Toshiba Accounting Errors May Be Over $800 Million - Source

The company has said irregularities found so far included not booking appropriate losses and expenses, as well as underestimating material costs.

Published: 04th July 2015 09:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2015 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

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Pedestrians walk past a logo of Toshiba Corp outside an electronics retailer in Tokyo, Japan | REUTERS

TOKYO: Toshiba Corp may need to mark down past earnings by over 100 billion yen ($814 million), more than double earlier estimates, after an ongoing investigation into past accounting practices found more irregularities, a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The Nikkei business daily reported earlier on Saturday the newly discovered errors, related to computer parts procurement, could see an earnings mark down of around 150 billion yen.

Company officials were not immediately available for comment.

The industrial conglomerate has not been able to close its books for the year that ended in March while a third-party committee reviews its past bookkeeping practices in a probe prompted by regulators. It has also skipped its year-end dividend to shareholders.

The investigation had previously found inappropriate bookkeeping in areas such as highway electronic toll collection systems, power meters and semiconductors likely led to profits being overstated by nearly 55 billion yen in recent years.

The company has said irregularities found so far included not booking appropriate losses and expenses, as well as underestimating material costs.

The investigation is expected to conclude in mid-July.

Shares of Toshiba, whose businesses range from laptop computers to nuclear power plants, have fallen 17 percent since the company disclosed the internal investigation in early April.

The current accounting investigation is Toshiba's second in less then two years. In October 2013, it announced that it found its medical subsidiary, Toshiba Medical information Systems, had overstated results for several years.

Previous accounting investigations in Japan have included camera and medical equipment maker Olympus Corp's 13-year cover-up of $1.7 billion in losses.

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