Fast-food titan McDonald's Corp. said that it would pare down its equity-based compensation, such as stock options, and replace it in some cases with cash-based incentives, The Wall Street Journal reported. In its annual report, the global burger chain said that its decision stemmed in part from the options expensing rule adopted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in December. McDonald's said that it will start complying with the options-expensing mandate during the current first quarter, and added that it would have to restate its financial results from some prior periods to reflect the previously unrecognized compensation expense.

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