Auditors Investigating Millions in Missing Funds at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club | The Age

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1. Uncovering the Shocking Finances of the Home of the Australian Open
2. A Closer Look at What Happened When Auditors Reviewed The Club’s Finances
3. How the Club’s Flourishing Financials Cascaded Into Losses
4. The 155 Percent Increase in Food Costs That Shocked Club Members
5. The Unexpected Fall of the Club Worth 63 Million Dollars

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Are you ready to uncover the shocking financial situation of the home of the Australian Open? The Kooyong tennis club located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs had an estimated value of $63 million, yet the accounts for the 2022 financial year show that overall, the members’ dining and functions went from a near profit of $330,000 to a loss of $2.48 million the following fiscal year.

At the annual general meeting (AGM), the members were informed that an external audit was underway and the outcome would later be shared. The club’s three-person financial, audit, and risk committee were still in the process of reviewing a shortlist of accounting firms to complete the task.

Exploring the Food and Beverage Segment of the Accounts

The food and beverage segment of the accounts showed a near doubling of total expenses for the year amounting to $10.96 million. Further investigation revealed that food costs increased by an astounding 155 percent to reach $4.18 million, whereas food revenue rose just 43 percent to $6.29 million. Additionally, staff costs experienced a drastic 77 percent jump to $2.5 million.

Considering the Inflationary Pressures and COVID Interruptions

President Cossar stated that certain elements of the dramatic cost rises could be attributed to staff, inflationary pressures, and COVID-related interruptions. However, he also conceded that a more in-depth investigation requiring an independent audit was necessary to gain a better understanding.

Reconfirming Allegations of Misappropriation of Funds

Following the controversy caused by the incorrect reporting of the club’s financials in the Herald Sun, Cossar sent a follow-up letter to members to reconfirm his and the board’s position. He clarified that there was nothing to suggest ‘misappropriation’ of funds and thus, the annual financial loss reported at the AGM was entirely accurate.

Vowing to Get the Club Back on Track

Moreover, he also remarked that the board was firmly dedicated to getting the club back to a ‘profitable operating position.’ The 8700 club members contributed a substantial $10.7 million to the balance sheet this financial year, with membership fees costing more than $1000 annually. In spite of this, the club burnt through $300,000 of its cash reserves in the past financial year. Nonetheless, it still has current assets of almost $3 million and total net assets worth almost $90 million.


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