Lease Accounting Breakthrough Could Come in June –CFO Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Emily Chasan is on the spot with the latest news:   U.S. and international accounting rule makers finally may be ready next month to resolve a debate over corpo Emily Chasan is on the spot with the latest news:   U.S. and international accounting rule makers finally may be ready next month to resolve a debate over corpo Rating:
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Lease Accounting Breakthrough Could Come in June –CFO Report

Emily Chasan is on the spot with the latest news:  

U.S. and international accounting rule makers finally may be ready next month to resolve a debate over corporate lease accounting, that would bring $2 trillion worth of lease obligations onto corporate balance sheets. Members of the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board said Thursday they were ready to vote on a method for how new lease accounting rules will impact corporate earnings in June, which means a new draft of the rules could be finished by the end of this year.

 

The lease accounting overhaul is part of a six-year effort to align global accounting rules and increase transparency around off-balance sheet obligations. Companies, however, have been reticent to embrace the change as it could bulk up their balance sheets, alter fundamental ratios, and require changes to debt covenants.

In a joint discussion at FASB headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, members of both boards said they were open to voting on two methods for representation of lease costs, that they have discussed with companies and investors since April . The first option, which the boards proposed in their first draft of a lease accounting proposal, recognizes leases, or the right to use a piece of property or equipment as a new “right of use asset” on corporate balance sheets. It requires a depreciation method that front-loads, or concentrates the cost of the lease into its early years. The second option would bring leases on the balance sheet, but let companies expense their rent payments equally over the course of a lease, similar to what they do now. Board members said they wanted to vote in June on whether to allow companies to use only one method or the other, or some combination.

“I think we’re stuck with at least considering seriously two different lease models,” FASB member Thomas Linsmeier said at the meeting.  While he said it is tempting for the board to choose just one model, he said he’s become convinced that there are “fundamentally different” types of leases. Some leases he said are just another form of financing, where a lessee is choosing to take out a lease rather than finance the purchase of the asset. But other leases, such as real estate leases, simply let companies buy access to a property for a certain period of time, and don’t have all the same financing components.

“Just because you write ‘lease’ at the top of the paper does not mean they all convey the same rights and obligations,” FASB Chairman Leslie Seidman said.

 

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