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Atlantic Navigation latest Singapore company to have going concern issues flagged

Atlantic Navigation latest Singapore company to have going concern issues flagged

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Offshore services company Atlantic Navigation Holdings is the latest Singapore-listed company to have its ability to continue as a going concern questioned by its independent auditor.

Ernst & Young have questioned Atlantic’s ability to continue in its report on the company’s audited financial statements for 2016, after Atlantic incurred a net loss of $11.4m for the year, leaving it with current liabilities exceeding its current assets by $39.7m.

Ernst & Young said that Atlantic’s ability to continue as a going concern “is dependent on its ability to secure funding to support its working capital requirements as well as committed capital expenditure in the near term and obtain support from various parties to restructure its loans and borrowings so as to enable it to meet its financial obligations.”

“If the group is unable to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, the group may be unable to discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business and adjustments may have to be made to reflect the situation that assets may need to be realised other than in the normal course of business and at amounts which could differ significantly from the amounts at which they are currently recorded in the balance sheet,” it added.

The opinion of the auditors remains unqualified, and in a statement Atlantic insisted it will be able to continue as a going concern. It cited reasonable grounds to believe it will be able to pay its debts as and when they fall due as it will be able to secure funding to support its working capital requirements as well as capital expenditure in the near term. It is also working to restructure its loans and borrowings.

Last month, Singapore shipping trust FSL Trust and SGX-listed Malaysian offshore shipbuilder Nam Cheong also had their ability to continue as a going concern questioned by auditors.

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Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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