Debt Disclosure Problems

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According to the New York Times, Greensill Capital promised a win-win for buyers and sellers, until it all fell apart, igniting concerns about opaque accounting practices. Questions: How much was Greensill valued at less than 2 years ago? Explain how Greensill’s problems extend to the U.S. Explain Mr. Greensill’s position in the firm as the… Read more »

Theaters making a BIG comeback

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According to the Washington Post, Mooky Greidinger, the chief executive of Cineworld, believes that really bright days are ahead of the movie theater industry. Questions What is the theatrical window and how does it impact the U.S. movie theater industry? What is delaying the quick comeback of movie theaters in Europe? How is Cineworld and… Read more »

Redemption for Volkswagen

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According to the New York Times, executives at Volkswagen made a commitment to electric vehicles that now is paying off after the diesel scandal five years ago. Questions: According to the article, what is the ID.4 and when will it be available to customers? Why did the article say that Volkswagen’s entrance into the electric… Read more »

SEC moves toward ESG disclosure enforcement

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According to Accounting Today, the SEC has formed a Climate and ESG Task Force in its enforcement division to identify misconduct in environmental, social and governance reporting. Questions: How are accounting firms putting more emphasis on ESG issues? What initiatives are taking place in the area of standard setting? What has a recent study found… Read more »

Not a Very Magical Kingdom

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According to the Washington Post, COVID-19 continued to hammer Disney in the final months of 2020, with the company’s revenue dropping 22 percent over the holiday period and a much smaller profit than usual. Questions Was the revenue better or worse for October to December 2021 than analysts predicted and by how much? What was Disney’s… Read more »

Investigation into the Appearance of Wrongdoing

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A finding that Leon Black, the billionaire boss of Apollo Global Management, paid the convicted sex offender $150 million. This touched off an attempt to remove him. Questions: What is Apollo Global Management? Who tried to unseat Leon Black as CEO? What act of contrition does Black plan for his role in giving money to… Read more »

Not Good News?

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According to the New York Times, unfortunately, European governments have extended national programs to keep troubled businesses afloat, but the aid may only be postponing the inevitable demise and ultimately making things worse in the future. Questions: According to the article, this recession in France and other European countries is the worst since when? If… Read more »

Total – French Oil Giant Quits American Petroleum Institute (API)

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According to the Washington Post, Total is the first major petroleum company to leave the influential trade group, the American Petroleum Institute (API). Question: Why did Total leave the influential API trade group?’ What other oil companies have left trade groups? Name the trade groups and companies. How much has Total invested in the U.S…. Read more »

Icelandic Eiderdown

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According to Business Insider, real eiderdown is one of the warmest natural fibers you can find, but it doesn’t come cheap; an eiderdown double duvet could cost you over $8,000. Questions: Which part of the processes do you think is most expensive? How much is produced each year? Is harvesting the down a destructive process… Read more »

A lookback at 2020

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One of the most read articles by the BV Wire in 2020 was one summarizing the thoughts on the impact of the crisis on valuations by the Business Valuation Update Editorial Advisory Board, in both the U.S. and around the globe. Questions: Edwina Tam, partner at Deloitte in Hong Kong, suggested that issues to be considered… Read more »