Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund 02 - Panel Declines to Conduct Proceedings and Publishes Reasons

The Panel has declined to conduct proceedings on an application dated 19 July 2012 from Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited (AFI), a unit holder in Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), in relation to the affairs of HDF.

The application concerned the provision of a proper and full independent evaluation of the internalisation of management of HDF in the context of a takeover bid for HDF by Pipeline Partners Australia Pty Ltd (PPA). HDF is also currently the subject of a competing bid by APT Pipelines Limited.