We will look to introduce additional guidelines to set out criteria in relation to these “permitted transfer” provisions.
To support the alignment of share ownership and milk supply, the proportion of shares held by shareholders that have ceased supplying the Co-op is intended to be less than 25% of the shares in the Co-op.
Why have we made this change?
We recognise the impact on our existing farmer shareholders in moving to a restricted market, which is why we want to give them a longer timeframe to sell. It will give all existing farmer shareholders greater choice about how long they retain an investment in our Co-op after they cease and should also help reduce any shorter-term sell-side pressure that may arise from the changes.