Shares in African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI), Sekunjalo’s public trading company, have lost about a fifth of their value since the company said on Friday last week that it will delay the release of its interim results. The company’s shares were at R2.30 on Wednesday afternoon — the worst level since July 2015 and a 19.6% decline in the week to date. While the stock has been forced down by selling pressure — it has fallen 49.5% so far this year — Swiss private bank Julius Bär Group bought into AEEI in the first quarter of 2019, Bloomberg data shows. AEEI’s institutional shareholder base is small. The investment company said on Friday that it had delayed the release of its interim results “due to unexpected developments within the AEEI group”. On Monday, it added that it “needed to consider” an announcement by Ayo Technology Solutions, in which it holds a 49.4% stake, and that the JSE had asked the technology company to get its external auditors to check its interim financi...

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