WWE 8-K filing identifies $14.6 million in “unreported expenses” from Vince McMahon since 2006

WWE published an 8-K filing on July 25th which announced Preliminary Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2022. Here is an excerpt regarding Vince McMahon…

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On July 22, 2022, Vincent K. McMahon informed the Company and its Board of Directors (the “Board”) of his resignation from his positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and director of the Company, effective immediately.

On July 22, 2022, the Board appointed Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, interim Chief Executive Officer, interim Chairwoman and a director of the Company, and Nick Khan, President, Chief Revenue Officer and a director of the Company, to serve as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officers. The Board has also appointed Stephanie McMahon to serve as the Company’s Chairwoman. The appointments were made effective as of July 22, 2022.

Biographical and other information regarding Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan is included in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for its 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 8, 2022 (the “Proxy Statement”), which information is incorporated herein by reference. Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of Vince McMahon and the wife of Paul Levesque, EVP, Talent Relations and a director of the Company. There are no arrangements or understandings with any person pursuant to which either Stephanie McMahon or Nick Khan were selected as Chairwoman or Co-Chief Executive Officers. Any transactions directly or indirectly involving Stephanie McMahon or Nick Khan that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K under the Exchange Act, are disclosed in the Proxy Statement. The Company’s Compensation & Human Capital Committee is evaluating the compensation arrangements of Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan. Any material changes will be disclosed in a subsequent filing.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On July 25, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing its preliminary results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2022 as well as the resignation of Vince McMahon and the appointments of Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

The information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings, except to the extent expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 8.01 Other Events.

The Company has made a preliminary determination that certain payments that Vince McMahon agreed to make during the period from 2006 through 2022 (including amounts paid and payable in the future), and that were not recorded in the WWE consolidated financial statements, should have been recorded as expenses in the quarters in which those agreements were made (the “Unrecorded Expenses”). As of the date hereof, the Company has identified Unrecorded Expenses totaling approximately $14.6 million. All payments underlying the Unrecorded Expenses were or will be paid by Vince McMahon personally. While the Company continues to evaluate the impact on previously reported financial statements, the Company has preliminarily determined that, while the amount of Unrecorded Expenses was not material in any individual period in which the Unrecorded Expenses arose, the aggregate amount of Unrecorded Expenses would be material if recorded entirely in the second quarter of 2022. Accordingly, the Company currently anticipates that it will revise its previously issued financial statements to record the Unrecorded Expenses in the applicable periods for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2020 and 2021, as well as the first quarter of 2022, when it issues its financial statements for the second quarter of 2022. The Company is working with the goal of issuing such financial statements by August 9, 2022, but there is no assurance that it will be able to meet this deadline. In light of the Unrecorded Expenses and related facts, the Company expects to conclude that its internal control over financial reporting was not effective as a result of one or more material weaknesses. The Company continues to evaluate the appropriate accounting treatment for the Unrecorded Expenses, as well as its internal control over financial reporting, and its ultimate conclusions on these topics may differ from what the Company currently anticipates.

As previously announced, a special committee of independent members of the Board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by Vince McMahon, which investigation remains ongoing.

The Company has also received, and may receive in the future, regulatory, investigative and enforcement inquiries, subpoenas or demands arising from, related to, or in connection with these matters.


WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENTINC (Form: 8-K, Received: 07/25/2022 08:57:19) Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: ( 203 ) 352-8600 Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2.): Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).