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Zintel shareholders vote in favour of delisting, liquidation; shares jump

Friday 28th September 2012

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Shareholders of Zintel voted in favour of delisting and giving the board the power to call in liquidators after the company sold all of its operating units and resolved a legal dispute. The shares jumped about 7 percent.

The vote was won on a show of hands at the annual meeting in Auckland. Liquidation required a change to the company's constitution. The company resolved its last outstanding issue with the announcement earlier today that it had reached an amicable settlement with VeriFone that was sparked by the loss of its exclusive deal with the US company.

Zintel yesterday announced the sale of its Commit Services unit for $1.13 million, the last operating unit to be disposed of. The proceeds of that and the settlement with VeriFone will list cash in bank to more than $22 million, the company said.

The company abandoned its growth strategy when US companies VeriFone and Hypercom merged, with the result that VeriFone terminated Zintel's exclusive distribution agreement, dealing a "devastating" blow to the New Zealand's firm's Eftpos business.

The other development was the sale of its Australian toll-free calling business for $15.3 million to Delaware-based j2 Global, more than the Auckland-based company's entire market value at the time.

Zintel shares jumped 3 cents to 46 cents and have soared more than 270 percent in the past 12 months, valuing the company at $19.7 million. The company made a distribution of 20 cents a share via a special dividend and buyback earlier this year.

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