Airbus trade financial comes underneath UK microscope

LONDON–The U.K. supervision is seeking information from Airbus Group SE over how it has used abroad agents and is assessing either to launch a grave rascal examine after a association on Friday pronounced it had submitted injured information for trade credit financing applications.

After Airbus reported a missteps to U.K. Export Finance, that provides financial subsidy to some of a European craft maker’s deals, a supervision classification referred a information to a anticorruption Serious Fraud Office to establish if serve movement is required.

“It will be for a SFO to confirm either any serve movement is necessary,” a orator for a group pronounced on Monday. The SFO declined to comment.

U.K. Export Finance pronounced it “is seeking assurances around Airbus’s stream use with courtesy to abroad agents.” The use of such agents is permitted, yet needs to be entirely disclosed, a supervision bureau said.

Airbus on Friday pronounced it has been cut off from trade credit financing in a U.K. amid a review. U.K. Export Finance pronounced it hoped to interpretation a examination quickly, but observant how prolonged financing support would be suspended.

The anathema covers all Airbus trade credit financing by a U.K. even over airliners. The supervision in a past also has corroborated Airbus satellite deals.

The craft builder that competes for orders with Boeing Co. pronounced it was auxiliary with a U.K. government.

The Serious Fraud Office also is still evaluating crime allegations in an separate Airbus case. The other examination is focused on a activity of a tiny U.K. satellite communications business over a exchange in Saudi Arabia. Airbus in 2012 launched an inner examine over a issue.

Government-backed trade credit agencies yield financing for some Airbus jetliner deals to assistance encourage exports. They also can assistance palliate airlines’ entrance to blurb lending.

Airbus typically can pull on trade credit support from France, Germany and a U.K., a 3 countries where many Airbus planes and tools are built. The U.K. generally is a smallest contributor.

Export credit during times has been used to behind some-more than 30% of Airbus deliveries, yet fell as low as 6% final year amid plenty accessible blurb credit.

Airbus pronounced a entrance to trade credit in Germany and France was unaffected.

Write to Robert Wall during robert.wall@wsj.com

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