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    BDO has been at or near the top of our quarterly auditor changes roundups for a long time now. The global audit firm once again led all major accounting firms in new SEC clients in the second quarter of 2015 with … Continue reading

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    Back in March, we announced the release of the Accounting Quality + Risk Matrix (AQRM) to subscribers of Audit Analytics. AQRM is an interactive tool designed to quickly identify and understand qualitative and contextual indicators of governance and reporting quality. Red … Continue reading

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  • 10/08/15--03:00: An Auditor Merry-go-Round
  • There has been much discussion in recent years concerning auditor tenure, with most of the attention fixed on companies with exceptionally long auditor relationships. In a previous post, we noted that the average auditor tenure among the Russell 3000 was 16 years. … Continue reading

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    Overview There were 42 initial public offerings in U.S. markets between July 1, 2015 and Sep 30, 2015, representing a decrease of 33% from the same period last year when there were 63 IPOs. The total amount raised this quarter was $6.7 … Continue reading

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    In its Q3 2015 10-Q, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) disclosed a change in accounting estimate made to their amortization of certain intangible assets. 1. Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies In the third quarter of 2015, the … Continue reading

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    Once again, BDO led the way in new SEC engagement wins among the large audit firms. In the third quarter of 2015, BDO added 13 new clients against a loss of five, for a net gain of eight. Added to … Continue reading

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  • 12/30/15--08:00: Non-GAAP and SOX 302
  • In a recent post on his blog, The Accounting Onion, Tom Selling added some thoughts to the ongoing debate surrounding non-GAAP disclosures. He proposed some additional requirements that he thinks could help improve non-GAAP reporting. One of the suggestions was that … Continue reading

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    Overview There were 44 initial public offerings in U.S. markets between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, representing a decrease of 45% from the same period last year when there were 80 IPOs. The total amount raised this quarter was $7.9 … Continue reading

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    The fourth quarter of 2015 saw a new leader in SEC audit client wins. Marcum LLP, the top 100 firm headquartered in Melville, NY won a net total of six new clients in the quarter to claim the top spot this quarter. BDO has … Continue reading

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    Last week, news came out that the SEC was investigating Boeing Co. for possible irregularities in the company’s long-term contract accounting. (Bloomberg) The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly accounted for the costs and expected … Continue reading

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    For the third year running, BDO USA led the way in new SEC audit client wins among the major global and national firms. The Top 10 firm increased its net SEC client count by 17, gaining 42 and losing 25. That continues … Continue reading

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    For decades Intel (INTC) has been a flagship of innovation in semiconductors. Gordon E. Moore, one of Intel’s co-founders, made an observation back in 1965 that later became known as Moore’s Law. He postulated that the number of transistors in … Continue reading

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    Audit fees for companies in Canada topped $1.6 billion in 2014, and the competition for those fees can be fierce. Last year, there were 318 total auditor departures, of which 81% were dismissals and 19% were auditor resignations. The estimated percentage of … Continue reading

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    It’s already the end of April, with Christmas just a distant memory. And if you are anything like us, you’ve probably lost track of that gift card or two you weren’t able to use right away (or add to some smartphone app). Luckily … Continue reading

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    The first quarter of 2016 was a relatively quiet one in terms of SEC-client auditor changes among the major global and national firms. EisnerAmper led the way with five wins and one loss, for a net increase of four new … Continue reading

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    Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN) announced on Monday, August 15 that it would delay the release of its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results. The reason? The company was investigating certain revenue arrangements with distributors. During the fourth quarter, the … Continue reading

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    Benford’s Law, an arcane rule from the math books, is making something of a splash in the world of financial analysis. The basic idea is this: in certain sets of data (the lengths of a collection of rivers, the populations … Continue reading

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    We got a question this morning on Twitter about auditor market share for the S&P 500. While we’ve done plenty of market share analyses before, we hadn’t looked at that particular group of companies. Followers of this blog – and … Continue reading

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    Snap, Inc.’s recent IPO was the largest since 2014, and represents another landmark for social media companies. While the biggest question mark for Snap probably revolves around its astronomical valuation despite significant concerns about its business model, one relatively small thing … Continue reading

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    With the 2017 proxy season in the rearview mirror, pretty much every major US company has reported fiscal 2016 audit fees by now. As we reported last year, audit fees on the whole have remained relatively flat for the past … Continue reading

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