The transport firm said that it was reviewing its revenue recognition and dividend policy, as well as re-assessing the recoverability of certain receivables and the “appropriateness of certain provision”, and as a result, its half-year figures were now expected to be published in early September as opposed to the original date of 29 August.
Stobart added that the impact of the review on its adjusted earnings (EBIT) was likely to result in the number being “significantly lower” than anticipated, although revenues were predicted to be in line with previous guidance.
Meanwhile, the company said its chief executive, Alex Laffey, will step down with immediate effect and be replaced by Sebastien Desreumaux, the head of contract logistics and warehousing.
The drama is likely to cause yet more headaches for beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, whose Woodford Asset Management fund is Eddie Stobart’s largest shareholder with a 22.89% stake.
The shares have been suspended at their last close price of 71p.
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