Tag: 10-Ks

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Are there secrets in SEC filings?
July 16, 2012—Over the past few days, it seems as if footnoted has picked up a bit of competition from enterprising journalists discovering the vast amount of stuff contained in SEC filings. We refer, of course, to the various articles about Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, and when exactly he served as CEO of […]

Banks embrace the scrutiny meme
March 2, 2012—One of the things that we love to look for as we’re reading as many filings as we do are common themes or memes, which as Wikipedia notes are regarded as “cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures”. We picked up on a particularly interesting one as we […]

Netflix talks about repairing its brand…
February 13, 2012—Regular readers of footnoted know that we often joke about the Friday night dump — that 90 minute window on Friday evenings between the time that markets close and the time that the SEC stops accepting all but insider-trading related filings at 5:30 pm. So when we saw that Netflix (NFLX) filed its 10-K just […]

On Buffett and reading the filings…
May 3, 2011—We’re still recovering from South by Southwest so we didn’t make it to Omaha this past weekend for Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) annual meeting. But several footnoted readers who were there have pinged us over the past few days about some comments that Warren Buffett made on reading SEC filings. Let’s just say that Sonya, Theo […]

WikiLeaks fears at Ebay…
January 31, 2011—In case there was any doubt, it’s now official: WikiLeaks has planted itself firmly in the corporate zeitgeist, in the form of a prominent mention in the 10-K that Ebay (EBAY) filed late on Friday afternoon. Technically, WikiLeaks has made an appearance in the Edgar database before — on Aug. 20, in a conference-call transcript […]

Starbucks catches the “oopsies,” too…
November 30, 2010—Are the “oopsies” contagious? We just found signs that Starbucks (SBUX) may be suffering from the same affliction as Raymond James Financial (RJF), which disclosed last week in an amended 10-K that it forgot to disclose a loan for $1 million Canadian dollars that it made to an executive in August, 2008. In the 10-K […]

Some pre-Thanksgiving turkey from Tyson…
November 24, 2010—Thanksgiving may not be until tomorrow, but we found a heaping helping of turkey attached to the 10-K that Tyson Foods (TSN) filed on Monday. Don Tyson — yes that Don Tyson who five years ago had to settle with the SEC over the improper disclosure of company perks — has a new employment contract […]

Wrapping up Costco’s options case…
October 25, 2010—Best Buy (BBY) filed its proxy earlier today and one of the more interesting things disclosed in the long list of related party transactions was the company’s growing relationship with McDonald’s (MCD), where Best Buy director Matthew Paull is CFO. Two years ago, the two companies entered into a co-marketing arrangement as part of McDonald’s […]

Comverse files a 10-K for the ages …
October 6, 2010—Remember Comverse Technology (CMVT), the billing-software company that became a poster-child for stock-options back-dating? It’s the one whose former CEO fled to Namibia and has managed not to be extradited to the U.S. Well, on Monday, amid reports that the company’s assets will soon be snapped up by circling tech companies, Comverse filed its first […]

Extra froth in small cap land…
October 4, 2010—We don’t spend a lot of time tracking small cap stocks. But we couldn’t help but notice an interesting dichotomy that popped up last week. Last Tuesday, Hyperdynamics (HDY) saw its stock jump 25% in one day, making it onto those lists of biggest gainers. It was also a new 52-week high for the stock […]