Stagecoach falls

SHARES IN Stagecoach Holdings fell almost 5 per cent to 1,105p as the group said it had suffered a paper loss of pounds 36m on its stake in Road King Infrastructure, a Chinese toll operator. The 20 per cent stake in Road King was bought for pounds 67m in April, with Stagecoach also agreeing to pay pounds 40m for 513,380 new Road King convertible preference shares, bringing its total investment to pounds 107m.

Stagecoach said the company was positive on its holding and had "not made a loss" on this or any other investment. Shares in Road King have fallen to HK$3.70, well below the initial price Stagecoach paid for its stake.