(Reuters) – NMC Health has launched an independent review of its books, seeking to reassure investors after U.S. short-selling firm Muddy Waters last week questioned the healthcare group’s finances.
Muddy Waters challenged the value of NMC’s assets and cash balance as well as reported profits and debts, triggering a major sell-off in the stock that has wiped out half the company’s market value.
NMC, the largest private healthcare provider in the United Arab Emirates, said on Monday the review would be undertaken by an unidentified accounting firm and overseen by a committee of independent NMC non-executive directors.
“We are confident that this review, when complete, will be entirely confirmatory of the disclosures provided by the company to date,” NMC said.
The company, the first from Abu Dhabi to list on the London Stock Exchange, last week stood by its 2019 and 2020 forecasts, and issued a detailed response to the allegations from Muddy Waters.
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