Boeing Frontiers
August 2002 
Volume 01, Issue 04 
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Focus on Finance
Boeing a trendsetter on stock option

The great hue and cry for increased transparency in corporate financial reporting following a series of accounting scandals and excesses has turned a bright spotlight on the controversial issue of stock option expensing, or, more to the point, the lack thereof.

Under current rules, companies are not required to account for the expense associated with share-based compensation plans in their financial results. But a growing number of investors, lawmakers and economists, including Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, have argued that companies should reflect these expenses in their balance sheets in order to provide a true picture of their financial health to shareholders.


SWAN transaction completed

Boeing announced July 22 it acquired an equity stake in Panthesis Inc. and granted Panthesis an exclusive right to commercialize Boeing's Small-world Wide Area Networking technology. SWAN technology was originally developed by Boeing to allow multiple geographically dispersed people to conduct collaborative meetings and engineering design reviews in real time. "SWAN is a revolutionary technology that can be used to enhance numerous computing, networking and communications functions," said Linda Magnotti, CEO of Panthesis Inc., in a press release. "The sophisticated mathematics and software architecture underlying SWAN technology can provide reliable serverless communication for communities anywhere in the world."

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