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Wirecard Investigation Sends Guggenheim To Sidelines

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Wirecard Investigation Sends Guggenheim To Sidelines

Shares of German payments company Wirecard (OTC: WRCDF) are likely to come under pressure from external investigations after the Financial Times published reports alleging fraud and accounting malpractice, according to Guggenheim.

The Analyst

Guggenheim’s Jeff Cantwell downgraded Wirecard from Buy to Neutral and removed the previous €208 ($235.49) price target. 

The Thesis

Wirecard has termed FT’s allegations as being inaccurate, misleading and defamatory. The company announced that it will fully cooperate, but investors should consider the impact of the investigations by external parties like the Singapore police and potentially the German state attorney, Cantwell said in a Tuesday note. 

While the company could eventually be cleared of any wrongdoing related to the allegations, it is too early to predict the most likely outcome, the analyst said. A lack of clarity surrounds what the investigations could uncover and whether Wirecard can provide appropriate responses to every situation, he said. 

What is known is that the external parties involved in the investigation are powerful. Cantwell also highlighted that FT is continuing its reporting, ands said Wirecard has not yet finished disclosing “its side of events.”

Against the backdrop of these external investigations, the analyst recommends moving to the sidelines unil there is more clarity.

Price Action

Wirecard's over-the-counter stock was down 1.22 percent at $57.50 at the time of publication Tuesday. 

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