Victoria highlights the art of creative financial reporting
Full year results from the manufacturer of floorcoverings offered a prime example of the creative reporting now pervading company results. While the headlines spoke of a “sixth consecutive record year for Victoria” the reality was an abysmal year of exceptional costs, some of which should have been avoided. We can’t fathom why sensible investors continue to lap this up.
Shareholders in Victoria (LON: VCP) have had a roller coaster journey since chairman Geoff Wilding controversially took control of the business in October 2012. At the time chairman Wilding negotiated what some have described as ‘the deal of the decade’, magically engineering a 50% equity stake worth over £100m for a modest outlay of only £20,000. Mr Wilding has already cashed-in a good chunk of those magical gains, netting a tidy £41.3m in August 2018…
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