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Why did Green Mountain Coffee Roasters miss red flags?

I’d like to know how Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) could have missed significant accounting problems in its Timothy’s subsidiary months before it reported an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission into its corporate-wide revenue reporting and months before it claims to have discovered certain accounting errors.

Background

On September 28, 2010, Green Mountain disclosed that the SEC started an informal inquiry into its revenue accounting practices and relationship with a certain fulfillment vendor eight days earlier. On that same day, the company coincidently reported that it discovered an accounting error involving its K-Cup margin percentages during the preparation of its financial report for the period ended September 25, 2010. On November 19, 2010, Green Mountain disclosed that it found four new accounting errors. On that date, the company said it would restate its financial reports issued from 2007 to the thirteen-week period ended June 26, 2010 to correc…

Why the SEC should not be duped by Overstock’s excuses to avoid sanctions

After almost two years of investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), also known as O.co, faces a possible enforcement action and sanctions arising from certain accounting violations reported in this blog. The company cannot deny that it violated various accounting rules. My accounting analysis was proven correct by its later revisions of financial reports. To avoid an enforcement action and possible sanctions, the company has no choice but to attempt to persuade the SEC that it acted in good faith and its misstatements of financial reports were unintentional. That excuse is simply untrue in light of the company’s actions.

Over the last several years, I've reported on a pattern of accounting shenanigans which helped Overstock.com materially overstate its earnings. From Q2 2007 to Q2 2008, the company used improper EBITDA calculations to materially inflate its financial performance in violation of SEC Regulation G. From Q4 2008 to Q3 2009,…