Revisionist accounting to the rescue for Gupta-owned Oakbay

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NEWS ANALYSIS

With no more than three months to go until the Gupta family’s self-imposed deadline to sell all its South African assets, the only public company in that basket this week reported a financial performance that was much worse than in the previous year.

While it was bad, the performance of Oakbay Resources and Energy, majority-owned by Atul Gupta, would have been downright disastrous but for a significant revision of historical figures.

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According to the last published figures, Atul owns 64% of the coal and gold mining company, a stake worth R9.7-billion at current market prices. At this value, a 1% decline in Oakbay’s share price would cost him about R100-million when he sells it.

On Monday, the company published a trading statement on the JSE’s investor news service Sens before releasing its interim results for the six months to the end of August.

Source: Mail & Guardian
Revisionist accounting to the rescue for Gupta-owned Oakbay


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