The Serious Fraud Investigation Office or SFIO is probing alleged mismanagement of over Rs 8,000 crore of funds since 2005, when liquor baron Vijay Mallya‘s UB Group-controlled Kingfisher Airlines and United Spirits, according to media reports. Continue reading
Pressure to show a profit led to Toshiba’s accounting scandal
SEP 18, 2015
Manufacturing giant Toshiba Corp.’s president and seven other directors were forced to resign when an investigation revealed in July that the firm had doctored the books and had padded its profits over the past seven years to the tune of hundreds of billions of yen. The case is one of Japan’s biggest corporate scandals in years. The 140-year-old company is set to make a fresh start on Sept. 30 when it holds an emergency shareholder meeting to approve a new management team. But what was going on with Toshiba and why was it inflating its profits? Here are some questions and answers about Toshiba’s accounting problems. Continue reading
Will YuuZoo’s new funding deal wreck its share price?
18 September 2015
Business Times Singapore
IT may come across as a simple deal, but YuuZoo Corp’s recently announced S$30 million funding facility from US-based fund GEM Global is by no means heartening for investors saddled by the anaemic showing of its stock since its debut on the Singapore Exchange a year ago. Continue reading
Accounting Rife with Estimates Haunted Toshiba
David M. Katz
9 September 2015
The Japanese conglomerate’s woes may have much to do with percentage-of-completion accounting.
Toshiba’s ongoing accounting scandal, which reached a peak on Monday, when the company announced a reported $1.9 billion earnings writedown involving fiscal periods reaching back seven years, has spotlighted a broader financial reporting problem that has bedeviled standard setters for years: how to keep fraudulent earnings management out of revenue recognition. Continue reading
Amtek Auto, Castex plunge on Sebi probe
10 September 2015
Press Trust of India
Mumbai, Sep 10 (PTI) Shares of Amtek Auto plunged 9 per cent, while that of its subsidiary Castex Technologies lost 5 per cent today after market regulator Sebi began a probe into alleged manipulation of the latter’s stock price. Sebi has begun a probe into alleged share price manipulation at Castex Technologies through forced conversion of foreign bonds. Continue reading
Stock manipulation: Asya Infosoft
2 September 2015
The share price of Asya Infosoft jumped 1085% in just about 17 months despite negligible profits
Asya Infosoft (Asya) has been involved in several failed business activities in the past. Formerly known as Saya Housing Finance, it was into providing home loans. In 2008, Saya was suspended for not complying with the listing agreement. In the following year, the name of the company was changed to Asya Infrastructure & Tourism. A few years later, in 2013, after acquiring Ideal Systems, the company decided to pursue information technology (IT) services. As per its website, Asya undertakes software development, web designing and web development for its clients. However, it had revenues of less than Rs1 crore in each of the past 12 quarters and negligible profits. But the share price of such a company has jumped 1085% in just about 17 months. From a low of Rs7.80 on 10 March 2014, the price shot up to Rs92.45 on 21 August 2015. Asya is trading at a PE (price to earnings) of 159 times (past four-quarter trailing earnings). Are the investors extremely bullish or is this another pump & dump operation? Asya had an average daily trading turnover of about Rs1.49 lakh in CY2013, with about 53 trades each day. In CY2014, the average trading turnover jumped to Rs3.69 lakh and the average number of daily trades increased to 94. From January 2015 up to mid-August 2015, the trading volume averaged over Rs11 lakh a day with nearly 160 trades each day. It has just about 2,000 shareholders. At the time of going for printing, the stock got suspended on BSE for penal reasons.