Adelaide Brighton investigates deliberate underpayments

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Australia: Adelaide Brighton is investigating a series of transactions to a small number of customers who may have underpaid for the products supplied to them. The cement producer says it is investigating the situation ‘fully’ with the aid of the forensic accountants KPMG. It added that it is possible that an employee of the company is involved.

The company believes, that, based on the evidence so far, it appears that there may have been deliberately hidden underpayments by customers over a sustained period. This may have a negative impact on the company’s 2017 earning before interest and taxation (EBIT), currently estimated to be up to US$11m, less the impact of any recoveries that may be made. Adelaide Brighton has reported the situation to its auditors and will co-operate with relevant authorities as the investigation proceeds.

Last modified on 15 November 2017

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