CBA increases Count Financial remediation indemnity by $32 million

The Commonwealth Bank’s arrangements around the sale of Count Financial to Countplus have become more expensive, with the bank lifting its remediation provisioning by $32 million.

Both the bank and Countplus announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) today that the remediation provision had been revised from $220 million up to $252 million, subject to an audit review.

However, they said this was within the $300 million limit of the indemnity provided by the Commonwealth Bank to CountPlus for “certain post and pre completion conduct of Count Financial arising from when Count Financial was owned by the Commonwealth Bank”.

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At the time of the acquisition of Count Financial by CountPlus in October, 2019, the Commonwealth Bank provided an indemnity to cover remediation of certain conduct up to a maximum of $200 million.

In July, last year, CountPlus reported that it had entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank to increase the limit of the indemnity to $300 million.

It said the potential for further increases to the indemnity limit remained subject to certain triggers relating to the failure rate for fee for no service remediation and the quantum of certain inappropriate advice remediation.

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Seriously if you’re a cba shareholder, you must be calling for the heads of any exec involved in buying or selling count. I know can execs think money grows on trees but this is a bad joke.

A couple of folk did very well out of it. Nudge nudge, wink wink, puff puff.

hmm, so what happens to Countplus if the remediation exceeds 300M? CBA won't go above that and Countplus doesn't have the balance sheet for much above that?

well, Count were the main contributor to CBA bad advice regime, so maybe is a sink they need to let float to the bottom,.. and let all the rats go and change careers. would love to see those execs stocking shelves at woolies.

The skeletons in the closet are rattling to life!

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