By Charles W. Mulford
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In its 1998 annual report, the company provided the following disclosure of the restatement: In connection with the review by the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission of documents related to SunTrust’s acquisition of Crestar Financial Corporation and the Staff’s comments thereon, SunTrust lowered its provision for loan losses in 1996, 1995 and 1994 by $40 million, $35 million and $25 million, respectively. 3 million, respectively. 36 It is the exception, not the rule, where the SEC considers earnings to be reported too conservatively.
Interestingly, much of the company’s financial reporting problems arose from an aggressive stance taken in its selection of useful lives and residual values for property and equipment. One would not normally expect that accounting practices as innocuous as fixed asset useful lives and residual values could have such material effects on the financial statements. But that is the case for companies with heavy investments in capital assets. Property and equipment, excluding land and construction in progress, are depreciated to their estimated residual values over their useful lives.
1. Companies are actively using the different methods available to them, with FIFO being the more popular and LIFO following closely behind. When inventory costs are changing, each inventory cost method will result in a different earnings amount on the income statement and different amounts for inventory and shareholder’s equity on the balance sheet. Longview Fibre Co. uses the LIFO method of inventory cost determination for all of its inventories except supplies. 2 provides the company’s inventory amounts taken from its 1999 annual report.