TN Gets Questioned

CHICAGO-True North Communications and federal accountants are going over TN’s method of stretching goodwill costs of acquisition even as sources said it is talking with yet another potential suitor.

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week raised questions about how TN has amortized the costs of non-tangible assets, or goodwill, from acquisitions, the company said.

The SEC started poking around after TN and its auditors at Arthur Andersen went to the commission over an accounting matter involving Modem Media, of which TN owns 46 percent.

Modem Media delayed its earnings report last Tuesday because of issues regarding goodwill over its...

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