Van Hoogstraten refuses to endorse RTG loan restructuring


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Nicholas van Hoogstraten

Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) shareholder Nick Van Hoogstraten has opposed the group’s decision to restructure a $10 million NSSA loan, arguing that the initial loan was not used for its intended purpose.

The loan, which was due December 2015, has been restructured to a seven year loan with an annual interest of 6 percent. It now sits as a $13.6 million long-term liability; following the signing of a loan term sheet to restructure the loan was signed on March 30 2016.

At the company’s annual general meeting in Harare yesterday, Van Hoogstraten, who holds about 36 percent shareholding in RTG, opposed adoption of the Group’s 2015 Annual Report, saying the restructured loan had not been accounted for correctly.

Van Hoogstraten argued that the company should have held an EGM to approve the restructuring, and also claimed that the restructuring had been approved by interested parties, referring to NSSA-appointed directors who sit on the RTG board.

The businessman also opposed the audit fees and reappointment of Grant Thornton as auditors of the Group for the year.

Meanwhile, RTG’s revenue for the four months to April 2016 increased 13 percent on the comparative period last year to $8.6 million driven primarily by strong showing in their Zimbabwe hotels.

Presenting the group’s trading update, RTG chief executive Tendai Madziwanyika said despite continued liquidity shortages, Zimbabwe hotels’ performance remained positive.

“The group’s revenue grew by $1 million (13 percent) to $8.6 million in comparison to $7.6 million in prior year. The growth was driven by the Zimbabwe hotels which continued to register strong performance despite the continued liquidity challenges being experienced in the economy,” he said.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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