FOOTNOTES see NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
KEEP-WELL AGREEMENTS, also known as comfort letters, are documents from one party written to another party in regards to contingent liability. Comfort letters have been held by courts to be legally enforceable commitments if they meet certain standards criteria of language. Comfort letters meeting these standards are loss contingencies in that they are construed to guarantee a financial commitment and must be reported under Statement of Financial Accounting Standard 5 as a guarantee. Auditors should review the language of all comfort letters and seek to discover contingent liabilities not disclosed in financial statements in situations where comfort letters exist. Sources of information concerning the contingent liabilities of comfort letters include: management and third parties. Auditors should document within the client representations letter management assurances that loss contingencies have been reported.
RIGHTS, generally, is an entitlement to something, whether to concepts like justice and due process or to ownership of property or some interest in property, real or personal. In securities, it is a securities offering that gives the stockholder an option to purchase additional shares at a predetermined price. Frequently, the stock can be traded with the rights attached.
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