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Steinhoff, Brait share movements probed for insider trading

Jun 25 2015 14:34


Company Data

Brait SE [JSE:BAT]

Last traded 14
Change -1
% Change -6
Cumulative volume 258887
Market cap 0

Last Updated: 01/01/0001 at 12:00. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

Steinhoff International Holdings NV [JSE:SNH]

Last traded 1
Change 0
% Change 1
Cumulative volume 15176198
Market cap 0

Last Updated: 01/01/0001 at 12:00. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - Dealings in shares in Steinhoff [JSE:SHF] and Brait [JSE:BAT] are being investigated by South African regulators as part of an insider trading probe.

Steinhoff stock transactions are being examined between September and November, the months leading up to the retailer’s announcement of its R62.8bn acquisition of Pepkor, the Financial Services Board (FSB) said in a statement on June 23. Trading in Brait, the investment company that bought British fitness chain Virgin Active in April, is also being probed.

The FSB is investigating “individuals who were privy to price sensitive information and who traded ahead of the announcements,” Solly Keetse, head of the regulator’s Directorate of Market Abuse (DMA) department, said by phone on Thursday, without giving more details on what’s suspicious about the trading activities.

The DMA’s next quarterly meeting will be held in September, where an update on the investigations will be given.

“It should be noted that these investigations are not into the affairs of the companies listed but into trading of shares on the stock exchange,” the FSB said.

Brait shares gained 2.9% on April 14, two days before the £682m Virgin deal was announced. That was the stock’s biggest daily advance since January 21, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company, controlled by billionaire Christo Wiese, agreed to buy British retailer New Look for £780m the following month.

Steinhoff didn’t issue a cautionary statement before the Pepkor deal was announced, a regulatory requirement that serves to inform investors that talks are taking place that could affect the share price.

That decision was questioned by Charl Kocks, principal at Johannesburg-based Ratings Afrika, The Sunday Times reported on November 30.

Steinhoff took advice and was told it wasn’t necessary to issue a statement, CEO Markus Jooste said in the same report.

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