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  • tredleon tredleon Mar 31, 2005 8:21 AM Flag

    Deloitte & Touch resigns

    Horwath didn't resign - YAKC opted to go with D&T, obviously not thinking that they would raise an issue on the accounting for this software contract. I read the contract, and frankly it is very strange - a nonrecourse multi-million dollar obligation with a contingent payment structure for software that is described as being "next generation" with uncertain utility. It sounded a little hokey, but regardless of how they end up accounting for it, it won't change revenues, cash flow or cash balances.

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    • This I agree with. The matter is strange (i havent read the contract) - a multimillion dollar obligation stretched out over a period of time, at the same time if I read the SEC filings mentioning the contract right, there is obligatory payment from the software maker also - ostensibly out of selling it in other markets (am I right?). The way I read it, the quarterly payments more or less equaled the money they would receive. The bottomline is the lack of simplicity and transparency, which makes the whole deal non-convincing. My guess is that D&T found an issue with a) how this is accounted, and b) the tax implications of this transaction

      It seems going forward they are doing the right things. (Would you agree?)

      a) This contract is ended.
      b) Re-instate Howrath as the accountant and they seem to be taking the high ground by asking SEC for guidance
      c) They need to avoid de-listing. This will avoid killing the momentum
      d) Revenue and earnings growth (as reported) are indeed convincing ..
      e) They must get the quarterly report out quickly and try to put this behind them.
      f) Their image needs to be cleaned (it has taken a beating) for any additional capital to be raised (for expansion, growth etc.).

      Good opinion from you and I am glad you posted. The best thing to do is ignore the basher-pumper meaningless exchanges. Most importantly DO NOT answer their posts - it is rumored the paid bashers receive money for each conversation piece they engage with other posters .... They have various clever schemes to track them.

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      • My hope is that the SEC decision either supports their original accounting treatment and/or does not impact their reported earnings going forward. If this happens and Horwath comes back, the stock should recover quickly. If the SEC decision goes against them and/or Horwath bails, then it could take several clean, profitable quarters for investors to come back? I agree with you, the quicker they get this behind them, the better. Assuming the financial fundamentals are clean (i.e. revenue, cash flow, cash balances), this is no time to be selling - if it gets hit further when the SEC decision comes out, I may buy some more.

    • Good post. This is my reading also. I havent read the contract, only what is mentioned of it in their SEC filings - a multimillion dollar payment obligation stretched over time with payment to be received on sale of developed software to other parties. If I read this right they pretty much equaled each other. D&T found issue with this on a) how the payment/money received is accounted, and b) tax implications of the same.

      Going forward, they need to fix the tainted image to get things back to the same momentum ...

      a) Get a new accountant
      b) File the quarterly
      c) Avoid delisting
      d) More transparency in such dealings in the future ...

      Things they have done right are:

      a) End the contract
      b) Seek the moral higher ground - getting SEC opinion
      c) Good revenue and earnings growth

      Final note: do not respond to bashers/pumpers on this board (or any). It is rumored that they get paid for the attention they generate ... Finally some meaningful discussion :)