Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)- DF Deutsche Forfait AG realizes losses in 2011
- Non-recurring special expenditure due to unexpected loss of arbitration proceeding
- Measures for risk limitation cause additional expenditures
- Positive net earnings expected for 2012
DF Deutsche Forfait AG expects a negative consolidated result of EUR 3.9m for FY 2011, due to an unexpected loss in an arbitration proceeding and expansive measures for risk limitation relating thereto. Without these non-recurring special expenditures DF Deutsche Forfait AG would have realized consolidated net earnings of EUR 2.3m (2011: EUR 2.1m), based on the current provisional figures.
The arbitration proceeding referred to receivables –which had been sold to an investor – against an obligor located in Dubai. However, a French Credit Insurance Agency, which had insured the deal, denied the indemnification payment. Along with the investor DF Deutsche Forfait AG referred to the arbitration court that, although all involved lawyers of the claimants unanimously assessed the situation as positive, finally denied the claims of the claimants. Generally it is not possible to appeal the decision of the arbitration court.
As a consequence of the court decision DF Deutsche Forfait AG agreed on an out of court settlement with the investor. The company has also concluded settlements in similar cases. The settlement payments as well as the legal costs and the increase in provisions for risks have resulted in the extraordinary loss in 2011. By implementing these measures, DF Deutsche Forfait AG has assured that there will be no further expenditures in similar transactions in the future.
Despite the negative results in 2011 DF Deutsche Forfait AG has a strong equity position of approx. EUR 24m, at the same level as in 2007 after the company went public. DF Deutsche Forfait AG thus has sufficient own funds to further expands its forfaiting business. The company expects positive net earnings for the first quarter as well as for the whole year 2012.
As announced in the financial calendar further provisional figures for the FY 2011 will be published on 12 March 2012.
- 9 Mar, 2012
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