Comment of the Week – Be Consistent in All Communications

One of the themes we discuss in our workshops is how the SEC does not limit their review process to information in a company’s SEC filings. Here is an example of a comment (which also deals with known trends and uncertainties, another favorite topic) that demonstrates how the Staff finds issues by looking in places such as earnings releases, conference call recordings and web pages:

 

Results of Operations, page 23

 

  1. Please expand your discussion to address any known trends or uncertainties that are reasonably expected to have a material impact on revenue, cost of revenue, or income from operations. For example, we note that during your 2015 fourth quarter and full year earnings call on February 11, 2016, your management quantitatively described the volume increase, as well as discussed your customer mix changes by segment and certain trends in 2016. In addition, disclosure appearing on page 11 of your filing on Form 10-K under your risk factors indicates that extended periods of low fuel prices can also have an adverse effect on your results of operations and overall profitability, as well as on the valuation of inventory to the extent your hedges are not effective at mitigating fluctuations in fuel prices. However, you have not provided a discussion in your filing with respect to an analysis of known material trends, demands and uncertainties.

 

Refer to Section III of Financial Reporting Release No. 72, codified in FRC §501.12 and Item 303 of Regulation S-K.

 

It is important to assure that all the vehicles you use to communicate with your shareholders and the rest of the public are consistent and that issues raised in one place are appropriately dealt with across all communication channels.

 

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome!

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