MUNICH (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen Group said it will publish its annual results as soon as April and may hold its annual shareholders' meeting in early June, four to six weeks later than scheduled as the company determines the financial fallout from its diesel emissions scandal.
VW on Friday took the unusual step of announcing that both events had been pushed back, underscoring the the extent of the turmoil caused by the September disclosures of deceptive emissions systems in diesel cars.
The 2015 earnings report was scheduled for March 10 and the annual meeting for April 21.
No dates for the report or the meeting have been set, VW spokesman Eric Felber said by phone in discussing the four-to six-week delay.
The new timeframe was originally reported by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
On Friday, VW reiterated it expects an operating result to be about the same as the previous year, within the range of its earlier forecasts. VW has previously guided for the group operating margin to come in between 5.5 percent and 6.5 percent, after 6.3 percent in 2014 when operating profit set a new record at 12.7 billion euros.
In a separate development, a plan to come up with a compensation program for VW customers in the U.S. within 60 to 90 days from mid-December may face delays, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported, citing an interview with U.S. lawyer Kenneth Feinberg.
VW must still find a fix to make its diesels in the U.S. compliant with emissions regulations after authorities rejected the carmaker's first proposal. VW and U.S. regulators haven't yet agreed on a plan to fix the vehicles, the newspaper said.
The company appointed Feinberg to design and administer an independent resolution program over claims related to diesel vehicles rigged to cheat emissions tests. All options, including financial settlements and buyback of cars remain on the table, Feinberg said.
VW's emissions disclosures have already prompted the company to revise its earnings targets and set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) to cover the cost of repairs for about 11 million vehicles around the world. The company faces billions more costs to pay possible fines and pay out compensation.
In Europe, VW has started a recall of up to 8.5 million diesels. The company is facing demands from the European Commission and lawmakers to consider compensating VW drivers in a way comparable with a scheme in the U.S. where the carmaker has promised goodwill packages worth $1,000 each to tens of thousands of owners of VW vehicles.
On Friday, VW said it still aimed to provide a report on the investigation into the scandal by U.S. law firm Jones Day in the second half of April, adding the findings will clarify "the background and responsibilities" related to it.
Reuters contributed to this report