Expensing for employee stock options would slash post-tax earnings by an average of 22 percent for companies in the Nasdaq 100, and by 5 percent for firms residing in the S&P 500, according to a just-released analysis of options expensing by financial services conglomerate Bear Stearns. The report analyzed the 2004 stock option disclosures in the 10Ks filed by companies that were listed on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes as of Dec. 31, 2004. In December, the Financial Accounting Standards Board released FAS 123, a standard that would require Securities and Exchange Commission issuer companies to treat options as an expanse on financials by the third quarter 2005. That ruling has come under a hail of criticism, particularly from various stock option advocacy groups and the technology sector. With regard to technology and the impact of options expensing, the report said that some $44.43 billion in reported net income for a total of 80 IT companies would be reduced an aggregate of 25 percent. Meanwhile, 87 consumer discretionary companies with $39.4 billion in earnings and 55 heath care concerns with $58.2 billion in net income would experience a 9 percent decline.
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