Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:33

Online survey starts capital structure consultation

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Fonterra chair Peter McBride. Fonterra chair Peter McBride.

Fonterra has started consulting its 10,000 farmer shareholders on potential changes to its capital structure.

In an email farmer shareholders co-op chairman Peter McBride has asked them to fill an online survey.

The short survey has nine questions including on whether farmers want the capital structure review.

Fonterra’s board and management have been looking at capital structure options.

McBride told farmer shareholders that it needs a capital structure to ensure it best supports the co-op strategy and long-term vision.

“We have spent the past few months reviewing potential options, including staying with our current structure,” he says.

“Every option has its own merits, but also involves some form of trade-off.”

McBride says the farmer feedback will be considered as part of the board’s decision-making process as it moves toward a preferred option.

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