The Cendant Corporation

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ………………………………………………………… 2 INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………………………. 3 SUMMARY ……………………………………………………………………….. 4-7 COMPANY PROFILE …………………………………………………………… 8 THE OFFICERS INVOLVE …………………………………………………….. 9-15 DISCUSSION ……………………………………………………………………. 16-20 THE SETTLEMENT The settlement with Cendant ………………………………………… 21-22 The settlement with Ernst & Young ……………………………….. 23 THE BREAKUP ………………………………………………………………… 24 CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………….. 25 RECOMMENDATION ………………………………………………………….. 26 BIBLIOGRAPHY ……………………………………………………………….. 27 APPENDIX ……………………………………………………………………… 28-30

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The researcher wish to acknowledge with gratitude the followings:



To Dr. Roderick M. Rupido, Dean of College of Economics, Management

and Development Studies, instructor, for his lecture given about technical writing that helps a lot to this research. • To Mrs. Ludivinia Victorino, Department of Accountancy Chairperson who

given the task to this kind of research. And guide as in making this paper. • • • • To my parents who gave moral and financial support for doing this paper. To my friends and classmates To other sources And lastly to God Almighty who gives me guidance, strength and courage

to finish this paper.

-RESEARCHER

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INTRODUCTION

This

research

is

about

CENDANT

CORPORATION

accounting

irregularities. Cendant Corporation was a New York-based provider of business and consumers services, primarily within the real state and travel industries. In 2005 and 2006, Cendant broke up and spun off or sold its constituent business. Although the company was base in New York City, the majority Cendant’s headquarters employees were located in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. The last CEO of Cendant was Henry Silverman. CENDANT CORPORATION was a product of Hospitality Franchise Systems (HFS) and CUC (Comp-U-Card) International Corporation, merge which was formed in December 1997. Accounting irregularities involve inflating of company’s operating income. The scheme was driven by senior management’s determination that CUC would always meet the earnings expectation of Wall Street Analysts and fueled by disregard for any obligation that the earnings reported needed to be “real”.

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SUMMARY

On May 27, 1997, the board of directors of HFS, Inc. and CUC International INC. approved a merger agreement that formed Cendant Corp., a conglomerate the specialized in travel and shopping-club memberships and internet marketing. Its divisions include Avis rental cars; the Howard Johnson, Days Inn, and Ramada Hotel chains. The combination was billed as a merger of equals. Henry Silverman, CEO of HFS, Inc., was selected as Cendant’s president and CEO, while Walter Forbes, CEO of CUC International Inc., was selected as the company’s Chairman of the board. The merger was finalized in December, and Cendant's stock started trading on December 17, 1997, closing that day at $32.62. Following the merger, the company enjoyed immediate success and on April 6, 1998, its share price rose to a high of $41.69. The company was in the midst of many acquisitions, including the recently negotiated stock-and-cash acquisition of American Bankers Insurance Group. Unfortunately, the company was not progressing as well as the market believed. On April 9, 1998, the company announced that three former CUC executives were leaving the company, including Cosmo Corigliano, CUC's chief financial officer, and Amy Lipton, CUC's general counsel. During 1995, 1996, and 1997 the management of CUC booked phoney revenues in order to meet Wall Street’s expectations for quarterly earnings. The 4

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falsified revenues totaled about $30...
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