Friday, May 11, 2012

Inland American's Indignant Response

Inland American REIT sent a blast email out today discussing the SEC investigation.  Here is most of the content of the email:

Inland American SEC Investigation Disclosure

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, we emailed the Inland American quarterly update.  In the First Quarter 10Q filing, we disclosed that the SEC is conducting a non-public, formal, fact-finding investigation of Inland American.  We encourage you to read the entire disclosure here: Inland American First Quarter 2012 10-Q

We believe it is important to note that:
  • Inland American has not been accused of any wrong-doing, and is fully cooperating with the SEC.
  • Inland American does not believe it has done anything wrong.
  • This is a confidential investigation, so we are not able to say anything other than what is in the filing.
  • Many companies do not disclose investigations this early in the investigative process.  Inland American, however, has chosen to disclose the existence of this investigation at this time.

Ouch, what a prickly email.  Inland American's initial backdoor disclosure (as if people weren't going to read the 10-Q) and now this pithy, defensive notice is starting to look like a textbook case of how a slow, reactive response blows up a brand.  Inland American and its parent company need to hire a crisis PR firm immediately.

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