Clode's failed development may impact First Step investors

Investors in Money Managers’ First Step trusts might face further losses as the trust’s investment manager stands to lose up to $36 million on a failed Onehunga development.

Receivers for Retail on Main, BDO Spicers, said the company owed Financial Trust $36 million as at March 31 2009.

Financial Trust made investments for the First Step trusts as the trustee for a further layer of lending trusts invested in. Financial Trust is directed by Money Managers founder Doug Somers-Edgar, who also owns the firm, through trustee Cadmont Holdings, alongside interests associated with Money Managers’ shareholders Russell Tills and Gerald Siddall.

Financial Trust called in the receivers to the development company on April 3, after Retail on Main shareholders had voted to put the company in liquidation in January.

It is likely that Financial Trust will recoup at least some of its $36 million because Retail on Main still owns 51 residential apartments and 6 commercial units at the Atrium on Main development and another 4 apartments at a second Onehunga development.

A spokesman for First Step said the company was vigorously working to endeavour to get the loan back.

But BDO Spicers have not provided forecasts of creditor returns.

They are working on a managed sell-down of the residential apartments and commercial units, while some of the apartments are being rented out.

Inland Revenue was owed $615,586 for unpaid GST – the payment of this is solely dependent on the level of collections achieved from accounts receiveatble and inventory.

This news comes just three months after First Step investors were told to expect a likely cash shortfall of $97.7 million on their investments, up from a $38 million provision made for losses in 2007.

There was $457 million in the First Step funds when they closed in late 2006, and investors have been repaid $223.5 million of the $330 million of their money that was invested.

Ex-Olympian Brent Clode is the sole shareholder and director of Retail on Main – liquidator Mr Cooper is his brother-in-law.

Twenty of Mr Clode’s companies were put into liquidation on November 5 with responsibility for these handed over to Mr Cooper.

3 · Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Post Comment

3 Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

The heading is grammatically incorrect - "impact" is a noun not a verb, although it has become one of the amost confused words in the paast 10 years or so.
You can have an impact, and something can impact upon something else, and stools can be impacted.
But the correct verb is "affect". You can also have an effect (becomes a noun).
The Authority should know better

  • 0
  • 0

Focus on what is important. The real "crime" here is that Investment Professsionals have invested significant amounts of clients funds in this highly risky investment. In no way was "suitability" ever really considered for the poor Ma and Pa investors that tend to be the main customers of Money Managers. I would suggest the other "crime" here would be the onerous up front and ongoing commissions that these advisors have carved off the top for their so called professional investment skills. It used to drive me crazy listening to ZB "air/endorse? this first steps investment every Sunday or Saturday morning. There is no shame in the investment industry who prey on unsuspecting older investors who do not have the capapbility to recoup a bad investment.

  • 0
  • 0

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot


Sym Price Change
USD 0.7327 0.0000 0.00%
AUD 0.9211 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.6140 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5434 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.7285 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 82.1000 0.0000 0.00%


Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1293.3 6.130 2017-09-22T00:
Oil Brent 56.4 0.420 2017-09-22T00:
Oil Nymex 50.7 0.110 2017-09-22T00:
Silver Index 16.9 -0.034 2017-09-22T00:


Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 7795.4 7814.8 7795.4 0.25%
NASDAQ 6401.4 6429.5 6422.7 0.07%
DAX 12569.7 12646.6 12600.0 -0.06%
DJI 22334.1 22364.3 22359.2 -0.04%
FTSE 7263.9 7320.3 7263.9 0.64%
HKSE 27949.8 27960.9 28110.3 -0.82%
NI225 20413.6 20417.1 20347.5 -0.25%
ASX 5655.4 5688.2 5655.4 0.47%