Steinhoff marks anniversary of delayed results with another delay

‘We sincerely regret this revision to the reporting timeline,’ said chair Heather Sonn on the anniversary of when 2017 financial results were originally scheduled to appear

Steinhoff International marked the anniversary of when its 2017 financial year results were originally scheduled to be released by announcing a further delay until April.

“Unfortunately, despite significant efforts being exerted by all parties, it is now clear that the timeline for completing the group consolidated financial reporting and audit process has shifted and it will not be possible for all the work required to be finalised within the original timeframe,” Steinhoff said in a statement on Thursday morning.

“The company now estimates that it will publish its group audited financial statements for 2017 and 2018 by the middle of April 2019. The 2017 and 2018 financial statements for Steinhoff Investment Holdings will be released shortly thereafter.”

The drama which decimated Steinhoff’s share price started on December 4 2017 when it issued a statement saying its results “will be released albeit in unaudited form on schedule on December 6 2017.”

The reason why it could not release audited results were clarified two days later when instead of releasing the results, it informed investors Markus Jooste had resigned with immediate effect as CEO and it had appointed auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers to investigate accounting irregularities.

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