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Companies usually fail because of poor management and managers almost always attribute failure to circumstances beyond their control.
Formal announcements of insolvency to the stock exchange by company directors are often therefore self-serving. The truth about failure emerges later in the fine print of reports by external administrators or the post mortems of financial journalists.
WARNING: Unless you really know what you are doing and/or are prepared to take on considerable risk, don't invest in small companies. Better to invest in companies in the S&P/ASX 200.
An absence of regulatory action
What makes company failure even more galling is the absence of regulatory action against directors and management.
A recent article by Adele Ferguson in the Sydney Morning Herald on the subject of Hastie's failure says it all:
"The problem is most directors involved in company collapses walk away scot-free. Few are banned as company directors regardless of whether they have a string of collapses against their name. Of the few company directors who have been found guilty of breaches, most have faced the punishment of being hit with a wet lettuce. In the case of Centro, shame was deemed an appropriate punishment, despite the billions of dollars that shareholders lost, while the non-executive directors of ABC Learning walked away, despite the havoc wreaked, as did directors of Babcock & Brown and others."
Delisting is not the same as failure
Investors are often confused by company delisting and company failure. They are almost completely unrelated. The majority of companies are delisted for reasons other than failure such as takeover, merger, illiquidity, withdrawal because of listing costs etc.
Most company failures do not result in a delisting. Company failure lies behind many "changes of activity" where companies fail with one activity and formally adopt another. Sometimes a change of name reflects an attempt to disassociate from past failures. Both are classic cases of failure masked by events other than a delisting.
Many small companies fail and actually go into administration, where they are reconstructed and recapitalised. They later emerge with either the same name or a different name. Later there is hardly any sign of the failure. Only the shareholders concerned are painfully aware. Their capital has been savagely diluted and their shares are practically worthless.
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