Latest Massive Fraud: Satyam Found To Be Swimming Naked

from the tide-goes-out dept

Warren Buffet’s famous quote is that “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” Over the past few months, the tide has been going out with a vengeance, and we’re certainly discovering plenty of folks swimming naked. The latest, of course, is Satyam, the Indian tech company whose CEO admitted that he basically has been making up the company’s financial reports for years. It turns out that about $1 billion in cash the company claimed it had… don’t actually exist. That’s a pretty big problem, because that $1 billion represented about 94% of all the cash the company claimed to have. Oops. It makes you wonder what, exactly, Satyam’s auditors have been up to the past few years.

This might explain why the company attempted to do a highly controversial merger deal last month, where Satyam tried to buy construction firms Maytas (Satyam backwards), owned by the sons of Satyam’s founders. The deal between companies in two obviously unrelated industries seemed like a pretty clear cash grab for the family — except most people didn’t realize that the cash grab was actually to cover up all the lies on the financial statements.

Of course, there are some amusing side notes to this whole thing. Just a few months ago, for example, Satyam was awarded the “prestigious” Golden Peacock award for (of all things) corporate governance. That award is now being stripped away, but it seems a little late for that. Then, of course, there was the stock analyst who claimed that Satyam was an obvious buy just after the original merger deal fell apart. Considering that the stock dropped 90% today, that seems like an awfully bad call.

Anyway, as with any downturn, it’s no surprise that some of the scammers are being outed. It certainly doesn’t mean that all companies are scamming, but it is a reminder that unless you’re personally involved, it’s pretty tough to take a company’s word on what it’s actually been doing with its money.

Filed Under:
Companies: maytas, satyam

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Latest Massive Fraud: Satyam Found To Be Swimming Naked”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
20 Comments
Rajkumari says:

shcked , feared and frightened!

as on of the employees of satyam , I strongly feel that it was one man’s fault for whatever the reason may be, but as an organisation, it has the capablity to emerge as a leader once again , all we need is the support, in terms of finances, especially from the government,
if it happens, we can prove our strength.

Rajkumari says:

shcked , feared and frightened!

as on of the employees of satyam , I strongly feel that it was one man’s fault for whatever the reason may be, but as an organisation, it has the capablity to emerge as a leader once again , all we need is the support, in terms of finances, especially from the government,
if it happens, we can prove our strength.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...