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Tegel shares deliver tasty gain

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/05/2016 Jonathan Underhill

Tegel Group Holdings, the poultry group taken public by private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners, first traded at $1.69, delivering an immediate 9 per cent gain to investors who bought the stock in the initial public offering.

The stock recently traded at $1.71, valuing the company at about $609 million, in the first IPO of 2016.

New Zealand's biggest poultry business is being taken public by its second private equity owner after Affinity Equity Partners acquired Tegel in a leveraged buyout from Pacific Equity Partners and ANZ Capital in early 2011. PEP had, in turn, bought Tegel from HJ Heinz in 2005.

The shares were sold in the IPO at $1.55 apiece, having been marketed in a range of $1.50 to $2.50.

The IPO managers Deutsche Craigs, Goldman Sachs and First NZ Capital had to drum up appetite for Tegel shares in a stock market that Bloomberg News reported this month was Asia's most expensive.

Added to that was the negative factor of Tegel's private equity ownership in a market where the Dick Smith retail chain has suffered a very public demise after being taken public by Anchorage Capital Partners in 2013.

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