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  • xbbter xbbter Jul 15, 2002 8:19 AM Flag

    Expensing stock options

    Did anybody notice Coca-Cola's recent announcement that it would begin to expense stock options even though it's not required by GAAP, in order to provide a more accurate picture of employee compensation? Don't look for BBT to jump on that bandwagon. Their stated compensation philosophy is to pay below-market salaries, and to make that up with above-market options. EVERYBODY at BBT gets options, usually as part of the yearly bonus, so BBT would be disproportionately effected by expensing options. Yearly personnel expense runs about$650 million. I'll hazard a guess that another $100-150 million in options is issued each year. Expensing that would mean an 8-10% drop in net income. OUCH!

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