Yesterday, our analysts parsed 56 filings and collected 7,941 data points. In total, they made 1,335 adjustments with a dollar value of $351 billion. In particular, analyst Hunter Gray found an unusual item in Phillips 66’s (PSX) 10-K.
As one financial scandal follows another, it seems the good guys are having a tougher time catching the bad guys. Recent revelations about MF Global’s ponzi scheme are another reminder of how our regulatory and oversight systems seem to let whales pass through their net.
Accounting data was not designed for equity investors, but for debt investors. “Earnings, earnings per share and earnings growth are misleading measures of corporate performance.”(from page 66 in The Quest For Value by Bennett Stewart, Harper Collins 1991.)