Investors often overlook SEC filings, and it is the job of the 10Q Detective to dig through businesses’ 8-K and 10-Q SEC filings, looking for financial statement ‘soft spots,'(depreciation policies, warranty reserves, and restructuring charges, etc.)that may materially impact Quality of Earnings.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Donut Holes in Dunkin Brands' Books
The asset side of Dunkin’ Brands’ (DNKN-$26.86) balance sheet is bloated, with 55% of total assets, or $1.7 billion, nothing more than intangibles (like franchise “rights” and trade names). Additionally, strip out restricted cash of $73.6 million (escrowed for franchisee advertising and gift-card programs), and working capital slips into jelly red by some $60 million.