Friday, March 22, 2019
Our New Master Class Video

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Tech Data’s Goodwill Adjustment

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
There’s Taxes, and There’s Taxes

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Adventures in Tax Cuts and Net Income

Monday, March 11, 2019
Big Moves in Goodwill, Intangible Value

Friday, March 8, 2019
CVS, Goodwill, and Enterprise Value

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Summary of Our Goodwill Research/ How-To

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
What Does ‘Other’ Mean? An Example

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Another Tale, Buried in the Footnotes

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Low Latency Calcbench

Monday, February 11, 2019
Now Streaming on Hulu: Red Ink

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Early Look at 2018 Tax Decline

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
You Revised WHAT, Netflix?

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Talking About Huawei Exposure

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Another Discrepancy in Reported Numbers

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Finding Revised Facts: Hertz Edition

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
GE Commercial Aviation Services: Bringing Numbers to Light

Monday, January 21, 2019
Differences in Earnings Releases and 10-Ks

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Importance of Textual Analysis

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
A Look at Climate Change Disclosures

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New Ways to Analyze Competitor Data on Key Metrics

Earlier this month, the SEC outlined a series of topics that they expect to examine in the annual reporting period set to begin in 2015, with some of the priority areas including foreign taxes, business segments, goodwill and internal controls. Because these areas will be under additional scrutiny by the SEC, this information is of even greater interest to corporate finance, analysts, and regulators alike. 

So what will the SEC be looking at exactly? According to a piece by Noelle Knox in the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal based on a recent overview by an SEC official, the SEC wants to “see more descriptions and disclosures of foreign jurisdictions where companies do business, as well as pre-tax material earnings, statutory and effective tax rates, as well as management’s expectations for the region.”  In addition, the article mentions that regulators will be paying close attention to business segments and to goodwill. 

While some companies may already have a good grasp on this data, the majority do not.  It would be wise for firms to be getting ahead of the SEC’s plans and get a clear picture of how they appear in each of these areas, particularly in relation to their peer group.

Unfortunately, this information can be quite challenging to obtain, as it generally requires hours of sifting through each company’s footnotes and disclosures. Calcbench has developed an affordable and easy-to-use financial analysis platform uniquely designed to get at this type of ‘hard-to-find’ data within seconds.  Our Footnote and Breakout Query tools give users access to information on any firm that files with the SEC, providing access to normalized data buried deep within company footnotes.

With just a few clicks within Calcbench’s platform, users can dive into Income Tax Notes, Goodwill balances and geographic or product segments for a custom group of companies. Registered users can access the Footnote Query or Breakout Query tools to get immediate access to this information.

Non-users are invited to sign up for a 2 week free trial of the complete Calcbench Premium Suite.  We encourage you to use our platform to extract this data on your firm and that of your competitors—and see for yourself how easy it can be to get access to this critical data.

Example of Revenue Breakdown by Geographic Segment – for Qualcomm FY 2013 


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Example of Goodwill by Operating Segment – for Merck FY 2013


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Example of a normalized data point on Foreign Taxes within the footnote under the Income Tax Note– for Phillips FY 2013


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