HI I have been following this saga with limited factual evidence trying to make heads or tales. what's evident is that media sensationalism and lack of understanding of what is being relayed in the SENS. Most journalists perhaps for their own benefit are paraphrasing each other and extracting or assuming what is being relayed.
I too am making assumptions .
1. There is certainly Fraud, but most probably related to a limited number of executives excluding Wiese. Since there are legal ramifications the financial statements have to be restated according to dutch accounting law 362.6 . This does not imply the financials are grossly inadequate. we could be looking at a few 100 million euro worth of fraud and siphoning. I suspect related to the three companies within the European stables where there were repurchases. It is unlikely to be massive fraud as the CFO would also have been implicated. The CEO has the DOA for decision making but there still is a 2:1 rule implicating the board which would have limited gross fraud.
2. due to legal issues the due process on this is intensive and includes the german and dutch fsb as well as criminal court. hence information may only be shared at the appropriate time. unfortunately we as shareholders want more information. the company has tried to calm us by talking about the strength of the balance sheet.
3. Short term liquidity has been managed but credit insurance is an issue due to non disclosure. Credit insurance rather than credit itself. seems the media has jumped solely on to the credit insurance and assumed it includes credit. sure there maybe credit issues but this will be overcome by paying premiums.
4. The key lenders have agreed to support Steinhoff based on the introduction of the presentation where Steinhoff exec thanks them.
5. Shareholder value is most certainly eroded but some recovery may be achieved with the improved governance and implementation of processes. interestingly this in itself strengthens the company for future growth and pushes through integration.
6. C Wiese is fighting tooth and nail to salvage his billions- he has the most to lose and most to recover.
7. short term this share is high risk but also high reward- with the restatement of results we should expect the share at R15-R30, with a bottom of R3.80 or suspension. Upside warrants a risk and I would buy anywhere R5- R11
whats your thoughts