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Simplified Transition to Lease Standard Offered for Land Easements

Thanks to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) latest Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), companies with land easements contracts should have an easier time applying the board’s lease standard. ASU No. 2018-01, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, offers a simplified transition to ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), for businesses with the right to use another entity’s land for purposes such as running pipelines or burying transmission wires. The amendments ensure that businesses can successfully transition to ASU No. 2016-02 without impacting the information investors receive about land easements. The FASB addresses the issue. Read More.

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Drug Companies Want FASB to Postpone Lease Standard

Nine pharmaceutical companies seek a one-year delay in the effective date of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). In a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), the companies said the new guidance for embedded lease agreements creates complications in implementing the standard before the 2019 effective date for public companies. Specifically, the pharmaceutical companies face issues with meeting the lease standard’s requirement of determining the fair value of an embedded lease contract. Drug makers regularly work with third-party manufacturers to make medicine or medicine ingredients. The contract could include an implicit asset that might be identified. Read More.

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SEC Official Asks Public Companies to Focus on Key FASB Standards

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) official Michael Dusza is advising public companies to consider how the adoption of several standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) could impact their financial reporting controls. During a speech last month in Washington D.C., Dusza stressed that the accounting changes for revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses are likely to create significant challenges when public companies test internal controls during the adoption phase. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), is effective January 1, 2018 for public business entities. ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will be. Read More.

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Data Collection Stifling Companies’ Lease Implementation Efforts

Officials from Avis Budget Group Inc. and General Dynamics Mission Systems say collecting data during the implementation process for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) leases standard has slowed compliance efforts. At a December 6 conference in Washington, D.C., company officials described their adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), as being more intensive than expected. The FASB issued the standard to simplify lease accounting for companies. However, since corporations lease a wide range of items, the assets could produce a massive amount of data to gather and review. Adena Lerner of General Dynamics Missions Systems, for. Read More.

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FASB to Release Standard and Propose Transition Guidance on Leases

A final Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) and a proposed standard by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) aim to lower costs and make it easier for preparers to implement its leases guidance. The FASB will issue a final standard that gives organizations an optional transition practical expedient to reconsider their accounting for current land easements that are not presently accounted for in Topic Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 840, Leases. The standard also affirms that once the guidance is active, new or modified land easements must be reviewed under ASC Topic 842, Leases. Separately, FASB staffers were ordered to draft a. Read More.

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Companies Seek More Guidance on Adopting FASB Leases Standard

Before the year ends, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) intends to take another look at Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). According to FASB Chairman Russell Golden, the board will likely consider revising the method companies must use when transitioning to the new leases standard, how landlords determine common area maintenance charges in rent payments, and updates to disclosures regarding leases in foreign currency and short-term lease expense. The standard, which requires balance sheet disclosures regarding a company’s assets and liabilities related to rented property and equipment, has raised questions concerning whether companies are prepared to implement. Read More.

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