Procomp Informatic: Stepping on Ethical Landmines in Asia
The collapse of Procomp Informatics Ltd, a major Taiwanese chipmaker, has been regarded by Taiwan's market watchdogs as similar to the scandal of the U.S. energy giant Enron in 2001. In June 2004, Procomp defaulted on a bond payment and structured for bankruptcy, despite a huge cash balance recorded in its books. It was discovered that the company's executives and its overseas sales agents had colluded in overstating sales revenue, manipulating stock prices, illegally leveraging assets, and arranging bonds through paper companies. The incident left thousands of company shareholders with massive financial losses. Raises concerns about corporate governance and risk management of public companies in Taiwan, and calls into question the credibility of the financial reporting process, companies' internal controls, and corporate ethics in the Asian context.