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In a press release issued today, Apple announced that its independent investigation into stock option grant irregularities has been completed. The investigation's key findings are as follows:
-The investigation found no misconduct by any member of Apple's current management team.

-The most recent evidence of irregularities relates to a January 2002 grant.

-Stock option grants made on 15 dates between 1997 and 2002 appear to have grant dates that precede the approval of those grants.

-In a few instances, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was aware that favorable grant dates had been selected, but he did not receive or otherwise benefit from these grants and was unaware of the accounting implications.

-The investigation raised serious concerns regarding the actions of two former officers in connection with the accounting, recording and reporting of stock option grants. The company will provide all details regarding their actions to the SEC.

Steve Jobs had the following statement regarding the probe's findings:
"I apologize to Apple's shareholders and employees for these problems, which happened on my watch. They are completely out of character for Apple" said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We will now work to resolve the remaining issues as quickly as possible and to put the proper remedial measures in place to ensure that this never happens again."

With the investigation's end, former Apple CFO Fred Anderson (CFO 1996-2004) announced his resignation from Apple's board of directors, beginning the investigation's fallout. Earlier this year, Apple missed the deadline for reporting their 3Q filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission due to the accounting errors related to the "irregularities", which prompted Nasdaq to warn Apple of possible delistment from the exchange if the situation was not promptly rectified. Apple will most likely have to re-state historical financial statements.

Dozens of corporations, including Microsoft, Intuit, and Computer Associates, have announced that they are reviewing their option practices, which have come under increased scrutiny since enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate accountability law in 2002.

Digg This (the story of course, not the fact that Apple had stock option irregularities) ;)
 

bdj21ya

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Stock is down 58 cents (that's 58 cents less per share than when the market closed this afternoon) in off-hour trading. Not bad, but I'm surprised it's not up after this announcement. It seems as though they are saying that things won't be too bad. Of course, there is nothing here that gives any idea what the restatement amounts will be.
 
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longofest

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bdj21ya said:
Stock is down 58 cents (that's 58 cents less per share than when the market closed this afternoon) in off-hour trading. Not bad, but I'm surprised it's not up after this announcement. It seems as though they are saying that things won't be too bad. Of course, there is nothing here that gives any idea what the restatement amounts will be.

Not that I'm a market EXPERT by any means, but what's past is past, especially when it is multiple years ago. I would expect the market to pay more attention to the fact that Apple just lost a board member. Also, remember that they haven't yet filed their 3Q SEC 10q, which if they don't get done quickly, could bump them off NASDAQ (that would be HUGE, but improbable).
 
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bdj21ya

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longofest said:
Not that I'm a market EXPERT by any means, but what's past is past, especially when it is multiple years ago. I would expect the market to pay more attention to the fact that Apple just lost a board member. Also, remember that they haven't yet filed their 3Q SEC 10q, which if they don't get done quickly, could bump them off NASDAQ (that would be HUGE, but improbable).

I agree that you're probably right. Losing the CFO is a bigger deal. You're also right that being delisted is quite unlikely. Several companies are still there after missing a few 10-Q's and even the more important annual 10-K form. I'm sure Apple will file their 10-Q as soon as the internal investigation can produce some final numbers for historical financial statements (necessary to get the right numbers on the 10-Q). I wouldn't be surprised however if this final report took place sometime around another positive announcement--just to minimize the blow. It will make it a lot harder for investors to decide that jumping ship is the right action for the time.
 
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hyperpasta

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bdj21ya said:
Losing the CFO is a bigger deal.

Apple didn't lose its CFO. It lost a board member, who happened to be a PREVIOUS CFO. They also claimed one other person was responsible, but we don't know who that is yet.
 
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bdj21ya

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hyperpasta said:
Apple didn't lose its CFO. It lost a board member, who happened to be a PREVIOUS CFO. They also claimed one other person was responsible, but we don't know who that is yet.

good point, bad skimming on my part.
 
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bdj21ya

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Well I am glad that at least it's over now.

Umm, I don't think it's anywhere near over. It's like they want to announce things in stages to lessen the blow. I think that getting the numbers and finding out who else was responsible is what shareholders are interested in now.
 
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rdrr

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skoker said:
Well I am glad that at least it's over now.

No it is not... This is from an independent investigation. The SEC still can find Apple at fault and fine them. Then there is always the possibility of some of the stock holders getting together and suing Apple.
 
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WildCowboy

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rdrr said:
Then there is always the possibility of some of the stock holders getting together and suing Apple.

They already did that months ago...
 
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Yup, looks like all that hand wringing over a SEC investigation was rather overzealous. Not much ot see here.

Wonder how Dell's investigation will come out?
 
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IlluminatedSage

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Well, i know it seems weird. but hell Apple seems to be in the bad zone on this.

they better come clean and fix the accounting. shareholders are the only ones who should worry though, as the accountants and lawyers are the only ones spending too much time on this one.

one question though, now that apple found the problems... HOW BAD IS IT????

that is the question everyone will want to know the answer to. hell if it isnt alot of shares, they can deal. but if it is hundreds of millions of dollar worth.... shame on them
 
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tkidBOSTON

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Honestly, as an accountant, I've noticed the Street often doesnt respond at all (either negatively nor favorably) to restatements usually. Often times its the hype around large public companies that makes the stock respond. I've had a large client make some rather large restatement and the street didnt look twice. They were too busy bumping the stock up based on some new product in the pipeline. If I were holding apple shares I wouldnt get too concerned until this makes the front page of CNN or a top story on your local news.

My $0.02.
 
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Apple is not the only one that is running into these problems. Dell and Microsoft are on the hook as well. Apple, being the darling company, is just today's poster child.

For some reason, I believe that Dell and MS will have more problems getting this fixed than Apple will. And will take alot more flak considering their current stock price.
 
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The Tuck

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Steve Jobs is such a great guy. He seems like he's really giving his all to run this company and keep it operating smoothly.

Long live the Leader!
 
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BenRoethig

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Doctor Q said:
Even though the press release is about both the investigation and about Fred Anderson, it doesn't explicitly say that this is why he's left the board.

It looks like Steve Jobs was "responsible" but not "to blame".

Someone had to take the fall and it was either Steve Jobs or Fred Anderson.
 
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