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By | Paul Kunert 13th September 2013 10:34

IT distie Tech Data must end accounts-unbungling probe within a fortnight

NASDAQ compliance D-Day edges ever closer for distie behemoth

NASDAQ-listed Tech Data has less than a fortnight to get its accounts in order and financial filings up to date, the distributor acknowledged last night.

The Florida-based broadline IT distribution giant discovered whopping great errors in its finance records at UK subsidiary C2000 back in March, which were related to blunders in "vendor accounting".

As a result, the company has made numerous suspensions in its finance department as it investigated the cause of the mistakes, which occurred between fiscal 2011 and some - or possibly all - of fiscal 2013.

Righting these wrongs could see up to $33m wiped off Tech Data's bottom line for those periods, which is a huge embarrassment to a company that was considered to be one of the tightest-run in the industry.

Tech Data delayed filing its 10-K annual financial report for fiscal 2013, ended 31 January, and its 10-Q forms for the first and second quarters of FY2014.

Under NASDAQ regulations a listed company must file such reports no longer than 45 days after a financial period ends to US watchdog the SEC. As a result Tech Data said it was "not in compliance with NASDAQ listing rule 5250.

The business said last night it has until 26 September to lodge its Form 10-Q for Q2 with the NASDAQ - an even more detailed analysis of the numbers.

"The company intends to file its update as soon as possible," said the firm. ®

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