Welspun India falls further after Target row, plunges 20%1 min read . Updated: 23 Aug 2016, 01:45 PM IST
After a weak opening, the shares tumbled 19.99% to `65.85its lower circuit limiton BSE
New Delhi: Displaying weakness for the second straight session on Tuesday, shares of Welspun India crashed 20% as the US-based retailer Target Corp. has decided to terminate its contract with the company for alleged lapses in products supplied to it.
After a weak opening, the scrip tumbled 19.99% to ₹ 65.85—its lower circuit limit—on the Bombay Stock Exchange. On the National Stock Exchange, the shares plummeted 19.97^ to hit its lowest trading permissible limit for the day at ₹ 66.10. The stock had plunged 20% in the previous session also, wiping out ₹ 3,716.88 crore from its market valuation in two days.
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The Indian textiles manufacturer said it is investigating the root cause and in the process of appointing an external auditor to audit its supply systems and processes. Target Corp. is the second largest retailer in the US after Walmart and is a major customer for Welspun.
“We refer to a product specification issue with one client programme of our subsidiary WGBL. We have initiated immediate actions to investigate the root cause. We are appointing an external auditor (one of the Big Four) to audit our supply systems and processes," Welspun India had said in BSE filing.
Target Corp. said it has confirmed after an extensive investigation that Welspun, which uses Egyptian cotton to make bedsheets and pillowcases sold by the retailer, substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton while producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016.
“As soon as our investigation confirmed the substitution, we pulled all remaining products from Target stores and Target.com. We have informed Welspun that, due to this conduct, we are in the process of terminating our relationship with them," Target Corp. had said in a statement last week.