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One More Cup of Coffee Addendum

One More Cup of Coffee Addendum

By Scott Brown at SabrientIlene at Phil’s Stock World, and special thanks to Sam Antar

Last night, we decided to replace the short in JOE, covered yesterday, with a short in GMCR for the DHH virtual portfolio.  We noted:

There are many reasons that insiders may sell shares which have nothing to do with their perception of the company’s prospects or valuation. However, when a week after the last insider sale, the company discloses that the SEC is inquiring into the company’s methods for accounting for revenues, it starts to look more dark and mysterious. It is worth noting that Keurig accounted for over half of GMCR revenue last year, so when the President of Keurig is selling, it is worth a further look. When the SEC discloses an inquiry into the companies accounting it is worth more than a look. Multiple class-action lawsuits have been filed against GMCR since the announcement by the SEC, yet the stock has rebounded from a low of $26.87 to a close today of $31.31.  Rumors of Nestle having interest in GMCR resurfaced on October 12, despite the SEC’s inquiry and pending class-action lawsuits.

To further examine our initial observation, we took a guided tour though the SEC filings, with Sam Antar, who specializes in reviewing SEC filings. The first thing we discovered on the SEC site was that the last date Michelle Stacy exercised 5000 options and then sold the stock for $37 was September 21, 2010.  This transaction was reported in a Form 4 filing on Sept. 23, 2010. 

Next, we looked at the most recent 8K Form filed and we found that the disclosure of the SEC inquiry occurred on September 28, 2010. However, notification of the SEC inquiry occurred eight days earlier, on September 20, 2010: 

On September 20, 2010, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement informed the Company that it was conducting an inquiry and made a request for a voluntary production of documents and information. Based on the request, the Company believes the focus of the inquiry concerns certain revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors. The Company, at the direction of the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors, is cooperating fully with the SEC staff’s inquiry. 

This information might lead investors and perhaps others to wonder whether Michelle Stacy knew about the SEC inquiry when these options were exercised and sold on the open market on September 21, 2010. 

See also: Sam Antar’s Interesting Issues in Timing of Green Mountain Insider Stock Sales and Disclosure of SEC Inquiry


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