IFRS and Fraud: More Challenges, More Risks

Written by Tracy Coenen, CPA, CFF AICPA Corporate Finance Insider Newsletter Reasonable accountants can disagree about whether a move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will improve financial reporting. One key concern is that principles-based financial statements are much more susceptible to fraud. Rather than relying on strict rules, management’s …

Groupon: Restated Numbers Reveal Failure of Business

In July, critics attacked Groupon (GRPN) and it use of a made-up accounting measure management called Adjusted CSOI. I suggested that the company made up the measure to exclude many of the company’s expenses to make the company look more successful. There was more to the story, however, as the …

The IFRS Impact on Accounting Education in the U.S.

A fellow AOL blogger, Victoria Erhart, wrote a fantastic piece on Bloggingstocks, GAAP vs. IFRS: New accounting rules could mean trouble.She looks at the problems that will surely come up if the U.S. switches to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Currently, U.S. accounting programs teach Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) …

Overstock.com Materially Overstates EBITDA

Sam Antar has a great article today on Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) continuing to overstate EBITDA. Specifically, Sam says: In Overstock.com’s Q1 2008 earnings release and 10-Q report the company continued to improperly remove from its EBITDA calculation, certain stock-based expenses in violation of Regulation G. As a result, Overstock.com’s reported Q1 …

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 …

Manipulation of Earnings in Overstock.com Press Release (Are You Surprised?)

Today convicted felon Sam Antar has an exciting piece on his blog about Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and how it fudged its earnings figures in Friday’s press release, caused a short squeeze right before options expired, and continued on Patrick Byrne’s path of misleading investors. It all began with a press release …

The Latest Usana Report, Authored By Me

I issued a report to Fraud Discovery Institute about many of the financial issues raised in the Usana Health Sciences matter. The report clarifies the issues and why they’re important from an accounting perspective, specifically regarding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), materiality, and disclosures. A few of the high points …