Cypress President T.J. Rodgers Publishes GAAP Accounting Critique

7/19/2002 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation President and CEO T.J. Rodgers today released an essay taking issue with GAAP reporting accuracy and potentially damaging Congressional legislation that would require companies to take a charge on their balance sheets to account for stock-options they issue to employees.

The essay, “When Accountants Attack Profits: The GAAP Accounting Exodus,” is available on the Cypress website at

Rodgers argues in the essay that the GAAP requirement to report acquisitions on a purchase basis—and to amortize the goodwill charges related to an acquisition—unfairly distorts corporate earnings and has led to an exodus of companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere away from GAAP accounting standards.

In addition, Rodgers says that a requirement to expense stock options would add a second—potentially devastating—negative impact to corporate balance sheets at a time when corporate confidence already is low due to volatility in the market and an acute focus on reporting irregularities due to the Enron debacle.

“Both FASB and the SEC should adhere to the requirements of the Hippocratic oath—that is, to do no harm,” Rodgers said. “The current accounting system works well, it built Silicon Valley, and it ought to be left alone.”

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