Posted by Amy CHAN Wen Yi, Year 4 undergrad at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University
A Chinese animal-feed and hog-production company has agreed to pay $18 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that it reported fake revenue to meet financial targets and boost its stock price, the SEC said Monday.
AgFeed Industries Inc. inflated its revenue by $239 million by creating fake invoices for the sale of feed and purported sales of hogs that didn’t actually exist, among other methods, the SEC said when it filed suit against the company in March. The moves boosted the company’s annual revenue over a 3 ½-year period by amounts ranging from 71% to 103%, according to the SEC. Continue reading →
Posted by M Laavanya, Year 3 undergrad at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University
Muddy Waters alleges fraud at Superb Summit
Thursday, 20 November, 2014, 4:00pm
Toh Han Shih firstname.lastname@example.org
Muddy Waters alleges reported revenues came from non-existent unit
Hong Kong shares of Superb Summit International Group were suspended at 11.19am yesterday, after US short-seller Muddy Waters released a report alleging fraud at the loss-making company.
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A helpful critical thinking framework relevant for Noble Group, as well as many of the S-chips that include China Environment, the company that Terence, Roy, Shan Rui, Ronald, John have wrote and discussed about.
Journal of Accounting and Economics Volume 38, December 2004, Pages 297–331
Do investors overvalue firms with bloated balance sheets?
David Hirshleifer, Kewei Hou, Siew Hong Teoh, , Yinglei Zhang
When cumulative net operating income (accounting value-added) outstrips cumulative free cash flow (cash value-added), subsequent earnings growth is weak. If investors with limited attention focus on accounting profitability, and neglect information about cash profitability, then net operating assets, the cumulative difference between operating income and free cash flow, measures the extent to which reporting outcomes provoke over-optimism. During the 1964–2002 sample period, net operating assets scaled by total assets is a strong negative predictor of long-run stock returns. Predictability is robust with respect to an extensive set of controls and testing methods. Continue reading →
Posted by YEO Wei Lin, Year 3 undergrad at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:52am EDT
Reporting by Fayen Wong; Editing by Michael Perry
(Reuters) – China’s third-largest terminal Qingdao Port International, which is embroiled in an alleged financing scam, has received two lawsuits from global warehousing firm Pacorini Logistics claiming a total of $58.4 million, the firm said. Continue reading →
Posted by Valerie NG, Year 3 undergrad at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University
Posted on 2 September 2014 – 05:38am
Written by Eva Yeong
PETALING JAYA: It is ironic that on the same day that Khazanah Nasional Bhd announced its latest recovery plan for troubled national carrier Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) that, once a designated national cargo carrier, Transmile Group Bhd held its third AGM as a private company. Continue reading →
SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers
Agency Officials Concerned About Corporate Backlash Against Whistleblowers
The Securities and Exchange Commisssion has made a push to bring more whistleblower cases since the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform bill, which created the agency’s whistleblower program. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
RACHEL LOUISE ENSIGN
Feb. 25, 2015 9:00 p.m. ET
The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether companies are muzzling corporate whistleblowers.
In recent weeks the agency has sent letters to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents, according to people familiar with the matter and an agency letter viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The inquiries come as SEC officials have expressed concern about a possible corporate backlash against whistleblowers. Continue reading →
Lightning strikes twice: $7m fraud at firm controlled by family of late BRW Rich Lister Allan Scott
February 25, 2015 – 5:19PM
Lightning does strike twice. In a bizarre turn of events, the ASX-listed transport group K&S Corporation, controlled by the family of the late trucking magnate Allan Scott, has uncovered a $7.1 million corporate fraud with the help of forensic accountants McGrathNicol.
The misappropriation of funds comes more than a decade after the company was in the spotlight after a much larger fraud of $22 million was revealed, with the former financial controller of K&S and other entities in Mr Scott’s empire sent to jail in a totally separate set of events. Continue reading →
Posted by LAM Xin Hui, Year 4 undergrad at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University
16 February 2015 · By Shané Schutte
The finance sector has seen a plethora of fraudsters as of late, so it’s not hard to see why financial decision makers are starting to question their data. Continue reading →