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Subject:  Finding Cost Bais Date:  5/18/2001  10:59 AM
Author:  Norm18 Number:  51066 of 121316

Greetings Tax Experts--

I have been trying to establish a cost basis on some ADS's I purchased thru two different offerings from the company I once worked for. After some searching I have the numbers but am unsure as to how to calculate the "cost basis" for tax purposes. Can you folks help me?

The history is as follows:

Bought 50 @ $31 in '92
Bought 100 @ $32 in '94
Reinvested dividends on 7 occasions at prices from $38 to $90
Received 50 "bonus" shares @ $40 in '97 as a part of the '92 offer.

Had a total of 210 shares in 9/2000 which were exchanged on a 4 for 3 basis for TOT ADS's when Elf was acquired by Total Fina so I now hold 280 TOT ADS's.

I now need help in calculating the cost basis.

thanks in advance.
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