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US company restatements soared 1997 to 2006–study

US company restatements soared 1997 to 2006–study

by Toby Lucich on April 9, 2008

The frequency of financial restatements by U.S. public companies began to increase before the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law was passed in 2002, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department and released on Wednesday.

But restatements associated with fraud and revenue declined after 2001, said the report authored by Susan Scholz, a University of Kansas professor of accounting.

Restatements jumped to 1,577 in 2006 from 90 in 1997, although much of the increase came from small companies that are not traded on major stock exchanges, the report said.
Scholz found fraud was a factor in 29 percent of all 1997 restatements, but only in 2 percent of 2006 restatements.

US company restatements soared 1997 to 2006–study

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