MTN Stock Falls as CFO Resigns Amid Company Investigation

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MTN Group Ltd. (MTN), Africaís largest wireless operator, fell to the lowest level in almost four weeks after Chief Financial Officer Nazir Patel quit, citing undisclosed allegations against him.

MTN dropped 2.8 percent to 175 rand by the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg, the lowest since June 26. Volume was about 1.2 times the three-month daily average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Patel resigned on July 21 and was replaced by Brett Goschen, chief executive officer of the Nigerian business, amid an investigation, Johannesburg-based MTN said in a statement yesterday. Patel didnít want his employment to prejudice the company with respect to ìcertainî allegations made against him, it said. MTN didnít specify the nature of the probe.

Change in management is never good for any operation,î Alastair Jones, a London-based analyst at New Street Research LLP, said in a phone interview. ìNot only are you changing the CFO of the group, youíre also changing the CEO of the biggest operation within their business. That immediately raises question marks.