Google takes surprise $500M charge over DOJ ad investigation

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  1. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Google’s Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made public this afternoon, contains an unexpected $500 million charge for the first quarter that wasn’t reported in the company’s quarterly results.

    The filing says the charge was taken this month, and applied to the quarter ended March 31, “in connection with a potential resolution of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers.”

    On the bottom line, the effect is to lower Google’s net income to about $1.8 billion, from the previously reported total of $2.3 billion, according to financial statements included in the SEC filing. Its diluted earnings per share similarly drop to $5.51 from $7.04 as a result of the charge, according to the filing.

    It’s characterized in the filing as an event that occurred subsequent to the close of the quarter. Here’s the full text of the financial note that describes the charge.

    In May 2011, in connection with a potential resolution of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers, we accrued $500 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2011. Although we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this matter, we believe it will not have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

    A Google spokesman declined to comment, describing the issue as a legal matter

    Source: Google takes surprise $500M charge over DOJ ad investigation - GeekWire
     
  2. cybercore

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    Google faces $500m bill over ad investigation

    Google has revealed it expects it could pay up to half a billion dollars to settle an investigation of its online advertising system by US regulators.

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    In a regulatory filing, the web giant said it had set aside $500m "in connection with a potential resolution of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers".

    "Although we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this matter, we believe it will not have a material adverse effect on our business, consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows."

    Google did not explain what use of its advertising system US authorities have been investigating and declined to comment further.

    Observers suggested the wording could mean that Google has been under investigation for failing to properly police its automated search advertising system, which generated 97 per cent of its $8.58bn revenues in the first quarter of this year.

    Any settlement is likely to be among many for the web giant, whose market power and privacy practices have come under closer scrutiny in the last two years.

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    MORE Google faces $500m bill over ad investigation - Telegraph
     

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