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Jun 06
2011

American Tower subpoenaed by SEC

Posted by Stephen Taub in U.S. Attorneysubpoenastock optionsSecurities and Exchange CommissionSEC filingsJustice Departmentcompliancebackdating

Stephen Taub

American Tower has one again become a target of regulators.

The telecom company said in a regulatory filing it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting certain documents from 2007 through the present, including in particular documents related to the Company's tax accounting and reporting.

Apr 13
2011

CEO cash comp up 17 percent in 2010

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionssalaryrestricted stocklong-term performance planscompensationCEOsCEOCashCareers/Managementbonuses

Stephen Taub

It looks like 2010 was a boom year for CEO compensation.

According to a new analysis of proxies conducted by Towers Watson, median total cash compensation increased 17 percent for CEOs last year. This compares with a 3 percent median increase the prior year. To compute cash compensation, the consulting firm includes base salary, as well as annual and discretionary bonus payments.

Apr 08
2011

Wall Street CFOs made big bucks in 2010

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsrevenuesreturn on average shareholders' equityreturn on average shareholders' equityRestricted Stock UnitscompensationCashCareers/Managementbonuses

Stephen Taub

If you take a look at the compensation tables in the proxies of the Wall Street giants, it is hard to believe it is only two years or so since the global financial meltdown.

You would almost think the top executives are running successful hedge funds, given their gargantuan gains. And to think they complained that the brief government involvement in their affairs.

Mar 23
2011

Stock buybacks are back

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsStandard & Poor'sS&P 500Cashbuybacks

Stephen Taub

Stock buybacks are staging a comeback...sort of.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, total value of share repurchases by S&P 500 companies surged 80.6 percent to $86.36 billion from the comparable period the previous year, according to Standard & Poor's. It was also up 8.6 percent from the third quarter of 2010.

Dec 10
2010

BREAKING NEWS: Three ex-finance execs of Vitesse charged

Posted by Stephen Taub in US Attorneystock optionsrevenue recognitionrestatementsfraudcompliancechief financial officerbackdating

Stephen Taub

The former chief financial officer and founder and former CEO of Vitesse Semiconductor were charged for their roles in an accounting and securities fraud scheme.

Louis Tomasetta, the co-founder and former CEO and former CFO and Executive Vice President Eugene Hovanec , were charged with securities fraud, making false entries in the books and records of a corporation, making false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and conspiracy for their roles in a scheme to manipulate Vitesse's reported financial statements, according to Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Nov 02
2010

CFOs targeting benefits for cuts

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionshealth insuranceGrant ThorntonCashCareers/Managementbonusesbenefits

Stephen Taub

It looks like traditional employee benefits are in the cross-hairs of cost conscious finance execs.

According to a new survey of chief financial officers and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, 30 percent are planning to reduce health care benefits, 23 percent are planning on reducing bonuses and 18 percent are prepared to reduce stock options/equity based compensation.

Sep 02
2010

KB Home cleared of accounting charges

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsSecurities and Exchange CommissionseccompliancebackdatingAccounting

Stephen Taub

Finally some good news for KB Home.

The homebuilder said the Securities and Exchange Commission has concluded its investigation into the company's accounting and disclosures and does not plan to recommend any enforcement action. The letter from the regulator concludes the SEC's investigation, which began in October 2009.

May 26
2010

KeyCorp shareholders say no on pay

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsSay on PayriskMetricsexecutive compensationCareers/Managementbonuses

Stephen Taub

 The anti-executive pay movement is building momentum.

About 55 percent of shareholders of KeyCorp last week gave the thumbs down on the bank's pay package contained in its proxy during an advisory vote.

May 05
2010

Say on pay backers declare first victory

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsSay on PayriskMetricsrestricted stockproxy accesspay for performancecompliancecompensation

Stephen Taub

"Investors Reject Motorola's Pay Practices," exclaims the headline on the blog posted by RiskMetrics.

The proxy advisory firm said Motorola received just 46 percent support during an advisory vote on its executive pay practices, citing as its source investors who attended the company's May 3 annual meeting.

Apr 30
2010

Buybacks to exceed dividends this year

Posted by Stephen Taub in stock optionsdividendsDealsCashbuybacks

Stephen Taub

As the economy continues to improve and more companies accumulate excess cash, they are increasingly rewarding investors with cash dividends and stock buybacks.

And, although both dividends and buybacks are expected to increase this year, the pace of buybacks has accelerated in recent quarters.

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