This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-Q filed Aug 8, 2006.
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
We believe our financing needs in the short and long term can be met with cash generated internally, money from existing credit agreements, debt issued under new and existing shelf registration statements and our existing commercial paper program.Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In December 2004, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued SFAS No. 123(R) (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment. SFAS No. 123(R) supersedes Accounting Principles Board (APB) Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees. The revised statement addresses the accounting for share-based payment transactions with employees and other third parties, eliminates the ability to account for share-based transactions using APB No. 25 and requires that the compensation costs relating to such transactions be recognized in the condensed consolidated financial statements. SFAS No. 123(R) requires compensation cost to be recognized immediately for awards granted to retirement eligible employees or over the period from the grant date to the date retirement eligibility is achieved, if that is expected to occur during the nominal vesting period. Prior to our adoption of SFAS No. 123(R), we used the nominal vesting period approach to determine the pro forma stock-based compensation expense for all awards. SFAS No. 123(R) also requires additional disclosures relating to the income tax and cash flow effects resulting from share-based payments. We adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 123(R) on January 1, 2006 using the modified retrospective application. See Note 14 for further disclosures related to our stock-based compensation.
In June 2005, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position (FSP) No. FAS 143-1, Accounting for Electronic Equipment Waste Obligations, that provides guidance on how commercial users and producers of electronic equipment should recognize and measure asset retirement obligations associated with the European Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the Directive). The adoption of this FSP did not have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows for those European Union (EU) countries that enacted the Directive into country-specific laws. We are currently evaluating the impact of applying this FSP in the remaining countries in future periods and do not expect the adoption of this provision to have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In June 2006, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation (FIN) No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, that provides guidance on the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in financial statements. The interpretation will be adopted by us on January 1, 2007. We are currently evaluating the impact of adopting FIN 48; however, we do not expect the adoption of this provision to have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In July 2006, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position (FSP) No. FAS 13-2, Accounting for a Change or Projected Change in the Timing of Cash Flows Relating to Income Taxes Generated by a Leveraged Lease Transaction, that provides guidance on how a change or a potential change in the timing of cash flows relating to income taxes generated by a leveraged lease transaction affects the accounting by a lessor for the lease. This staff position will be adopted by us on January 1, 2007. We are currently evaluating the impact of adopting this FSP; however, we do not expect the adoption of this provision to have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.Regulatory Matters
There have been no significant changes to the regulatory matters disclosed in our 2005 Annual Report on Form 10-K.Other Regulatory Matters
In May 2006, we reached a tentative settlement with the IRS governing all outstanding tax audit issues in dispute for tax years through 2000. These disputed items related primarily to the tax treatment of corporate owned life insurance (COLI) and related interest expense, the tax effect of the sale of certain preferred share holdings and the tax treatment of certain lease transactions. We are currently in discussions with the IRS to come to agreement, document the settlement in writing and complete the associated tax calculations. As a result of this tentative settlement with the IRS, we recorded $61 million of additional tax expense of which $41 million relates to the Capital Services business and was included in discontinued operations in the current period and $20 million which is included in continuing operations in the current period. These amounts are our best estimate of the impact of the tentative settlement on our results of operations. While the accrual currently reflects our best estimate, ongoing negotiations and final settlement with the IRS could result in a revision to the estimate. As a result of the tentative IRS settlement and the sales of the Imagistics and Capital Services businesses, we anticipate we will pay approximately $1.1 billion of additional tax, net of $330 million of IRS tax bonds previously posted.
We have accrued our best estimate of the probable tax, interest and penalties that we believe is appropriate given the likelihood of tax adjustments in all open tax years. However, the resolution of such matters could have a material effect on our results of operations, financial position and cash flow.