EQS Group-Ad-hoc: Airopack Technology Group AG / Key word(s): Annual Results
Ad-hoc release / Press Release
- In 2018, net sales decreased by 12.1% to EUR 18.9 million
- EBITDA deteriorated by EUR 8.0 million compared to 2017 and came to EUR -29.0 million
- Net loss of EUR 57.8 million related to lagging sales, high amount of overhead including exceptional cost of EUR 3.0 million, and increased investments in organisation and production capacity
- The H1 2018 financials as reported on 30 September 2018 are restated after internal investigations of the financial statements and past management practices as disclosed in the ad-hoc press release dated 16 January 2019
- As of 18 March 2019, all operating activities of Airopack Technology Group AG were carved out to the major lenders
- Airopack Technology Group AG under definitive composition moratorium since 5 June 2019 as reported in the ad-hoc press release dated 6 June 2019
- The company's statutory auditor BDO has issued a disclaimer of opinion in its audit letter on the consolidated accounts
The full 2018 annual report is available for download on the Airopack website (www.airopackgroup.com) under the link - investor relations - reports (www.airopackgroup.com/en/investor-relations/reports).
PwC found that revenues in 2018 had been overestimated by former management, including the first half-year period. In addition, former management had entered into previously undisclosed liabilities, such as buy-back commitments towards customers.
PwC's work has identified and corroborated with the new management's view of a range of financial misreporting by the former management team, including:
- Revenue recorded without valid purchase orders or similar requests from customers
- Work in progress recorded without valid purchase orders
- Revenue recorded without recognising provisions for buy-back clauses or discounts offered as part of negotiations
- Revenue recognised without reasonable assurance that payment would be made by customers
The new Management therefore needed to consider the required accounting entries to address these issues and also needed to take into account additional financial implications of any adjustments made, in accordance with Swiss GAAP FER, including: provisions, stock value write downs, buy-back transportation costs, debtor write offs, foreign exchange risk and tax implications.
Data and security
PwC has secured 1,004 Gigabytes ("GB") of data, processed 131 GB and reviewed 2,980 emails and other electronic documentation to provide evidence to support the financial review, and to provide further information and evidence for new management as they sought to understand and stabilise the business.
The major lenders did not waive the events of default under the Facilities Agreement which were continuing since 31 January 2019. On this basis, on Saturday, 9 February 2019, the major lenders accelerated the loans outstanding under the Facilities Agreement. The acceleration notice included a demand for repayment of the loans from Airopack under the guarantee given by it. On 11 February 2019, Airopack was served with a notice that the major lenders initiated steps to enforce the pledges and other security interests granted by members of the Airopack Group. On 12 February 2019, the Cantonal Court of Zug granted Airopack's request for a provisional composition moratorium of an initial duration of two months and a provisional administrator was appointed. This provisional composition moratorium was extended for an additional two months on 10 April 2019 and on 5 June 2019, the Cantonal Court of Zug granted a definitive composition moratorium for four months until 14 October 2019 (may be extended) and a definitive administrator was appointed.
2. IPS B.V. carve-out
The Dutch court granted permission for the enforcement of the pledge over the shares in Airopack's indirect Dutch subsidiary I.P.S. B.V., as requested by the major lenders on 8 March 2019. Subsequently, on 18 March 2019 Airopack Technology Group AG and its direct subsidiary I.P.S. Holding B.V. were separated from the operating subsidiaries of Airopack Group. Based on the valuation of the operating subsidiaries as approved by the Dutch court, the pledgor I.P.S. Holding B.V. did not receive any proceeds from the enforcement and guarantee liabilities remain outstanding towards the major lenders by Airopack Technology Group AG and I.P.S. Holding B.V.
Restatement of the consolidated financial statements for the first half of 2018
Operating income restated downwards by EUR 2.2 million as sales were reported which were subject to buy-back clause, consignment stock adjustments and adjustments due to revenues without customer orders that were not taken into account (in the ad-hoc press release dated 16 January 2019 it was expected that revenues need to be adjusted downward in the range of approx. EUR 4 million to EUR 5 million). The operating expenses have been restated downwards by EUR 1.1 million, mainly related to a correction in cost of sales related to the restatement of net sales.
The restatements have a negative impact on the reported EBITDA of EUR 1.2 million and a negative impact on the net result of EUR 2.8 million.
Half- Year - Key Figures
Blegistrasse 5/1 OG
Daniel Eicher / Theresia Tolxdorff
End of ad hoc announcement
|Company:||Airopack Technology Group AG|
|Listed:||SIX Swiss Exchange|
|EQS News ID:||834259|
|End of Announcement||EQS Group News Service|
834259 01-Jul-2019 CET/CEST