In January, Caterpillar announced an internal investigation uncovered deliberate accounting misconduct at Siwei. The investigation found that certain Siwei senior managers participated in the misconduct. Cat removed those responsible. As part of the settlement agreement with two former directors of ERA, Cat has 29-point-five million dollars of the acquisition costs still to pay.
Caterpillar was initially planning to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 million dollars for the acquisition. The settlement comes after Caterpillar took a 580 million dollar write-off related to the accounting misconduct.