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Diamond Foods Fires CEO, CFO After Audit Committee Finds Books Have Been "Cooked" For The Past Two Years

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First, small momo-favorite companies. Next: entire nations. Finally: the all-seeing, all-dancing central banks. Today, Diamond Foods just fired its CEO and CFO after the audit committee found its books have been cooked, only phrased more politically correct: "the Audit Committee has carefully reviewed the accounting treatment of certain payments to walnut growers. The Audit Committee has concluded that a "continuity" payment made to growers in August 2010 of approximately $20 million and a "momentum" payment made to growers in September 2011 of approximately $60 million were not accounted for in the correct periods, and the Audit Committee identified material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting." Cue the class action lawsuits. When everything is said and done, the US investor will find that the Madoff M.O. of "doing business" has simply shifted to corporate America, where courtesy of non-GAAP BS one can report whatever the investing public wants to believe, until it all blows up. In other news, the now fired executives were stunned to discover they are not getting an extra bonus for cooking the books, last heard mumbling "double standard" under their breath. And if anyone wonders why despite the confirmed "bull market" in stocks (driven entirely by the nearly $1 trillion liquidity injection from the ECB in the past 6 months), investors just pulled $1.8 billion out of US mutual funds yet again, this is your answer.

From the press release:

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND - News) today announced that the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors has substantially completed its investigation of the Company's accounting for certain crop payments to walnut growers. The Audit Committee has concluded that the Company's financial statements for the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 will need to be restated. Over the course of the last three months, the Audit Committee has carefully reviewed the accounting treatment of certain payments to walnut growers. The Audit Committee has concluded that a "continuity" payment made to growers in August 2010 of approximately $20 million and a "momentum" payment made to growers in September 2011 of approximately $60 million were not accounted for in the correct periods, and the Audit Committee identified material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting.

The Board of Directors is taking a number of corrective actions including the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Effective immediately, the Board has appointed Director Rick Wolford to serve as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer and Michael Murphy, of Alix Partners, LLP, to serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer. The Company is commencing searches for permanent replacements for the CEO and CFO positions. The Board has also appointed Robert J. Zollars, who previously served as Lead Independent Director, to the position of Chairman of the Board. Michael J. Mendes and Steven M. Neil have been placed on administrative leave from the Company.

"After an extensive and thorough investigation, the Audit Committee concluded that the Company's internal controls were inadequate and that certain grower payments for the 2011 and 2010 crops were not accounted for in the correct periods. As a result, the Company will restate its fiscal years 2010 and 2011 financial statements," said Robert Zollars, Diamond Foods' Chairman. "The Board takes the Company's control and the integrity of its financial statements very seriously, and we are moving aggressively to implement corrective measures, including changes to the Company's leadership."

"I look forward to working with the management team and the terrific employees at Diamond and will be focused on moving the business forward, further driving Diamond's strong brands and helping to find a permanent chief executive," said Rick Wolford, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer.

Diamond is working diligently to complete financial restatements for the affected periods and will file all required reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible. While the timing of the restatement is difficult to predict at this time, the Company will endeavor to provide updates on timing and other material developments.

Rick Wolford previously served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Del Monte Foods. Mr. Wolford began his career in 1967 in the food industry at Dole Foods, where he held a variety of positions, including President of Dole Packaged Foods. He has served as a Director of Diamond Foods since April 2011.

Michael Murphy is currently a Managing Director at Alix Partners, a leading financial consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of broad and varied financial advisory services experience.

 

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Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:25 | 2139290 youngman
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This is nuts I tell you...just nuts....

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:29 | 2139308 Hippocratic Oaf
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San Francisco Nuts

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:38 | 2139355 Ahmeexnal
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Diamond Foods....are they the owners of the Kool-Aid brand?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:57 | 2139410 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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DMND down 40% after hours

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:10 | 2139685 TeMpTeK
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This is Bullish...

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:18 | 2139894 Pladizow
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Which stellar US Accounting Firm did the last 2yrs audits and how much were they paid for them?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 21:03 | 2140032 nmewn
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Mmm, that shouldn't be a tough nut to crack...lol...sorry.

Looks like Deloitte & Touche back in 2009. But of course, it was in "complete compliance" with Sarbanes Oxley ;-)

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 23:59 | 2144680 GMadScientist
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:47 | 2139602 ilion
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Could we have this audit committee sent to see the books of the Fed and the ECB? Probably a lot of cooking there too.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:54 | 2139625 Contra_Man
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"First, small momo-favorite companies. Next: entire nations. Finally: the all-seeing, all-dancing central banks."

+1

Well played, Mauer... ahumm, Tyler.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:04 | 2139666 mayhem_korner
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Nut jobs.  Good riddance.

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 10:04 | 2141312 StychoKiller
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Completelty Off Topic:  Last night, the ZeroHedge site was unavailable for around two hours.  I recommend that everyone donate some FRNs to the site tyoday, because there is really no alternatives out there!

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:12 | 2141602 dugorama
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wait, what?  why are investors pulling billions out of mutual funds?  Well,one obvious reason is if I'm unemployed or underemployed, I might need that money.  Sure, we can conjecture that it's assest shifting to gold and silver.  But I think it's asset shifting to rent and food.  maybe even nuts.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:26 | 2139299 SillySalesmanQu...
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What smells...? Is the something burning honey...?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:28 | 2139303 lizzy36
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TAKE AWAY:only TBTF get to cook the books.....duh.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:29 | 2139309 non_anon
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what fucking news is this, wake up people!!!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:53 | 2139389 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Exactly!  Anyone surprised by this hasn't been paying much attention...just sayin.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:21 | 2139497 non_anon
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right on!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:01 | 2139655 ilion
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This was probably news to the CEO and the CFO. They probably thought they were doing God's work all along.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:50 | 2139992 non_anon
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yeah

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:29 | 2139313 Buckaroo Banzai
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Corporations are out of control all over the world, and have been since they hijacked the Federal government back in the late 19th Century.

"Corporations are the dominant force in modern life, surpassing even church and state. The largest are richer than entire nations, and courts have given these entities more rights than people. To many Americans, corporate power seems out of control. According to a Business Week/Harris poll released in September 2000, 82 percent of those surveyed agreed that “business has too much power over too many aspects of our lives.” And the recent revelations of corporate scandal and political influence have only added to such concerns.

Where did this powerful institution come from? How did it get so much power? In Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy, author Ted Nace probes the roots of corporate power, finding answers in surprising places.

A key revelation of the book is the wariness of the Founding Fathers toward corporations. That wariness was shaped by rampant abuses on the part of British corporations such as the Virginia Company, whose ill-treatment killed thousands of women and children on forced-labor tobacco plantations, and the East India Company, whose attempt to monopolize American commodities led to the merchant-led rebellion known as the Boston Tea Party.

Because of such attitudes, the word corporation does not appear once in the United States Constitution. At the Constitutional Convention, all proposals to include corporations in that document were voted down by delegates. Corporate attorneys persisted in seeking legal protections for their clients by means of sympathetic court rulings, but until the Civil War such attempts largely failed.

After the Civil War, the tide quickly turned, as lobbyists secured key changes in corporate law and as corporate attorneys won a series of decisions from an increasingly pro-corporate Supreme Court. Nace recounts the key figures who engineered the “corporate bill of rights,” in particular two brilliant strategists: railroad baron Tom Scott and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field. The book explores in depth the bizarre intrigues that resulted in the infamous “corporations are persons” ruling of 1886, and how that ruling affected the subsequent development of Supreme Court doctrine.

Nace charts the growth of corporate power through the Gilded Age, including the bloody repression of organized labor and the rise of social Darwinist thinking among American elites. He recounts how that expansion came to a halt under the New Deal, as organized labor gained legal protections, social Darwinism fell into disrepute, and Franklin Roosevelt asserted a vision of American society that placed democratic limits on corporate power. To many observers, it seemed that the corporate Frankenstein had finally been tamed by “countervailing power.”

According to Nace, that optimistic view was dashed in the final decades of the twentieth century, as Big Business mounted a remarkable comeback. The corporate political resurgence began with a 1971 memorandum written by Lewis Powell, Jr., shortly before Powell was appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon. In the memorandum, Powell urged corporate America to apply its full organizational and strategic resources to politics, a course of action that proved highly successful. 

Gangs of America describes the expansion of corporate legal empowerment onto the global stage through international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, which boosted the legal powers of corporations to the level of sovereign nations. The book pays special attention to recent events, including campaign finance reform, the financial scandals of 2002, and the growing movement to redefine the corporation and limit corporate power.

Ted Nace worked as a researcher on electric utility policy for the Environmental Defense Fund and as staff director of the Dakota Resource Council, a grassroots group seeking to protect farms and ranches from strip mines and other energy projects. In 1985, he founded Peachpit Press, the world’s leading publisher of books on computer graphics and desktop publishing. After selling Peachpit Press to British publishing conglomerate Pearson, Nace felt driven to understand the historical roots of corporate political power. Gangs of America, the result of that quest, features Nace’s engaging, personal, and complex voicethat of a writer, a businessman, and an activist."

http://www.gangsofamerica.com/

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:52 | 2139387 juangrande
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Regarding the ruling in 1886, supposedly the ruling was not in favor of the corporations being granted the plethora of rights. However, the supreme court clerk wrote a summary on the cover of the ruling (as was customary) saying indeed the ruling did grant the rights. Interestingly, the clerk was an ex-employee of the railroad oligarchy. Subsequent courts have refused to review the matter.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:38 | 2139574 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes, Nace covers this. There were a lot of dirty, dirty dealings around this topic that have yet to see the light of day.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:55 | 2139634 We need Geronimo
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Thanks for the link - just downloaded the book.  Large corporations, and their associated influence over individuals is (imo) the worst social change of the last century.  Four banks, five insurance companies, three oil companies, two communications companies.....tell me again how that encourages competition and prevents collusion?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:30 | 2139314 drink or die
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GRPN down 10% after hours...what a deal!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:35 | 2139338 Cursive
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@drink or die

They're having a sale on stocks!

- Louis Rukeyser

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:38 | 2139358 non_anon
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i upgraded to everclear 151

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:41 | 2139365 drink or die
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Why even bother when you can get Everclear 190 (or straight ethanol from a medical supply warehouse)?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:02 | 2139422 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I'll stick with Knob Creek and let you gentlemen blow fire.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:14 | 2139472 WonderDawg
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Knob Creek is one of the few liquors that still make my mouth water to think about, even after almost 9 years of sobriety. Sip one for me.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:20 | 2139490 drink or die
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So you chose the frontal lobotomy route instead of the "bottle in front of me"?  ;)

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:24 | 2139507 non_anon
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thanks all, you have made my day!!!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 23:03 | 2140381 WonderDawg
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Yeah, man, I was bad to drink. It nearly killed me. Life is much better now, but there are still times when I wish I could knock back a shot of Knob Creek or Macallan, but I never could stop at just one. There are other ways to take the edge off, though, that don't send me off on a bender.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:27 | 2139523 Temporalist
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Stay strong WD! Seeing the world clearly is why so many are here at ZH.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:51 | 2139998 non_anon
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yep, yep, yep, I'm thankful for ZH and all behind it!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 23:06 | 2140387 WonderDawg
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Indeed. Sometimes I wish I didn't see it so clearly. I was happier when I was blissfully ignorant. But, on the other hand, trying to prepare for the inevitable collapse offers some peace of mind.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:20 | 2139493 nodhannum
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First of all 190 proof alcohol is 95% alcohol not straight C2H5OH.  The only way to get 100% ethanol is to either add some benzene and azeotrope it off, or use 4-5 Angstrom molecular sieves to get rid of the last 5% of H2O.  You don't want to drink the stuff azeotroped off using benzene unless you can afford a liver transplant.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:27 | 2139519 drink or die
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Which brings me back to investing in GRPN.  Money in the bank to pay for the eventual new liver!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:39 | 2139579 LowProfile
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Couldn't you use reverse osmosis?  Just sayn'.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:07 | 2139851 Big Corked Boots
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I built a couple of really big stills, i.e. ethanol plants, a few years ago and the ones I did all had the molecular sieve. Some workers made liberal use of the sampling spigot, if ya know whut ah mean. Fun fact: The ethanol shipped in all those railcars has 1% gasoline in it. Feds require that be added at the plant, otherwise you are a distillery, and you pay mucho taxes.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:13 | 2139468 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Make tea, it's the cleanest way.  And do a liver detox afterwards.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:25 | 2139513 non_anon
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ah, man, I had to give a sigh to the good ol' days!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:25 | 2139514 nodhannum
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..."like sounds triggering visual images".  I know, I saw Disney's Fantasia when it first came out!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:32 | 2139937 Cathartes Aura
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Allegro non Troppo - the "adult" version of films like Fantasia - parody of Disney-style, brilliantly done.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074121/

Viva Terence McKenna, ceremony & "heroic dosage"

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:18 | 2141641 dugorama
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in 1936?  That makes you, what, 91 years old?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 20:52 | 2140001 monoloco
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Thanks for the link, interesting article.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:03 | 2139426 junkyardjack
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I had to make some space in my portfolio for Facebook. What am I the only one still trading?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:16 | 2139707 Rainman
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Fink feels ya.....he's going all in equities. Pension funds need savin'.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-08/blackrock-s-fink-says-investors-should-be-100-in-equities-take-more-risk.html

 

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:32 | 2139323 battlestargalactica
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Something tells me that the CEO and CFO are gonna be 'harvesting' nuts of a completely different kind before long. I mean, come on- its not like they're Wall Street bankers!

SARC< No, in reality I blame the sovereign rodent, gold-standard loving, anti-bail out, paying cash for coffee, laptop private screen-protector using, insurgent, indigenous squirrels for this debacle.

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:33 | 2139325 Caviar Emptor
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They need to hire me as their PR spinmeister: First of all these great Americans were creating jobs for people. It's a people company, helping to make this world a better place. And when you say the books were cooked, well, don't just look at the cook. Look to the greedy customer and their immoral eating habits first

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:14 | 2139470 candyman
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I havn't seen my neighbor the past two weeks, ugh o

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:32 | 2139327 Cursive
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Every compny has a "material weakness" in internal controls. Not excusing DMND, but this was about something other than internal controls.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:10 | 2139682 mayhem_korner
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"Fear of retribution" is often at the top of the list of those "material weaknesses," particularly when someone with the term Chief tells a minion to "turn the other way" on an otherwise useful governance protocol.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:34 | 2139334 Temporalist
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Do they have recipes on their packaging too?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:35 | 2139337 tony bonn
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the mob is attractive to losers who cannot make it in legitimate life....the c-level is populated by such losers who have to lie to win....it's all about the win isn't it?

maybe someone could send the diamond auditors to the fed....

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:35 | 2139342 Jason T
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Almond milk.. it's in my fridge.  

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:36 | 2139346 yogibear
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Isn't that  the way everyone works? Mark to market is just so yesterday. Banks always cook their books, why not the rest of us. Even the Federal government cooks their books. As long as investors buy it. Who cares.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:39 | 2139361 Temporalist
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"You know what I always say? Who cares?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_F2hpyjxhc

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:47 | 2139381 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Lying.... the new black.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:50 | 2139386 Thomas Jefferson
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Where is Jon Corzine these days?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:12 | 2139463 Iwanttoknow
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In Tel Aviv.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 17:57 | 2139408 blunderdog
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Corporate press releases are written by PR agencies.

What's the objective?  Try to calm people before publishing something that kills the stock price?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:02 | 2139423 Haddock
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You don't fire your CEO & CFO because of accounting timing differences.

Oh yeah, the Audit Commitee carries responsibility for internal control, so why don't they resign?

My guess is these were backhander payments or straight up theft - 'momentum payment' - wtf does that mean?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:53 | 2139619 RichardENixon
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Sounds to me like they are using a euphemism for capitalizing expenses fraudulently which is very naughty indeed.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:05 | 2139434 max2205
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The real story is the insider selling from $70 last year. Just as dirty as the headline here. No one goes to jail. Congress's is closing shorts as we speak before the insider trading bill gets signed. Convienent

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:05 | 2139438 Smiddywesson
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I think it's important to recognize that bear markets have a useful function in the business cycle. 

Many of these companies cook their books, especially in the latter stages of the bull market.  When the bull market gets long in the tooth, and the Fed and the Boyz hold up the market so their buddies can get out (you get out when you can, not when you want, unless you have friends in the Fed to create another opportunity to exit) the companies that cook their books come under ever increasing pressure to continue to inflate their numbers to infinity.  It's like an embezzeler who needs a burglary or a fire to hide their crime.

If we didn't happen to be kicking the can right now, the markets would have already fallen, thereby giving these villains a chance to bring their books back to reality by actually understating their numbers, and of course, sharing this inside information will the Boyz who get in on the bottom when the understating is over and the books balance.  This is exactly what that phoney Peter Lynch did at Fidelity Magellion, getting inside information at the bottom in exchange for his massive fund protecting stocks during the bull.

There are thousands of companies out there caught in this bind.  They need the markets to fall to get them out of the predicament that was created when the Fed changed the game.  People who trade on their numbers don't understand their peril.  The earnings being stated are increasingly phoney because they are always a little phoney at the top.  Just a 5% baloney factor becomes a real problem when the markets are carried on life support for 11 quarters.  If something doesn't happen soon to relieve the pressure, we are going to see a lot more of these.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:50 | 2139610 LongOfTooth
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Did I hear someone call my name?

 

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2139690 mayhem_korner
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To quote Gollum:  "precious"

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:09 | 2139441 virgilcaine
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Snack foods.. premium nuts I believe.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:08 | 2139453 slackrabbit
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Alix Partners are a turnaround firm.

Having a little expertese in this area, you guys are right...theres something deeper going on here. Watch for the revised accounts.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:09 | 2139454 junkyardjack
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What a boob.  All he had to do was do his accounting the right way and then have an adjusted net income where he removed expenses until he got to the number he wanted. Works in Tech all the time

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:21 | 2139495 devo
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I wrote this once before, but I'll repeat: moving forward, corporations will be cooking the books, and the government will have their collective backs.

The merger of corporations and State to engineer the illusion of an economy.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:23 | 2139506 Smiddywesson
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Devo gets the prize.  Yes indeed.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:30 | 2139526 devo
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Thanks, I take my prize in grams of gold, please.

By the way, the reasoning is simple:

  • Pressure (by savers/grannies/Ron Paul/liberarians/congressional hearings) on the Fed to stop printing.
  • QEx becoming less effective.
  • Corporate earnings the only positive. Without them, worldwide stocks collapse.
  • 20% U6 can't support current stock valuations, even after inflation is factored into their price.

So, factor it all together, and it is obvious the corporation will lie to shareholders, and the government will turn a blind eye. When an action benefits both parties they do it. Especially if the parties are unethical/criminal to begin with.

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:14 | 2139699 mayhem_korner
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Spot on.  Book-cooking is a surrogate for QEx.  Says so right in the Diamond Walnuts recipe book.  :D

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:24 | 2139510 sabra1
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are ye sure it's not Dimon Foods?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:27 | 2139522 YC2
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Damnit, those are good nuts.  My HDL and LDL levels will be the real losers here

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:30 | 2139531 Hal n back
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So what if the US Gov't books are cooked?

 

The President, VP, Cabinet, CBO Director, Comptroller, Fed Chief, Treas Secty, Speaker of House, Senate Leader--should they go to jail. After all people are basing investment decisions on buying Treasuries based on financial information and projections by and "certified" by the above.

 

Maybe we sic the SEC or CFTC on them--they must have free time, the passion and the requisite skills.

 

Oops, silly me, only the primary dealers are buying Treasuries, never mind.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:30 | 2139537 dexter_morgan
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WHAT? the fed's book have been cooked for years and the ones cooking them just get more power.........

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:30 | 2139538 Seasmoke
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Bernie Madoff will one day be seen as a wise man, he has warned everyone , but no one was listening

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:32 | 2139551 navy62802
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Anyone checked DMND in after-hours? Yeah ... it's down more than 42% right now.

Ouch!

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:39 | 2139573 Hal n back
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on the same topic of cooking the books in gov't: what abt gov motors, which stuffs the pipeline, thus overstating income on at least 2 levels. First is the margin made on the alledged sale to dealer invesntory and second, from an acctg standpoint the overhead absorbed and capitalized vs expensed of building inventories not just for GM and Chrysler but for any company that builds inventories.

 

Correcting my post above from cupability perspective  for the President and Vice President--The Pres can plead plausable deniability and the VP can plead senility.

 

Everybody else gets thrown under the bus.

 

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:45 | 2139594 slewie the pi-rat
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in breaking news, the auditCommittee has been granted protectiveCustodyTM in an undisclosed location, away from any and all walnut tress...

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:47 | 2139601 overbet
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The DMND 31 puts that expire Friday closed today offered at a nickel. 180 times your money

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:54 | 2139626 buzzsaw99
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I am shocked by the betrayal of investor trust at a public company by corporate officers. [/sarcasm]

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 18:58 | 2139647 Bill Lumbergh
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The price dropped because the Pringles deal is off the table...that is what this article would lead someone clueless to believe:

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/02/08/diamonds-deal-with-pg-nearing-coll...

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:35 | 2139755 LongOfTooth
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"..And if anyone wonders why despite the confirmed "bull market" in stocks (driven entirely by the nearly $1 trillion liquidity injection from the ECB in the past 6 months), investors just pulled $1.8 billion out of US mutual funds yet again, this is your answer....."

 

So where did that $1.8 billion go?  Other investments, cover margin calls, buy the girl friend a few baubles or something for the wife?

 

 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:39 | 2139768 markar
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CEO's parting comment: "Nuts!"

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 21:16 | 2140083 Frank N. Beans
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the article did not give the names of the two directors who were fired.  I am just wondering if I know one of them. 

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 22:59 | 2140366 PoliticalRefuge...
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Well that does it for me... hell if you can't trust Big Walnut to do you right what can you place your trust in anymore? seeing how the fish rots head first, it's no surprise when you see minor players mimicking their elected leaders...

 Madoff in fact of late seemed rather reserved and morally responsible when you compare his straight forward type of operation to the government's byzantine investment banker/politically corrupt approach..

 ..in the end it appears he was just a relatively minor and replaceable gear in the works of the big swindle, same as Corzine.. 

 

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 00:31 | 2140646 Dermasolarapate...
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These execs flunked "Cooking the Books 101" at MBA school.

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