Sharon Austin is a company listed on the Australian Stock exchange (ASX). I was reading the ASX company announcements (CEOs resigning, mining yields, profit warnings) today and saw this:

Sharon Austen to import "marital aids" from US
14:10, Thursday, 20 June 2002

Sydney - Thursday - June 20: (RWE) - Sharon Austen Ltd today announced an exclusive deal to distribute sex toys from Erostar Erotic Novelties of the US.

Nine tonnes of prosthetic penises, harnesses, vibrators and leather marital aids will be delivered to Sharon Austen's Canberra warehouse.

Sharon Austen chief executive Mr Chris Thorpe said: "By importing our goods directly from the manufacturers we improve our margins.

"This move expands on our strategy of focusing on our core strengths and existing distribution channels."

Shares in Sharon Austen were up 1c to 11c this afternoon.

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According to the ASX website there are 144,000,000 shares outstanding for Sharon Austin.

This means that for every 1,000 shares you own (AUD$110) in the company, on top of the company's other assets, you also own 62.5 grams of dildoes.


Incidentally, their three letter listing code is indeed SEX.