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We hold equity interests in two wireless communications operations in Brazil. During January 1999, the government of Brazil allowed its currency to trade freely against other currencies. As a result, the Brazilian Real experienced devaluation against the U.S. Dollar. The devaluation resulted in the entities recording exchange losses related to their net U.S. Dollar-denominated liabilities. Our share of the foreign exchange rate losses for the first quarter was $280. These exchange losses are subject to further upward or downward adjustment based on the fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. Dollar and the Brazilian Real. In a press release announcing the first quarter 1999 results, BellSouth Corporation provided the following information (as found on the company’s Web site): BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) reported a 15-percent increase in first quarter earnings per share (EPS) before special items. EPS was 46 cents before a non-cash expense of 14 cents related to Brazil’s currency devaluation.
BellSouth Corporation
Normalized Earnings Summary ($ in millions, except per share amounts) (unaudited)


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Given the disclosure provided by BellSouth Corporation, answer the following questions:
1. Why did the company report a foreign currency loss as a result of the devaluation of the Brazilian Real?
2. What does the company mean when it states: “These exchange losses are subject to further upward or downward adjustments based on fluctuation in the exchange rates between the U.S. Dollar and the Brazilian Real?”
3. What is the company’s objective in reporting “Normalized Net Income”? Do you agree with the company’s assessment that it has a 15 percent increase in first-quarter earnings pershare?


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