In its recent 2Q FY2018 earnings call presentation Wal-Mart disclosed $12 million in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance related expenses ($7 million for ongoing investigations and inquiries and $5 million for global compliance program and organizational enhancements). The Q2 expenses of $12 million compare to the following recent quarterly expenses (Q1 FY2018 $16 million; Q4 FY2017 $17 million; Q3 FY2017 $29 million; Q2 FY 2017 $28 million, and Q1 FY2017 $25 million).
Doing the math, Wal-Mart’s 2Q FY2018 FCPA and compliance-related costs is approximately $195,000 per working day.
Over the past 5 years, I have tracked Wal-Mart’s quarterly disclosed pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses. While some pundits ridiculed me for doing so, it quickly caught on as the popular thing to do.