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U.S. Corporations Increasingly Adjust to Mind the GAAP

The use of figures that exclude certain items is becoming more prominent in corporate filings
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 20:28

A financial obfuscation of the dot-com era is making a comeback: Hundreds of U.S. companies are trumpeting adjusted net income, adjusted sales and “adjusted Ebitda.”

How Google, GE and U.S. Firms Play the Tax ‘Audit Lottery’

Big Companies Have Amassed $188 Billion in Tax Benefits the IRS May Reject
Original publication date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:02

Buried deep in American companies’ securities filings is an indicator for how aggressively they are working to shield their income from the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities.

Zynga has given its new CEO big incentives to sell the company

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US social-gaming company Zynga hasn’t just given its new chief executive a pay package worth as much as $100 million over five years. It has also structured the package in a way that could encourage him to try to sell the company sooner rather than later.

Partners’ Stake in Goldman Sachs Rises

Original publication date: 
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:36

Here is how four companies are ignoring their shareholders’ votes

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Forget majority rules. In US-style corporate elections, it’s rarely so simple.

Investors can complain as loudly and clearly as they like, but corporate boards are often free to ignore them, with few or no immediate consequences. That’s true whether the protest involves ousting a board member or changing how the company does business.

That sound you heard yesterday was companies dumping 41,565 pages on the SEC’s doorstep

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Think of yesterday afternoon as a triple witching hour of US corporate disclosure: The final minutes of the final day for many big companies to file their latest quarterly reports—and a Friday afternoon, on top of that.

How much should you worry about North Korea? The SEC has some numbers on that

One measure of how seriously the corporate world has taken rising tensions with North Korea: Companies are talking about it a lot more in their regulatory filings.

When Good Health is Bad Business

Original publication date: 
Friday, February 8, 2008 - 12:55

Dodged the flu this year? A lot of people have, and some companies aren’t too happy about it.

The CDC’s FluView map shows that this year’s influenza season has been a slow-starter. While the flu has picked up in recent weeks, sporadic reports of flu were the most common on the agency’s flu map during in December.

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