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Hawk set to swoop on Cynotech, shares soar

Monday 16th November 2009

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Allan Hawkins is set to swoop on Cynotech Holdings Ltd, the small finance company he chairs, after his private investment company announced plans for a takeover bid. The shares surged almost 32% to 14.5 cents.

Hawkins, who was jailed in the 1990s for his role in the Equiticorp ‘H-fee’, said in a letter to shareholders Cynotech Securities Group Ltd. intends to make a full takeover offer, with notice expected on or around Dec. 10 this year.

Cynotech grew out of Rocom Wireless, a satellite phone company, and Hawkins got involved in 2004 when he helped capitalise the company’s newly established finance unit.  He declined to comment further, saying more information will be revealed once the takeover notice is lodged.  

Cynotech Holdings boosted its profit to $1.3 million in the six months ended June 30, from $1.2 million a year earlier, and Hawkins was highly critical of finance companies that didn’t make adequate provisions for bad loans.

The company, which makes about two-thirds of its revenue from lending on cars, has grown by taking on the loans books from National Finance and Western Bay Finance.  

The Commerce Commission is prosecuting the company over the charging of interest and fees on its Budget Loans unit.

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