A sign marking the entrance to a Walgreens store in San Francisco. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Walgreens Boots Alliance, former CEO Gregory Wasson and former CFO Wade Miquelon each settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which charged them with making misleading profit forecasts in 2013 and 2014.

The bottom line: This is another example of why financial projections should not be viewed as gospel.

The details: Walgreens will pay $34.5 million to settle the case without acknowledging denial or wrongdoing, while Wasson and Miquelon each will pay a $160,000 penalty. The executives surprised investors by dropping a core measure of profit after the prices of generic drugs unexpectedly increased, according to the SEC.

Perspective:

  • Wasson made $82.8 million in his final year at Walgreens. That means his $160,000 penalty was just 0.2% of his haul from that final year. That's equivalent to a $114 fine for someone who makes $60,000 a year .
  • The $34.5 million fine Walgreens has to pay? It's 2.6% of just this year's second-quarter net profit.

Go deeper: Read the full settlement.

Go deeper

Mergers and acquisitions make a comeback

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A slew of high-profile headlines led by Microsoft's expected acquisition of social media video app TikTok helped bring the Nasdaq to another record high on Monday.

Why it matters: The mergers-and-acquisitions market looks like it's bouncing back, joining the revived credit and equity markets as well as the market for new public companies through IPOs and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns of racial inequality for small businesses

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Attitudes and beliefs about racial inequality are changing quickly as protests and media attention have helped highlight the gaps in opportunity between white- and minority-owned businesses in the United States.

Driving the news: A new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife provided early to Axios shows a 17-point increase in the number of small business owners who say minority-owned small businesses face more challenges than non-minority-owned ones.

BP's in the red, slashing its dividend and vowing a greener future

Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

BP posted a $6.7 billion second-quarter loss and cut its dividend in half Tuesday while unveiling accelerated steps to transition its portfolio toward low-carbon sources.

Why it matters: The announcement adds new targets and details to its February vow to become a "net-zero" emissions company by mid-century.