What happened

Shares of Triterras (NASDAQ:TRIT) were pummeled today after the company said in a regulatory filing that Rhodium Resources (which recently changed its name to Antanium Resources) received a statutory demand for payment from one of its creditors.

Rhodium and Triterras were both founded by Srinivas Koneru and both companies "are each under the control" of Koneru, according to the filing.  

The tech stock sank by as much as 41.7% today and was down by 31.5% as of 2:42 p.m EST.

So what

Rhodium has to respond to this statutory demand within 21 days or "a bankruptcy application could be filed by the creditor" against the company. Rhodium said that its business has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A red line graph pointing down.

Image source: Getty Images.

Triterras said in the filing that "Rhodium was instrumental to the initial launch" of its Kratos trading platform, but has become less dependent on Rhodium's business lately. 

Triterras noted that Rhodium and its subsidiaries accounted for 26.4% of the company's revenue up until Feb. 29, but added that the most recent data shows that the figure has dropped to less than 10%. 

Rhodium says that it's seeking a moratorium order from a Singapore court that will shield it from creditor actions as it tries to restructure its debts.

Today's massive share price drop came just one day after Triterras' stock popped following an analysts' outperform rating of the stock. 

Now what 

Triterras said that it will continue its business relationship with Rhodium and still expects to receive a $1.7 million repayment of outstanding advances from the company. But Triterras also added that revenue from Rhodium will continue to decline.

Despite all of this, Triterras said that it will still meet its previously issued revenue and net income guidance for the fiscal year 2020. The company is also providing a business update for investors on Jan 5.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.