Muddy Waters letter blasts Olam debt
The stock was up 2.5 percent at S$1.65 on Wednesday, losing part of its early bounce. The previous day it had fallen as much as 11 percent to S$1.545, its lowest in nearly six months. Olam's shares are down about 20 percent so far this year, while the benchmark Straits Times Index is up 12 percent.
Olam has grown from its origins in Nigeria into a diverse agricultural commodities trading company with interests ranging from cocoa and coffee to nuts and sugar.
Chief Executive Sunny Verghese has led an expansion that has seen it take on larger commodity players such as Noble Group and Wilmar International.
Muddy Waters may not be the only firm betting against Olam, which is the most borrowed stock among Singapore's top 30 companies, suggesting heavy demand from short sellers.
Nearly 80 percent of Olam's shares that can be borrowed were out on loan, compared with an average of about 6 percent for the index constituents, according to Markit Securities Finance.
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