This excerpt taken from the UNH 10-Q filed May 11, 2006.
Our stock option granting practices are subject to an ongoing review conducted by a special committee of independent directors. These practices are also the subject of an informal inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In March 2006, we initiated an independent review of our stock option granting practices from 1994 to the present. The independent review is being conducted by a committee comprised of independent directors (the Special Committee) with the assistance of independent counsel and accounting advisors. We are cooperating with this review and have also initiated an internal review of stock option granting practices during that period. Upon conclusion of these reviews, the Company may be required to record non-cash charges for stock-based compensation expense in periods prior to January 1, 2006. Any such charges could be material and, in such event, require restatement of the Companys historical financial statements prepared in accordance with Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees. The Company may also be required to pay additional taxes and interest related to deductions taken for compensation associated with certain stock options which were previously exercised and may not be able to take additional deductions associated with certain stock options in future periods.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an informal inquiry into the Companys stock option practices and has been informed of the appointment of the Special Committee and independent counsel. We cannot provide assurance that the Company will not be subject to regulatory fines or penalties or other contingent liabilities at the conclusion of the Companys independent review and the Securities and Exchange Commissions informal inquiry.