LaBranche & Co., the biggest matchmaker for buyers and sellers on the New York Stock Exchange, said it had found “potential significant deficiencies” in its compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
New York-based LaBranche said in a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that possible problems existed in the firm’s reliance on third-party trading reports with some outside vendors. The firm said it implemented independent controls to verify and reconcile the trading reports.
“It’s not a material problem, so it shouldn’t impact earnings,” said Charlotte Chamberlain, an analyst at Jefferies & Co. who rates the stock “underperform” and doesn’t hold the shares. “To the extent it’s a problem, they seem to already be remediating it, and that’s a good thing.”
Congress passed Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 to tighten financial reporting and police outside auditors after accounting fraud caused the collapse of Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc.
LaBranche shares declined 30 cents to $7.29 on the NYSE.