Tag: PR Spin

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How now Brown shoe?
May 30, 2012—One of our favorite sports here at footnoted is reading between the lines of press releases, especially those that announce the comings and goings of top executives. While we've yet to figure out how to really be a fly on the wall ...

Putting lipstick on the pig at Chesapeake…
May 11, 2012—We were going to write about something else this morning, but then Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which as footnoted regulars know is something of a frequent flyer here, decided to file its proxy statement, so we quickly changed plans. While the ...

A lesson in disclosure at Wright Medical Group…
May 10, 2011—If ever a company illustrated the value of reading SEC filings -- as opposed to just their press releases -- it may just be Wright Medical Group (WMGI). And we don't mean that in a good way. By way of background, ...

McDonald’s Corporation
April 8, 2011—Footnoted's Red Flag Alerts, including this alert about McDonald's Corporation are available exclusively to Footnoted *PRO subscribers. To subscribe, click here.

Meet the new Goldman, same as the old…
April 4, 2011—Even when you're doing "God's work," it turns out, a little deft marketing is in order. Goldman Sachs (GS), of course, put out its annual

Spinning hidden meanings at Walgreen …
June 29, 2010—Companies have to disclose all kinds of things to investors. Companies dearly like to spin those disclosures to seem as positive as possible. In a pinch, guess which impulse wins out? Look no further than Walgreen Co. (WAG) the big pharmacy and drug-store chain, which ...

On Whitacre taking on GM…
June 10, 2009—Yesterday's announcement that Ed Whitacre would take the reigns of "the new GM" (GMGMQ) kind of caught me by surprise. Here's a snip from the press release: "The appointment of Ed Whitacre as chairman represents a very auspicious beginning for the New GM," ...

On M&A math…
June 9, 2009—Whenever a deal is announced -- and a bunch of them have been lately -- there's the inevitable press release that talks about synergies and how the deal is going to enhance shareholder value. Indeed, that's pretty much a mandatory sentence. But things don't ...

AIG: Blame the negative publicity…
May 8, 2009—Journalists really can't catch a break. The daily tales of more layoffs, unpaid furloughs and magazine closings (including Portfolio, which ran a monthly footnoted column). But now there's this: those darn journalists are responsible for the problems at AIG (AIG). We'll ...

Chesapeake does some ‘splainin…
May 1, 2009—Ever since, Cheseapeake Energy (CHK) filed its preliminary proxy last week, there's been lots of stories -- here's one from Business Week -- noting just how well paid Chairman and CEO Aubrey K. McClendon is. Those stories are likely to continue ...