Shares in Wirecard Plunge as €1.9B Goes Missing

Beleaguered German fintech Wirecard continues to struggle with allegations of accounting impropriety; auditors have been unable to find 1.9 billion euros in cash and there was evidence that “spurious balance confirmations” had been provided; shares in the publicly traded payments company plunged 66% on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange today; they have delayed their annual report for the fourth time; at one time the company was valued at €24.6 billion but is now worth around €6.7 billion; according to a Wirecard statement, “EY told Wirecard that their results will require additional audits after two unnamed Asian banks that have been managing the company’s escrow were unable to find accounts with about 1.9 billion euros in funds”. Fortune

Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech.

LendIt Fintech conducts three conferences a year for the leading fintech markets of the USA, Europe, and Latin America. LendIt also provides cutting-edge content all year long via audio, video, and written channels.

Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.

Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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