Ghana Stock Exchange to suspend PBC

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

The Ghana Stock Exchange is to suspend the listing status of licensed cocoa buyer, PBC Limited, from the bourse, come this Thursday, August 15.

It follows the company’s inability to comply with two requirements of the GSE, it said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

It mentioned the breached regulations as failure to publish financial results for the 2018 financial year and failure to redeem a debt instrument issued earlier.

“The non-publication is in breach of the continuing listing obligations under the GSE Listing Rules,” the GSE said.

The financial year of PBC, which was previously called Produce Buying Company, ended in September 2018.

The GSE’s notice to suspend the company added that “PBC has also failed to redeem the Tranche P4 of its note program, which matured on December 6, 2018

Part VI of the GSE Listing Rules outlines that a listed company shall comply with the continuing listing obligations and disclosure policy outlined in the Rules.

The prescribed sanctions for failing to abide by that regulation are specified in Rules 13(4)(c) and 13(4)(e) of the Listing Rules.

They empower the GSE to “suspend listing or compulsorily de-list securities where the company has failed to comply, or is unable, or unwilling to comply for any reason whatsoever with the Exchange’s requirements on continuing listing obligations and also where the company has failed to comply with its Listing Agreement, or other agreements with the Exchange, or has failed to comply with the Exchange’s Rules and disclosure policy as set out in Parts VI and VII of the Rules.”

The planned action of the GSE also comes in the wake of recent protests by staff of PBC against their Managing Director, Mr Kofi Owusu-Boateng, and the Board Chairman, Mr Charles B. Ntim, over allegations of mismanagement.

PBC demo

 Workers of the Produce Buying Company (PBC) today embarked on a demonstration at the company's premises at Dzorwulu in Accra.

According to the staff, the company whose main stay is the buying of cocoa has not bought cocoa for a long time, a move they believe threatens the survival of the firm.

The staff are calling for a change in management accusing the current management of incompetence.

They are calling for the resignation of their CEO, Kofi Owusu. All staff are currently draped in red as sign of anger and displeasure at the way the company is being managed.

The leadership of the working force is set to address the media on their specific concerns later in the day.