accounting criteria are met. Special accounting for qualifying hedges allows a
derivative's gains and losses to offset related results on the hedged item in
the income statement, and requires that a company must formally document,
designate and assess the effectiveness of transactions that receive hedge
accounting. SFAS No. 137 "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging
Activities -- Deferral of the Effective Date of FASB Statement No. 133 -- An
Amendment of FASB No. 133" has delayed the effective date of SFAS No. 133 to
fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2000. We have not yet quantified the
impacts of adopting SFAS No. 133 on our consolidated financial statements nor
have we determined the timing or method of our adoption of SFAS No. 133.
However, SFAS No. 133 could increase volatility in earnings (loss).