Lamprell fined £2,428,300 for systems failure
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Lamprell plc (Lamprell) £2,428,300 for significant failings in its systems and controls resulting in Listing Rules and related breaches. Lamprell could not adequately monitor its financial performance against its budget and against market expectations and therefore failed in its obligations as a listed company to keep the market fully informed of its deteriorating financial position during early 2012. The systems and controls failings resulted in Lamprell breaching the Listing Principles, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and also the Model Code on directors' dealings in securities. From early in 2012, Lamprell's financial performance against its budget had been deteriorating due to operational issues. However, Lamprell did not update the market on its deteriorating financial performance until it released a trading update on 16 May 2012. In response to this trading update, Lamprell's share price fell by 57% demonstrating the importance of that financial information.