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    title:
    Financial Statement Reporting Developments: A Deloitte & Touche Panel Presentation
    moderator and panelists:
    Moderator: Margaret Mulley, Partner of Strategy & Communications and Chief Learning Officer, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Panelists: Patrick A. Casabona, Professor, St. Johns University & Senior Manager/Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP Clif Mathews, AERS Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP Adrian Mills, AERS Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP Ignacio Perez Zaldivar, AERS Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP Alejandro Rebollo, AERS Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
    presentation session:
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 ~ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm 8.25
    brief description:

    The panel presentation will cover the accounting guidance, issues and implementation considerations related to forthcoming accounting standards that will reshape financial statements and need to be discussed in college accounting curriculums, including: Accounting for Financial Instruments, Revenue Recognition, Accounting for Leases, fair value measurements, and other key FASB projects.

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    • Robert E Jensen

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    • Robert E Jensen

      Teaching Case on Pending Lease Accounting Rule Changes
      From The Wall Street Journal Accounting Weekly Review on September 5, 2014

      The Big Number: Changes in Lease Accounting Rules Draw Closer
      by: Emily Chasan
      Sep 01, 2014
      Click here to view the full article on WSJ.com
       

      TOPICS: Debt Covenants, Financial Accounting, Lease Accounting

      SUMMARY: U.S. and international accounting-rule makers are edging closer to completing a decade-long effort to overhaul lease accounting rules. The rules, which could be issued in 2015, threaten to bring roughly $2 trillion of off-balance-sheet leases onto corporate books. But adding assets and liabilities for store leases, airplanes and the like could force companies to renegotiate the terms of their loans with lenders. Banks and lenders often require companies to maintain covenants, such as a specific debt-to-equity ratio, fixed-asset ratio or earnings metric, which could all be thrown out of whack by such a significant accounting change.

      CLASSROOM APPLICATION: This is an interesting article about the changes to lease accounting because it highlights an important ripple effect: calculations for debt covenants will be affected. This is important to note for students that any change to accounting rules can change the financial statements and any corresponding financial statement analysis calculations. These ripple effects can cause problems for the firms and should be anticipated and addressed.

      QUESTIONS: 
      1. (Introductory) What changes have been proposed for accounting for leases? Why are rule-makers working on these changes?

      2. (Advanced) What are some of the ripple effects resulting from the changes to the lease rules? More specifically, what is the impact on calculations for debt covenants?

      3. (Advanced) How should lenders react? Should they adjust their calculations? How should they approach enforcing existing contract requirements?
       

      Reviewed By: Linda Christiansen, Indiana University Southeast

      "The Big Number: Changes in Lease Accounting Rules Draw Closer," by Emily Chasan, The Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2014 ---
      http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-big-number-changes-in-lease-accounting-rules-draw-closer-1409613447?mod=djem_jiewr_AC_domainid

      50%

      Percentage of global companies with bank-debt covenants potentially affected by lease accounting changes

      U.S. and international accounting-rule makers are edging closer to completing a decadelong effort to overhaul lease accounting rules. The rules, which could be issued next year, threaten to bring roughly $2 trillion of off-balance-sheet leases onto corporate books.

      But adding assets and liabilities for store leases, airplanes and the like could force companies to renegotiate the terms of their loans with lenders. Banks and lenders often require companies to maintain covenants, such as a specific debt-to-equity ratio, fixed-asset ratio or earnings metric, which could all be thrown out of whack by such a significant accounting change.

      Some 50% of global companies have business loans with debt covenants that could require them to repay a loan if they break any covenants, according to a survey of more than 2,000 directors and C-level executives by accounting firm Grant Thornton International Ltd. But only about 8% of those companies currently believe that putting leases on their balance sheet will affect their compliance with bank covenants.

      "Many companies are in for a big surprise when this comes out and they have to go to the bank," said Ed Nusbaum, chief executive of Grant Thornton International. "They need to start talking to their bankers."

      In North America, about 75% of the executives polled said their loans could be recalled if they break this type of covenant, but less than 5% of executives thought the lease accounting change would affect them.

      The American Bankers Association has been pushing rule makers to build a long transition period into the new rules, so that they wouldn't take effect until at least 2018.

      "There has to be a huge amount of education for loan officers, who have to start figuring out what the right ratios are and what they will have to adjust," said Michael Gullette, vice president of accounting and financial management at the ABA.

      From EY:  FASB addresses sale and leasebacks, US GAAP topics in leases project
      http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssetsAL/TothePoint_BB2822_Leases_3September2014/$FILE/TothePoint_BB2822_Leases_3September2014.pdf
      What you need to know

      • The FASB decided that repurchase options exercisable at fair value would not preclude sale accounting for sale and leaseback transaction s involving non - specialized underlying assets that are readily available in the marketplace .

      • The FASB decided that l essees that are not public business entities could make an accounting policy election to use the risk - free rate for the initial and subsequent measurement of lease liabilities. This is consistent with the Board’s 2013 proposal.

      • The Board affirmed its 2013 proposal to eliminate today’s accounting model for leveraged leases but decided that leveraged leases that exist at transition would be grandfathered.

       • The Board also affirmed its 2013 proposal for lessees and lessors to account for related party leases on the basis of the legally enforceable terms and conditions of the lease .

      Overview

      The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB or Board ) continued to redeliberate its 2013 joint proposal 1 t o put most leases on lessees’ balance sheets . At last week’s FASB - only meeting, the Board made more decisions to clarify the proposed guidance on the accounting for sale and leaseback transactions. The Board also affirmed its 2013 proposed decisions about the discount rate for lessee entities that are not public business entities (PBE) , the accounting for leveraged leases and the accounting for related party leasing transactions. The Board’s latest decisions, like all decisions to date, are tentative. No. 201 4 - 333 September 2014 To the Point FASB — proposed guidance

      Continued in article

      Bob Jensen's threads on lease accounting ---
      http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Theory02.htm#Leases