Friday 28 August 2015

AirAsia X: when it rains, it pours

AirAsia X has been in the limelight recently due to its poor results.

The company announced today another negative surprise:

The Board of Directors (“the Board”) of AirAsia X Berhad (“the Company”) wishes to disclose that its internal and external auditors have recently discovered that certain payments have been made to a service provider between the period of 2010 to 2014 for services which are now established to be fictitious.

Following the discovery of the irregularities, the Board has on the recommendation of the Audit Committee appointed PwCCS to carry out a forensics audit and instructed the Management to ensure the availability of all relevant documents and/or key personnel for PwCCS review and interview, where applicable.

In the course of the forensics audit, PwCCS discovered 24 payments have been made to a service provider amounting to RM7.01 million for fictitious services. The payments were authorised by a person in a management position within the Company.

This fraud came at a very unfortunate moment for the company, in the first half of this year the company lost a whopping RM 259 Million. The fraud will further lead to less confidence, and will draw away much needed focus from the management team.

The share is trading at RM 0.16, below its recent rights issue, and very much below its IPO price.

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