This excerpt taken from the SYT 20-F filed Mar 16, 2005.
PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL AND OTHER INFORMATION
We have prepared our consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), together with a reconciliation of net income and equity to United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP). The basis of preparation of the consolidated financial statements and the key accounting policies are discussed in Notes 1 and 2, respectively, of the consolidated financial statements. For a discussion of the significant differences between IFRS and US GAAP, see Note 33 of the consolidated financial statements.
The consolidated financial statements are presented in United States dollars, as this is the major currency in which revenues are denominated.
In this annual report, U.S. dollar, or US$ means the currency of the United States. Swiss franc or CHF means the currency of Switzerland, British pounds sterling, British pounds, GBP and GB pounds means the currency of the United Kingdom; and euro or € means the euro, the single currency introduced at the start of the third stage of European Economic and Monetary Union pursuant to the Treaty establishing the European Community, as amended by the Treaty of the European Union. EU refers to the European Union; NAFTA refers to the countries party to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Canada, Mexico and the United States); and AME refers to Africa and the Middle East.
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A body of generally accepted accounting principles such as US GAAP or IFRS is commonly referred to as GAAP. A non-GAAP financial measure is generally defined by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as one that purports to measure historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows but excludes or includes amounts that would not be so adjusted in the most comparable GAAP measure. This report presents certain non-GAAP financial measures, primarily results excluding restructuring and impairment charges and comparative performance measured at constant exchange rates. In accordance with applicable rules and regulations, we have presented definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures in Item 5 Operating and Financial Review and Prospects of this report. The non-GAAP financial measures described herein are not a substitute for GAAP measures, for which management has responsibility.