The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it is working with Gold Coast Fund Management (GCFM) to secure a lasting solution to its liquidity challenges in the mutual interest of all stakeholders.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission stated that it was, therefore, reviewing the proposals the GCMF had submitted to it in a bid to replace its Structured Finance product, so that it would be able to meet all its payments and obligations to customers and investors.
It said it was in constant engagement with the GCFM, the largest fund manager in the Asset Management Industry, over the crisis, while it continued to receive petitions from aggrieved customers for adjudication.
“The SEC is presently reviewing the viability of the proposals and wishes to assure all interested parties that it is doing so in the interest of investor protection,” the regulator said.
However, it would continue to investigate complaints and apply regulatory sanctions should Gold Coast be found to have breached any provisions under the Securities Industry Act 2016 (Act 929).
The SEC has directed GCMF not to receive new funds from the public until it has settled all the outstanding investments of clients and investors.
Alternatively, GCFM can reach mutually agreed settlement terms with the investors and clients.
Meanwhile, the GCFM in an earlier statement explained that it had complied with the SEC to stop taking any new investment funds.
It said it was collaborating with the SEC to roll out what it terms the ‘Cardinal Fund’, to replace the popular Structured Finance (SF) product.
It explained: “The Cardinal Fund comes with a bond and equity offer, the bond portion of the fund will allow customers to continue to earn predetermined return without violating the recent directives from the commission”.
The GCFM was set to deliver a prospectus and related documentation to the SEC by the end of April, 2019.
The Company expressed optimism that the approval of its Cardinal Fund would provide a roadmap for other struggling fund management companies seeking solutions to their liquidity challenges.
“Once GCFM is able to transition its customers to the Cardinal Fund, it will seek to raise long term capital to buy its bonds back from customers who wish to redeem their investments.”
The Company’s liquidity challenges result from debts owed to it by government contractors who are yet to be paid by the Ministry of Finance, as well as locked up funds with other financial houses.
It has said it was working assiduously to retrieve the funds to be able to bounce back.