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Liabilities vs. Equity – FASB Discusses Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity NEW!

Exposure Draft - Proposed Accounting Standards Update (Revised) 2019-780 —Debt (Topic 470) —Simplifying the Classification of Debt in a Classified Balance Sheet (Current versus Noncurrent) 

Convertible Debt – FASB Discusses Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity 

Liabilities —Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products 

Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products - FASB ASU 2016-04 

FASB Accountaing Standards Update No. 2016-04, Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products

FASB Accountaing Standards Update No. 2016-04, Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products

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Liabilities vs. Equity – FASB Discusses Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity

Summary - As reported in its “Summary of Board Decisions” publication, the FASB met on December 11, 2019, and discussed comment letter feedback on the July 2019 proposed Accounting Standards Update, Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity, and began redeliberations.

The FASB affirmed several decisions, including:

  • To account for convertible instruments as a single unit of account, except in circumstances in which the conversion features are required to be bifurcated under Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging;
  • To remove an entity’s ability to overcome the presumption about share settlement when calculating diluted earnings per share (EPS) for a contract that may be settled in either cash or shares; and
  • To remove certain settlement criteria from Section 815-40-25, Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity—Recognition.

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Exposure Draft - Proposed Accounting Standards Update (Revised) 2019-780 —Debt (Topic 470) —Simplifying the Classification of Debt in a Classified Balance Sheet (Current versus Noncurrent)

Summary - The FASB issued for public comment a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve guidance used to determine whether debt should be classified as a current or noncurrent liability in a classified balance sheet. Stakeholders are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed ASU by October 28, 2019.

In January 2017, the FASB issued its first proposal on the project, which contained provisions to replace the current, fact-specific guidance with an overarching, cohesive principle for determining whether debt, or other instruments within the scope of the proposal, should be classified as a current or noncurrent liability as of the balance sheet date.

Much of the guidance in this revised proposal is similar to the original 2017 proposal on which the FASB has received extensive feedback. Based on input received from stakeholders, including the Private Company Council, the FASB added proposed requirements related to unused long-term financing arrangements, such as a line of credit, and grace periods. The revised proposal reflects and seeks comments on these changes, as well as the expected costs and expected benefits of the proposed amendments.

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Convertible Debt – FASB Discusses Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity

Summary - As reported in its “Summary of Board Decisions” publication, the FASB met on February 13, 2019, and deliberated disclosures for convertible instruments and decided to:

  • Add disclosure objectives for convertible debt and for convertible preferred shares.
  • Amend disclosure guidance related to certain terms and features of convertible instruments.
  • Amend the guidance in Subtopic 825-10, Financial Instruments—Overall (which applies to public business entities) to require disclosure of information about fair value and leveling of convertible instruments at the individual instrument level together with the related carrying amount.
  • Centralize guidance on convertible debt in Subtopic 470-20, Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options, and guidance on convertible preferred shares in Topic 505, Equity.
  • Improve the format of disclosing certain quantitative information about convertible instruments.

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Liabilities —Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products

Summary - The amendments apply to entities that offer certain prepaid stored value products (e.g., prepaid gift cards issued on a specific payment network and redeemable at network-accepting merchant locations, prepaid telecommunication cards, and traveler’s checks).

Liabilities related to the sale of prepaid stored-value products are financial liabilities. The amendments provide a narrow scope exception to the guidance in Subtopic 405-20 to require that breakage for those liabilities be accounted for consistent with the breakage guidance in Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Neither current U.S. GAAP nor the pending guidance in Topic 606 contains specific guidance for the derecognition of prepaid stored-value product liabilities.

The amendments are effective for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Earlier application is permitted, including adoption in an interim period.

The amendments should be applied either: (a) using a modified retrospective transition method by means of a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the guidance is effective; or (b) retrospectively to each period presented.

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Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products - FASB ASU 2016-04

Summary - The amendments apply to entities that offer certain prepaid stored value products (e.g., prepaid gift cards issued on a specific payment network and redeemable at network-accepting merchant locations, prepaid telecommunication cards, and traveler's checks).
 
Liabilities related to the sale of prepaid stored-value products are financial liabilities. The amendments provide a narrow scope exception to the guidance in Subtopic 405-20 to require that breakage for those liabilities be accounted for consistent with the breakage guidance in Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Neither current U.S. GAAP nor the pending guidance in Topic 606 contains specific guidance for the derecognition of prepaid stored-value product liabilities.

Effective - The amendments are effective for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Earlier application is permitted, including adoption in an interim period.
 
The amendments should be applied either:
  • Using a modified retrospective transition method by means of a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the guidance is effective; or
  • Retrospectively to each period presented.
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FASB Accountaing Standards Update No. 2016-04, Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products

Summary - The amendments apply to entities that offer certain prepaid stored value products (e.g., prepaid gift cards issued on a specific payment network and redeemable at network-accepting merchant locations, prepaid telecommunication cards, and traveler's checks).
 
Liabilities related to the sale of prepaid stored-value products are financial liabilities. The amendments provide a narrow scope exception to the guidance in Subtopic 405-20 to require that breakage for those liabilities be accounted for consistent with the breakage guidance in Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Neither current U.S. GAAP nor the pending guidance in Topic 606 contains specific guidance for the derecognition of prepaid stored-value product liabilities.
 
The amendments are effective for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Earlier application is permitted, including adoption in an interim period.
 
The amendments should be applied either: (a) using a modified retrospective transition method by means of a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the guidance is effective; or (b) retrospectively to each period presented.

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FASB Accountaing Standards Update No. 2016-04, Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products

Summary - The FASB has issued ASU No. 2016-04, Liabilities - Extinguishments of Liabilities (Subtopic 405-20): Recognition of Breakage for Certain Prepaid Stored-Value Products. The amendments apply to entities that offer certain prepaid stored value products (e.g., prepaid gift cards issued on a specific payment network and redeemable at network-accepting merchant locations, prepaid telecommunication cards, and traveler's checks).

Liabilities related to the sale of prepaid stored-value products are financial liabilities. The amendments provide a narrow scope exception to the guidance in Subtopic 405-20 to require that breakage for those liabilities be accounted for consistent with the breakage guidance in Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Neither current U.S. GAAP nor the pending guidance in Topic 606 contains specific guidance for the derecognition of prepaid stored-value product liabilities.
The amendments are effective for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Earlier application is permitted, including adoption in an interim period.
The amendments should be applied either: (a) using a modified retrospective transition method by means of a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the guidance is effective; or (b) retrospectively to each period presented.
For more information, click here.
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