Video game developer Konami has delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange, effective in July. This means that the company will no longer be required to file SEC, although the company has promised to still disclose its financial status. Delisting a company from a stock exchange is generally taken as a sign that something is wrong, and that the company is trying to hide financial problems.
Konami will still be traded on the London and Japan stock exchanges, which is probably still a good sign. The game developer says that it expanded to the NYSE to diversify its opportunities to raise funding and increase visibility, but the changes in the Japan Stock Exchange has made the NYSE “not economically justified”.
There has not been good news from the company lately, after the latest game – Silent Hills – was apparently cancelled. An apparent employment dispute with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has also called the future of the company into question.
Cost saving measures are not unusual for companies, and it looks like Konami is trying to save some money. Of course, the question is why they had to cancel one of the most anticipated horror games of the the year and delist from the NYSE in the same week. That would only cause people to expect the worst from the Japanese game developer.