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EY Commits to Repaying Costs of Failed Project Everest Plan by July

Updated: Feb 19

EY, one of the prominent "big four" accounting firms, has announced its commitment to substantially reducing the costs associated with its unsuccessful Project Everest initiative by July. This assurance comes in response to the recent disclosure of financial figures in EYGS LLP's accounts filed with Companies House, the British company registry. These accounts revealed that EY incurred over $700 million (£552 million) in additional debt to address the expenses related to Project Everest, with approximately $600 million spent on the project itself.

EY Commits to Repaying Costs of Failed Project Everest Plan by July

Project Everest was conceived as a strategy to segregate EY's tax services into two distinct audit and consulting entities. However, the plan was scrapped after facing resistance from EY's US executive committee. Consequently, the firm encountered a significant increase in borrowing, with debt swelling to $983 million as of June, compared to $269 million the previous year. This expansion of debt was facilitated through enlarging an existing credit facility and securing a second one.

In response to these developments, EY has reassured stakeholders that it intends to substantially reduce the financial burden stemming from Project Everest by the beginning of July 2024. The firm emphasized that maintaining a modest financing facility on its balance sheet is a standard practice for a global organization of its scale, primarily used to support investments in technology, manage cash flow, and foster growth in specific areas.


EY's structure, characterized by a network of member companies organized as separate legal entities within a partnership framework, underscores its unique approach to managing strategy and operations. Despite the setback with Project Everest, EY's national member firms demonstrated continued financial support, with fees totaling $6.4 billion contributed to the global operating company in the fiscal year 2023, a notable increase from the previous year.

Reflecting on the strategic questions that initially prompted the consideration of Project Everest, EY UK's Chair, Hywel Ball, highlighted their ongoing relevance. This sentiment echoes previous reports indicating that Carmine Di Sibio, EY's global chair and CEO, would retire in light of Project Everest's failure. Janet Truncale is set to succeed Di Sibio upon his departure on July 1, 2024, following his election to the position in 2019.



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