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Which contingent liabilities resulting from the Volkswagen (VW) emissions cheating scandal would be recognized or disclosed in Volkswagen Group’s financial statements?

Volkswagen manufactures the iconic Beetle in addition to other models including the Passat, the Jetta, and others.  Volkswagen Group (VW) has been embroiled in an emissions cheating scandal discovered in 2015. Essentially, what happened is that VW’s engineers developed and inserted software in VW car engines to cheat on the emissions testing process, making its […]

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What are the accounts payable turnover ratios at Kellogg, Post, and General Mills?

In a recent New York Times article (“Big Companies Pay Later, Squeezing Their Suppliers,” April 6, 2015), it was reported that several large companies are forcing their much-smaller suppliers to extend longer payment terms. Several large companies, such as Procter & Gamble, Heinz, and Anheuser-Busch, have told their suppliers that they want three or four […]

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What is the accounting impact of Dunkin’ Donuts’ dividend declaration?

Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) declared a dividend of $0.265 on February 5, 2015, to be paid on March 18, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 9, 2015.  This dividend is a 15% increase over the prior quarter’s dividend. Questions On which date will Dunkin’ Brands record a liability […]

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When does SurveyMonkey recognize revenue from its Platinum annual subscription plans?

SurveyMonkey is an online survey company that allows its subscribers to customize and administer surveys.  It recently made the news for raising another $250 million in equity funding (“SurveyMonkey is worth $2 billion after new $250 million fundraising round, Fortune, December 15, 2014.)  (Note: SurveyMonkey is privately held.  The founder says the company will not […]

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How does a convertible bond issued by Fiat Chrysler Automobile affect the company’s balance sheet?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) launched a $2.5 billion convertible bond issue in December 2014.  FCA will be using the funds generated from the bond issue to help to turn its Jeep, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo brands into global brands, competing directly against Volkswagen and BMW in the premium car market. The bond issue will mature […]

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What is the accounting impact of the issuance of Solar Bonds by SolarCity?

SolarCity is a U.S. company that designs, finances, and installs solar energy systems. These solar energy systems are installed at businesses, homes, non-profits, and other organizations. On October 15, 2014, SolarCity launched its first public offering of Solar Bonds. This public offering allows individuals to invest in SolarCity by purchasing bonds from SolarCity’s website. There […]

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What is the impact on American Apparel’s current ratio of the loan it received from Standard General?

American Apparel has been in the news in recent weeks.  Its board fired CEO Dov Charney amid several reports of his misdeeds. The company has also lost $270 million over the past three years. Last week, one of American Apparel’s creditors, Lion Capital, called a $10 million loan it had made to American Apparel.  (“Calling” […]

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What is the balance sheet impact of the $400 million Netflix just borrowed?

In February 2014, Netflix took out a $400 million loan.  Netflix is using these funds to help to create original programming, such as its hit series “House of Cards,” and to expand to Europe. Netflix is a publicly-held company trading on NASDAQ under the symbol NFLX. On March 10, 2014, Netflix common stock was selling […]

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10-K Minute: Target, Data Breach, and Contingent Liabilities

Background In the fourth quarter of 2013, hackers broke into Target Corporation’s system and stole the names and credit card information for up to 70 million customers. This data breach is among the largest data breaches in U.S. history and lawsuits against Target Corporation are being filed by several parties including customers, credit card companies, […]

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