This excerpt taken from the HPQ 8-K filed Nov 12, 2008.
NOTE 1: BASIS OF PRESENTATION
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS or the Company) have been prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for interim financial information. In the opinion of management, all material adjustments, which are of a normal recurring nature and necessary for a fair presentation, have been included. The results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for the full year. The information contained herein should be read in conjunction with the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.
The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of EDS and its controlled subsidiaries. The Company defines control as a non-shared, non-temporary ability to make decisions that enable it to guide the ongoing activities of a subsidiary and the ability to use that power to increase the benefits or limit the losses from the activities of that subsidiary. Subsidiaries in which other shareholders effectively participate in significant operating decisions through voting or contractual rights are not considered controlled subsidiaries. The Companys investments in entities it does not control, but in which it has the ability to exercise significant influence over operating and financial policies, are accounted for under the equity method. Under such method, the Company recognizes its share of the subsidiaries income (loss) in other income (expense). If EDS is the primary beneficiary of variable interest entities, the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of such entities. No variable interest entities were consolidated during the periods presented.
The preparation of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Because of the use of estimates inherent in the financial reporting process, actual results could differ from those estimates. Areas in which significant judgments and estimates are used include, but are not limited to, cost estimation for Construct Service elements, projected cash flows associated with recoverability of deferred contract costs, contract concessions and long-lived assets, liabilities associated with pensions, performance guarantees and uncertain tax positions, recoverability of deferred tax assets, receivables collectibility, and loss accruals for litigation, exclusive of legal fees which are expensed as services are received. It is reasonably possible that events and circumstances could occur in the near term that would cause such estimates to change in a manner that would be material to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.