Claims

ASX Code: ASH
ISIN: AU000000ASH0
Claim Period: 21 August 2014 to 26 April 2015
Shares traded in Period($m): 84.5, with 59.5m shares issued through the IPO
Price change on disclosure: -$0.69
Market Cap Drop ($m): 104
Registry

New South Wales Registry, Federal Court of Australia (NSD2074/2016).

File Title

Richard John Findlay Bradgate as Trustee of the Bradgate Superannuation Fund v Ashley Services Group Limited.

Date of Filing

30 November 2016.

Presiding Judge

Justice Wigney.

Justice Middleton.

Solicitors for Applicant

William Roberts.

Solicitors for Respondent

Herbert Smith Freehills.

Funder

IMF Bentham.

Claim Overview

William Roberts alleged the prospectus ought to have been updated to reflect the poor trading conditions and significant underperformance in the two months prior to the bookbuild. In particular, it is alleged Ashley Services breached the Corporations Act by providing misleading information concerning its expected profitability in its prospectus.

Class Members

Shareholders who acquired Ashley shares pursuant to Ashley’s prospectus dated 7 August 2014 or in the period from 21 August 2014 to 26 April 2015.

Capacity to Join

Closed.

Current Status

The Federal Court has approved a $14.6 million class action settlement with private training company Ashley Services, auditors Deloitte and Grant Thornton and Holmes Management Group, with IMF Bentham receiving around $4.8 million for funding the litigation.

Judgment

Settlement approved (13 June 2019).