Tongaat rights issue to go ahead – whistleblower Dave Woollam questions everything

Analyst and whistleblower Dave Woollam has once again questioned the need for Tongaat’s highly dilutive capital raise. The main issue surrounds the underwriter, Magister, whose investments and past business dealings are largely unknown. Magister – which is tied to Zimbabweans, the Rudland family – will underwrite R2bn of the R4bn rights issue, meaning that in all likelihood they will take control of the business post rights issue. Existing shareholders will be expected to cough up to six or seven times the existing value of their shares to keep their pro rata shareholding in the company. If not, they face being diluted by more than 90%. A sad state of affairs for long-suffering shareholders.