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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Our Q1-2013 edition provides updates on the latest developments in revenue recognition, classification and measurement of financial instruments, impairment of financial assets, leases, insurance contracts, and more.
This edition of The quarter close highlights current developments in financial reporting, including key standard-setting developments in revenue, financial instruments, and other hot topics, as well as SEC and PCAOB regulatory updates.
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 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.
This edition of The quarter close has the latest updates and timely reminders to help you navigate your year-end reporting process with a number of hot topics, including fair value, asset impairments, pensions, valuation allowances, and more.
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.
PwC supports the FASB and IASB's efforts to develop an approach for assessing whether a decision maker is using its decision-making authority in a principal or an agent capacity. However, consolidation is only one of two important elements needed to achieve convergence in the recognition of financial assets and liabilities by financial entities. PwC's preference is for the Boards to work together to reach a converged solution for all aspects of recognition, including considering their respective guidance for derecognition of financial instruments.
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.
On November 3, 2011, the FASB issued an exposure draft proposing changes to the consolidation accounting guidance for variable interest entities (VIEs) and partnerships that are not VIEs. A reporting entity that has a variable interest in a VIE and decision-making authority would need to assess whether it uses its decision-making authority to act in a principal or an agent capacity. A decision maker determined to be an agent would not consolidate the entity. In addition, the presumption that a general partner controls a partnership that is a voting interest entity (VOE) can be overcome by applying the same principal versus agent assessment and determining that the general partner is using its power in an agent capacity. This Dataline...
On October 21, 2011, the FASB issued a proposal to (1) amend the criteria for determining whether an entity is an investment company and (2) address when an investment company should apply consolidation accounting. The proposal would apply to an entity's interim and annual reporting periods in fiscal years that begin after the effective date, which has not been determined. Comments on the FASB's proposal (and a related proposal issued by the IASB) are due January 5, 2012. This Dataline takes a look at the key provisions of the proposal and shares our observations on it.
At the November 3, 2011 EITF meeting, the Task Force discussed two Issues, reaching a final consensus on one Issue (10-E) and consensus-for-exposure on one Issue (11-A). If the final consensus is ratified by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) at its November 16, 2011 meeting, the related Accounting Standards Update (ASU) will amend the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) and become final authoritative accounting guidance.
The IASB released IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, in May 2011, introducing new guidance on when investors will have to consolidate investees. Many aspects of the new guidance are now converged with U.S. GAAP. The new approach combines the concepts of power to control and exposure to variable returns in the determination of whether control exists, and whether consolidation is required. This Dataline takes an in-depth look at the new guidance in IFRS 10. It includes numerous examples and illustrations to help you get up to speed quickly on the new approach.
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.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami. The power supply in certain parts of Japan has been cut-off with rolling blackouts scheduled in other areas. Further compounding the situation, nuclear power plants were damaged causing worries about the possible meltdown of nuclear reactors and the release of harmful radioactive materials. While not all-inclusive of the types of issues that may be created by these events, this Dataline discusses several accounting and disclosure-related matters companies may encounter in dealing with the financial reporting implications of these tragic events.
Last week's annual AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments focused on restoring public trust and investor confidence in the U.S. capital markets. Presenters called for all members of the financial reporting supply chain, including boards, management and auditors, to play a role in these efforts. This Dataline takes a closer look at the topics discussed at the conference.
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.
This year end, companies continue to face many complex financial reporting issues such as asset impairments, debt modifications, revenue recognition and pensions. Recently issued legislation has created additional reporting considerations. Also, the SEC has put additional emphasis on compliance with certain existing disclosure requirements such as disclosures of loss contingencies, goodwill impairment, segments, and liquidity. Recently issued guidance by the FASB has become effective in 2010, including new guidance on consolidations, updates to fair value disclosures, and disclosures about the credit quality of finance receivables. While not intended to serve as an all-inclusive checklist, this Dataline should be helpful as a timely...
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.
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!