17 Nov

Overstock.com: The Circus Continues

Sam Antar has often referred to Overstock.com and CEO Patrick Byrne as the gifts that keep on giving. And he sure is right! There is never a dull moment when it comes to wacky conspiracy theories and accounting woes that never end. Last week, Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced that it wouldn’t be filing its 10-Q for […]

27 Oct

Conservatism is no excuse for false financial statements, Overstock.com

I’ve written extensively in the past about the train wreck that is Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and its nutty CEO, Patrick Byrne.  Just when I think there couldn’t possibly be more to write about the horrible company and Byrne’s crazy antics, I’m proven wrong. For those that have been following Overstock.com for the past few years, it […]

05 May

More Financial Statement Fraud at Overstock.com

White collar crime fighter and reformed felon Sam Antar has done it again. He has exposed the most recent financial statement fraud being perpetrated by Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and wacky CEO Patrick Byrne. Of course, this doesn’t come as any surprise to anyone who has been following the company. Overstock cannot turn a profit, and when […]

09 Feb

More Accounting Mistreatment By Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and CEO Patrick Byrne

Last week, Sam Antar exposed yet another set of accounting manipulations by Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and CEO Patrick Byrne. Those who have carefully followed the Overstock saga are no doubt unsurprised at company’s use of a little accounting “presto chango” to make the fourth quarter of 2008 look better. Had the company reported its financials properly […]

20 Nov

The Overstock.com train wreck continues

For almost two years, Sam Antar (convicted felon and former CFO of Crazy Eddie) has been writing about Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and his questions about their financial reporting and disclosures. I became interested in the company’s financial statements and SEC filings a few months later and began blogging about Overstock and nutty CEO Patrick Byrne as […]

03 Nov

Gross incompetence at Overstock.com

Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and its “colorful” CEO Patrick Byrne have a history of something…. At worst, it’s a history of misleading investors with false information, incomplete and inaccurate disclosures, and phony accounting measures. At best, it’s a history of gross incompentence that will never be overcome. Sam Antar points out an interesting inclusion in Overstock.com’s third […]

30 Apr

Overstock.com’s “Unusual” Financial Statements and Disclosures

Supporters of Patrick Byrne and Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) can’t seem to get over the fact that the company has never turned a profit and that it is being investigated by the SEC (despite false assertions in the most recent conference call that the SEC has resolved “all the issues” and has sprinkled holy water on the […]

22 Apr

Latest Overstock.com Lie: 2007 First Quarter Numbers Were GAAP

Yesterday Sam Antar printed a very interesting piece on his blog that sharply criticized the 2008 first quarter earnings release of Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK). I picked up the most damaging part of it, which related to Overstock claiming a 27% increase in revenue over 2007. The problem was that 2008 was calculated in a different way […]

16 Apr

A bit of irony from Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com

Recently a countersuit was filed by Gradient Analytics against Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and Patrick Byrne, claiming that the company and Byrne engaged in a smear campaign after negative reports on Overstock were issued by Gradient. The suit includes allegations that Overstock and Byrne committed acts of defamation, tortuous interference with prospective business relations, and unfair business […]

13 Feb

Overstock.com: Pretend Accounting Measures Muddy the Waters

I present for you today one (just one) example of the accounting shenanigans at Overstock.com Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) to demonstrate the deception of management. This accounting concept is quite elementary, and it is called EBITDA. EBITDA = Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization Accountants and investors generally agree on what all of those items (earnings, […]