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.
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.
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.
Topics: Emerging Issues Task Force "EITF", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Infrastructure, Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Service Concession Arrangements (Topic 853), U.S. GAAP
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.
Topics: Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815), FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Hedge Accounting, Hedging, Last Layer Approach, Market Yield Test, Prepayable Assets, Proposed Accounting Standards Update
FASB Makes Progress on Stock Compensation Standard
After reviewing feedback on its proposed changes to stock compensation accounting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed that companies must apply the modification accounting under Topic 718 if an alteration to an award impacts the fair value (or assessed value or intrinsic value, if a different measurement technique is used), vesting conditions, or the award classification. The FASB said Wednesday that the proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting, should exclude guidance that allows an entity to decide whether a modification to an award’s fair value is insignificant. In addition, the unit of. Read More.
Private Companies Receive Exemptions from Hedge Accounting Document Requirements
The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) proposed changes to hedge accounting guidance will offer private companies a break from documentation requirements. At its February 15 meeting, the FASB agreed to exempt private companies from providing all documents that disclose any risk management activities. Instead, they will have to prepare a “statement of intent to hedge” featuring the hedging instrument, hedged item/transaction, the potential risk of the hedged item/transaction, and the method used to review effectiveness. In addition, private companies will forego performing an effectiveness test to affirm a hedge accounting method until the issuance of their financial statements. Most of. Read More.