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How to buy Vista Group International shares (VGL)

Your simple guide to buying Vista Group International shares on the NZX.

Vista Group is a New Zealand software and technology company that services the global film industry. Shares in Vista Group (VGL) are traded on New Zealand’s Exchange (NZX) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) — if you’d like to buy VGL shares on the NZX but don’t know how, keep reading for step-by-step instructions.

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How to buy shares in Vista Group International on the New Zealand Exchange

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  2. Open and fund your share trading account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Vista Group International. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: VGL. Research its history to confirm it’s a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Vista Group International reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market’s ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Vista Group International, depending on your share trading account.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Vista Group International. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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Vista Group International overview and background

Vista Group specialises in tech solutions for the global film industry. First listed on the NZX and ASX in 2014, Vista Group is the parent company for eight businesses, including:

  • Vista Cinema. The original business of the Vista Group, Vista Cinema is a cinema management solution for cinema exhibitors that operate more than 20 screens.
  • Veezi. A cinema management solution for exhibitors that operate less than 20 screens.
  • Movio. Movio specialises in marketing data analytics and campaign management software for the film industry.
  • Maccs. A designer and developer of film distribution software.
  • POWSTER. A London-based studio that provides creative service to the film and music industries.
  • Numero. An aggregated box office reporting platform for film studios and distributors.
  • Flicks. Screening guide for cinemas in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

Vista Cinema’s software is used in more than 110 countries around the world. Vista Group is headquartered in Auckland but also has offices in Australia, China, the USA and several other international locations.

Performance and company results

In its annual report for the financial year ended 31 December 2020, Vista Group announced the following key results for a COVID-impacted 12 months:

  • Total revenue of $87.5 million (a decrease of 39%)
  • Recurring revenue of $65.5 million (a decrease of 26%)
  • Operating loss of $29.1 million
  • EBITDA of -$11.4 million
  • Operating cash flow $3 million (a decrease of 81%)

Key details

NameVista Group International LimitedIndustrySoftware-Application Business
Ticker symbolVGLISINNZVGLE0003S1
TypeOrdinary SharesDate listed on NZX11 Aug 2014
End of financial yearDecemberChief executive officerKimbal Riley
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