Announcements     |   6 May 2009

Share Purchase Plan and Top-up Offer Close Oversubscribed

Fletcher Building Limited (“Fletcher Building”) advises that both the $100 million Share Purchase Plan (“SPP”) and Top-Up Offer have closed over-subscribed. Both offers closed at 5pm New Zealand time yesterday, with applications totalling $177 million received for the SPP, and $21.7 million for the Top-Up.

Consequently, the company has been able to raise the maximum amount of $120 million available from the SPP and Top-Up Offer and accordingly no shares will be taken up by the underwriters. The total amount raised from the recent equity placement to institutions, together with the SPP and Top-Up Offer amounts, is $526 million.

Mr Jonathan Ling, Chief Executive Officer said “We are delighted with the strong response to both the Share Purchase Plan and Top-Up Offer. Combined with the recent institutional placement, the amounts we have raised will ensure that Fletcher Building continues to be in a strong financial position and is well placed to grow as markets recover".

Share Purchase Plan

The subscription price is the lower of the placement price of $5.35 or a 3% discount to the average price of Fletcher Building shares over the pricing period of 6 to 19 May 2009. Applications under the SPP are required to be scaled back due to total applications exceeding $100 million. The scaleback of 43.5% oversubscriptions (subject to final processing of applications and based on the current NZ$:A$ exchange rate) will be on a pro-rata basis based on the dollar amount for which share applications have been made.  The final scaleback percentage will be calculated following the pricing period and will be based on the NZ$:A$ exchange rate on 20 May 2009.

Based on a subscription price of $5.35, the current NZ$:A$ exchange rate and the above scaleback percentage, the scaled entitlements for those shareholders who applied for the maximums of NZ$11,500 or A$9,000 of shares are shown in the table below.

Maximum entitlement

NZ$ $11,500
A$   $9,000

Less scaleback

NZ$  -$4,995
AS$  -$3,909

Revised entitlement

NZ$  $6,505
AS$  $5,091

The timetable for the allotment of shares and refunding of application monies under the SPP is as follows:

20 May 2009
Subscription price per share and final scaleback percentage will be announced

21 May 2009
Allotment of new shares issued under the SPP

22 May 2009
Shareholder statements issued to SPP participants

22 May 2009
Refunded amounts credited to bank accounts and refund cheques sent to shareholders

22 May 2009
Shares issued under the SPP are expected to commence trading on the NZX and ASX

Top-Up Offer

The subscription price for the Top-Up Offer is the placement price of $5.35 per share. Applications under the Top-Up Offer will be scaled back due to total demand exceeding $20 million. The scaleback of 7.8% oversubscriptions (subject to final processing of applications) will be on a pro-rata basis based on the dollar amount for which share applications have been made.

The timetable for the allotment of shares and refunding of application monies under the Top-Up Offer is as follows:

12 May 2009
Allotment of new shares issued under the Top-Up Offer

13 May 2009
Shares issued under the Top-Up Offer are expected to commence trading on the NZX and ASX

13 May 2009
Shareholder statements issued to Top-Up Offer participants

13 May 2009
Refunded amounts credited to bank accounts and refund cheques sent to shareholders

ENDS

For further information contact:

Philip King
General Manager
Investor and Media Relations
Ph: +64 9 525 9043
Mob: +64 27 444 0203

  1. This announcement has been prepared for publication in New Zealand and Australia and may not be released in the United States. This announcement does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States or to “U.S. persons” (as defined in Regulation S under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and may not be released or distributed in the United States or to any U.S. person.  Fletcher Building’s shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any state of the United States and may not be offered, sold or otherwise transferred in the United States except in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.