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Imtech has internal control problems

February 5, 2013

Today, Imtech announced it has major problems with its investments in Warsaw, Poland.

Imtech is facing major problems in various projects in Poland. The technical service provider expects due to financing problems and “possible irregularities” at least 100 million euros to write off on their projects and therefore can not fulfill the agreements with lenders. Because of the uncertainty about the precise extent of the depreciation, Imtech can not prepare its financial statements and the publication of the annual figures scheduled for February 5 is postponed as the company announced today.
The lack of an adequate internal control has caused loss of confidence in this company by invester and financial institutes.
The Imtech problems demonstrates, an adequate internal control structure is necessary for a company to be able to manage its objectives and strategy and get informed of problems and irregularities on a timely basis.

Timmermans Consulting has many years experience in the implementation and improvement of the internal control structure in (international) companies. For information how we can assist your organisation, please contact us.

Eindhoven plays with community funds!

This week, an article in the Eindhoven Dagblad (ED) was published  with regard to the irregularities on the relocation of some caravans (total costs approx 9 Million Euro). The city of Eindhoven had an external interim manager appointed (which according to the ED also in other municipalities delivered insufficient quality of work) without the necessary antecedents investigated (1st risk). This interim manager was insufficiently controlled and managed with respect to the project objectives (2nd risk). The internal organization was apparently insufficient laid out to run projects on this scale (3rd risks) and finally the local government admitted that the accounting of the project expenses was not sufficiently transparent and could no longer be retrieved (4th risk) .
All in one, the municipality has taken clear risks with public money without an adequate control structure in place.
This example again shows that major risks are taken where this is not necessary because a small investment in a setup of the appropriate controls can be implemented and the financial consequences of such projects will be minimized!
For information, please contact our organization and we are happy to inform you on possibilities.


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