Case ID: W12666
Solution ID: 6561

Groupon and the SEC Case Solution

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Groupon offers an chance to examine Groupon Inc's S1 filing made just before an IPO. Groupon's financial claims attracted a lot of debate because of revenue recognition guidelines that created very substantially greater revenues for that corporation, in addition to non GAAP earnings measures, especially ACSOI, an invention from the firm that offered to exclude certain marketing expenses in the calculation of profit. Since marketing expenses were a really material expense for Groupon in a stage where it had been building its business the result of using ACSOI was as substantial because the effect of aggressive revenue recognition guidelines. Groupon backed lower on revenue recognition and using ACSOI following SEC queries regarding the corporation's accounting guidelines.


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