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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Celadon Suspends Trading

 

 

The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading the stock of trucking company Celadon Group Inc. on Tuesday and moved to remove the company’s stock listing after Celadon said an internal investigation had identified accounting errors that will require it to restate financial results dating back to 2014.

The Indianapolis-based firm, one of North America’s largest truckload carriers, has been under scrutiny over a joint venture involving its leasing division. The company has closed its leasing division and Celadon says it’s focused on improving its core truckload business.

Celadon hasn’t publicly reported earnings results since last year, and has been negotiating with its lenders to pursue a refinancing plan.

The stock, which reached close to $30 a share just more than three years ago, closed at $3.45 per share on Monday.

Chief Executive Paul Svindland, who joined the company last year, said in an interview Tuesday he was “disappointed” to learn the accounting problems extended back further than previously thought, but said the company was committed to accurate and transparent financial reporting.

Over the past year, Celadon has scaled back its domestic truckload division’s fleet by about 20% and it is reducing the number of lanes it serves from nearly 5,000 a year ago to about 1,000, said Thom Albrecht, Celadon’s chief financial and strategy officer.