Chicago (Oct. 14, 2002) -- More than half of 120 Fortune 1000 companies polled are postponing a decision on expensing employee stock options, while only 8 percent plan to begin expensing options within the next year, according to a survey by Deloitte & Touche.

Another 35 percent said they won't expense options unless mandated by legislation and/or regulatory changes, D&T reported. Nearly half (49 percent) of the respondents said they are waiting for more clarification and standardization in the methodology for expensing stock options. Sixty percent cited determining a proper valuation methodology as the single most difficult issue regarding options expensing.

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