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Growing Pains at Groupon Case

9. Groupon’s management needed significant cash to fund its growth. It had three options:(A) seek private investment, (B) sell the company to Yahoo! or Google, or (C) go public.

a. Contrast the financial reporting challenges across the three options.

b. In March 2012, Groupon’s auditors noted a material weakness in the company internal controls related to ‘‘deficiencies in the financial statement close process.’’ Would this disclosure have been made if Groupon had chosen options (A) or (B)?

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