Stock market slaps Rakon with $30k fine

Rakon has been publicly censured and fined $30,000 by the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal this morning, concerning the timing of a market release made by the company.

Relating to an incident on July 5 last year, the move follows the sale of 80% of the company’s Chinese factory last year.

The tribunal ruled that the Auckland-based manufacturer’s strategic partnership agreement with ECEC was prematurely announced by ECEC to the China market just hours before it was announced to the New Zealand market by Rakon.

“It had been previously agreed to make the announcements at the same time, following the receipt by Rakon of a USD 500,000 deposit which was the last step to occur for the agreement to come into force,” the ruling states.

“Rakon has been working with the Tribunal to assist with their investigation of this matter.

“The NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal has determined that Rakon is to be fined $30,000 plus costs for a breach of the listing rules.”

According to the release this morning, the Tribunal found that there has been no suggestion that Rakon deliberately breached the Rules.

“Rakon considered that, until the deposit was received in cleared funds, no disclosure was required,” the report states.

“The Tribunal acknowledged that Rakon was mindful of its obligations under the listing rules and sought to ensure a co-ordinated release of announcements.”

Commenting on the verdict, Rakon Chairman Bryan Mogridge added: “The Company’s Board and management are pleased this matter is now resolved and we accept the Tribunal’s determination.

“The Board of Rakon takes its disclosure obligations seriously and it is very disappointing that a situation outside of our control has led to this result.”

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