Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Forward-looking statements contained in this report represent our best estimates of trends we know about, trends we anticipate, and trends we believe are relevant to our future operations. However, actual results may be different from our estimates. Certain forward-looking statements are included in this report and use such words as “may,” “will,” “could,” “expect,” “believe,” “plan,” or other similar terminology. These statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events and operating performance as of the date of this report. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties.
The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, our forward-looking statements: effectiveness of operating initiatives; success in advertising and promotional efforts; changes in national and local business and economic conditions, including their impact on consumer and business confidence; fluctuations in currency exchange and interest rates; labor and other operating costs; oil, fuel, and other transportation costs; the effects of war and terrorist activities; competition, including pricing and marketing initiatives and new service offerings by our competitors; consumer preferences or perceptions concerning our service offerings; spending patterns and demographic trends; availability of qualified personnel; severe weather conditions; effects of legal claims; cost and deployment of capital; changes in laws and regulations; costs and delays associated with new regulations imposed by the PRC; and changes in applicable accounting policies and practices. The foregoing list of important factors is not all-inclusive. We have no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Critical Accounting Policies
The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make significant judgments and estimates to develop certain amounts reflected and disclosed in the financial statements. In many cases, there are alternative policies or estimation techniques that could be used. We maintain a thorough process to review the application of our accounting policies and to evaluate the appropriateness of the many estimates that are required to prepare the financial statements of a large organization. However, even under optimal circumstances, estimates routinely require adjustment based on changing circumstances and new or better information.