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Tongaat Hits 25-Year Low as Sugar Maker May Restate Fin...

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Tongaat Hits 25-Year Low as Sugar Maker May Restate Finances

Piles of refined white sugar cubes. Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg
By Bloomberg
11 Jun 2019 0

Embattled sugar company Tongaat Hulett's listing on the JSE was suspended on Monday after a tumultuous day on the exchange. The company said it "wishes to avoid speculative trading in its share, requesting it be suspended from the JSE pending an investigation, which was granted.

Tongaat Hulett Ltd. dropped to the lowest since January 1994 in the second day of declines since the South African sugar producer warned that “certain practices” have been discovered that may lead to a restatement of earlier financial information.
  • Tongaat has hired PwC to assist with reviewing the issue and said it doesn’t have enough information to provide more details yet.

Key Insights

  • It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Tongaat. The shares plummeted 20 percent on Feb. 22 after the company warned that it would post a full-year loss and planned to hold discussions with lenders.
  • The latest issues were identified as part of a wide-ranging strategic and financial review of the company initiated by new Chief Executive Officer Gavin Hudson. It’s working on a turnaround strategy, but said on Friday that it’s still at an early stage.
  • Tongaat has told staff to preserve all information, including data, documents and emails, and cooperate fully with the PwC team, South Africa’s Business Day newspaper said Monday.

Market Reaction

  • Tongaat dropped as much as 18 percent on Monday, following a 28 percent decline on Friday. The stock is down 65 percent this year, valuing the company at 2.4 billion rand ($167 million).
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