The insolvency administrators’ 200 page report on ION Limited and subsidiaries (20/10/10) does not mention the once-anticipated income tax refund of $13 million.
So the mystery – described in my article “Insolvency administration income tax refund held up” – continues.
But then a tax dispute over $13 million could be regarded by some as trivial, compared with the momentous and complex issues addressed in the Deed Administrators’ report. The report deals with ION Limited and its 17 subsidiary companies. It was produced after the Deed Administrators had received from shareholders “numerous allegations of misconduct by ION”, and after the Deed Administrators obtained directions/permission regarding the report from the Federal Court of Australia.
The report’s main purpose is described in its introduction:
“In this Report we set out details of the work that has been done to date in relation to shareholder claims and the steps which remain to be taken to enable the Deed Administrators to determine these claims and to distribute funds to creditors. “
The present position in the administrations is summarised as follows:
“Since the initial appointment of the Administrators and the appointment of the Deed Administrators on 27 May 2005, the realisation of ION’s businesses and assets has been completed. The review of proofs of debt lodged by suppliers of goods and services and by financiers has largely been completed with only a small number of complex claims still in dispute. The only matter of significance still to be concluded is the adjudication of proofs of debt lodged (or to be lodged) by shareholders.”
A taste of the report’s contents can be seen in the main headings in its Table of Contents, namely:
PART A – UPDATE AND WAY FORWARD
2. Executive Summary
3. The Fund
4. Who can share in the Fund
5. Calling for and lodgement of Proofs of Debt or Claim
6. Estimated Return to Creditors
7. Updates to Creditors and Creditors’ Committee meetings
8. Purpose of Report
9. The Way Forward
PART B – OVERVIEW OF RESULTS OF INVESTIGATIONS
10. Overview of ION Group
11. Overview of Forensic Investigation Process
12. Factual Overview
13. ION’s disclosures regarding Financial Outlook
14. Consequences if tru position disclosed
15. Potentially Actionable Disclosures and Non-Disclosures
PART C – DETAILED RESULTS OF INVESTIGATIONS
17. Financial Controls
21. North Plympton
24. Energy Services
25. ION’s disclosures regarding Financial Outlook
Annexure 1. Pooled and Non-Pooled Entities.
For the full report go to http://www.ionlimited.com and click on the link to ION Report to Creditors 20 October 2010. For a short version click on the link to Creditor information.
Enjoy the read!
Any information on what happened to the expected income tax refund would be gratefully received.