ITEMS IMPACTING COMPARABILITY
The following information is provided to give qualitative and quantitative information related to items impacting comparability. Items impacting comparability are not defined terms within GAAP. Therefore, our non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We determine which items to consider as “items impacting comparability” based on how management views our business; makes financial, operating and planning decisions; and evaluates the Company’s ongoing performance. Items such as charges, gains and accounting changes which are viewed by management as impacting only the current period or the comparable period, but not both, or as relating to different and unrelated underlying activities or events across comparable periods, are generally considered “items impacting comparability.” In addition, we provide the impact that changes in foreign currency exchange rates had on our financial results (“currency neutral”).
Asset Impairments and Restructuring
Asset ImpairmentsDuring the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded charges of $16 million due to other-than-temporary declines in the fair values of certain cost method investments. These charges were recorded in the line item other income (loss) — net. During the three months and year ended December 31, 2011, the Company recorded charges of $17 million due to other-than-temporary declines in the fair values of certain available-for-sale securities. In addition, during the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company recorded charges of $41 million due to the impairment of an investment in an entity accounted for under the equity method of accounting. These charges were recorded in the line item other income (loss) — net. Restructuring During the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded charges of $119 million and $163 million, respectively, associated with the integration of our German bottling and distribution operations as well as other restructuring initiatives outside the scope of our recently announced productivity and reinvestment program. These restructuring charges were recorded in the line item other operating charges. See below for a discussion of our productivity and reinvestment program.
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