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How to handle the Michael Hill restructure

by Corporate Actions Desk

In June 2016, Michael Hill shareholders approved a corporate restructure that saw the company move to Australia and subsequently obtain a primary listing on the ASX, while maintaining its listing on the NZX. Michael Hill saw this as a logical move, given that its business was primarily conducted out of Australia and Australia was its biggest market.

As part of the Scheme of Arrangement, the company delisted from the NZX under the code MHI and listed again under MHJ. It also obtained approval for a primary listing on the ASX, trading under MHJ. Eligible shareholders received shares in the new company on a 1:1 basis, based on the number of units they held in the original company. These same shareholders also had the option to either receive ASX or NZX-listed MHJ shares.

Michael Hill restructure

As an eligible shareholder, whatever your decision, Sharesight makes it easy to account for this restructure within your portfolio.

Unfortunately Michael Hill has not yet released information pertaining to the cost base information, for the new shares. The example below will assume the new shares are entered at the closing market price on the first day of trading. There is no official ATO Class Ruling for this corporate action, however, Michael Hill have advised that eligible Australian shareholders can apply for roll-over relief.

How to handle the Michael Hill restructure if you are a resident of Australia for tax purposes

  1. The best place to start is to obtain your original cost base of your Michael Hill (MHI.NZX) shares. To do so, run the Historical Cost Report in Sharesight and locate MHI.NZX. Change the date range to ‘Since Inception’ and note the ‘Closing Balance’ figure. This figure will be used when adding the new holding on either the ASX or NZX

    Michael Hill restructure - screenshot 1

  2. Click on the ‘Holdings’ tab at the top of the page. The tab should drop-down and you will see a button to ‘Add or Import Holdings’, which you will need to click:

    Michael Hill Restructure - screenshot 4

    This will take you to the Add Holdings page. On this page, type ‘MHJ’ in the search bar. A number of different listings will show, by market. You will need to select either MHJ.ASX or MHJ.NZX, depending on what you have received per the corporate action. Then enter the following information:

    Transaction Type: Opening Balance
    Date: 07/07/2016 (Implementation date)
    Cost Base: Use the Closing Balance figure obtained from the Historical Cost Report
    Quantity: Same as your original holding

    Michael Hill Restructure - screenshot 2

  3. Once you’ve added the MHJ holding, you should be taken back to the Portfolio Overview page. From there, click into your original MHI holding. On the MHI Holdings page, click ‘Enter a new Trade or Adjustment’ and enter the following details:

    Transaction Type: Cancellation
    Date: 07/07/2016
    Quantity: Same as your original holding
    Share price: Enter your original purchase price (or cost base per unit) for MHI. This way no gain is recorded on the disposal of these shares. If you feel that there should be a gain and that your statement (from Michael Hill or Computershare) advises a different price for disposal, you can use that.

    Michael Hill Restructure - screenshot 3

    Given the presence of rollover relief, it is important to note that the steps above ​may​ not account for any applicable CGT discounts, ​when running the CGT Report, if you sell within the next 12 months.​ We suggest to add comments against these transactions as a reminder when running CGT reports.

How to handle the Michael Hill restructure if you are a resident of NZ for tax purposes

If you held MHI shares, as an NZ resident for tax, we suggest doing things a little differently to the above steps.

  1. From the ‘Overview’ page, click into your MHI.NZX holding. On the MHI.NZX holdings page, click ‘Enter a new Trade or Adjustment’ and enter the following information:

    Transaction Type: Sell
    Date: 06/07/2016
    Quantity: Same as your original holding
    Share price: $1.14

    This is to remove the MHI.NZX holding. It might be a good idea to leave a comment against that transaction to advise why you are recording the ‘sell’.

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  2. Once you’ve done this, you should still remain on the MHI.NZX holdings page. To the top-right, you will see a button ‘Add or Import Holdings’, which you will need to click. This will take you to the Add Holdings page, from which you will create a new holding for your new MHJ shares. Type ‘MHJ’ into the search bar and select either the ASX or NZX listed shares, depending on what you received.

    Transaction Type: Buy
    Date: 07/07/2016
    Quantity: Same as your original holding
    Price: If you hold MHJ.NZX, you can enter the price as $1.14. If you hold the ASX-listed stock, you can use Sharesight’s given exchange rate of ‘0.9522’ and then a price of $1.085508, to reflect NZ$1.14, as below:

    Michael Hill Restructure - screenshot 6

Please note that we always advise you to consult your financial advisor or accountant regarding corporate actions, especially for tax purposes, as we are not authorised to provide financial advice. For further information regarding this Scheme of Arrangement and information on the tax implications, please refer to the official Scheme Booklet.

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