In a statement, VW attributes these delays to "remaining open questions and the resulting valuation calculations relating to the diesel emissions issue." The company believes that operating results will be similar to last year, but the special costs of the scandal will affect the automaker's financial performance.
VW hasn't been very open about how hard the scandal will hit its coffers, but the figure has already been in the billions. Shortly after the diesel emissions problem surfaced, the company set aside the equivalent of $7.3 billion to cover the cost of the as-yet unknown fix, but VW Group CEO Matthias Müller admitted it wasn't enough, according to Bloomberg. Later in the year, the automaker lined up $21 billion in loans for the anticipated expenses.
The diesel scandal's costs will follow VW throughout 2016. While it's repairing vehicles in Europe, neither the California Air Resources Board nor the Environmental Protection Agency accept the proposed repairs for the 2.0- and 3.0-liter engines in the US. The continued engineering effort to devise a solution for the US can't be inexpensive. A plan to buy back some vehicles would increase expenses even more, and there's still the strong possibility of government fines.
Timing of report clarifying background of diesel emissions issue not affected
Before special items Volkswagen anticipates the Operating Result for the Group at the level of the prior year
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft will set a new date for the publication of the annual accounts for fiscal year 2015 due to remaining open questions and the resulting valuation calculations relating to the diesel emissions issue. Consequently, new dates for the Annual Press Conference (previously planned for March 10, 2016) as well as the Annual General Meeting of shareholders, (previously planned for April 21, 2016) will be announced as soon as possible.
In this regard, Volkswagen will achieve the best possible transparent and reliable outcome for its shareholders and stakeholders.
Before special items Volkswagen anticipates the Operating Result for the Group at the level of the prior year within the expected range for fiscal year 2015.
The timing of the report clarifying the background and responsibilities connected to the diesel emission issue is not affected by this decision. Volkswagen is sticking to the timing and plans to publish the findings in the second half of April.