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FASB Makes Decisions on Targeted Improvements to Liabilities and Equity

During its March 22 meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) reviewed comment letters received on its proposed Accounting Standards Update—Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (Topic 480): I. Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features, and II. Replacement of the Indefinite Deferral for Mandatorily Redeemable Financial Instruments of Certain Nonpublic Entities and Certain Mandatorily Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests with a Scope Exception. As a result of the discussions held and feedback received, the FASB asked staff members to conduct research on a possible alternative that would impact the measurement of down round features, but not the classification. Further, the FASB. Read More.

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FASB Reaches Decisions on Proposed Hedge Accounting Updates

Last week while discussing its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, the Financial Accounting Standards Board agreed to include a cross currency basis spread in a currency swap to the list of excluded amounts from hedge effectiveness assessments. In addition, the FASB agreed on using an amortization approach with respect to the base recognition model for excluded components. Companies will also be allowed to use a mark-to-market through earnings method. Further, when a hedging relationship ends and an amortization approach is applied, the fair value changes of excluded components in. Read More.

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FASB Task Force Approves Proposed Guidance on Infrastructure Deals

An update to U.S. GAAP could provide clearer guidance on certain agreements between government entities and private-sector businesses. On March 16, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) unanimously approved an amendment which covers deals involving a private organization that operates public infrastructure. The operator normally pays a fee to the government, and in turn receives all, or a part of, the revenues. In some arrangements, the government entity pays the private company to operate the facility but collects a portion of the proceeds. The EITF-approved amendment is part of Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. EITF-16C. Read More.

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How Nonprofits Can Address Revenue Recognition Issues

Some companies are beginning to implement the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard and the board’s standard on nonprofit financial reporting. For nonprofits, however, one of the main challenges they face is whether certain revenue transactions are considered contributions or exchange transactions. In addition, when reviewing transactions, what is considered a conditional contribution or an unconditional contribution? For more nonprofits and revenue recognition, visit The Journal of Accountancy. As always, Cherry Bekaert’s Nonprofits group can assist with the implementation of the FASB’s revenue recognition standard and your financial reporting needs.

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FASB Consolidation Guidance Could Be Split Up

In a unanimous decision last week, Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) members agreed to propose splitting its consolidation guidance in two. The FASB wants to remove the guidance regarding voting interest entities and variable interest entities under Topic 810, Consolidation, and add it to a new standard called Topic 812. FASB members noted that the separation would make consolidation guidance easier for companies to follow and would conform to how Big Four firms produce their own manuals for accountants to consult. The March 8 decision was part of the board’s work to simplify certain aspects of Topic 810, which defines. Read More.

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FASB Reaches Decisions on Hedge Accounting Project

During a review last week on its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) reached conclusions on the following topics: The market yield test. The FASB decided to exclude the market yield test from the final standard. Companies would have been required to use the total contractual coupon cash flows to determine fair value of the hedge item attributable to interest rate risk, if the hedge item’s market yield is below the benchmark interest rate at hedge inception. Companies now have the freedom to use. Read More.

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