resolution is approved, Synlait will fully draw down the loan to meet the $130 million payment due to its banks on 15 July 2024.

    Importance of the resolution to Synlait’s future

    Synlait will only be able to meet its $130 million payment obligation to its banks on 15 July 2024 if the resolution is approved by shareholders other than Bright Dairy by way of an ordinary resolution. An ordinary resolution is a resolution that is approved by a simple majority of the votes of those shareholders entitled to vote and voting on the question.

    If the $130 million payment is not made and the banks do not agree to alternative arrangements, the Board believes Synlait will need to cease trading or initiate a formal insolvency process.

    Recommendation of Independent Directors

    The Independent Directors of Synlait unanimously recommend that shareholders vote in favour of the resolution.

    Voting intentions of major shareholders

    Bright Dairy cannot vote in favour of the resolution; as such, the Directors appointed by Bright Dairy have abstained from making a recommendation.
    Whilst as at the date of the notice of meeting Synlait and The a2 Milk Company Limited have engaged in discussions, The a2 Milk Company Limited has not determined how it will vote on the resolution. If Synlait is advised of a change of status of The a2 Milk Company Limited's voting intentions, it will update shareholders by way of market announcement.

    The deadline for returning proxy votes is 2.00pm on Tuesday 9 July.

    Independent appraisal report

    In accordance with the NZX Listing Rules, the Board commissioned an independent appraisal report for shareholders to support their consideration of the resolution. Shareholders should read the report prepared by Northington Partners in full alongside the notice of meeting. Both documents (released with this announcement) contain important information that should be carefully considered before voting. Overall, the independent appraisal report concluded that the terms and conditions of the shareholder loan are fair to Synlait shareholders not associated with Bright Dairy.

    Banking facilities update

    Included within the Notice of Meeting is an update on Synlait’s existing banking facilities.

    As announced on 2 April 2024 at the half year result, the banks agreed to short-term covenant relaxation in the company’s existing facility to provide time to reduce debt. Since that date, Synlait has requested waivers in respect of its leverage ratios and interest coverage ratio, and a deferral of the maturity/limit step downs of relevant facilities through to the end of July 2024.

    The banks’ agent has confirmed that each of the banks have received credit approval to the covenant waivers and the deferral of the relevant maturity/limit step downs in June and July until such time that Synlait’s planned equity capital raising is completed. The approval is subject to the addition of a covenant to achieve minimum adjusted EBITDA for FY24 of $45 million.

    Synlait and the banks are in the process of negotiating the documentation for these waivers and satisfying any applicable conditions. Further information can be found in the Notice of Meeting.

    Synlait Chair George Adams commented: “Synlait is now progressing at pace a series of structural initiatives to address the scale of challenges we face today.”
    “We are committed to resetting Synlait’s balance sheet, with the support of Bright Dairy, to ensure we return to a position where we can deliver the growth potential we see in our core Advanced Nutrition and Foodservice businesses.”

    “The Board and management have spent considerable time aligning on Synlait’s business recovery plan for this financial year and next, focusing on reducing debt, accelerating volume growth, and optimising cost and operational performance. We are committed to delivering on this for the benefit of all our stakeholders – customers, farmers, shareholders, staff, and suppliers.”

    On behalf of Bright Dairy Appointed Directors, Director Julia Zhu commented: “In line with Bright’s long-term support of the New Zealand agriculture sector, in particular, Synlait’s business, its farmers, staff, and all shareholders – this $130 million shareholder loan facility is one part of Bright’s wider support to see Synlait return to a much stronger financial and operating position, as early as practicable in this economic cycle.”

    “We are deeply committed to Synlait, believing its assets and operations to offer significant value and opportunity within regional and global dairy markets. Notwithstanding Synlait’s short-term challenges, we see a pathway to growth and future value, and we will continue to work closely with the Board and management team to do what we can to help with the company’s turnaround plan.”

    “Bright Dairy fully supports Synlait raising equity capital, subject to finalised terms and all necessary approvals being received, to more substantially reset the company’s equity and debt position to provide a platform to return to sustainable growth for Synlait’s farmers and all shareholders.”

    The Synlait Board, management, and its advisers are continuing to progress the structure, terms and conditions of a proposed equity raising and will further update shareholders by the end of August, possibly earlier, by market announcement.

    For more information contact:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow Bob View Post
    https://www.nzx.com/announcements/433341

    Synlait Milk Limited’s (Synlait) Special Shareholders’ Meeting will be held on Thursday 11 July 2024 at 2.00pm, in person at Synlait's Dunsandel facility, located at 1028 Heslerton Road, RD13 Rakaia, Canterbury, New Zealand, and online at: www.meetnow.global/nz

    The meeting is to vote on the resolution to approve the proposed entry into a $130 million shareholder loan to be made available to Synlait by Bright Dairy International Investment Limited, a related company of Bright Dairy Holding Limited, Synlait’s 39.01% shareholder. If the resolution is approved, Synlait will fully draw down the loan to meet the $130 million payment due to its banks on 15 July 2024.

    Importance of the resolution to Synlait’s future

    Synlait will only be able to meet its $130 million payment obligation to its banks on 15 July 2024 if the resolution is approved by shareholders other than Bright Dairy by way of an ordinary resolution. An ordinary resolution is a resolution that is approved by a simple majority of the votes of those shareholders entitled to vote and voting on the question.

    If the $130 million payment is not made and the banks do not agree to alternative arrangements, the Board believes Synlait will need to cease trading or initiate a formal insolvency process.

    Recommendation of Independent Directors

    The Independent Directors of Synlait unanimously recommend that shareholders vote in favour of the resolution.

    Voting intentions of major shareholders

    Bright Dairy cannot vote in favour of the resolution; as such, the Directors appointed by Bright Dairy have abstained from making a recommendation.
    Whilst as at the date of the notice of meeting Synlait and The a2 Milk Company Limited have engaged in discussions, The a2 Milk Company Limited has not determined how it will vote on the resolution. If Synlait is advised of a change of status of The a2 Milk Company Limited's voting intentions, it will update shareholders by way of market announcement.

    The deadline for returning proxy votes is 2.00pm on Tuesday 9 July.

    Independent appraisal report

    In accordance with the NZX Listing Rules, the Board commissioned an independent appraisal report for shareholders to support their consideration of the resolution. Shareholders should read the report prepared by Northington Partners in full alongside the notice of meeting. Both documents (released with this announcement) contain important information that should be carefully considered before voting. Overall, the independent appraisal report concluded that the terms and conditions of the shareholder loan are fair to Synlait shareholders not associated with Bright Dairy.

    Banking facilities update

    Included within the Notice of Meeting is an update on Synlait’s existing banking facilities.

    As announced on 2 April 2024 at the half year result, the banks agreed to short-term covenant relaxation in the company’s existing facility to provide time to reduce debt. Since that date, Synlait has requested waivers in respect of its leverage ratios and interest coverage ratio, and a deferral of the maturity/limit step downs of relevant facilities through to the end of July 2024.

    The banks’ agent has confirmed that each of the banks have received credit approval to the covenant waivers and the deferral of the relevant maturity/limit step downs in June and July until such time that Synlait’s planned equity capital raising is completed. The approval is subject to the addition of a covenant to achieve minimum adjusted EBITDA for FY24 of $45 million.

    Synlait and the banks are in the process of negotiating the documentation for these waivers and satisfying any applicable conditions. Further information can be found in the Notice of Meeting.

    Synlait Chair George Adams commented: “Synlait is now progressing at pace a series of structural initiatives to address the scale of challenges we face today.”
    “We are committed to resetting Synlait’s balance sheet, with the support of Bright Dairy, to ensure we return to a position where we can deliver the growth potential we see in our core Advanced Nutrition and Foodservice businesses.”

    “The Board and management have spent considerable time aligning on Synlait’s business recovery plan for this financial year and next, focusing on reducing debt, accelerating volume growth, and optimising cost and operational performance. We are committed to delivering on this for the benefit of all our stakeholders – customers, farmers, shareholders, staff, and suppliers.”

    On behalf of Bright Dairy Appointed Directors, Director Julia Zhu commented: “In line with Bright’s long-term support of the New Zealand agriculture sector, in particular, Synlait’s business, its farmers, staff, and all shareholders – this $130 million shareholder loan facility is one part of Bright’s wider support to see Synlait return to a much stronger financial and operating position, as early as practicable in this economic cycle.”

    “We are deeply committed to Synlait, believing its assets and operations to offer significant value and opportunity within regional and global dairy markets. Notwithstanding Synlait’s short-term challenges, we see a pathway to growth and future value, and we will continue to work closely with the Board and management team to do what we can to help with the company’s turnaround plan.”

    “Bright Dairy fully supports Synlait raising equity capital, subject to finalised terms and all necessary approvals being received, to more substantially reset the company’s equity and debt position to provide a platform to return to sustainable growth for Synlait’s farmers and all shareholders.”

    The Synlait Board, management, and its advisers are continuing to progress the structure, terms and conditions of a proposed equity raising and will further update shareholders by the end of August, possibly earlier, by market announcement.

    For more information contact:
    She’s getting real now folks….

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    A2 not yet saying whether they support it or not
    “ At the top of every bubble, everyone is convinced it's not yet a bubble.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by winner69 View Post
    A2 not yet saying whether they support it or not
    Forgone conclusion.

    Where does A2 sell most of its IF to and who has the most to lose if SML goes into insolvency?
    Last edited by Balance; 25-06-2024 at 09:13 AM.

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    So if bail out does not take place, is when negotiations that have already taken place have been decided between Bright and A2M to take over company. Or are there other options?
    Last edited by Ggcc; 25-06-2024 at 09:18 AM.

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    looks like a2 playing hardball by saying they havnt decided on vote intentions. probably want even lower prices they have to pay synliat for there vote
    one step ahead of the herd

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