THQ Option Investigation Closes


Publisher THQ closes the case on a stock option scandal.

Game developer and publisher THQ Inc. (THQI) announced that the ongoing investigation into the company’s stock option grants has not found any evidence of fraud by the company or management. THQ will still be take a non-cash charge of $11 million for incorrect measurement dates in accounting and reporting. Financial reports dating back to 2002 will be adjusted, and as of now, can not be considered accurate.

Quarterly reports from March 31, 2006, and September 30, 2006, will be dispatched to the SEC by January 19. THQ will continue to cooperate with the SEC as the commission continues to investigate the options backdating, after finding improprieties with the stock option grants from fellow game publisher Take-Two. Shares of THQ rose 2.28 percent to $32.69 upon the close the investigation.

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