Telephone and Data Systems Inc. (TDS) and its U.S. Cellular Corp. (USM) business pushed back the release date of their first-quarter results, citing the discovery of some accounting errors.
The telecommunications provider disclosed late Wednesday that the errors resulted in the overstatement of service revenues and the understatement of sales-tax liabilities between the years of 2007 and 2009, and related interim periods.
The company has evaluated those errors and determined they are "immaterial to each of their reporting periods affected, and therefore, amendment of previously filed reports is not required." However, if the adjustments to correct the errors were recorded in the first quarter of this year, the company believes the impact would be affect comparisons to prior periods.
TDS and U.S. Cellular said the delay allows it additional time to complete the adjustment of prior-year financial statements. The companies expect to release their quarterly results Monday, instead of the originally scheduled Thursday release.
Both companies' shares were inactive after hours.
-By John Kell, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2480; email@example.com