• Accounting News Roundup: PwC Capped Off 2017 With More Bad News | 01.02.18

    By | January 2, 2018

    Judge Says PricewaterhouseCoopers Was Negligent In Colonial Bank Failure [WSJ]
    Late on Sunday, news broke that a judge in Alabama found PwC negligent in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for violating auditing rules and failing to “take steps that could have detected a $2 billion fraud” that contributed to Colonial Bank’s failure. Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein did dismiss other charges against the firm brought by the FDIC and Colonial’s bankruptcy trustee. Judge Rothstein will “now consider separately whether damages should be imposed on PwC, and how much.”

    PwC ‘fell short’ on averting one of the biggest US bank collapses [FT]
    The finding in the Colonial case didn’t match the magnitude of two other of PwC’s big settlements last year — MF Global and Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. Jim Peterson told the FT that whatever the judge rules, the finding will be”within PwC’s tolerance on a worst-case basis.”

    Steinhoff Gains as Retailer Plans to Restate 2015 Results [Bloomberg]
    The owner of Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm in the U.S., Poundland in the U.K., and a slew of other brands across the globe, will restate 2017 and 2016 results, and its Steinhoff International Holdings Pty Ltd. unit, listed in Frankfurt, will also restate 2015.

    PCAOB delivers improved report card on Grant Thornton [ComplianceWeek, sub. req’d]
    The 2016 report for Grant Thornton found deficiencies in 8 of the 34 audits examined or 24 percent. This improved on last year’s inspection that found deficiencies in 14 of 34 audits, for a rate of 41 percent.

    BP Sees $1.5 Billion Charge for Last Quarter on U.S. Tax Law [Bloomberg]
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as expected, will force a lot of deferred tax adjustments.

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    • Big4Veteran

      PWC just can’t seem to catch a break. It’s almost like the 5th and 6th largest of the Big 6 just came together to become the largest of the Big 4, but they never really addressed the issues that led the two predecessor firms to be less successful than all the other firms. Yes, the merger was almost 20 years ago. But many of the predecessor firm partners are still there, and they are running the firm at all levels.

      Note: Following the merger, PWC was the largest of the Big 4 by far. Now, less than 20 years later, not only have the other three firms mostly caught up, but they have overtaken PWC in many ways (including, in some cases, revenues).