SAP has provided guidance and information in 2002 and 2001 using pro forma measures on a consolidated basis. Management believes that those pro forma measures provide supplemental meaningful information to the investor to fully assess our financial performance of the core operations. Management excludes stock-based compensation expenses because we have no direct influence over the actual expense of these awards once we enter into Stock-Based Compensation Plans.
Acquisition-related charges include amortization of intangible assets acquired in acquisitions. Impairment-related charges include other than non-temporary impairment charges on minority equity investments. Stock-based compensation includes stock-based compensation expenses and settlements of stock-based compensation plans in the context of mergers and acquisitions. However these measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute, or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The pro forma measures used by us may be different from pro forma measures used by other companies.
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