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NewOcean auditors resign due to significant outstanding documents & information

30 Apr 2021

Hong Kong-listed NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited (NewOcean) on Thursday (29 April) said Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) has resigned as auditor of the Company with effect from 29 April 2021.

According to NewOcean, Deloitte submitted a resignation letter citing the following as the reasons for the company’s withdrawal:

Significant supporting documents and information outstanding, causing delay in the audit progress for the audit of the NewOcean’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2020 in particular:

(1) NewOcean’s management assessment on the material uncertainty related to going concern, given

that the scheme meetings have been adjourned;

(2) NewOcean’s management impairment and recoverability assessment on certain assets, such as properties, plant and equipment, goodwill, other intangible assets, deposits paid, trade receivables and other debtors;

(3) other major outstanding information to complete the remaining work to audit FY2020. 

NewOcean’s business operations are located, apart from Hong Kong, in Mainland China, Macao, Malaysia and Singapore and the situation of significant documents and information outstanding is mainly a result of the lockdown in the above countries and regions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As there has been no tangible progress to date with respect to the outstanding documents and information and considering that Deloitte has been unable to reach a consensus with NewOcean on the estimated timetable to complete the audit, Deloitte tendered their resignation as auditor.

In its statement, NewOcean confirmed that there is no disagreement between the company and Deloitte.

NewOcean’s Board has appointed Crowe (HK) CPA Limited as the new auditor with effect from 29 April 2021 to hold office until the conclusion of its next annual general meeting.

Due to the change of the auditors, the company expects the audit of FY 2020 to be delayed to the end of June 2021 subject to the latest development of Covid-19 pandemic in Mainland China, Macao, Malaysia and Singapore.

The group recently recorded net loss of HKD 2.366 billion (USD 304.3 million) during FY 2020, mainly due to the drop in gross profit and additional impairment provision for goodwill, intangible assets, trade receivables, other receivables, inventories and property, plant and equipment, etc. 

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Photo credit: NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited
Published: 30 April, 2021


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