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Wirecard again postpones 2019 results publication

FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG is seen in Aschheim near Munich

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German payments firm Wirecard <WDIG.DE> postponed the publication of final 2019 results for a third time late on Monday, citing delays in finalising audit procedures.

"Within the scope of the completed parts of the audit procedures, Wirecard has not yet been informed of any material findings," the company said in a statement.

Publication will take place on June 18, Wirecard said. "The company expects an unqualified audit opinion."

Originally, Wirecard had planned to publish on April 8, but it repeatedly postponed that as investigations into alleged accounting irregularities, which the company has denied, dragged on.

The annual general meeting has been postponed to Aug. 26, Wirecard added.

Earlier this month, Wirecard announced a management board reshuffle and appointed a new compliance officer, days after hedge fund TCI demanded the removal of Chief Executive Markus Braun.

In a bid to assuage investors, Wirecard had hired KPMG to conduct an independent audit but the accounting firm said it had insufficient information to disprove the allegations, made by the Financial Times.

Germany's financial market watchdog BaFin is investigating whether the company withheld information before KPMG published its report.

Wirecard shares have lost 36% since the publication of the KPMG audit on April 28.


(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Richard Chang)