The Misrepresentation of Earnings; by Dichev et al.

In a recent article in the Financial Analysts Journal, titled “The Misrepresentation of Earnings,” Ilia Dichev, John Graham, Campbell R. Harvey, and Shiva Rajgopal explore the defining characteristics of earnings quality and the misrepresentation of earnings. As part of their inquiry, … Continue reading

Is Contract Accounting under the Microscope?

Last week, news came out that the SEC was investigating Boeing Co. for possible irregularities in the company’s long-term contract accounting. (Bloomberg) The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected … Continue reading

Non-GAAP Metrics in SAB 99 Materiality Analyses

The pros and cons of non-GAAP metrics have been discussed in more than a few recent articles. Proponents of non-GAAP frequently claim that GAAP contains many ambiguities and loopholes, and that non-GAAP metrics can be more current and relevant. Opponents sometimes … Continue reading

When is a Cybersecurity Incident Material?

Recently we discussed the principle of materiality in the context of Valeant Pharmaceuticals and its Variable Interest Entity (VIE), Philidor. In that post we examined two key concepts in assessing materiality, namely quantitative and qualitative. It is possible for something to be quantitatively immaterial, … Continue reading