Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

ASIC commences civil penalty proceedings against ANZ

By Eliot Hastie
 — 1 minute read

The corporate regulator has commenced civil penalty proceedings against ANZ for alleged continuous disclosure breach in relation to a 2015 institutional equity placement.

The alleged breached involved a $2.5 billion institutional share placement undertaken by ANZ in 2015.

In 2015, ANZ issued a release to the ASX announcing a fully underwritten and share purchase plan to raise $3 billion and then the next day released an announcement that it had raise $2.5 billion in new equity capital through the placement of shares.

Advertisement
Advertisement

ASIC alleged that ANZ contravened the Corporations Act by failing to notify the ASX that approximately $791 million of the $2.5 billion of ANZ shares offered in the placement was to be acquired by its underwriters rather than placed with investors.

ASIC is seeking a declaration that ANZ breached its continuous disclosure obligations and a pecuniary penalty order.

ANZ has released a statement defending themselves, stating that the shares in question represented less than 1 per cent of the shares on issue at the time and were taken up by the joint lead managers in circumstances where the book indicated the placement was covered at 103 per cent. 

ANZ chief risk officer Kevin Corbally said that ANZ was not aware of a precedent for a listed entity to disclose the take up of shares by underwriters in an equity placement. 

“ANZ’s disclosure in relation to the placement was in accordance with its ASX disclosure obligations as well as market practice and we are defending the matter,” he said. 

 


The must-attend event for financial advisers is back in 2022: the ESG Summit, coming to Sydney and Melbourne in February. Walk away with vital knowledge on a number of key ESG areas to help you make informed ESG strategy decisions and to better communicate and integrate the growing ESG space to clients. Visit the website to secure your place.

 

ASIC commences civil penalty proceedings against ANZ
investordaily image
ID logo

 

related articles

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.