WWE Makes ‘Preliminary Determination’ That $14.6 Million In Payments By Vince McMahon ‘Should Have Been Recorded As Company Expenses’

2 months ago by Liam Winnard

WWE Makes ‘Preliminary Determination’ That $14.6 Million In Payments By Vince McMahon ‘Should Have Been Recorded As Company Expenses’ WWE

In a new SEC Filing made today, July 25, 2022, WWE has stated that it has made a “preliminary determination” that payments made by Vince McMahon totaling approximately $14.6 million “should have been recorded as company expenses”.

WWE’s statement reads as follows:

The Company has made a preliminary determination that certain payments that Vince McMahon agreed to make during the period from 2006 through 2022 (including amounts paid and payable in the future), and that were not recorded in the WWE consolidated financial statements, should have been recorded as expenses in the quarters in which those agreements were made (the “Unrecorded Expenses”). As of the date hereof, the Company has identified Unrecorded Expenses totaling approximately $14.6 million. All payments underlying the Unrecorded Expenses were or will be paid by Vince McMahon personally. While the Company continues to evaluate the impact on previously reported financial statements, the Company has preliminarily determined that, while the amount of Unrecorded Expenses was not material in any individual period in which the Unrecorded Expenses arose, the aggregate amount of Unrecorded Expenses would be material if recorded entirely in the second quarter of 2022. Accordingly, the Company currently anticipates that it will revise its previously issued financial statements to record the Unrecorded Expenses in the applicable periods for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2020 and 2021, as well as the first quarter of 2022, when it issues its financial statements for the second quarter of 2022. The Company is working with the goal of issuing such financial statements by August 9, 2022, but there is no assurance that it will be able to meet this deadline. In light of the Unrecorded Expenses and related facts, the Company expects to conclude that its internal control over financial reporting was not effective as a result of one or more material weaknesses. The Company continues to evaluate the appropriate accounting treatment for the Unrecorded Expenses, as well as its internal control over financial reporting, and its ultimate conclusions on these topics may differ from what the Company currently anticipates.

As previously announced, a special committee of independent members of the Board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by Vince McMahon, which investigation remains ongoing.

The Company has also received, and may receive in the future, regulatory, investigative and enforcement inquiries, subpoenas or demands arising from, related to, or in connection with these matters.

You can find the full filing at this link.

For all further updates on Vince McMahon and the ongoing situation, click here.

For the last major update on the sexual misconduct allegations against Vince McMahon, click here.

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