Topic: Risk Factors

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A juicy Apple 10-K…
November 16, 2007—When Apple (AAPL) came out with its Iphone at the end of June, there was a flurry of activity to take it apart. That’s kind of the way I feel about the 10-K they filed late yesterday. There were so many interesting disclosures in the 170-page filing, that it’s hard to know where to begin. […]

It’s not easy being green…
November 12, 2007—Thanks, autumn, for finally showing up here in the Northeast. I can stop feeling sorry for all those sweaters sitting in store windows as women strolled by in tank tops. I’m not surprised that this press release issued late last week by Ann Taylor (ANN) said “unseasonably warm weather” had cut into October sales. Or […]

Life is so unfair, says Rambus!
October 19, 2007—Back at you, SEC bureaucrats. That’s more or less what Rambus Inc. (RMBS) said in two 10-Qs filed Wednesday. In both filings (first quarter and first 6 months), the company chose to list as a risk factor the “uncertainty” created by changing standards of corporate governance and disclosure. In particular, it griped that many “new […]

Filling in some gaps in the Blackberry…
October 10, 2007—Earlier this year, Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIMM) was looking wan. In April the SEC ratcheted its investigation of the firm’s past stock option grant practices up to formal status. Federal prosecutors and Canadian regulators started poking around too, and the options mess led to restated financials and a suit by a Canadian pension fund. […]

Is New York eyeing Leslie Moonves?
August 24, 2007—At the risk of being a bit too critical as I head off on vacation to an island in Maine where I’ll have no email access, I couldn’t help but wonder about this post from the new Silicon Valley Insider blog on Leslie Moonves’ new contract at CBS (CBS). That’s because the blog is run […]

The blame game…
August 15, 2007—Though footnoted.org has managed to avoid writing about the subprime mess so far, it’s become increasingly hard to ignore the number of companies that seem to be warning about their exposure — real or imagined — to subprime mortgages. Just take this disclosure from Giant Motorsports (GMOS) filed yesterday: During the first half of 2007, […]

These United States of America…
July 3, 2007—We’re quite sure that all of those Congressmen who were whining last week during the House Financial Services hearing with the SEC about America losing its competitive edge when it came to financial markets, aren’t checking IPO Home on a regular basis. Yesterday, eight companies, including a major hedge fund and a risky start-up run […]

TiVo tivos its’ proxy statement…
June 18, 2007—Late Friday, TiVo (TIVO), which apparently doesn’t like its name to be used as a verb (we have an Archos in our house) filed this revised proxy. And while the revision itself wasn’t all that titillating — the only real change was that Jeffrey Hinson is now head of the audit committee — it was […]

A risk factor worthy of a bumper sticker?
June 4, 2007—When it comes to risk factors, most companies present a laundry list that runs the gamut from garden variety lawsuits to the sky falling. But the 10-K filed by Stanley Inc. (SXE) late Friday included something that, given the news that 14 more U.S. soldiers had been killed this past weekend, seems more than hypothetical. […]

Genetic engineering…
May 23, 2007—Two weeks ago, ever since the NY Times reported on how some doctors were a bit too free with anemia drugs produced by Amgen (AMGN) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), the two stocks have fallen, although Amgen’s fall has been steeper. Now, it turns out that the story has led to a subpoena, a shareholder […]