Helsinki, October 7, 2015 – The Disciplinary Committee of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd (the “Exchange”) has imposed a public warning and a fine of EUR 50,000 on Oriola-KD Corporation (trading codes: OKDBV, OKDAV) due to the breaches of the Rules of the Exchange (the “Rules”). Oriola-KD Corporation has breached the Rules regarding the obligation to maintain adequate administrative procedures and to disclose corrected information in connection to the sale of its Russian businesses.
On December 8, 2014, the company disclosed a stock exchange release on the sale of its Russian businesses. According to the release, the company recognized an estimated loss of EUR 26 million due to the sale. In a stock exchange release disclosed on February 2, 2015, the amount of the loss was revised to EUR 147.7 million.
Administration of a listed company
The Disciplinary Committee states that the amount of the estimated loss disclosed in the first stock exchange release has proven to be erroneous to a substantial degree. From the market perspective, the amount of the loss resulting from the sale of businesses is not insignificant. The erroneous amount of the loss derived from several separate issues that were revealed during the audit process at the latter part of January. Detecting the final losses only in connection with the financial statement process and the materiality of the errors prove that the financial administration of the company has not acted in a sufficiently compliant manner and has not been able to produce such financial information that can be expected from a listed company.
Disclosing corrected information
Market confidence requires that investors are able to make decisions in the market based on correct information. According to the Rules, the correction to information disclosed by the company needs to be disclosed without undue delay after an error has been noticed unless it is insignificant.
The Disciplinary Committee states in its argumentation that the errors have been substantially discovered already on January 23, 2015, and that the company has been aware of the full extent of the errors on January 29 at the latest, when the company has – in conjunction with the prospectus process – provided the updated loss calculation to the Financial Supervisory Authority. However, the company has not corrected its stock exchange release from December 8, 2014, until February 2, 2015. The significance of the error is indicated not only by its amount, but also by the fact that the company’s share price (OKDBV) fell by over 11 per cent on the day of the release.
The Disciplinary Committee states that preparing the financial statement and ensuring its validity and finality had no relevance in delaying the disclosure of the corrected information, as required by the continuous disclosure requirements for listed companies.
Applicable Rules of the Exchange
220.127.116.11 Capacity for providing information to the market
Well in advance of the listing, the company must establish and maintain adequate procedures, controls and systems, including systems and procedures for financial reporting, to enable compliance with its obligation to provide the market with timely, reliable, accurate and up-to-date information as required by the Exchange.
18.104.22.168 Timing of information (sub-chapter 3)
Significant changes to previously disclosed information shall be disclosed as soon as possible. Corrections to errors in information disclosed by the listed company itself need to be disclosed as soon as possible after the error has been noticed, unless the error is insignificant.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Exchange states in its resolution that Oriola-KD Oyj has, when disclosing the information on the sale of its Russian businesses, breached the Rule 22.214.171.124 regarding the obligation to maintain adequate administrative procedures, and Rule 126.96.36.199 regarding the disclosure of the corrected information. Accordingly, the Committee has imposed a public warning and a fine of EUR 50,000 on Oriola-KD Oyj. The main argumentation and the resolution statement shall be disclosed by the Exchange.
This press release contains the main argumentation and the resolution statement by the Disciplinary Committee.
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