This excerpt taken from the PBI DEF 14A filed Mar 27, 2008.
Accounting Items and Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
For 2007, the Committee determined that adjusted earnings per share and adjusted free cash flow results exclude the impact of special items (both positive and negative) such as restructuring charges, legal settlements and write downs of assets which materially impact the comparability of the companys results of operations. Adjusted free cash flow includes the addition of the incremental investment in finance receivables net of the change in customer deposits held by the Pitney Bowes Bank. Organic growth excludes certain items such as acquisitions and the impact of foreign currency translation.
The following are non-GAAP measures: adjusted earnings per share, adjusted free cash flow, and adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT).
This adjusted financial information should not be construed as an alternative to our reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. Further, our definition of this adjusted financial information may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies.
Reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures may be found at the companys website www.pb.com/investorrelations.