Information of LION E-Mobility AG on the Ad Hoc Announcement Published Today
Baar (CH), Garching near Munich – LION Smart GmbH considers itself principal and entrepreneur in the Integrated – Business segment. In this segment, we fully electrify vehicles provided by the customer. In addition to the extensive development services, this includes the all-around support of the respective customer and the vehicle electrification using BMW i3 batteries. LION Smart is convinced, the development services and the sale of BMW i3 batteries should be seen as one unit and therefore not accounted for separately.
The legal structuring of the contracts for the fiscal year 2020 ensured for LION Smart not to carry additional risks concerning the battery transfer to the customer. The risks are carried by the individual customer, who is independently responsible for the collection and logistics of the batteries.
KPMG believes LION Smart GmbH does not have sufficient control over the batteries before property rights and economic ownership transfer to the customer. To this extent, KPMG treats LION Smart GmbH as an agent when supplying the batteries. In consequence, only the margin (selling price – purchase price) from this transaction may be recognized as revenue. Overall, in KPMG’s opinion, the sales revenue of EUR 17.3 million should be reduced by EUR 11.8 million, and thus only sales revenue of EUR 5.5 million should be reported. At the same time, the cost of materials should be reduced by EUR 11.8 million and reported as EUR 2.2 million.
The qualified audit opinion for the annual financial statements of LION Smart GmbH relates solely to the presentation of sales revenue and the cost of materials. The current state of knowledge indicates that a similar qualification of the audit opinion at the level of the voluntary audit of the consolidated financial statements of LION E-Mobility AG is to be expected. All other line items in the balance sheet and income statement for the 2020 financial year remain unaffected.
The LION Smart GmbH has decided to accept the qualified audit opinion but considers itself economically unrestricted as a principal and entrepreneur. Concerning the fiscal year 2021, the company aims for an unqualified audit opinion. To meet the formal requirements (control concept), and to ensure the position of a principal, also under accounting requirements we are already working with KPMG and our lawyers, on a catalog of measures to adopt marginal changes in the underlying contracts with our customers.
About LION E-Mobility AG
LION E-Mobility AG is a listed Swiss holding company founded in 2011 with promising strategic investments in the e-mobility sector, particularly in the field of electrical energy storage and lithium-ion battery system technology. The company owns 100% of the German LION Smart GmbH, a developer of battery packs and battery management systems. LION Smart GmbH also holds a 30% stake in TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH, a joint venture with TÜV SÜD AG. LION E-Mobility AG also holds 100% of the shares in LION E-Mobility North America Inc.
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