This has absolutely no bearing on HEB. The company has a ton of baggage....but this is not an issue. KPMG like most big auditing firms periodically weed out small clients where fees barely cover expenses. I am pretty sure that this was the situation in this case. As I recall KPMG dropped a lot of small clients in or about 2000.
Do u even look at the dates. These are 9 to 10- years old. I could pull out citi bank news that is 10 years old and u would think this company was sound and well run. But that is not the case now is it shortie. So your old links mean nothing now.