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Awantec Faces Share Suspension Amid Regulatory Compliance Challenges

KUALA LUMPUR: AwanBiru Technology Bhd (Awantec) has announced that trading in its shares will be suspended starting April 26, following its failure to submit a regularisation plan to regulators within the required timeframe.

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Awantec has announced that trading in its shares will be suspended starting April 26.

In a disclosure to Bursa Malaysia Securities on Thursday, the software service provider revealed that it was obligated to submit the regularisation plan by April 13 but missed the extended deadline.

Awantec now faces the risk of delisting if it fails to submit an appeal within five market days from the notification of potential delisting.

The company, formerly known as Prestariang Bhd, was categorized as an affected listed issuer in January 2021 after its wholly owned subsidiary, Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd, lost its membership in the Microsoft Partner Network.

Seeking reprieve, Awantec applied for a waiver from the regularisation plan requirement on April 8, citing recent financial improvements. Additionally, the group requested a reclassification of its affected issuer status and a six-month extension until October 13 for plan submission in case the waiver and reclassification applications are not approved.

Financially, Awantec showed improvement, reporting a net profit of RM1.19 million for the six-month period ending December 31, 2023, compared to a net loss of RM4.31 million in the prior year. Revenue also grew by 9.7% to RM28.63 million from RM26.1 million.

Awantec recently made headlines by winning a lawsuit against the government, receiving RM231.55 million in compensation following the termination of the RM3.5 billion National Immigration Control System (SKIN) project in March. An appeal was lodged in early April.

The SKIN project was awarded to Awantec’s wholly owned subsidiary, Prestariang Skin Sdn Bhd (PSKIN), in August 2017 under the leadership of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. However, the project was scrapped by the Pakatan Harapan government in December 2018, leading to legal action by PSKIN against the government due to the failure to agree on compensation terms.

Despite these developments, shares in Awantec closed unchanged at 32 sen on Thursday, with a market capitalisation of RM252.77 million.

Investors and stakeholders await further updates from Awantec regarding its regulatory status and plans for compliance.

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