SkyCity Entertainment expects potential financial consequences in Australia due to purported violations at its Adelaide establishment.
Allocating $49 million (A$45m) for anticipated penalties and legal fees, the company braces for the civil proceedings’ fallout. Furthermore, the Adelaide casino’s licence valuation diminished by $49.7m (A$45.6m).
On Monday, SkyCity relayed to the NZX that while they anticipate a penalty for their Adelaide branch, the exact amount remains undetermined by AUSTRAC.
Although the proceedings have just commenced, SkyCity Adelaide and AUSTRAC are in discussions to reach a consensus on the facts and possible acknowledgments. SkyCity stated, “Considerable uncertainty remains regarding the amount of any civil penalty SkyCity Adelaide may be required to pay.” The company also emphasized the unpredictability of the eventual sum and its timing, adding that these allocations “do not impact normalised earnings for SkyCity’s FY23 financial statements.”
SkyCity plans to unveil its comprehensive yearly results on the upcoming Wednesday, marking the close of 30 June. Current earnings match the projection, standing between NZ$300-$310 million for regular operational profits.
This entire episode sprouted from a case presented in the Federal Court of Australia. Last December, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) took action against the casino. This was for presumed infractions of laws guarding against money laundering and terrorist financing.
This legal action can be traced back to an inquiry starting in June 2021. The primary focus was the casino’s adherence to the Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act.
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