AirAsia may have to restate earnings?

Issue
In early Nov 2006, AirAsia, the Malaysian budget airline, have indicated that it may have to restate its earnings for its fiscal year ended June 2006. This is a result of difference in interpretation of a certain accounting policy. The dispute would translate to RM40mio swing in profit.

What is the accounting policy under dispute?

The focus is on FRS 112 under the Malaysian standard.

AirAsia has maintained their position that the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) allows it to recognise unused investment tax allowances as deductible temporary differences.

It argued that its accounts for year ended 30 Jun 2006 will not present a true and fair view of the company’s financial performance if it were to comply strictly with FRS 112 under the Malaysian standard.

Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) had asked AirAsia to restate its accounts.

The Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) confirmed recently that FRS 112 was not a new standard, and that it is also consistent with the international standard.

Bottomline
AirAsia’s accounts could be qualified. The profit definition difference would have no impact on its financial position as the accounting treatment is non-cash in nature.

Anybody got any update on this case?

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