Enron collapsed not so much because it had gotten too big, but because it was perceived to be much bigger than it really was in the first place by decentralizing its operations into numerous subsidiaries and shell corporations, enron was able to hide huge derivative losses that would have halted its growth much sooner if widely understood. Arthur andersen fired its partner in charge of auditing the enron corporation today, saying he had ordered the destruction of thousands of documents and e-mail messages after learning that the.
The enron corporation sued dynegy, a crosstown houston rival that had agreed to acquire enron on nov 9, for backing out last week after citing what it called enron's rapid deterioration and misrepresentations enron immediately collapsed, making a bankruptcy filing all but certain.
Enron was one of the biggest and, it was thought, one of the most financially sound companies in the us enron, located in houston, texas, was considered one of a new breed of american companies that participated in a variety of ventures related to energy. The enron scandal, publicized in october 2001, eventually led to the bankruptcy of the enron corporation, an american energy company based in houston, texas, and the de facto dissolution of arthur andersen, which was one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world in addition to being the largest bankruptcy reorganization in american history at that time, enron was cited as the biggest audit failure.
Now, two federal agencies and at least 10 congressional committees are investigating the enron collapse some observers predict the case will result in jail terms others say that at the least, new regulations will have to be imposed both on the accounting business and on the energy industry. Enron was a us energy-trading and utilities company that perpetuated one of the biggest accounting frauds in history enron's executives employed accounting practices that falsely inflated the company's revenues, which, at the height of the scandal, made the firm become the seventh-largest corporation in the united states. Enron's swift collapse left the prospects of 21,000 employees in doubt and wiped out what was left of the holdings of stock investors, including some big mutual funds, as shares that sold for $90 in august 2000 crashed to close yesterday at 61 cents.
Enron's collapse and the financial havoc it wreaked on its shareholders and employees led to new regulations and legislation to promote the accuracy of financial reporting for publicly held companies.
Enron's pipeline of influence more » chronology of a collapse how enron hid debts and played politics — until its stocks plummeted and it ran out of money and friends more . Enron: the rise and fall (fox, 2003), what went wrong at enron (fusaro & miller, 2002), the enron collapse (barresveld, 2002), and pipe dreams (bryce, 2002.
It allowed losses to be kept off the books while assets to be stated enron had its own executives manage these partnerships and would make the deals work by guaranteeing that if whatever they had to sell off declined in value, enron would make up the difference in its own stock.