- On April 10,2013, Titan Machinery Inc (NASDAQ: TITN) filed its Fiscal 2013 year end financials (10K) for the 12 month period ending January 31,2013 with the SEC.
- On April 25,2013, Titan Machinery Inc filed its Proxy Statement for its Annual Shareholder meeting (DEF 14A) with the SEC.
Securities & Exchange Commission Division of Corporate Finance Comments December 9,2013
Titan Machinery Inc.
Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended January
31, 2013 Filed April 10, 2013
Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A
Filed April 24, 2013
File No. 001-33866
Titan Machinery Responds to SEC Comments December 20,2013•Auditors• Securities & Exchange Commission Comment Letter to Titan Machinery Regarding Dismissal of Auditor on July 8,2013Prior to the 4th of July holiday (market closing), on July 2,2013 @ 16:56:12 est., Titan Machinery filed an 8-K with Securities & Exchange Commission announcing the dismissal of their auditor Eide Bailly LLP and replacing them with Deloitte & Touche LLP.The 8-K stated the dismissal took place on June 27,2013 but the disclosure wasn't made till July 2,2013.The unusual volume on the morning of June 28,2013 looks like somebody saw this 8-K coming in my opinion.
This Thursday's 10-K will be 1st audit done by new auditor Deloitte & Touche LLP.
It will be interesting to see if the new auditor allows the company to recognize revenue in Fiscal 2014 in this same manner as Fiscal 2013: (from Fiscal 2013 10K):
" However, in certain circumstances, and upon the customer's written request, equipment revenue is recognized before delivery occurs"
I was very critical of the financials disclosed by in both filings and analyzed both documents in my blog post : "The Most Overpriced Stock in the Market Files Proxy Statement".
My reports raised many red flags :
- Following key words are what caught my eye, especially since these hats are worn by 4 or 5 execs:
3 Brothers, A Son, A Brother-In-Law, COO, Chairman, Founder, Commission, Managing Director of Underwriter, Owner of Construction Company, Unsecured loans, LEASE Arrangements with Top 3 Execs outside Entities, Real Estate Sale between TITN and Top two Execs Outside Entity, Private Jet, Consulting fees, underwriting fees....(oh yeah, the time Chairman went on Mad Money and then sold shares )
- A. 10 K Highlights of Weak Fundamentals
B. Roddy Boyd / Herb Greenberg Recognizes my Work
C.Certain Related Party Transactions
D.Insider Selling after Making Hyped Up Projections (missed by a mile)
E.Increase Of Authorized Shares
F.CNH AMERICA Floor Debt Plan
G.Property sold to Entity owned by Top 2 Execs.without disclosure
H.Property Ownership Company owned by Top 2 Execs outside entity.
I.Brother-in-law Construction Company building multi-million dollars worth of buildings.
J.OLD INVENTORY list (108 page document), not sure how if its obsolete yet.
K.History of Negative Operational Cash Flow
M.$150 million convertible note disclosure. (using best scenario vs. worse scenario in disclosure)
N.Immediate Family Members: commissions, raises, fees, consulting agreements
O.Cash Advance Business offering loans to Bad Credit/No Credit borrowers
P.Variable Interest on Debt
R.disclosure of former CFO, now Treasurer)
T. CEO & chairman both increased salaries 48% in cash
On Titan's last conference call in December 2013 the company lowered their year end guidance:
For fiscal 2014 revenue range of $2.15billion to $2.35 billion and expect annual net income in the range of $11.6million to$15.8million. Fiscal Year 2013 net income was $42 million. That is a 65% decline year over year decline. Note with shares trading at $15, the PE ratio is nearly 30.