Tag: SEC filings

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270,033 pages later, a chance to catch our breath…
March 1, 2012—Whew. Unless you’re intimately involved in writing or reading corporate disclosures, you may not realize it, but a marathon of sorts just wrapped up. Yesterday marked the deadline for big companies operating on a calendar year to file their annual reports (Form 10-K filings) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. To put some context to […]

Extra hours at the Friday night dump…
November 25, 2011—We’re guessing that the more industrious (or perhaps we should type craziest) readers of the site have already partaken in Black Friday festivities. After all, a wide range of stores including Best Buy (BBY), Kohl’s (KSS) and the Old Navy unit of Gap Stores (GPS) opened their doors at midnight. But here at footnoted, we’re […]

Look what you tracked onto the corporate carpet…
September 1, 2011—August is the deadest month, at least when it comes to corporate disclosures.* The tripwires that send us hundreds of alerts an hour at peak season are mostly silent (though we expect this week’s Friday-night dump to bustle). To put things in perspective, companies filed 213 Form 8-Ks on Wednesday, compared to 326 on May […]

A snapshot of this year’s disclosure avalanche …
July 11, 2011—Not quite two weeks ago, we passed the midpoint of 2011, marking a perfect opportunity to continue ignoring our New Year’s resolutions — and to check in on that marvel of modern investing, the Edgar database at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Edgar, of course, is the SEC’s ever-growing trove of corporate disclosures — as […]

Snowed in at the SEC…
January 6, 2011—There’s usually a time in late February — invariably on a Friday — when the folks here at footnoted begin to wonder what the hell we’re doing as we stare at several hundred filings in our inbox. Just like the little Dutch Boy, we often feel as if we’re trying to plug the hole in […]

The personal cost of Genzyme’s “No”…
October 11, 2010—A lot of companies are jumping into M&A deals willingly, but that’s certainly not the case for Genzyme Corporation (GENZ), which is doing its best to fend off Sanofi-Aventis SA’s (SNY) $18.5 billion hostile takeover proposal – despite the buckets of cash that Genzyme’s executives would get in the process. On October 7, Genzyme issued […]

A sporting sendoff from Aon …
April 9, 2010—You can learn a lot by the way companies generally act when employees leave for another job, whether it’s with suspicion, enthusiasm or indifference. But what does it say when a company doesn’t just pay an executive to do something else — it keeps right on paying him? That’s what Aon Corp. (AON) did with […]

Odds & ends …
April 5, 2010—The long weekend brought a bounty of riches to the footnoted table: some amusing, some intriguing, some just odd. Rather than focus on just one, we decided to take a quick spin through a few of the more unusual: Risky eating — The health-reform bill may prove better for your waistline than some restaurant bottom […]

Watching for the bulls to return…
February 26, 2010—As the SEC deadline looms for large accelerated filers to file their 10-Ks by Monday, we’re reviewing literally hundreds of filings a day. Besides disclosing the state of their own debts, revenues, legal affairs (and so much more!), many companies are also discussing the state of the economy and what they think the future holds. […]

Fun with SEC filings!
February 18, 2010—As footnoted regulars know, SEC filings aren’t always that much fun. But this video, which I shot for CBS Moneywatch, tries to look at the lighter side of digging through filings. As an added plus, it shows how hard Kumara, the brain behind footnoted, really works.