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NZ Post puts its ReachMedia stake on the block

NZ Post puts its ReachMedia stake on the block

ReachMedia, the owner of online shopping site Lasoo.co.nz, is a joint venture with Australian marketing services company Salmat

NZ Post is preparing to sell its stake in Reach Media, owner of Lasoo.co.nz, as it clears its books of Kiwibank's troubled core banking system replacement project.

NZ Post is preparing to sell its stake in Reach Media, owner of Lasoo.co.nz, as it clears its books of Kiwibank's troubled core banking system replacement project.

New Zealand Post is selling its half-share in catalogue and digital marketing company ReachMedia, jointly owned with Australian marketing services company Salmat.

NZ Post's annual financial statements to 30 June 2017 record that the holding value in the company, $3 million, was reclassified as "held for sale" at the very end of the financial year. A spokesperson said that status had not changed since the accounts were compiled.

ReachMedia, founded in 2007, describes itself as the largest catalogue distributor in New Zealand and the owner of NZ shopping website Lasoo.co.nz, working with brands such as The Warehouse, Bunnings, Progressive Enterprises, Kmart and Vodafone.

The company recorded $31.8 million is sales in the year to 30 June 2016, the latest results posted with the NZ Companies Office. That was down from $35 million in 2015. Net profit also halved from $1.2 milllion to $617,138.

Big changes are also revealed in the carrying value of software in NZ Post's accounts following the $90 million impairment of subsidiary Kiwibank's SAP-based core banking system replacement, CoreMod, and the partial sale of Kiwibank itself.

The net book value of computer software fell from $188 million on 30 June 2016, to $33 million at the close of 2017.

Kiwibank is no longer considered part of the NZ Post Group after its partial sale, taking all of its software investments out of the accounts.

However, NZ Post has agreed to provide $40 million in capital to Kiwibank, if required, to complete the system replacement.  That project is under review and the report says it is "highly unlikely that the current delivery path of the core banking system project will meet the key transformation objectives of the bank."

No provision has therefore been made.

NZ Post also made provisions of $13 million for restructuring costs in 2018 and beyond down from $21 million for 2017.

In September, NZ Post today reported a net profit after tax from continuing operations of $27 million for 2017, a year-on-year improvement of $17 million.

Revenue from operations of $890 million, were down 5 per cent while expenditure of $887 million was down 9 per cent on 2016.


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