Former Bank of Butterfield officer David Notman has become president of international investment advisors Interinvest (Bermuda) Ltd, which has moved to new offices opposite ACE Insurance on Front Street, Hamilton.In his new role, Mr Notman will run Interinvest's Bermuda operations and will liaise with its offices overseas.
BF&M Ltd announced a ten per cent stock dividend to shareholders yesterday - only days after some of the largest volumes of trading in its shares for several months. A decision to reward long-suffering shareholders of BF&M Ltd, who have seen their capital investment drop from $10.50 per share in June, 1993, to $6.75 currently, was taken by BF&M's board of directors on December 20.
The financial restructuring of the $138 million Bermuda Financial Centre Ltd project has been delayed while efforts are made to raise debt financing abroad, we can reveal. While the Bank of Bermuda has succeeded in raising $24 million in equity commitments locally for the $58.7 million office block part of the project, it has been unable to secure the necessary loans for the scheme from within the island.
Briton Humphrey Percy has been appointed as an executive director of Bermuda-based investment advisor Strategic Asset Management Ltd.His appointment, which became effective on December 1, follows the departure at the end of the summer of Mohamed Zayan, who was one of the founding principals of SAM when it was formed last year
Stock brokers in Bermuda and overseas will be able to join the Bermuda Stock Exchange as of next week, we can reveal. Literature explaining how to join is due to be sent out over the holiday period to investment firms locally and in North America, where there has been a lot of interest from brokers.
FOR SALE - 1,375 acres of undeveloped land in uninhabited East Caicos, 50-100 yards from the ocean, asking price: in excess of $563,750.The seller is Solar Enterprises, the only local company listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange whose shares have never traded.
A Canadian company described as "a disaster waiting to happen" has incorporated a subsidiary in Bermuda to promote the firm's interests overseas.International Hi-Tech Industries Inc, which is listed on the notorious Vancouver Stock Exchange, has a net worth of CDN$4 million.But the company's market capitalization — the value placed on it by investors in the marketplace — stands at a staggering CDN$335 million even though Hi-Tech reportedly has no sales revenue and no contracts for any sales.
The Bermuda Financial Centre Ltd, including the hotel and apartment section, would make an estimated profit of $14.5 million by 1997 rising to $20.4 million ten years later, according to projections in a report prepared by accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand (Bahrain). And return on equity was forecast to be minus 7.96 per cent for both 1995 and 1996 but improving to 20.99 percent, 33.7 per cent, 16.66 per cent and 29.58 per cent in 1997-99 and 2007, respectively.
The multi-million dollar contract to manage the Bermuda Financial Centre Ltd project may soon be up for grabs. Winworth Ltd, which is owned by Mike Winfield, Heather Robinson and Fraser Butterworth, is on the verge of giving up the contract, we have been told.
Local businessman George Rushe has taken a $650 million mutual fund group to court in an attempt to see its list of shareholders.Mr Rushe has asked Supreme Court to order Trout Trading Fund Ltd and its management company, Trout Trading Fund Management Company Ltd, to show him their share registers.
Despite the strong criticisms of the collapse of Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance, the company's vice-chairman, lawyer and former UBP MP William Cox, yesterday maintained his year-long public silence on the affair."I have no comment," said Mr Cox, who is the senior partner in law firm Cox & Wilkinson.Bermuda Fire's chairman, former government Senate leader Charles Collis, the senior partner in law firm Conyers, Dill & Pearman, was not available for comment.Other directors who voted to approve the controversial split-up of the company in 1991 have steadfastly refused to comment publicly on their actions since Bermuda Fire went into provisional liquidation in November, 1993.
A powerful political body in the US has launched a blistering attack on Bermuda over its handling of the collapse of Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance.Over $40 million in assets that were dividended out to the insurer's shareholders in 1991 has been described as "a prime example of outrageous irresponsibility by an offshore insurance company".The matter was "exacerbated by a cavalier disregard for the consequences on people living elsewhere", said a report released this week entitled ‘Wishful Thinking: A World view of Insurance Solvency Regulation.'
The Bank of Butterfield has been caught up in a stock scandal that has hit some of Wall Street's best-known brokerage houses.One of the bank's clients - American Michael Morse - has been accused of ripping off brokers through a scam involving the technique of ‘short selling'.Butterfield was named as a defendant in a court action brought at Bermuda Supreme Court this week by giant US investment firm, Merrill Lynch.
Financial trader Wolfgang Flottl intends to keep a trading operation in Bermuda even after he returns to New York to live, one of his US lawyers, Ted Altman, said this week.
Financial trader Wolfgang Flottl is pulling out of Bermuda over the next 18 months and moving his trading operations to New York, we can reveal.His withdrawal will have a significant impact on the local economy and will put pressure on landlords to reduce high-end residential rents.
British pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo, which has taken heavy losses in the bond markets in recent months, is closing down its Bermuda investment arm with the loss of ten jobs.The decision follows a sweeping reorganization of Glaxo's board of directors announced a week ago.
The Bank of Bermuda has accepted an invitation to act as a financial advisor to the development of the Bermuda Financial Centre on the site of the former Bermudiana Hotel in Hamilton.
Bermuda-based trader Wolfgang Flottl obtained a court order this week banning 220,000 copies of an Austrian magazine from newsstands on the grounds that they contained an article allegedly libelling him. Austrian police carried out a door-to-door visit of Vienna's newsagents on Wednesday evening, confiscating all copies of the down-market tabloid News.
The joint provisional liquidators of Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance have brought their first legal action in Bermuda since they were appointed six months ago, filing an application to be appointed receivers of Bermuda London Underwriting Agency Ltd.
Bermudian investors who have for years been staring at a collective paper loss of several million dollars from their investment in a publicly-quoted US company had something to cheer about this week.They stand to get some of their investment back - or may even end up with a profit - following the announcement on Monday of a proposed deal between NYSE-listed Regal International and a Hong Kong/Chinese conglomerate.
Businessman Thomas Coughlin, who is being investigated by Bermuda police following a complaint that he may have misappropriated funds from a local firm, has broken his public silence since allegations were made against him.But he has refused to shed any light on what has happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars that has allegedly gone missing from a local property development firm that he ran.Mr Coughlin, who has failed to return several calls left by us, last week gave an interview to his local newspaper in Connecticut, the Middletown Press.
More US companies may turn towards Regulation S securities offerings as a way of raising money due to the recent plunge of American stock markets, according to investment manager John McNiff.Mr McNiff, who runs Bermuda-based Offshore Investment Fund Ltd (OIFL), said US firms would find it increasingly difficult to raise money through public offerings in the current climate of market uncertainty.
An application has been made to wind up Bermuda-based Windsor Investments, which is majority owned by beleaguered American businessmen Gilbert Beinhocker and Gregory Plunkett.Channel Islands-based Maydown Consultants, which filed the winding-up petition at Bermuda Supreme Court on Wednesday, claims the investment company owes it $375,000.
Bermuda-based investors fighting to regain $750,000 which was allegedly stripped from their firm by American Gilbert Beinhocker may get most of their money back.The receiver of their investment firm, EPA Inc, has ordered the return of $500,000 in Promissory Notes that were taken out of the firm by Dr Beinhocker.Dr Beinhocker, who ran EPA for its investors, gave two notes - worth a total of $207,692 - to law firms Hale & Dorr, of Boston, and Richards, Layton & Finger, of Delaware, as payment for legal bills.
The saying ‘there's one born every minute' has never been more appropriate than when applied to the plethora of investors who have lost their shirts gambling on companies that prospect for diamonds and gold in ‘them thar hills' of British Columbia, Canada. DAVID MARCHANT takes a look at an industry that has attracted substantial investment from Bermuda residents and scrutinizes the performance of the notorious Vancouver Stock Exchange, which helps firms raise money and which was described in Forbes magazine in 1989 as ‘The Scam Capital of the World'.
Bermuda Fire & Marine chairman Charles Collis said yesterday that the company has between $50 million and $60 million in reserves and was put into liquidation to avoid "a feeding frenzy" by its creditors.
Provisional liquidators have been appointed to investigate the financial position of Bermuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company Ltd after the company filed for a voluntary winding up order on November 2.
Promoters behind the Bermuda Financial Centre said this week that they are seeking Bermudian investors as much as Bermuda dollar investments for their proposed $131 million hotel, conference and office complex.
Bermudians will soon be invited to buy in to the international business industry — by purchasing shares in a new company planning to replace the Bermudiana Hotel with a posh, five-star business hotel and office complex. The project, which includes a big convention and leisure centre, could be completed in 1996 and is expected to inject millions of dollars into the economy.
Founding investors in a planned $131 million hotel proposed to take the place of the Bermudiana have been told that the full cost of the project could be met with funds from overseas. Gordon Capital Corporation, the Canadian investment banking firm advising on the financing of the project, has said the money can be raised from its clients off the island.
A Small group of Bermudian investors and businessmen plans to raise over $130 million to turn the Bermudiana Hotel into a five-star hotel and convention centre, with offices and a recreation complex. The group has not been named but is known to include architect Fraser Butterworth. Two other well-known Bermudians with extensive hotel experience are among the founding sponsors.