Lawrence Coss, the nation's best-paid chief executive in 1996, will return millions of dollars' worth of stock to Green Tree Financial Corp. now that the manufactured-home lender has restated earnings for that year.

Green Tree reduced its 1996 net to $184.7 million, from $308.7 million, saying its securities portfolio had been overvalued by $200 million. Mr. Coss' $103 million of compensation in 1996 included a performance-based bonus, and the company said the bonus would be adjusted in line with the reduction in earnings.

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