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Credit Loss Standard Coming in June

According to Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) member Lawrence Smith, the standard setter is on track to publish Accounting Standards Update No. 2012-260, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15). Despite numerous delays, Smith said that the updated guidance for writing down bad loans and securities is scheduled to be issued by June 30th. The FASB also plans to meet again later this month to consider the standard’s costs and benefits, as well as revisit the previously agreed upon 2019 effective date for public entities.

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Financial Reporting Manual Updated

On March 17th, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an updated Financial Reporting Manual that addresses transition issues in regard to Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606). The updates include implementation guidance for companies that adopt the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard using the full retrospective method or modified retrospective approach. Companies that adopt the full retrospective method, for instance, will not have to recalculate their investments in other entities, as stated by Rule 3-09 of Regulation S-X. The revised Financial Reporting Manual also reflects changes from the. Read More.

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New Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting Guidance Issued

An Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) has been issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) impacting organizations that distribute share-based payment awards. ASU No. 2016-09, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, simplifies certain components of the accounting for share-based payments such as income tax consequences, the classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and the classification regarding cash flow statements. For public companies, the amendments in ASU No. 2016-09 are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods. Private companies must apply the amendments to annual periods. Read More.

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FASB Discusses Topic 606 Pre-Agenda Research

At its meeting earlier this month, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) reviewed pre-agenda research for updates to Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). In particular, the discussion focused on certain disclosure requirements for remaining performance obligations. The FASB agreed to add a practical expedient to the requirement for disclosing remaining performance obligations for certain types of variable consideration. Also agreed upon were improvements to the qualitative disclosure requirement for remaining performance obligations in paragraph 606-10-50-15. The following types of variable consideration would not be required in an entity’s disclosure of its remaining. Read More.

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FASB Updates Guidance for Assessing Put and Call Options

Impacting companies that invest in or issue debt instruments (or hybrid financial instruments with a debt host) with embedded call (put) options, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-06, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Contingent Put and Call Options in Debt Instruments. The Update clarifies the steps companies are required to take when assessing whether or not the economic characteristics and risks of call (put) options are clearly and closely related to the economic characteristics and risks of their debt hosts. When a call (put) option is contingently exercisable, a company does not have. Read More.

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FASB Updates Guidance for Principal versus Agent Revenue Accounting

Improving the implementation guidance regarding principal versus agent revenue considerations, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-08, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net). The amendments in ASU No. 2016-08 clarify the following: A company must determine the nature of each specified good or service promised to a customer (e.g., a good/service itself or right to a good/service). Then a company decides whether it is acting in the capacity as a principal or agent for each individual good or service promised to a customer.. Read More.

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