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BSE threatens to suspend, chop Choppies

October 16, 2018 11:53 AM
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According to the listing rules, companies on the local exchange are required to publish their financial results no more than three months after the end of the relevant financial reporting period. For Choppies, that period expired on September 30.

October 31 marks the next critical threshold for Choppies. If no results are forthcoming by then, BSEL could move to deliberations on the group’s future on the exchange.

Earlier today, the local bourse released a statement warning investors that Choppies was treading on dangerous ground.

“Shareholders are therefore cautioned that the listing of Choppies’ securities on the BSEL is under threat of suspension and possible termination,” the exchange’s listings and trading department said.

figures related to business acquisitions, value of inventory, property and others.

Further alarm was raised when Choppies directors, in their clarification statement, could not state when the results would eventually be made available to investors.

“Such reassessments are ongoing, complex by nature and require careful analysis in order to determine the impact on prior and current periods,” the directors stated.

According to the BSEL’s listing rules on October 3, the local exchange gave Choppies a one-month period within which to release its results or face suspension or termination. Today’s warning is in line with a listing rule that states that the BSEL will give the affected counter another warning, two weeks into the one-month warning.

Under tough new listing rules due to take effect on January 1, 2019, Choppies would have been placed on a disciplinary board and fined P500 a day up to a maximum of P150,000, following which processes would move towards suspension or termination.


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