VMware to pay $8M to settle SEC charges over misleading financials


VMware will pay $8 million to settle allegations from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) it misled investors by hiding its lagging financial performance.

The California-based provider of cloud services tried to keep its slowing performance under wraps during its 2019 and 2020 fiscal years by withholding the delivery of license keys customers had purchased until after quarter-end, the SEC claimed in an order filed Monday. This allowed the company to allegedly shift tens of millions in revenue to subsequent quarters in fiscal year 2020, when business had slowed.

The company’s aim was to make it appear it was meeting its financial projections, claimed the SEC, which deemed the omissions material.

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