FMA issues notice to Equitise on financial statements

by Jonathan Adams
equity crowdfunding

As a licensed equity crowdfunding service provider, Equitise was required to file audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 by 30 October 2020

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko – has issued an infringement notice to Equitise Pty Ltd for failing to file financial statements by their due date.

The equity crowdfunding service provider has been licensed by the FMA as an equity crowdfunding service provider since 22 December 2014.

Equitise helped companies issue shares direct to the public.

As a licensed equity crowdfunding service provider, Equitise was required to file audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 by 30 October 2020. The company has yet to file its financial statements as of now.

An FMA spokesman said in a statement, the company had not filed them by Wednesday morning.

Equitise has paid a $7,500 infringement fee for the offence.

The purpose of financial statements is to provide investors and other stakeholders with useful information for decision-making purposes. For licensed crowdfunding service providers, this includes information about how the entity is performing under the licence.

It is important that reliable and supportable financial statements are made available to the public in a timely manner. For many reporting entities, financial statements are the only source of financial information available to investors and other stakeholders.

According to Financial statements filing review, the FMA recently published a report regarding the regulator’s monitoring of financial reporting filing obligations. In 2020, the FMA issued an exemption that allowed Financial Markets Conduct Act reporting entities an additional two months to file financial statements.

The FMA has a broad range of regulatory tools (both formal statutory and informal non-statutory tools) for considering the appropriate regulatory response in relation to a filing breach.



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