The inaugural edition of our "Financial statement presentation" accounting and financial reporting guide addresses U.S. GAAP presentation and disclosure requirements of common balance sheet and income statement accounts. Read more
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: PwC's InPractice - Register now and join the discussion... Introducing our on-demand, CPE-eligible webcast library... Webcast: Private Company Services — 2014 Year-end accounting & reporting developments – December 8... and more
Please join PwC for a complimentary Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Tax Technical Hot Topics webcast: Legislative Update and Year End Accounting Update on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (US ET).
Please join PwC for a "Year End Review and 2015 Outlook with Perspectives from the IRS" as our tax specialists and IRS officials, Sunita Lough, Commissioner of Tax-Exempt and Government Entities, and Eric San Juan, Senior Technical Advisor to the Commissioner TE/GE, review the past year, discuss the IRS restructuring of the TE/GE Division, provide an outlook of potential future initiatives from the IRS, and highlight other issues impacting universities, healthcare providers, and other tax-exempt organizations.
As part of our webcast series on the new Revenue Recognition standard, we invite you to join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new standard will have on software companies. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to software companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Our quarterly webcast is designed to keep you informed about emerging accounting, regulatory, and market developments impacting financial reporting. Register for our Q4 webcast on December 17, or watch our on-demand (CPE-eigible) webcast replays of previous quarters.
In this survey report, PwC and FERF teamed up to gain an understanding of where companies are relative to implementing new revenue recognition standard. While many companies do not know what the implementation journey fully looks like yet in terms of implementation processes, costs, timing, contract reviews, IT and systems, operations, quantification and reporting, they understand they should start preparing now.
Power and utilities companies are often at the forefront of global sustainability and climate change issues, and are directly affected by the evolving expectations of the communities they serve. As populations become more urbanized and some jurisdictions begin to move towards more renewable energy sources, clear communication becomes even more important. Power and utilities companies need to tell a powerful story to support ongoing investment in their vital but often aging infrastructure.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Introducing “In transition — Practical insights on revenue recognition implementation”... Point of view: The interim reporting model — Time to get back to basics... M&A snapshot — Companies in distress: Bankruptcy process and reporting considerations... and more
PwC’s National Professional Services Group invites you to attend our 2014 Year-end accounting & reporting developments webcast on Monday, December 8 at 12:00 pm ET. This will be an informative discussion on current accounting and financial reporting developments with a focus on private company considerations.
PwC is pleased to share with you our Pension/OPEB 2014 Assumption and Disclosure Survey. This survey presents our analysis of the 2013 year-end assumptions and disclosures under ASC 715-20, ASC 715-30, and ASC 715-60.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) Revenue TRG tackles performance obligations and licenses, (2) new EFRAG to strengthen European influence, (3) ESMA focuses on consolidation, joint arrangements and deferred tax, (4) leases, (5) conceptual framework, (6) research agenda, and (7) Q&As: underlying.
In this special report, PwC and Wharton have teamed up to highlight the hidden risks and opportunities that can arise from key accounting challenges and suggest ways for companies to manage them — and potentially prosper. The articles collected here originally were published separately over the course of 2013 and 2014.
The inaugural edition of our "Financial statement presentation" accounting and financial reporting guide addresses U.S. GAAP presentation and disclosure requirements of common balance sheet and income statement accounts.
Private Company Services' annual Year-end Tax and Wealth Management Planning webcast will focus on the key tax considerations for both businesses and individuals and strategies to consider to maximize your tax planning as we approach year-end.
Watch or participate in our on-demand CPE-eligible two-part webcast series where we discuss the new Revenue Recognition standard in detail, and help you understand the pervasive business implications, as well as what companies can do to prepare for implementation of the new standard. Additionally, we expand our discussion with a series of industry-specific webcasts that look at the impact the new revenue recognition standard will have on various sectors.
PwC's National Professional Services Group invites you to attend a webcast which will provide a refresher on current derivatives and hedge accounting guidance and practices with a focus on hedging foreign currency risk and interest rate risk.
Insurers currently use a variety of different and largely inconsistent local approaches to measure the value of insurance contracts within their statutory financial statements. This diversity makes it difficult to compare companies and may fail to reflect the true economic value of insurance business, which can put insurers at a considerable disadvantage when competing for capital.
PwC's publication will help you develop a broad understanding of the major differences between IFRS and US GAAP. It also contains insight on recent and proposed guidance, including developments pertaining to the overall convergence agenda.
This webcast will cover FASB standard setting developments that have occurred since our July webcast. Among other matters, we will cover developments related to the FASB/IASB convergence projects, including information related to the new revenue recognition standard, and an update on FASB projects impacting not-for-profit entities, including the not-for-profit financial statement project. As always, the focus is on not-for-profit organizations that apply FASB standards, with an emphasis on healthcare and higher education institutions.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IASB takes debt versus equity off the table, and (2) IASB continues to hold line on a single model for leases, (3) Hilary Eastman discusses why it’s time to stop talking and start doing, (4) consultation on IFRS in the EU, (5) IFRS 10 and IAS 28 amendments, (6) Annual Improvements 2012-14, (7) ED on fair value – price times quantity, (8) Rate regulated activities DP, (9) Disclosure initiative, (10) Insurance redeliberations, and (11) Q&As: ‘T’ is for translation of foreign currencies.
PwC is pleased to share with you our Stock Compensation 2014 Assumption and Disclosure Study. This study presents our analysis of the 2013 year-end assumptions and disclosures for large US public companies as well as separately for high tech companies.
The PwC Rx Marketplace Quarterly features a wide range of financial reporting developments, accounting and tax developments, regulatory updates and general industry trends impacting the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.
As leading internal audit functions have transformed to meet increasing expectations, metrics have become a critical tool for Internal Audit to demonstrate its value to the organization and drive its performance against stakeholder expectations. Building on key findings from PwC’s 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession study, this paper explores how internal audit functions can leverage metrics to both communicate the value they are providing as well as drive results.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for Asset management companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
What are the technical and reporting issues impacting retail and consumer products companies? PwC's Retail & Consumer KnowledgeBrief provides insights and summaries on two standards recently issued by the FASB, considerations and insights on the SEC’s continued focus on segment reporting, and more.
This PwC guide explains the principles of accounting and financial reporting for business combinations and noncontrolling interests (ASC 805) under both U.S. GAAP and IFRS. This guide includes our perspectives on the application of those principles, and our insights on the challenges of accounting for intangible assets and goodwill in the post-combination period.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q3 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) alternative performance measures, (2) discussion of IFRIC agenda rejections also known as "Not-an-IFRIC," (3) IASB spotlight on IASB member Amaro Gomes, (4) IAS 27 narrow scope amendment, (5) exposure draft on IAS 12 narrow scope amendment, (6) IASB workplan, and (7) Q&As: service concession arrangements.
Spin-off transactions are increasing in the marketplace. Is there one in your future? PwC's Neil Dhar, Ravi Rao and Beth Paul discuss the current market trends, key considerations for carve-out financial statements, and how to be successful both during and after a spin-off.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for Real Estate companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
Spin-offs represent a growing trend in recent years. Is there one in your future? Gain insight into the spin-off process including developing carve-out financial statements and creating a sustainable stand-alone entity.
What impact did the economy have on the financial results of retailers and consumer packaged goods companies? This report from PwC's Retail and Consumer Insights series provides financial benchmarks and discusses company strategies on operational efficiency, human capital, health and wellness, innovation, and brand management.
Starting to prepare for your year-end filings? PwC's Technology Institute publication, Stay informed: 2014 technology financial reporting trends, provides information on key disclosures made by companies in the technology sector. We invite you to read our benchmarking study to gain useful and thought-provoking insights that will aid you in the preparation of your upcoming filings.
Michele Weldon, PwC's National Employee Benefit Plan Practice Leader, will provide an overview of current developments related to Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and Health & Welfare employee benefit plans. This will include an update on recent changes in accounting, auditing and regulatory requirements impacting employee benefit plans.
Part 3 of PwC’s National Professional Services Group’s Accessing the capital markets series features Beth Paul, U.S. Strategic Thought Leader, Ravi Rao, National Office SEC Services Partner, and Neil Dhar, National Capital Markets Leader. The panel focuses on carve-out transactions and discusses trends in the divestiture market as well as how to manage the divestiture process. The panel also outlines key issues and accounting considerations, explores SEC reporting requirements, and provides key takeaways for participants.Watch a replay or participate in our on demand (CPE-eligible) version.
The IASB published the complete version of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, which replaces most of the guidance in IAS 39. This In depth considers the changes to classification and measurement of financial assets in IFRS 9.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IFRS 9 - the IASB's new standard on financial instruments, (2) Revenue Transition Resource Group (TRG) starts discussion on IFRS 15, (3) ESMA reports on accounting for business combinations under IFRS 3, (4) IAS 41 and IAS 16 amendments on bearer plants, (5) EU endorses IFRIC 21, (6) leasing redeliberations, (7) disclosure initiative, (8) conceptual framework discussions, and (9) Q&As: related parties.
Our global accounting and financial reporting revenue recognition guide describes the accounting for revenue from contracts with customers under the converged U.S GAAP and IFRS revenue standard (ASC 606) issued in May 2014. It has been prepared to support entities as they identify the implications of the new revenue recognition standard, evaluate its impact (on business strategies, processes, systems, controls, financial statement recognition and required disclosures) and prepare for implementation.
As part of our continued effort to help organizations navigate through the complexity of today's tax accounting issues, we've assembled a compilation of our Tax Accounting Services' publications released between January 2014 and June 2014.
Companies often use non-GAAP financial measures to provide insights into their business. Investment professionals share their perspectives on the value to investors, their effect on transparency, and perceptions on management.
The FASB expects to issue a final standard amending the current consolidation guidance in the coming months. The new consolidation standard will make targeted changes to the current consolidation guidance and end the deferral granted to investment companies from applying the variable interest entity (VIE) guidance.
Cybersecurity is more than just a technology issue in the back office; it's a critical business issue that can dramatically impact a company's competitive position. Learn what leading practices are available to investors to determine if a company is reasonably prepared to weather the storm of a cyberattack.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for technology companies as they transition to the new standard.
The deliberation is over: On May 28, 2014, the FASB and the IASB released their new standard for revenue recognition, to take effect in 2017 for public companies. The new guidance may constitute the biggest accounting change the world has seen in over a decade, because revenue recognition informs a wide array of business decisions. Technology companies that start preparing for the change now will be in the best position to seize the opportunities that will come with the change—while also surmounting the challenges.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for aerospace and defense entities as they transition to the new standard.
Watch our webcast replay to learn what specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Aerospace & Defense industry, and download our industry supplement for examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard.
In recent years Plan Sponsors of defined benefit pension plans have been focusing on de-risking pension plans, including a strategy to provide a one-time lump sum buyout offer to former employees. PwC has assisted many clients who have analyzed and/or implemented the lump sum strategy. Please join our webcast on July 23rd, where we will share insights into the strategy Plan Sponsors utilized.
PwC, along with Financial Executives International and their Financial Executives Research Foundation, are conducting a survey to gauge the impact of the new standard on companies’ financials and operations. The survey will also attempt to gauge any concerns companies have with the new standard and / or the transition timeline.
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the first in a series about family business corporate governance.
PwC invites you to join a panel of our Tax Accounting Services (TAS) specialists for a discussion of relevant tax accounting matters including the indefinite reinvestment assertion, the recently issued revenue standard, as well as regulatory and legislative development updates.
The move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is advancing the transparency and comparability of financial statements around the world. Many countries now require companies to prepare their financial statements in accordance with IFRS.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for automotive entities as they transition to the new standard.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for engineering and construction entities as they transition to the new standard.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for retail and consumer entities as they transition to the new standard.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q2 publication and view our new video perspectives.
Join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Technology industry. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Technology companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? Accompanying this comprehensive In depth are the following industry-specific supplements with examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard: (1) aerospace & defense, (2) asset management, (3) automotive, (4) communications, (5) engineering & construction, (6) entertainment & media, (7) industrial products/manufacturing, (8) pharmaceuticals, (9) real estate, (10) retail & consumer, and (11) technology.
A lot has changed since our Dataline publication series was first introduced many years ago. We’ve recently reevaluated its overall purpose, content, and name. We’ve renamed our Dataline publication series to In depth going forward.
Join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Communications industry. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Communications companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
As part of our webcast series on the new Revenue Recognition standard, we invite you to join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new standard will have on the Entertainment & Media sector. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Entertainment & Media companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Companies often begin their preparations for going public well before they launch the IPO process. There are a number of common accounting and reporting issues that a company will face as part of the IPO process and related areas that are often the focus of SEC reviews. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
This edition discusses the importance of press releases covering preliminary results, considerations for audit committees before releasing results, and tips for reviewing actual filings. It also includes audit committee considerations regarding financial reporting oversight.
What are the latest comparable statistics for mergers and acquisitions and active trades in the financial services industry? Check out PwC's quarterly valuation summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors. Insights include: trends in market multiples, related transactions, and transaction benchmarking analysis.
The reporting implications of three legal exchange mechanisms in Venezuela, each with a different exchange rate, are discussed by PwC's Stephanie Stewart, John Bishop and John Horan in a Special Edition of The quarter close.
In the loop is an executive-level series addressing important financial reporting and regulatory issues. Our first edition discusses how changes in private company accounting could affect future deal or financing strategies.
This PwC National Professional Services Group webcast on Earnings Per Share (EPS) highlights several current and recurring hot topics related to the calculation of earnings per share (EPS). Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
5/12/14 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
Unexpected expenditures and accounting adjustments – like those arising from environmental obligations – can dramatically impact capital budgeting and future earnings. Companies have found that practices vary widely across sectors and both engineering and accounting expertise are critical in assessing environmental obligations.
Our Mergers & Acquisitions webcast originally held on Tuesday, May 20th covers accounting, financial reporting and valuation considerations in connection with the acquisition of a business. The webcast features Beth Paul, PwC Strategic Thought Leader, Ravi Rao, National Office SEC Services Partner, and Dimitri Drone and Matt Sabatini, both Partners in our Transaction Services group. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IASB’s discussion paper on accounting for macro hedging, (2) integrated reporting, (3) IFRS in the US, (4) foreign exchange - a moving target, (5) revenue standard expected in second half of May, (6) IASB’s research programme, (7) leasing deliberations, and (8) Q&As: perpetual debt.
Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.
This PwC publication presents our analysis of 2009 through 2012 year-end proxy disclosures for 100 large public companies relative to their compensation recoupment or “clawback” policies. When providing employees with bonuses, stock options, or other incentive awards, companies often establish provisions that allow them to recoup all or a portion of the award under certain circumstances. These provisions, referred to as clawbacks, are detailed by most public companies in their annual proxy statement.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) leases – convergence is no longer a priority, (2) IFRS 10 practice issues, (3) OCI - feedback from the Conceptual Framework Discussion Paper, (4) EU backs IFRS Foundation, (5) exposure draft on IAS 1 narrow scope amendments, (6) joint arrangement implementation issues, (7) equity method in separate financial statements, and (8) Q&As: Onerous contracts.
This is the second in our series focused on navigating the waters of a cross-border acquisition. The series looks at various aspects along the deal continuum, including pre-acquisition due diligence and strategies, financial reporting requirements, tax implications, and post-acquisition considerations. This edition provides insights on SEC and other financial reporting requirements that may apply in a cross-border acquisition.
The PwC Rx Marketplace Quarterly features a wide range of financial reporting developments, accounting and tax developments, regulatory updates and general industry trends impacting the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Each quarterly also shares strategies that companies can use to unlock divestiture value, as well as links to publications and online resources. In the spotlight in this issue is our summary of the IPO market, which has seen its most robust year since 2007. We cover key metrics for the past year, assess the industry’s top registrants, and offer a snapshot of IPO activity during the first two months of 2014.
3/25/14 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
Recently the FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update to permit private companies to amortize goodwill acquired in a business combination, and to apply a simplified goodwill impairment model. This change is intended to help reduce reporting complexity for private companies; however, private companies should carefully consider this alternative, especially for those considering an initial public offering.
After much deliberation, the FASB and IASB are set to release a final global revenue recognition standard in the coming months that will do away with current industry-specific accounting and instead apply a single set of principles to all revenue transactions. Changes to practices, processes and systems could ripple through your business. 10Minutes on revenue recognition provides information about the standard as well as insight into ways in which some companies are preparing for the broader impact.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q1 publication and view our new video perspectives.
In our discussions with members of the investment community, they noted that income tax issues are very important to their analyses and they desire more transparency into the impact of income tax related decisions on companies’ financial reporting.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) Change on the horizon - Peter Hogarth looks at recent developments, (2) Olivier Schérer gives his perspective on the post implementation review, (3) Debt versus equity - regulatory reform adds fuel to the age old debate, (4) Convergence out of sight as IASB and FASB diverge, (5) IFRS 9 effective date, (6) New revenue standard delayed, (7) IFRS Workplan, (8) IC stops debate on ‘higher of’ plans (9) Q&As: ‘N’ is for Non-controlling interests.
This is the first in a series focused on navigating the waters of a cross-border acquisition. This edition focuses on the pre-acquisition phase, including how GAAP differences can impact valuation and how a company can manage the financial risk exposure that arises from a cross-border acquisition.
PwC appreciates the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) Standards Board (board) efforts and welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the exposure draft (ED) that sets out the board’s proposals aimed at providing information on credit and debit valuation adjustments. Our comment letter outlines our general comments to the proposal and responds to certain specific questions for comment in the appendix.
PwC Global valuations leader John Glynn and director Caroline Woodward explain how global valuation standards are worth pursuing, regardless of the obstacles likely to be encountered en route. And with a new chairman in place at the IVSC, the time could be right.
This PwC publication is intended to help management and the board of directors of public companies prepare for the annual meeting of shareholders. It contains example questions on topics that may be top-of-mind for shareholders, along with background information and suggested actions for management’s consideration.
2/13/14 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
The broadening of private company securities sales has helped drive the development of two new offerings from the NYSE and NASDAQ OMX. Both solutions, although different in approach and focus, are designed to provide a platform and market structure for private companies to manage and conduct the sale of private company securities.
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued International Financial Reporting Standard 14, Regulatory Deferral Accounts (IFRS 14), an interim standard on the accounting for certain balances that arise from rate-regulated activities.
In this comment letter, we respond to the boards tentative agenda decision: IFRS 2, Share-based payment – price difference between the institutional offer price and the retail offer price for shares in an initial public offering. We support the committee’s decision not to take this question onto the agenda but not for the reasons given. We are concerned that the reasons given for the agenda decision will increase diversity in practice regarding the application of IFRS 2 paragraph 13A and may also lead to diversity in the application of IFRS 13.
In this comment letter, we do not object to the board’s proposal to restore the use of the equity method as one of the options to account for investments in subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates in an entity’s separate financial statements. However, we do not support the requirement for retrospective application of the exposure draft nor the proposed consequential amendment to IAS 28, Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures.
This document highlights technical accounting and financial reporting topics that are central to the industry and should be on the minds of chief accounting officers and controllers as they establish their plans for 2014.
As part of our continued effort to help organizations navigate through the complexity of today’s tax accounting issues, we’ve assembled a compilation of our Tax Accounting Services’ publications released between July 2013 and December 2013.
1/23/14 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
Strong demand for IPOs continued in the fourth quarter of 2013, capping a robust year for the capital markets and setting the stage for continued growth in 2014. The window for raising capital in a robust IPO market tends to open with bursts of popularity then close quickly. This requires a constant state of readiness for the required IPO document that is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission “SEC”. Don’t let unforeseen financial reporting items be the road block to accessing the IPO markets.
Keeping track of tax law changes around the world has increasingly become a challenge for businesses. Companies are rapidly expanding their geographic footprint at a time when the evolution and developments in jurisdictional tax laws are undergoing nearly constant change.
In early December, institutional investors and governance specialists got together in New York City at Stanford’s Institutional Investors’ Forum, co-hosted by PwC’s Investor Resource Institute. What are the big issues on investors’ minds?
PwC has produced this document to assist management teams in identifying and understanding the SEC staff's current focus areas for stock compensation. We have highlighted the areas where registrants received the most comments from the SEC staff and have provided relevant examples of recent comment letters to aid preparers in ensuring their disclosures are robust and consistent with the relevant accounting or reporting guidance for stock compensation.
Calendar year 2013 has seen considerable activity across the global legislative and regulatory landscapes. We have seen changes to tax laws in several key territories, and certain legislative trends having a significant impact on income tax accounting. These developments, combined with an environment of economic uncertainty, have added to the challenges in accounting for income taxes.
In this release we discuss a variety of accounting and regulatory updates. We also draw your attention to some significant tax law and tax rate changes during the quarter ended 30 September 2013 and some important tax accounting considerations for mergers and acquisition transactions.
This Dataline provides timely reminders for companies as they navigate the year-end financial reporting process. Topics include: cash flows, other comprehensive income, revenue recognition, income taxes, segments, impairment of long-lived assets, goodwill – qualitative impairment test, variable interest entities, equity method investments, asset acquisition versus business, accounting changes and error corrections, use of overnight index swap rate in derivatives valuation, fair value hierarchy, equity-linked financing instruments, extinguishment gain when debt holder owns equity, contingencies, and stock-based compensation.
12/17/13 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
The re-emergence of a Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) technique known as a “Reverse Morris Trust” (“RMT”) has proven to provide some unique advantages over other strategic alternatives as a vehicle for divesting divisions or a separate business. Companies considering a divestiture should become knowledgeable on the recent comeback of this strategic alternative so they can actively engage in conversations with their advisors.
Numerous income tax accounting matters require the use of estimates, judgments, and other subjective information that can obscure the presentation in the financial statement accounts. Clarifying disclosures can enable users to gain a better understanding of the reporting entity’s income tax environment.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q4 publication and view our new video perspectives.
Derivative pricing practices have evolved in recent years to reflect the funding benefit of collateral when that collateral can be rehypothecated. In fact, some collateralized derivatives may now need to be valued based on discounting at the Overnight Indexed Swap (“OIS”) rate.
Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) completed its post-implementation review of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes (FAS 109) (codified in Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740, Income Taxes).
This publication highlights factors the industry should consider and provides guidance on the most pertinent accounting solutions under US GAAP. The solutions presented are meant to provide a framework for determining the appropriate accounting answer for general solutions.
Conflict minerals compliance has quickly become one of the most pressing issues for both SEC and non-SEC registered companies. As we have spoken to a large number of companies regarding their conflict minerals implementation programs, we would like to share with you some observations and key takeaways.
11/5/13 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
The economic business environment continues to improve and interest rates in the most recent year remain low, although there is concern that they may rise in the near term. Companies who have seen their credit outlook recover, and/or want to take advantage of the current lower interest rate environment, may consider refinancing their existing debt. Companies have found that the financial reporting outcomes of such negotiations may not reflect the entire expected economic benefit.
US and international accounting standards setters are getting closer to completing their overhaul of lease accounting. They are taking this action in response to long-standing criticism that today’s financial statements do not adequately portray the economic substance of lease arrangements. This issue of PwC’s The Bit summarizes the proposed guidance and explains how it is likely to change key financial reporting metrics.
What are the technical and reporting issues impacting retail and consumer products companies? PwC's Retail & Consumer KnowledgeBrief provides insights and summaries on restructuring comment letter trends and disclosure reminders, data protection, conflict minerals, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and more.
The proposal by US and international accounting standard setters to overhaul lease accounting likely will have far-reaching impacts for most companies. Watch this installment of the Energy executive webcast series to learn about how the new proposal will impact the energy industry.
On September 18, 2013, the SEC voted 3 to 2 to propose a rule that would require public companies to calculate and disclose its CEO compensation as a multiple of the median employee’s pay. This In brief article provides an overview of the key provisions of the proposed rule.
9/19/13 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
Many companies are seeking to improve their working capital by reviewing the terms of their trade payables. To aid companies in streamlining their payables process, financial institutions built IT solutions to act as an intermediary between purchaser and supplier. As an intermediary, financial institutions can offer a liquidity solution to the supplier by way of factoring their receivables.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q3 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This webcast analyzes the comment letter responses to the FASB and IASB's revised exposure draft on the new leasing proposal, and provides insights to help you think through the nuances that might lead to unexpected financial results.
As the era of joint standard-setting with the IASB comes to a close, this Point of view sets out why the FASB should continue to focus on improving the quality of US GAAP in key areas while preventing further divergence between US GAAP and IFRS when feasible.
The PwC global network of firms expresses support of the proposed interim standard on regulatory deferral balances. The interim standard will help resolve practice problems in some jurisdictions and reduce the barriers to adopting IFRS, but will not increase diversity in practice among entities that already apply IFRS. Our letter also provides responses to the board's specific questions.
Almost 9 months into the first year of compliance, where does your company stand? Do you have a clear path forward to your first conflict minerals filing deadline? Watch this webcast where we share our perspective on the latest developments (including the legal challenge), considerations as you close out your first year of compliance, what to expect in the independent private sector audit – and how to prepare, and examples of how leading companies are addressing their compliance efforts.
This PwC guide helps reporting entities meet the challenges of applying the key accounting and reporting standards under both U.S. GAAP and IFRS related to fair value measurements, ASC 820, and IFRS 13.
This Point of view highlights how companies may benefit from integrated reporting in response to stakeholders’ calls for enhanced disclosure of environmental, social, governance and other nonfinancial information. It also outlines the benefits some companies are realizing as they explore integrated reporting.
The overall accounting model for income taxes has been in place for many years, yet the accounting for income taxes (ASC 740) continues to pose many challenges for preparers, users, and auditors. This PwC guide is intended to clarify the fundamental requirements involved in the accounting for income taxes and to highlight key points that should be considered before and after transactions are undertaken.
Nearly nine years after being issued, the application of the guidance contained in ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation, continues to be a complex undertaking. The guidance's many nuances impact not only the accounting for employee stock-based compensation, but also the related corporate income tax accounting, the calculation of earnings per share, and the presentation of the cash flow statement. The 2013 edition of our stock-based compensation guide explains those and many other issues.
Our guide brings together all of the relevant PwC guidance on the accounting for variable interest entities under US GAAP; provides an overall framework for the application of the VIE model; highlights key questions and answers; and offers our perspectives, based on our analysis of the guidance and experience in applying it.
On May 29, 2013, the AICPA's Financial Reporting Executive Committee issued the AICPA Accounting and Valuation Guide, Valuation of Privately-Held-Company Equity Securities Issued as Compensation (the Guide), which replaces the 2004 edition of the practice aid on this topic. The Guide (also known as the Cheap Stock Guide) provides nonauthoritative valuation guidance and illustrations for preparers, auditors, and valuation specialists related to the issuance of privately-held company equity securities for compensation. This Dataline provides a high level overview of the Guide.
The FASB and the IASB issued a revised exposure draft on leases. Although the tax law regarding the treatment of leasing transactions remains unchanged, taxpayers should consider how the Exposure Draft will impact the computation of federal and state taxable income and deferred income tax assets and liabilities associated with their leases.
On July 16, the PCC proposed to the FASB an accounting alternative that would exempt nonpublic entities from applying certain variable interest entity guidance. This edition of Private company reporter provides further information on the proposed alternative, as well as highlights of other recent developments related to private company reporting.
In this comment letter, the PwC global network of firms responded to the IASB’s exposure draft on Financial instruments: Expected credit losses. The PwC global network continues to support the development of a single converged model for credit impairment under both IFRS and US GAAP. We believe an expected loss approach that requires constituents to consider a broader information set, including future expectations, represents a significant improvement as compared to the incurred loss model used today.
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The FASB issued a proposal to change the criteria and reporting requirements for discontinued operations while adding new disclosures for individually material dispositions that do not qualify as discontinued operations. Companies should consider how the proposed standard impacts their communication plan to investors.
The FASB ratified the accounting guidance proposed by the EITF consensus for Issue 13-C, Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists. We expect the final Accounting Standards Update (ASU) to be issued within the next few weeks.
The changes to lease accounting proposed by the FASB and IASB will bring all leases onto the balance sheet and change income statement recognition, business processes, systems, and controls. Retail and consumer companies should prepare for the upcoming business process changes.
On June 7, 2013, the FASB issued amendments to ASC 946 that modify the definition of an investment company under US GAAP. This Dataline looks at the key aspects of the new guidance and shares our insights on applying it.
The PwC global network of firms supports the board’s efforts to gather information on the topic of rate regulation and provides suggestions for the board to consider for the discussion paper phase of the project.
On June 10, the FASB endorsed each of the accounting alternatives previously approved by the PCC, related to intangible assets, goodwill and interest rate swaps. This edition of Private company reporter provides further information on the proposed alternatives, as well as highlights of other recent developments related to private company reporting.
On May 16, 2013 FASB and IASB a revised exposure draft for Leases. A final standard is not expected before 2014, and is unlikely to be effective before 2017. This Dataline puts together the pieces to the puzzle of understanding the proposed model for lease accounting. Also included is a supplement that provides illustrative examples of applying the proposed model.
PwC provides details and thoughtful insights on the FASB's proposal to change the reporting of discontinued operations. This Dataline outlines the key details of the FASB’s proposal and includes PwC’s insights about how the proposed changes may impact current practice.
After three years of outreach and deliberation, the IASB and FASB recently issued a revised proposal to overhaul the rules on accounting for leases, a move that could significantly boost US companies' reported debt.
Given the accounting method typically used by companies to report the effects of plan changes, several have made a discretionary change in how they account for their pension plans to increase the transparency of their accounting and improve their financial reporting.
On March 5, 2013 the FASB issued ASU No. 2013-05, which amends ASC 830, Foreign Currency Matters, and ASC 810, Consolidation,to address diversity in practice related to the release of cumulative translation adjustments ("CTA") into earnings upon the occurrence of certain derecognition events. This Dataline provides an overview of the ASU.
In February 2013, the FASB issued a revised exposure draft of a proposed standard for the classification and measurement of financial instruments (the "C&M proposal"). A proposed impairment model for debt instruments was described in a separate exposure draft issued in December 2012 (the "impairment proposal"). This Dataline discusses how the classification, measurement, and impairment approaches described in those proposals might be applied by most not-for-profit organizations.
In March 2013, the IASB an exposure draft (ED), Financial Instruments: Expected Credit Losses, that proposes an expected loss model to replace the current incurred loss model of IAS 39, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. In December, 2012, the FASB also released a proposal on impairment of financial assets. This Dataline looks at the IASB's proposal and compares it to the IAS 39 model and the FASB's proposal.
Companies in the United States typically follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) when preparing financial statements. A non-GAAP measure is defined as a measure that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included (or excluded) in the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. Read why members of the investment community find non-GAAP measures useful.
Accurate and reliable financial statements are essential to the effective functioning of the capital markets. To that end, auditors play an important role by executing independent and objective audits of the financial statements that are prepared by management.
PwC supports the board’s efforts in clarifying whether an entity is required to discontinue hedge accounting when an over-the-counter (OTC) derivative is novated to a central counterparty (CCP) as required by law or regulation. We also appreciate the board’s responsiveness in addressing this urgent issue in a pragmatic way, as requiring entities to treat such novations as a discontinuance of hedge accounting would not provide useful information to investors.
PwC agrees with the board’s objectives to amend IFRS 9 and commend the board on their progress in achieving those objectives. The letter includes key comments that we would like to raise with the board.
Classification and measurement is an important part of the FASB and IASB’s joint project on financial instruments. The boards have agreed on changes that will broadly converge the accounting for debt investments and financial liabilities, but significant differences in accounting for equity investments will remain. The FASB issued its exposure draft on February, 14 2013 with a comment period ending May 15, 2013. The comment period on the IASB exposure draft, which was issued in November 2012, ends on March 28, 2013. This Dataline looks at FASB’s proposals as outlined in its exposure draft and compares them to the IASB's model.
Following consultation with members of the PwC network of firms, this response summarizes the views of member firms who commented on the tentative agenda decision, published in the January 2013 edition of IFRIC Update.
At the EITF's March 14 meeting, the Task Force discussed four Issues, reaching a final consensus on two issues (12-B and 12-G) and consensus-for-exposure on one Issue (13-B). Further discussion is expected on one issue (12-F). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
The FASB and IASB substantively concluded redeliberations of their joint 2011 exposure draft, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, in February 2013. The boards reached decisions on the remaining key issues including disclosures, transition, and effective date at their most recent meetings. Details of these decisions, as well as a comprehensive look at the model at the end of the key redeliberations, are included in this Dataline. Any remaining “sweep” or new issues identified by the boards will be discussed at future board meetings, as needed.
The MD&A requirements call for a discussion of: the historical financial results for the period covered by the financial statements (typically three years), liquidity, capital expenditures, off-balance sheet arrangements, contractual obligations, and known prospective information. They also encourage management to describe matters that are most significant in the company’s circumstances and to avoid boilerplate discussions.
US accounting standards require public companies to disclose, in their financial statement footnotes, segment data based on the “management approach,” under which investors are provided with a view of the business through the eyes of management. Read more in this edition of Insights from the investment community.
Energy sector company audit committee members can use this PwC document to benchmark selected accounting policies with industry practices, identify trends for significant accounting estimates, and facilitate discussion on certain aspects of energy industry practice.
The FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-02, Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, on February 5, 2013. The standard is effective for public entities for annual periods, and interim periods within those periods, beginning after December 15, 2012. Non-public companies will adopt the standard one year later, but would be exempt from certain interim disclosure requirements.
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Push down accounting refers to instances in which an acquiring entity (or parent company) pushes its new basis down to the stand-alone financial statements of an acquired entity. The Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) is in discussions regarding the circumstances that drive a change in accounting basis or an acquired entity's stand-alone financial statements. Potential changes could result in more instances where push down accounting is required.
PwC fully supports efforts to enhance financial reporting for private companies, and believes that the most appropriate way to achieve meaningful change for private company stakeholders is through the collaborative efforts of the recently established Private Company Council (PCC) and the FASB. However, should the AICPA decide to issue this new non-GAAP framework, our comment letter provides observations and recommendations on changes the AIPCA should make to minimize confusion and enhance clarity. ...
The FASB and IASB (the "boards") met in November and December 2012 to continue redeliberating their joint revenue recognition project. The boards reached tentative decisions on key remaining measurement and recognition issues, including the constraint for recognizing revenue from variable consideration, collectibility, licenses, allocation of transaction price, and contract acquisition costs.
Revenue is a key metric subject to considerable focus by investors and other stakeholders. Participants in this 90 minute self study course will gain a heightened understanding of recent developments on the revenue recognition proposal, along with potential impacts to their business.
At the EITF's January 17 meeting, the Task Force discussed seven Issues, reaching a final consensus on two issues (11-A and 12-D) and consensus-for-exposure on two Issues (13-A and 13-C). Further discussion is expected on three issues (12-B, 12-F and 12-H). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
Impairment is a major component of the FASB and IASB's (the boards’) joint project to revisit most aspects of financial instruments accounting. In the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, the current incurred loss approach has been criticized for delaying the recognition of credit losses. The FASB has issued a new exposure draft on financial asset impairment. Our Dataline explains their "current expected credit loss" model and how it differs from the IASB's model.
PwC's newly developed Guide to Accounting for Utilities and Power Companies provides accounting guidance for reporting entities in the utility and power industry to consider when preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. It addresses a variety of areas such as commodity contracts, power-related investments, inventory, plant, asset retirement obligations, regulated operations, and more.
PwC agrees with the proposed change to limit the disclosures to derivatives, repurchase agreements and reverse repurchase agreements, and securities borrowing and securities lending transactions that are either offset or subject to a master netting arrangement or similar agreement.
PwC global network of firms submitted comments on the IASB's request for information on IFRS for SMEs. The comments provided have been grouped into six broad categories to simplify our response and to avoid repetition. The Firm comments specifically on the scope of the SME standard, convergence with IFRSs, income taxes, options, convergence with the EU directives and the use of additional IASB guidance for SMEs.
During the recent economic downturn, some stakeholders were surprised to learn that companies faced liquidity issues. As a result, the FASB and PCAOB are currently revisiting the accounting and auditing guidance around going concern assessments. Our Point of view on assessing going concern highlights that a standard that will require a company to provide earlier and more frequent, scalable disclosures that increase if conditions deteriorate will benefit stakeholders. However, we recognize that the auditor's role under the existing auditing standards is important to stakeholders. We believe improvements in the reporting model will be achieved most effectively by accounting and auditing standard setters working together to develop complementary standards.
The 2012 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (the Conference) was held on December 3, 4, and 5, 2012. Conference presenters included representatives from regulatory and standard-setting bodies, auditors, users, preparers, industry experts, and an investor panel. Remarks centered mainly on the status of potential incorporation of IFRS into the U.S. financial reporting system, updates on regulatory and financial reporting matters, capital formation, and the auditing profession’s impact on the reliability and usefulness of financial statements.
The acquisition of a business can have a significant impact on both the risk exposures and risk management strategies of the combined entity. In many cases, an acquirer’s financial risk exposure will increase as a result of the acquisition. However, there may be situations in which the acquiree’s operations reduce the acquirer’s current risk exposure. In any event, identifying potential changes in enterprise risks, creating an action plan to address them, and managing changes to risk management strategies post-acquisition are critical to developing short- and long-term solutions for integrating financial risk management considerations in an acquisition.
Classification and measurement is an important part of the FASB and IASB’s joint project on financial instruments. This Dataline provides a summary of the boards' decisions that is based on the project summaries posted on their websites, our observations of their meetings, and our understanding of their intent.
This year end, entities continue to face many complex financial reporting issues such as providing new fair value disclosures, accounting for debt modifications, and evaluating revenue recognition guidance. Economic challenges around the world continue to have broad financial reporting implications. While not an all-inclusive list, this Dataline is intended to serve as a timely reminder of leading practices and lessons learned on key issues that companies should consider as they navigate the year-end financial reporting process.
The Eurozone debt crisis continues to persist, leading some to believe that the crisis might result in a country exiting the Euro and adopting a new local currency. Many companies that could be affected by a country's exit from the Euro have started to consider how that might affect their operations, financing, and business strategies. Companies should also consider the financial reporting implications of the creation of a new currency.
PwC encourages the Board to continue its outreach to investors and other stakeholders as it decides which alternatives to proceed with and develops them into a proposal. PwC generally supports the Board's effort to improve the relevance and comparability of financial reporting by developing a framework for setting disclosure requirements.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to be the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many businesses were disrupted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath including the New York Stock Exchange, which was closed for two days. While not all-inclusive, this Dataline discusses several accounting and disclosure-related matters companies may encounter in dealing with the financial reporting implications of Hurricane Sandy.
Market protocols for derivatives may be changing in the near future. Financial reform legislation could make novations (in this case, substitution of counterparties to a contract) more common as over-the-counter (OTC) transactions are migrated to central exchanges. In anticipation of these changes, the International Swaps and Derivative Association (ISDA) asked the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant if the novation of a bilateral OTC derivative contract to a central counterparty "on the same financial terms" would require the designation of a new hedging relationship.
PwC generally believes that the draft framework identifies the appropriate matters to consider when determining whether a modification is appropriate. It identifies the significant differentiating factors that could support financial reporting differences between public and private companies.
The FASB and IASB (the “boards”) met in September and October 2012 to continue redeliberating their joint revenue recognition project. They reached tentative decisions on the constraint for recognizing variable consideration, certain issues related to collectibility, time value of money, distributor and reseller arrangements, contract modifications, and measuring progress toward satisfying a performance obligation. This Dataline summarizes the boards’ redeliberations and tentative decisions made at the September and October joint meetings and the potential implications for certain industries.
The 2012 AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions was held September 10 through 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the banking regulators, SEC, and standard setters presented at the Conference along with auditors, users, preparers, and industry experts. Presenters expressed views on a wide range of important accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. This Dataline provides highlights of topics discussed at the Conference.
This publication addresses key considerations in applying U.S. GAAP with respect to foreign currency income tax reporting. It is designed to be a reference guide to explore tax accounting for foreign currency. It begins with the “basics” and relevant areas of focus when applying Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 830, Foreign Currency Matters, and also discusses the application of ASC 740, Accounting for Income Taxes, to foreign currency.
PwC supports the proposal to provide information about the impact of reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive income to net income in a single footnote. Most of the information to be disclosed is already included elsewhere in the financial statements. Consolidating it and providing a roadmap to the related disclosures will provide users with improved information without the operational challenges and costs that would have resulted from requiring separate presentation on the face of the income statement of the effects of the reclassifications on individual line items, particularly when such information is not readily available.
PwC suggests enhancements to the proposed guidance in the event that others believe it will be helpful to preparers and financial statement users and will improve consistency as to when and how to prepare financial statements using the liquidation basis of accounting.
PwC agrees that improved disclosures about liquidity and interest rate risks could provide a deeper understanding of an entity's risk profile. While the Firm encourages the Board to continue its outreach to analysts and preparers as it further develops the proposed disclosures, it offers a number of recommendations for the Board's consideration.
In August 2012, the FASB issued an exposure draft of a proposal requiring new footnote disclosures for reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive income to net income. Among other things, an entity would be required to disclose, using a tabular format, the amount reclassified from each component of accumulated other comprehensive income and the income statement line items affected by the reclassification. An entity would not need to show the income statement line item affected for certain components such as net periodic pension cost. This Dataline looks at the key provisions of the proposal and offers our observations.
In June 2012, the FASB issued a proposal that would require companies to provide new disclosures about liquidity and interest rate risks. The proposal calls for quantitative exhibits and qualitative disclosures about risks arising from an entity's recorded and unrecorded financial instruments and cash flow obligations. Additionally, it provides separate disclosure requirements for any entity or segment defined as a "financial institution." This Dataline looks at the proposed disclosures and offers our observations.
The FASB and IASB jointly issued the initial leases exposure draft in August 2010 (the "initial ED"). A majority of the over 800 comment letters received raised significant concerns about the proposals. Redeliberations began in January 2011 and were substantially completed in July 2012. A "revised ED" is planned for the end of November 2012 (although this may slip into early 2013), with a 120-day comment period. This Dataline looks at both the lessee and lessor proposed accounting models that will be included in the revised ED.
At the EITF's September 11 meeting, the Task Force discussed five Issues, reaching a final consensus on three issues (12-A, 12-C and 12-E) and consensus-for-exposure on two Issues (11-A and 12-G). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
The PwC network global network of firms believes that the application of the conclusions in the draft interpretation will result in accounting that does not reflect the economic substance of many levies.
On August 22, 2012, the SEC approved a final rule requiring certain issuers to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals [tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold] and whether those minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") or adjoining countries (“covered countries”). This Dataline looks at the key provisions of the final rule. Also included is a supplement on frequently asked questions on conflict minerals.
Asserting indefinite reinvestment traditionally has been a widespread practice among multinational businesses. A majority of large companies make the assertion with respect to much, if not all, of their foreign earnings. To assist organizations in making this assertion, PwC has refreshed this publication (originally released in December of 2010).
On July 12, 2012, the FASB issued a Discussion Paper — Invitation to Comment on Disclosure Framework. In the Discussion Paper, the Board is seeking stakeholder feedback on twenty-two questions designed to identify information that should be disclosed in notes to the financial statements to make them more relevant, flexible, and better organized. Comments on the DP are due November 16, 2012. This Dataline takes a look at the topics on which the FASB is requesting comments and offers our observations.
The FASB and IASB have a number of projects underway that could further expand or otherwise change what is reported within net income, and outside of net income within other comprehensive income. Existing accounting standards do not provide clear principles for when items should be excluded from net income and recognized in other comprehensive income. In this Point of view, we observe that we have heard many diverse views from investors, preparers, standard setters, and auditors on this topic. We believe that more consistency regarding the attributes of items initially excluded from net income would be beneficial for investors...
The FASB issued ASU 2012-02, Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment (the revised standard), on July 27, 2012. The revised standard is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of testing indefinite-lived intangible assets other than goodwill for impairment by providing entities with an option to perform a "qualitative" assessment to determine whether further impairment testing is necessary. The approach is similar to the guidance finalized last year for goodwill impairment testing. This Dataline looks at the key provisions of the revised standard and offers our observations.
The FASB and IASB met in July to begin redeliberating their joint revenue recognition project. This PwC Dataline summarizes the boards’ redeliberations and tentative decisions made during the July board meeting, and the potential effects on certain industries. It also includes audio links to additional information on selected topics.
The SEC Staff recently published its final Staff Report regarding the potential impact of incorporation of IFRS into the US financial reporting system. This Dataline looks at the six key areas covered in the Staff Report and offers our observations.
PwC global network of firms supports the Interpretations Committee's decision that the accounting for employee benefit plans with a promised return on contributions or notional contributions explored in the Draft IFRIC should be further considered.
At the EITF's June 21 meeting, the Task Force discussed the three Issues reaching a consensus-for-exposure on two Issues (12-B and 12-D). Further discussion is expected for one Issue (11-A). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
Undistributed foreign earnings that are indefinitely reinvested outside the United States result in a significant unrecorded tax liability for many U.S.-based multinationals. The amount of undistributed foreign earnings has grown substantially in recent years. As a result, expectations for transparency have increased along with concerns about a lack of comparability or consistency in disclosures. This Practical tip focuses on the U.S. GAAP disclosure requirements and considerations relating to undistributed foreign earnings.
This PwC Dataline provides observations on how new fair value guidance was implemented in the first quarter by a sample of 37 companies from a variety of industries. It identifies leading practices and points of interest to assist reporting entities as they develop their future fair value disclosures. The companies we sampled are from a variety of industries, including (1) financial services - banking and capital markets, asset management, and insurance, and (2) other industries - utilities, energy, manufacturing, and real estate.
The FASB and IASB released an updated exposure draft, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, on November 14, 2011. The boards received approximately 360 comment letters in response to the updated exposure draft, down significantly from the nearly 1,000 comment letters received on the exposure draft released in June 2010. Since issuing the updated exposure draft, the boards have continued extensive outreach efforts, including four public and numerous private, industry-focused roundtables. This PwC Dataline addresses the areas of focus in roundtables and in comment letters received by the boards on the updated exposure draft.
Companies preparing to go public often face a number of issues related to their financial statements. A common issue is whether push-down accounting should be applied. Push-down accounting is the practice of adjusting the standalone financial statements of an acquired company to reflect the basis of accounting of the buyer. This edition of Mergers & acquisitions - a snapshot, provides an overview of the SEC's rules on push-down accounting and a high-level summary of the complexities and opportunities that can arise in applying the rules to common deal structures.
At the close of every quarter, companies recognize income tax expense or benefit in their respective quarterly financial statements in accordance with interim reporting guidance under FASB Accounting Standards Codification 740, Income Taxes (ASC 740). When applied, this accounting model can present formidable challenges to many companies and can sometimes produce unexpected results. This edition of Tax accounting insights highlights the "basics" as well as key areas of focus when accounting for income taxes during interim periods.
In May 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs (the ASU). The ASU resulted from a joint project with the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The IASB also issued IFRS 13, Fair Value Measurement, in May 2011. Many of the changes to existing fair value measurement guidance represent clarifications and are intended to align U.S. GAAP and IFRS. However, certain of the amendments to U.S. GAAP are substantive and several new disclosures are required. This Dataline includes a series of questions and answers providing implementation guidance on selected new disclosure...
The FASB issued a final standard in June 2011 requiring entities to present net income and other comprehensive income in either a single continuous statement or in two separate, but consecutive, statements of net income and other comprehensive income. In response to concerns from some preparers, the FASB issued an amendment in December 2011 to indefinitely defer one of the requirements contained in its June 2011 final standard. That requirement called for reclassification adjustments from accumulated other comprehensive income to be measured and presented by income statement line item in net income and also in other comprehensive income. In Dataline 2011-24 we discussed the final standard as originally issued. Now that the FASB has...
Significant differences continue to exist between the IASB's anf the FASB's income tax accounting models, notwithstanding ongoing convergence efforts. This PwC publication provides a comparative summary between standards and a closer look at seven significant differences -- tax basis, initial recognition, intercompany transactions, accounting for uncertain tax positions, allocating income taxes, share-based compensation, and investment in subsidiaries.
Determining whether an acquired group of assets is a business has proven to be one of the more challenging aspects of applying the current M&A accounting guidance. For many transactions, the determination will be straightforward. However, the current guidance will cause many transactions that are "on the edge," and previously would have been accounted for as asset acquisitions, to be accounted for as business combinations. This edition identifies relevant considerations in determining whether a business has been acquired and why it matters not only upon acquisition but also for disposals and public company reporting.
In a business combination, buyers are required to record the acquired assets and assumed liabilities of a business at their fair values. Fair value reflects the price that market participants would receive to sell an asset or pay to transfer a liability. Assets and liabilities may be used differently by different market participants, resulting in variations in values. Therefore, a market participant's view is an important aspect of the valuation process as a buyer cannot look only to its own intended use of an asset or its ability to transfer a liability at a certain price. This publication provides insight on the identification of market participants, as well as how entities can develop market participant assumptions.
Income tax provision preparation for stand-alone subsidiary or carve-out financial statements is a challenging and complex area of practice. In completing these calculations, we believe it is important to have a consistent, thoughtful framework for addressing the many judgments involved in the process. To assist you with the preparation of separate company financial statements, PwC's Tax accounting insights presents "Seven principles to consider when preparing a tax provision for subsidiary or carve-out financial statements" publication.
The potential transition to IFRS in the United States has been an ongoing focus of the SEC over the past several years. As part of their current workplan, the SEC is analyzing the impact of IFRS on US issuers and whether, when, and how to incorporate IFRS into the US financial reporting system. In this Tax accounting insights, we inform US tax executives on the current landscape of IFRS, including the key tax considerations that may arise in the near-term
The M&A Standards changed how a parent reports the minority shareholder interests in a partially owned subsidiary in its consolidated financial statements. The minority shareholder interests, or noncontrolling interests (''NCI''), are generally presented within equity as if the parent and the minority shareholders have similar economic interests. Previously, NCI were generally presented between liabilities and equity (''mezzanine equity''). This edition focuses on the classification of redeemable NCI and how different minority shareholder rights may lead to different financial reporting by the parent.
Income tax indemnifications are established in a variety of transactions, including business acquisitions, corporate spin-offs and initial public offerings (IPOs). Accounting for an income tax indemnification arrangement depends upon whether the company is obligated to the taxing authority, the relationship between the parties and the type of transaction.
In many M&A transactions, companies looking to dispose of non-core businesses or to generate cash may sell only a portion of their operations (e.g., a subsidiary or a business unit). As part of these transactions, a seller may need, or want, to prepare separate financial statements of the operations being sold, commonly referred to as carve-out financial statements. The preparation of these financial statements can be challenging as there is limited guidance covering their composition. This volume of Mergers & Acquisitions - A snapshot, focuses on some of the issues companies may face when preparing carve-out financial statements, how those statements may differ from their own financial statements, and how the M&A Standards may impact...
FASB Accounting Standard Codification Topic 810 incorporates FAS 167, Amendments to FASB Interpretation No. 46(R)), which is the U.S. standard on consolidation (the Consolidation Standard). The Consolidation Standard is effective as of January 1, 2010 for calendar year end companies and the impact will soon be reported in the first quarter reporting cycle. As a result of applying the new guidance, certain entities may need to be consolidated while other entities may need to be deconsolidated. Determining who consolidates is just the beginning.
In many M&A transactions, when the buyer and seller cannot agree on the total purchase price in an acquisition, the two parties agree to an additional payment, or contingent consideration, based on the outcome of future events. These payments are commonly referred to as earnouts and are typically based on revenue or earnings targets that the acquired company must meet after the acquisition date. The accounting for these arrangements under the M&A Standards represents a significant change from past practice.
Goodwill impairment testing continues to be a challenging and complex area of practice. As companies perform goodwill assessments, tax considerations can play a critical role in the final conclusions. To assist you with your goodwill impairment testing, PwC has refreshed our Goodwill Impairment Testing: Tax Considerations publication (originally released in December 2009).
In many M&A transactions, a buyer may acquire assets it does not intend to use. Prior to the M&A Standards, buyers generally would assign little or no value to assets that are not intended to be used when accounting for an M&A transaction. Now, such assets are required to be recognized at fair value from a market participant perspective, even if that perspective differs from that of the actual buyer. One common type of asset that a buyer does not intend to actively use that is receiving considerable attention is called a "defensive asset."
To help you make the transition to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, PwC has developed a Financial Instruments Supplement to be used along with its FASB Accounting Standards Codification Quick Reference Guide. The Financial Instruments Supplemen
Accounting for partial acquisitions and disposals - it's not so simple! In an economic environment where many companies are buying and selling portions of businesses, the M&A Standards will have an impact on how companies account for these types of transactions. At first glance, the fundamental concept of "control" that drives the accounting seems easy to understand. If a company gains control, the acquisition is a business combination. If a company loses control, it deconsolidates the subsidiary. If a company maintains control, the transaction is recorded in equity. Simple, right? Not so fast!
Current market conditions have precipitated efforts by companies, across industries and markets, to reduce or restructure their debt obligations.The transactions and events occurring in these settings can have significant and sometimes unique financial reporting consequences.This PwC publication provides an overview of these transactions and events from both a financial reporting and income tax perspective.
On July 1, the FASB launched the FASB Accounting Standards Codification as the single source of authoritative nongovernmental U.S. GAAP, combining and replacing the jumbled mix of accounting standards that have evolved over the last 50+ years. The FASB's
Doing a deal? How will you compensate employees of the target? The new M&A Standards may impact your decision. Determining whether employee arrangements represent compensation for service prior to and/or after the acquisition will have a direct impact on the amount included as purchase price versus the amount expensed in the future. This installment of Mergers & Acquisitions - A snapshot explores some of the more common issues related to employee compensation arrangements typically seen in business combinations... contingent consideration, golden parachutes and stay bonuses, and exchanges of stock compensation awards. Employee compensation decisions agreed upon during deal negotiations could impact the acquirer's future financial results.
Software revenue recognition has not gotten easier. However, one of the keys to success is having the right tools. Our guide to software revenue recognition reflects the trends and challenges as of March 31, 2009, along with a chapter dedicated to Software-as-a-Service.
Are you ready for volatility in your effective tax rate? The new M&A standards will likely impact a company's effective tax rate. This impact will be felt by acquisitive companies in all industries, public and private, and as early as the first quarter of 2009 because parts of the new M&A standards apply to prior acquisitions. This installment of Mergers & Acquisitions—A snapshot focuses on how the accounting for merger and acquisition transactions will create volatility in an acquirer's effective tax rate in periods before and after an acquisition.
Did you know that the new M&A standards could impact your company regardless of whether you plan to close a deal? Given the current economic environment, understanding the new M&A standards may not be a priority for many companies, particularly if M&A activity is not on the horizon in the foreseeable future. However, companies should be careful not to overlook the new M&A standards, as they may have a significant impact, even without a deal. This installment of Mergers & Acquisitions - A snapshot will help you avoid last-minute surprises by understanding how the new accounting and reporting standards for M&A may affect your financial reporting even though you haven’t closed a deal.
Since the adoption of FAS 142, the goodwill impairment standard, the equity markets have generally trended upward. Accordingly, impairments may not have been as frequent as we expect to see them today. This edition of Mergers & Acquisitions - A snapshot, focuses on some of the issues companies may face in preparing goodwill impairment tests in the current environment. It also serves as a refresher on certain aspects of the framework for conducting those tests.
Recognizing that the new standards affecting mergers and acquisitions — FAS 141(R) and FAS 160 — will dramatically change the way companies negotiate and account for M&A, PwC has launched the first in a series of publications that will help companies keep abreast of emerging issues resulting from the new standards, as well as provide them with ideas on modifying current strategies and employing new ones for future deals. This first installment of Mergers & Acquisitions - A snapshot focuses on how the accounting treatment for M&A transactions will depend considerably on whether the deal closes before or after the effective date of the new standards.
Efforts intended to strengthen objectivity and transparency with respect to tax planning, compliance and conflict resolution have converged around the use of a MLTN (more likely than not) standard. This PwC publication explores the FIN 48's more likely than not (MTLN) standard on whether a position taken, or expected to be taken, in a tax return is more likely than not to be sustained.