Acronym for General Accepted Accounting Principles. These are primary working principles of accounting practice:
Each of these principles relates to the conventions and form of operational accounting practices.These are ethical, as well as professional practices, and they're designed to achieve transparency and accountability as well as good procedural practice.
GAAP standards and investment:
For investment purposes, GAAP financial results may be considered a good baseline approach to comparing measurable results across industries.
That said, GAAP is ultimately a set of principles, and that accounts are formulated under the requirement of law. The GAAP principles are also subject to interpretation and in some cases manipulation. International GAAP standards also vary, and it's important to understand the differences between US GAAP standards and the IFRS GAAP standards.
Professional market analysts in fact often use non-GAAP information and measures rather than rely on GAAP-based data. The GAAP data is essentially a baseline approach, and in some sectors non-GAAP information includes benchmark data for evaluation. This information, including cashflow and sector-representative measures like operational or asset valuations based on industry norms like the mining industry, is more specific.
GAAP has a role, however, in creating a series of fundamental measures. US GAAP standards are in many cases more strict than the IFRS, and based on the laws and conventions of US account reporting.
For example, differences between the US GAAP and IFRS GAAP include:
Examples of GAAP:
|Lodgement of statutory documents involves all of the GAAP practices. The information is required to be accurate, and relates to a personal obligation imposed by law. |
Reconciliation of measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles(GAAP) versus non-GAAP measures.