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Subject:  Ranching -- the ENRON way Date:  1/18/2002  11:53 AM
Author:  AverageJo Number:  18796 of 36679

A new twist on the old "You have two cows" joke:

ENRON:
You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.

~josie
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