In its annual financial statements for 2009 Petroplus Holdings Ltd incorrectly presented expenses from the restructuring of a refinery as discontinued operations separately from the result from continuing operations. Due to the fact that the operations at the refinery were not discontinued and significant activities remain, the restructuring expenses should have correctly been presented as part of the result from continuing operations. The effect from the non-compliance with IFRS was an overstatement of the company's result from continuing operations by USD 137 million for the year 2009. The company presented an operating profit from continuing operations of USD 65 million rather than an operating loss from continuing operations of USD 72 million.
The investigation into Petroplus Holdings Ltd is concluded with an agreement as this course of action results in a more timely public disclosure than would have been the case with a duly completed sanction procedure. In addition, an agreement has to be published in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.
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