HDFC Bank has used ingenious ways to understate its profits under Indian provisioning rules for FY2000. Apparently the year ended with the bank being flush with profits and, therefore, management decided to use some of its FY2000 profits for future contingencies. HDFC-Bank-BUY-3-May-2000Download
Forecasts for financial institutions have to take into account the coming of a new chief executive officer (CEO). Some new CEOs have presented shocking results in their first year. Robust profits of previous years have suddenly evaporated, replaced by marginal profitability or even losses.
In our experience companies adopt liberal accounting policies to cover up flagging fundamentals otherwise there is rarely a valid business reason.