Stock manipulation: Midas Infra Trade
5 February 2015
Midas Infra Trade gained a stupendous 1104% in 18 months, with almost no income
Midas Infra Trade Ltd (MITL) is supposedly in the business of ‘share trading’. Prior to April 2014, MITL was known as Associated Finlease Ltd. It is a dormant company. It reports marginal income from its trading activities. With almost nil net profits, in an 18-month period, the stock of MITL gained a stupendous 1104%—from Rs0.95 on 23 May 2013 to Rs11.44 on 5 November 2014. Since then, the stock price has fallen 46% to Rs6.15 on 23 January 2015. Over this period, the promoters have been reducing their stake. In just a year, they have reduced their stake to 0.35% on September 2014 from 8.85% in September 2013. This suspicious activity did not raise a red flag, despite the regulator and the Exchanges being aware of MITL’s mismanagement in the past. In 2000, MITL’s certificate of registration as a non-banking finance company was rejected by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and it was prohibited from accepting deposits. Yet, in 2010, MITL collected money from public through money circulation schemes by making tall promises of high returns. Though this led to a cautionary notice from RBI, no penal action was taken against the company. MITL has also been suspended in the past for not complying with the listing agreement. No wonder, investors are so suspicious of the stock market and have little respect for the regulators.