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previously reported net loss or its earnings per share for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2004.”In an emailed statement released immediately after the markets closed Thursday afternoon, SCO Group said that “due to certain accounting errors, the Company’s financial statements for the quarters ending January 31, 2004, April 30, 2004, and July 31, 2004, should no longer be relied upon and should be restated.”
Naturally, those numbers will also affect the Q4 statement for the three-month period ending Oct. 31, 2004, and its annual report — which is nearly two months late.
SCO Group had said last month, upon missing two deadlines to file the Form 10-K annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, that it has yet to file its annual report because it is reviewing its handling of stock options as a form of compensation. The company did not mention accounting problems as the reason for the deliquent report.
Here is the text of the press announcement:
The SCO Group, Inc. Announces Restatement
of Financial Statements to
Correct Certain Accounting Errors
No Impact to Net Loss or Earnings Per Share
for the Fiscal Year Ended Oct. 31, 2004
LINDON, Utah, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The SCO Group, Inc. (the
“Company”) (Nasdaq: SCOXE) announced today that on February 28, 2005, on
management’s recommendation, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
concluded, and KPMG LLP, the Company’s independent auditors agreed, that, due
to certain accounting errors, the Company’s financial statements for the
quarters ending January 31, 2004, April 30, 2004 and July 31, 2004 should no
longer be relied upon and should be restated.
The impact of the anticipated corrections does not impact the Company’s
previously reported net loss or its earnings per share for the fiscal year
ended October 31, 2004 or its aggregate cash and available-for-sale securities
balances as of October 31, 2004.
As of today, the Company currently intends to restate its previously
issued financial statements for the above-mentioned quarters of fiscal year
2004 to correct the accounting for the following items:
For the first, second and third quarters, the Company expects to
reclassify amounts related to certain shares of common stock that the
Company may have issued under its equity compensation plans without
complying with the registration requirements of federal and applicable
state securities laws from permanent equity to temporary equity in the
amounts of approximately $272,000, $231,000, and $557,000,
respectively. The Company may make a rescission offer to holders of
certain shares and expects an amount to be classified as temporary
equity until the completion of a rescission offer or until the Company
no longer has an obligation to the holders of such shares.
For the first quarter and the second quarter, the Company expects to
reclassify accrued dividends related to the Company’s previously
issued Series A and Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock from
equity to current liabilities in the amounts of approximately
$879,000 and $1,619,000, respectively. In October 2003, the Company
issued shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock in connection
with its $50,000,000 private placement, which shares were subsequently
exchanged for and replaced with shares of Series A-1 Convertible
Preferred Stock. When the Company repurchased all outstanding shares
of Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock in July 2004, the Company’s
obligation to pay dividends on such shares terminated. The accrued
dividends were never paid and ultimately were recorded in equity upon
the completion of the repurchase transaction. In addition, the
dividends were properly captured in the calculation of earnings per
share in the periods above.
For the first and second quarter, the Company expects to restate
approximately $233,000 of stock-based compensation expense which was
recorded in the second quarter, but incurred in the first quarter.
There will be no change to the total stock-based compensation expense
for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2004.
As soon as the Company completes its analysis and KPMG LLP completes its
review procedures and audit work with respect to the Form 10-K, the Company
will file amendments to its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the
above-mentioned periods and will file its annual report on Form 10-K for the
year ended October 31, 2004.
As previously announced, the Company submitted a request for a hearing
with the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel. The Company has received notice
that its request has been accepted and the hearing is scheduled for March 17,