British Airways, Plc. (BA), a U.K. company, prepares its financial statements according to International Financial Reporting Standards. BA's annual report for the year ended March 31, 2009, which includes financial statements and disclosure notes, is included with all new textbooks and can be found at www.britishairways.com. When answering questions, focus on BA's “Group” financial information (which is equivalent to “Consolidated” under U.S. GAAP).
1. How does BA classify operating expenses in its income statement? How are these expenses typically classified in a U.S. company income statement?
2. How does BA classify interest paid, interest received, and dividends received in its statement of cash flows? What other alternatives, if any, does the company have for the classification of these items? How are these items classified under U.S. GAAP?