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Understanding and applying incremental lease borrowing rate analyses under ASC 842

Posted by Julio Dalla Costa on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 04:57 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipIn February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02 ( “ASC 842”), Leases, which provides new guidelines that change the accounting for leasing arrangements.

Background on ASC 842

The new leasing standard becomes effective in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years, for: • Public business entities • Not-for-profit entities that have issued (or are a conduit bond obligator for) securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market• Employee benefit plans that file financial statements with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

For all other entities, it becomes effective in fiscal years beginning after  December 15, 2019, and interim periods in fiscal years beginning after  December 15, 2020. Early adoption is permitted at any time for all entities.

The primary purpose of the standard is to address the current accounting treatment of operating leases which are deemed to be off balance sheet financing arrangements and are only disclosed via a company’s financial footnotes in the “Commitments and Contingencies” footnote. Upon the adoption of ASC 842, Therefore, for every identified lease, companies will be required to create a lease liability calculated as the present value of the future fixed payments and a corresponding asset (“right of use” asset). The right of use asset will be amortized over the life of the lease.

The income statement will be impacted by a straight-line lease expense item that would essentially contain an interest component with the amortization of the asset being the plug-in order to achieve straight line lease expense over the life of the lease. One of the key challenges of adopting the new standard will be for companies to assess and apply the incremental borrowing rate applicable to them which will be used in the present value calculations for the capitalization of lease liability and right of use assets related to leases.

Incremental Borrowing Rate

ASC 842 defines “incremental borrowing rate” as: The rate of interest that a lessee would have to pay to borrow on a collateralized basis over a similar term an amount equal to the lease payments in a similar economic environment.

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The definition of “incremental borrowing rate” in ASC 842 represents a change from how that term was defined under ASC 840. The definition under ASC 842 makes it clear that the lessee is required to assess the rate as a secured rate. Under ASC 840, a lessee was to determine a rate that was “consistent with the financing that would have been used in the particular circumstances,” which could have resulted in the lessee using an unsecured borrowing rate.

Accordingly, if a lessee used an unsecured rate to determine lease classification under ASC 840, the adoption of ASC 842 should result in it utilizing a lower discount rate for determining whether the lease qualifies as an operating lease. When combined with other changes from ASC 840, there is a greater chance that leases classified as operating leases under ASC 840 will be finance leases under ASC 842.

Similar term

In determining the incremental borrowing rate, a “one size fits all” will not be sufficient to be compliant with the new standard. Therefore, companies will need to determine the incremental borrowing rate by average lease terms. For example, the incremental borrowing rate applied to a twenty-year lease should not be the same as the rate applied to a three-year vehicle lease.

Similar economic environment

Many companies have asked whether it is possible to use the Company’s corporate cost of capital borrowing rate which is usually is at the company’s headquarters. As noted in the guidance, the incremental borrowing rate will have to applied to similar economic environments so wherein companies have corporate debt at the US headquarters they will be forced to assess and document the differences in rates in different economic environments such as in countries such as China, Brazil, Argentina and some countries in Africa where the economic environments are vastly different than in the Unites States.

Incremental borrowing rate at date of adoption

The incremental borrowing rate should be applied at the date of adoption which for public companies will at 1/1/2019. Companies should start to assess the incremental borrowing rates as early as possible and then update as needed for any changes to the terms and economic environments throughout 2018 so at 1/1/19, there is a clear and precise documentation of the methods used and assumptions made for the various rates.

Private company’s considerations

Because of the difficulty of determining the incremental borrowing rate, ASC 842 also provides a practical expedient to private companies by allowing those reporting entities to use a risk-free rate to determine lease classification. While the risk-free rate is certainly easier to determine than the incremental borrowing rate, the use of the risk-free rate could result in more leases qualifying as finance leases because the present value of the lease payments determined using the risk-free rate will be greater than the present value determined using the incremental borrowing rate. Accordingly, private company lessees will need to carefully consider the implications if they elect to use the risk-free rate.

Conclusion:

As companies start assessing the adoption and implementation, careful consideration of the incremental borrowing will need to perform because of the challenges in the new definition of the incremental borrowing rate under ASC 842. Companies should start having meaningful conversations with their respective treasury departments to determine the various rates that will need to be applied on 1/1/19.

 

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Topics: leasing, Leasing-Hot-Tips, SAPLeaseAdmin, ASC 842

Transitioning to ASC 842, Where are all your company’s lease documents?

Posted by David Ogletree on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 02:33 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipThe new lease accounting standard ASC 842 is effective for public companies beginning January 1st, 2019. The primary purpose of the standard was to address the fact that most operating leases are deemed off balance sheet financing arrangements and currently are only disclosed via a company’s financial footnotes in the “Commitments and Contingencies” footnote.

Therefore, for every identified lease, companies will be required to create a lease liability calculated as the present value of the future fixed payments and a corresponding asset (“right of use” asset). The right of use asset will be amortized over the life of the lease. The income statement will be impacted by a straight-line lease expense item that would essentially contain an interest component with the amortization of the asset being the plug-in order to achieve straight line lease expense over the life of the lease.

Primary issue is locating the entire population of active leases

Since companies were not required to capitalize leases in the past, record keeping for leases were often decentralized.  Most companies did not ever require operating leases to go through a formal capital committee review.  This meant record keeping and leasing terms were often undocumented.  The leasing related companies often transfer(sell) existing leases in their portfolio to other leasing companies making it even more difficult to track down leases.  The new standard is forcing companies to go through the process of locating all their operating leases.  For many firms this is an onerous task as some leases are decentralized and managed by their subsidiaries.  The following is a course of action to gather all the leases for an entity for ASC 842 accounting determination.

These five required steps to completeness and determination will help make sure that all leases have been analyzed for proper ASC 842 adoption.

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1) Commitments and Contingencies Footnote Schedule

Even though companies were not required to account for their operating leases on their balance sheet under ASC 840, there were required footnote disclosures.  The operating leases for future periods were disclosed in the “Commitments and Contingencies” section of their 10-K filings.  This disclosure would serve as a starting basis for all active operating leases.  The footnote would most likely contain a schedule of all future annual lease payments, lease terms, and minimum required lease payments. This schedule would be the beginning basis for the master lease schedule.

2) Leasing/Legal Department Inquiries

Some very large or lease centric companies have a Leasing department.  The Leasing department would likely have a listing of all approved leasing companies and all related contact information. The Leasing department would be the starting point of all lease negotiations and final lease execution. Inquire with leasing management as to their current active lease files.  This population of leases discovered in your initial inquiry of leasing management should detect leases not included in the “Commitments and Contingencies” footnote disclosure.  The Legal department is also a key contact regarding leases(and contracts) to make a formal inquiry.  The Legal department reviews, negotiates, and approves all legal documents.  The Legal department would keep a repository of all approved and executed legal documents.  Access to this contract repository will aid in the detection of “embedded leases”.  Embedded leases are leases under ASC 842 that are within a services contract not currently accounted for as an operating lease and therefore not included in the “Commitments and Contingencies” footnote.   

3) AP Sub-Ledger Analysis

As the company continues to navigate ASC 842 adoption, for completeness purposes, all payments in the AP sub-ledger in the trailing twelve months should be reviewed. These payment records should be reviewed in detailed for any vouchers that might relate to a lease and was not present in the 10-K or the Leasing/Legal department contract files.  Companies should query their detailed AP data for key words such as “lease”, “rent”, “building”, “equipment” and the like.  It would also be prudent to query the AP data for the entity’s common lease related vendors.   The leasing company vendor list would have been provided by Leasing management or AP management.  All leases detected through the AP sub-ledger should be matched against the list derived from the prior lease detection efforts.  All unmatched leases should be added to the original list to continue building the master lease schedule.  The next step in the AP analysis is reviewing payment files for any monthly recurring payments.  Trace these recurring payments to the AP voucher and compare to the master lease schedule.  Any voucher that is recurring and not already included on the master lease schedule would require further analysis to determine if it is indeed a lease. If the payment relates to a service contract, review the contract in the files of the Legal department, as discussed earlier to determine if there is an embedded lease.

 4) GL Detail Analysis

Next, a detailed listing from the general ledger for the rent expense account(s) should be examined and compared against the list derived from the all the previous lease detection efforts.  This is to detect payments or reclasses that are lease related but outside the AP sub-ledger.  This process may reveal wire transfers related to a lease or transactions that are lease related but not detected by the prior lease detection steps.

A detailed listing of the general ledger for property tax and insurance expense should also be examined and compared against the data derived from the previous inquiries.  This listing may detect property taxes and insurance expense for net leases not otherwise accounted for in the prior steps.

5) Treasury Department inquiry

All wire transfer payments should be reviewed for any payments that might relate to a lease.  Treasury departments routinely wire transfer large rent payments, especially related to leased real estate due to the exorbitant late fees charged in standard rental agreements. 

It would also be prudent to review the operating bank statement for wire transfers posting towards the end of the month that might relate to a lease. These wire transfers can be traced back to the wire transfer request documentation to determine if the payment is lease related.

Summary

As companies move through these steps to finalize their entire lease population, it is advisable to return to the Leasing and Legal department with the leases discovered that were not included in their original Leasing and Legal department inquiry.  This will allow these departments to update their corporate files and better manage the lease administration process.  The Leasing Department in collaboration with the Corporate Accounting department, may want to consider having a central repository software program for all the company’s leases, terms, minimum required lease payments, etc.  This will aid the Accounting department on a going forward basis as all new leases will be required to be analyzed for proper ASC 842 lease adherence. It will also allow for much stronger internal controls surrounding the leasing environment, and consequently, more accurate financial reporting.

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Topics: leasing, Leasing-Hot-Tips, IFRS16, ASC 842

Getting Ready for the New Lease Accounting Standards

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 05:34 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipThis recent article in Accounting Today provides a useful summary of the key issues that companies are facing as they get ready for compliance with IFRS 16 and ASC 842.

The changes, which take effect in January 2019 for public companies changes will require companies to recognize all leases as assets and liabilities, unless the lease term is 12 months or less, or the underlying asset has a low value.

Implementation of the new standards will require companies to do the following:

  • Track the details on all lease contracts (buildings, cars, office space, equipment, etc.).
  • Break down the contracts into the relevant components that determine the classification of the Right of Use Assets and Liabilities.
  • Make the appropriate calculations.
  • Generate the appropriate journal adjustments to accurately reflect leases on the balance sheet and income statement.

Regarding the current state of implementation, the article cites these key points:

"As was the case with revenue recognition and other accounting changes, readiness for the new lease accounting guidelines is lagging, and many organizations will be scrambling to comply in the second half of 2018. According to a recent Robert Half/Protiviti survey, more than half of companies surveyed (56 percent) have not begun transitioning to the new lease accounting standard. Sixty-nine percent of the largest firms have started the process, compared to 37 percent of the smallest organizations surveyed."

The top four challenges firms face in the transition include training staff, diagnosing the needed changes, finding professionals with the requisite expertise and updating their technology.

  • Too Complex and Risky for Spreadsheets
  • Best Practices in Lease Accounting
  • Standalone Applications
  • Integrated Applications

Leasing compliance- Implement the new standards IFRS 16 and ASC 842 26 Jun 2018Click here to read the full article in Accounting Today.

Overall, the article underscores the key point that Bramasol has been advocating since the new lease accounting standards were first adopted:  Get Started Now!

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Advanced Analytics Provide the Keys to Compliance, Optimization and Transformation

Posted by David Fellers on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 01:40 PM

If you think of today’s businesses as being like complex organisms, then it becomes easier to understand the critical role of advanced analytics in monitoring organizational health and supporting growth. Just as your body’s nervous system, immune responses and circulatory network provide continuous sensory feedback to identify problems and maintain healthy functioning, your company’s analytics processes are critical for organizational adaptation and survival.

In a very important way, adaptive analytics processes help companies cope with constantly changing external forces, such as new regulatory compliance requirements, market dynamics and competitive pressures.  Analytics are also critical for monitoring internal functions and change programs to provide context, transparency and agility for identifying issues and responding to potential problems before they become emergencies.

For example, major regulatory changes including Revenue Recognition (ASC 606 and IFRS 15), Lease Accounting (ASC 842 and IFRS 16), the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and others are all impacting compliance requirements for companies throughout the world.  Analytics are the key for successfully unifying internal processes and data to meet these external demands.

With so much external change going on, it’s vital that your organizational sensory and response systems be agile, transparent and comprehensive. To succeed, you need to simultaneously see the big picture and have the flexibility to drill down for detail across a widening range of compliance requirements.

At Bramasol, while working with a broad spectrum of companies across many industries on their compliance and financial transformation initiatives, it has become clear that “analytics” needs to be treated as a core strategy for overall success – with a comprehensive and highly adaptive approach.

Our go-to analytics technology stack spans the creation of purpose-built tailored solutions for issues such as Leasing and RevRec compliance, combined with user-friendly overall dashboards, such as the SAP tile-based analytics launch pad below.

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Companies need end-to-end integrated solutions for compliance that fit seamlessly within existing operational and financial systems while providing the detailed information, audit trail, aggregation methodologies and advanced analytics to support disclosure reporting.  In addition, company management needs assurance that these end-to-end solutions are capable of being adapted and updated as compliance and disclosure requirements are fine-tuned or to meet special situations.

While there is no easy one-size-fits-all solution for all companies, it is useful to leverage core analytics technologies that can readily adapt to unique requirements while also meshing with existing legacy systems and laying the foundation for forward-looking business strategies.

For example, we’ve standardized on the SAP Digital Core, SAP Cloud Analytics and S/4HANA because these technologies provide flexiblity, scalability and performance for agnostically integrating and anlyzing data from virtually any existing systems and/or legacy data repositories. 

In addition, we’ve gone the extra step of creating purpose-built analytics and disclosure solutions for Rapid Leasing Compliance and Rapid RevRecReady Compliance.  By leveraging these targeted products, companies that just need quick and easy-to-deploy solutions can get up an running fast for basic compliance while also creating a solid foundation for adapting their analytics to meet future needs.

Comprehensive analytics are a key element in any company’s journey of Compliance, Optimization and Financial Transformation.  Beginning with advisory services and analytics integration, with pre-defined disclosure reports and purpose-built out-of-the-box solutions, these core analytics tools enable companies to comply quickly and then optimize their operational processes for driving transformational change.

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Only by creating a multi-faceted sensory and analysis strategy that holistically unifies the entire organization can today’s companies hope to stay healthy and compete in today’s global environment.

Learn more by visiting Bramasol’s Financial Transformation solutions.

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Topics: analytics, financial transformation

Join us for RevRec - Analytics Webinar and Leasing - Data Challenge Webinar next week

Posted by Bramasol Compliance Team on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

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Bramasol, the leader in SAP Leasing, has developed a Data Abstraction and Migration process that will abstract all your data, prepare it, and load it into your lease accounting tool. Using OCR and Machine Learning, we can help you efficiently, accurately and quickly abstract and load data from hundreds or thousands of leases into your leasing solution. With only a few months to go, you need to get started today. Register Now

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Seven Lessons Learned from Adopting RevRec Standards

Posted by Bramasol Compliance Team on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 @ 04:02 AM

IgnitePossible-HotTip200x130A recent article in Accounting Today provides an interesting look back at lessons learned during the adoption of new Revenue Recognition standards, along with analysis of the implications for similar upcoming projects, such as implementation of new Lease Accounting standards.

Some key points in the article include:

"Public companies with a December 31 year-end have recently completed months-long (if not years-long) efforts on the adoption of ASC Topic 606, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Topic 606). The adoption of Topic 606 has been one of the most time-consuming accounting projects taken on by most companies since Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 404 over a decade ago. As Topic 606 effectively replaces all legacy GAAP rules around revenue recognition, it has far-reaching implications for all companies in all industry types.

Topic 606 is one of many planned changes in accounting literature that companies will be required to implement in the next few years. In the immediate horizon, Update 2018-01 – “Leases” (Topic 842) looms, which is applicable for most entities beginning in 2019. Similar to Topic 606, the provisions of Topic 842 are expected to have an impact on most companies from all industries. Accordingly, management should expect comparable obstacles in its adoption."

The article also notes that nearly half of private companies are still in the assessment phase of implementing the standard:

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The seven Lesssons Learned and discussed in the Accounting Today article include:

  1. Planning
  2. Time
  3. Knowledge and Resources
  4. Internal Controls
  5. Disclosure
  6. Auditor Input
  7. Costs

Click here to read the full article in Accounting Today.

 

 

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Companies Need Holistic Approach to Lease Accounting Compliance

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 @ 03:36 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipA recent article in Accounting Today provides an excellent view of how companies in many industries are moving toward compliance with the new lease accounting standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16.

Highlights of the article include:

“The approach for implementing this lease accounting pronouncement really needs to be holistic for a company,” said CohnReznick partner Rebecca McDonald. “It can’t be siloed with just the accounting department. It has a broad reach across the organization and impacts a lot of different departments.”

The new standard requires putting many leases on the balance sheet for the first time, and she believes the accounting and finance department needs to take the lead role to drive the implementation. But the effort also should heavily involve the operations, IT, treasury, tax and facilities groups.

“It just has a broad reach,” said McDonald. “You have to work across the organization to really be able to gather all the information needed to implement the standard as far as the leases go, and to have that holistic team approach to make sure you leave no stone unturned when analyzing whether any of your contracts or any of your leases that haven’t been on the balance sheet are reported that way will be impacted, just to make sure that you have a complete inventory of all the contracts and leases that are in the organization. It’s just a lot heavier lift than it has been historically.”

The article also provides information from a recent survey conducted by staffing company Robert Half and consulting firm Protiviti, which focused on how companies are doing with the transition to new lease accounting standards.  The survey found that only 44 percent of companies have begun the transition process and that, of those that have started, only 48 percent have completed an assessment of what needs to be done.

Business services companies were the most likely to have begun the transition, at 71 percent, according to the survey respondents. Only 31 percent of executives in the retail and wholesale industry and 25 percent in construction said their organizations are currently working on adopting the new standard.

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Click here to read the full article in Accounting Today.

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Topics: Leasing-Hot-Tips, ASC842, IFRS16

General Availability for New Version 4.0 of SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 07:29 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipNakisa, Bramasol's partner for leasing solutions, has announced general availability of the new 4.0 version of Lease Administration by Nakisa.

For SAP customers, this assures that Lease Administration by Nakisa 4.0 will integrate seamlessly with their SAP suite, and that the product has been tested and validated by SAP for security, performance, supportability, accessibility and documentation. The new release is compatible with current and upcoming SAP landscapes, while  reducing TCO for implementation, ERP integration costs, and overall risk.

Lease Administration by Nakisa is a simple and cost-efficient lease accounting solution, designed to support regulatory compliance with new leasing standards, manage global lease portfolios and streamline lease accounting operations. Lease Administration by Nakisa 4.0 introduces key enhancements including:

  • Enhanced compliance with new lease accounting standards (IFRS 16 and ASC 842)
  • Better control of the lease process from master lease agreement to contract level
  • Improved bi-directional integration with SAP

Learn more here.

According John Froelich, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Bramasol, "Nakisa's release of version 4.0 is another major step forward in continuing their leadership in solutions for leasing compliance, optimization and overall financial transformation.  These features enhance an already rich solution, deepening it's overall capability and widening the gap between it and other so-called lifecycle lease solutions."

As a partner of both SAP and Nakisa, Bramasol provides a holistic view to the impact that the new Leasing standard will have on your organization and purpose-built solutions for both rapid compliance and long term optimization of lease administration.  Learn more about Bramasol Leasing Solutions here.

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Topics: Leasing-Hot-Tips, ASC842, SAPLeaseAdmin, IFRS16

ASC 842: FASB provides an additional optional transition relief for companies

Posted by Julio Dalla Costa on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 03:19 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTipOn January 5th, 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) proposed adding an optional transition method and another practical expedient for lessors to Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842, Leases, to reduce the cost and complexity of implementing the new standard.

With the proposed transition option, the FASB is responding to concerns raised by entities, particularly those that plan to implement new systems to comply with the guidance. These entities said that the current requirement to apply the new leases standard to the comparative periods presented in the year of adoption would be more costly and complex for them to implement than the FASB initially anticipated. 

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On March 7, 2018, the FASB approved the changes to the comparative reporting transition guidance, providing an optional transition method when adopting Topic 842.

So, what does this mean?

For many companies who recently implemented ASC 606 and used the modified retrospective approach had to recast their financial statements to the earliest periods presented. This meant that they had to go back two years to the earliest reporting period presented and incorporate the changes into the transition entry to retained earnings as the date of implementation.

At its November 29 meeting, the FASB proposed allowing entities the option to instead apply the provisions of the new leases guidance at the effective date (e.g., January 1, 2019), without adjusting the comparative periods presented. In the case of the adoption of ASC 842, if companies were to adopt on 1/1/2019, that means that companies would have to recast fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for the adoption of ASC 842.

For example, a calendar-year entity that adopts the standard on 1 January 2019 and presents two years of comparative financial statements applies the transition provisions on 1 January 2017 (i.e., the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented). Under the proposed transition method, the entity would apply the transition provisions on 1 January 2019 (i.e., the effective date).

Under the proposed new method for transition, companies will be allowed to continue using and presenting operating leasing under ASC 840 and then prospectively adopt ASC 842 on 1/1/2019. The proposal could simplify transition to the new guidance. For example, a lessee would not have to measure and recognize leases that expired prior to the effective date or consider the effects of each modification for leases that were modified more than once during the comparative period presented. Under the proposed transition method, entities could opt to continue to apply the legacy guidance in ASC 840, Leases, including its disclosure requirements, in the comparative periods presented in the year they adopt the new leases standard.

Entities that elect this option would still adopt the new leases standard using a modified retrospective transition method, but they would recognize a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption rather than in the earliest period presented. Entities would still be required to apply different recognition and measurement requirements in the post-adoption period to leases they entered before adoption and those they enter after adoption.

Group of three practical expedients

In addition to the optional relief proposed by the FASB, there was already the “group of three” practical expedients that was previously proposed and approved. The practical expedients apply to all leases in place at the time of transition. However, the practical expedients must be applied as a package.

The practical expedients are:

  • An entity need not reassess whether any expired or existing contracts are or contain leases.
  • An entity need not reassess the lease classification for any expired or existing leases (that is, all existing leases that were classified as operating leases in accordance with Topic 840 will be classified as operating leases, and all existing leases that were classified as capital leases in accordance with Topic 840 will be classified as finance leases).
  • An entity need not reassess initial direct costs for any existing leases.

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In addition, the standard provides this practical expedient which may be elected separately from the above:

An entity also may elect a practical expedient, which must be applied consistently by an entity to all its leases (including those for which the entity is a lessee or a lessor) to use hindsight in determining the lease term (that is, when considering lessee options to extend or terminate the lease and to purchase the underlying asset) and in assessing impairment of the entity’s right-of-use assets. This practical expedient may be elected separately or in conjunction with the practical expedients noted above.

Summary:

By the additional optional transition method as well as the practical expedients, companies are being provided with significant relief for the adoption of ASC 842. However, companies that rely extensively on leases for operating assets, the transition is likely to be labor intensive even when applying the practical expedients.

 

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Topics: leasing, FASB, Leasing-Hot-Tips, ASC842, SAPLeaseAdmin

Data Drives Everything: Do you know where your data is and how to use it?

Posted by David Fellers on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 04:33 AM

For the past forty years, companies have been building all their financial and business decisions around information contained in traditional data structures. Virtually all financial systems, no matter who has designed them, have been built around relational databases.  This brings the same set of issues and challenges to every single system.

The primary limiting factor with every relational database is a relatively finite limit as to how much data it can contain without compromising performance.  In most companies, these finite relational database limits have already been outstripped by the flood of new data that is constantly being created.  In response, virtually all companies have resorted to segmentation of their information into different standalone databases for faster manipulation and management. 

For example, the General Ledger is often separated from sub-ledgers and other critical functions such as profitability analysis, revenue recognition and management reporting are relegated to standalone programs and dedicated servers.

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Although the goal of segmentation is to achieve faster performance from each database, every time a function or data set is handled separately, informational gaps are created. This sets in motion a myriad of problems from different understandings of what is supposedly the same information based on where and how the data is stored.  The result is a need for constant reconciliation of data drawn from different databases and the imposition of rigid “data cleansing” processes before any decisions can be made.

Of course, these interim steps to cleanse and validate the data are cumbersome, time consuming and a big drain on productivity.  Managers can sometimes spend much more time debating the accuracy of each other’s data than they actually spend on making decisions.

In recent years, thought leaders have been grappling with the above issues in an effort to find effective ways of unifying these separate data repositories with the core processing of transactions.  Overall goals have been to increase accuracy, efficiency and performance by eliminating the need to massage, analyze, reconcile and move data before acting on it, while at the same time accelerating transaction speed.  Steady improvements in chip performance, memory speeds and in-memory software architectures have now made those goals achievable.

By leveraging the in-memory data and processing capabilities of the SAP S/4HANA architecture and S/4HANA Cloud deployment scenarios, CFOs can seamlessly unify their information landscape to remove the gaps and ease the pain-points arising from the artificial segmentation of information.

Instead of always grappling with reassembling disparate pieces of the picture this approach enables CFOs and staff throughout the company to see a holistic real-time view that encompasses all operational data sets and analysis capabilities within a single unified architecture.

In addition to improving both the access to and the ability to manipulate information, S/4HANA also dramatically improves real-time analytics performance because nothing must be moved, massaged or reconciled before the analysis.

With S/4 HANA you now have access to all the data in real time. So how does this change the paradigm for how we approach data? In the past we struggled to get data. You had to abstract it, put it into files and then use what you had. I know that as a user of data we had to think long and hard about what data we needed to answer specific questions.

The heart of this new unified approach is the Universal Journal, which now enables the long-sought after "Single-Source-of-Truth" for decision making. It embodies the concept that all the data is unified within an unsegmented database so that all processes and people see the same set of information in real time. 

This is possible because S/4HANA offers three transformative innovations:

  1. Enables a 7 to 10 times compression of data to greatly shrink the data footprint
  2. Takes the data off disk and puts it into main memory so it’s immediately available
  3. Makes real-time information available to front-line users via flexible S/4HANA deployment scenarios and personalized User Interface technologies

Leveraging S/4HANA has enabled a complete re-imagining of the whole financial architecture and structure of applications so that everything can be driven in real time from the single SAP Intelligent Digital Core.

SAPIntelligentDigitalCore

Once everyone is working with the same information and operating in sync with each other, the single-source-of-truth also begins to inform high-level strategies and long-term planning processes.   Instead of constantly struggling to understand where you are, the whole team can turn their focus and energies toward getting where you want to be.

Now that we have instant access to raw transaction level data, and are constantly adding more data with technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning, companies need partners, such as Bramasol, who are experts in deploying solutions with the agility and scalability to handle escalating data and transaction processing requirements.

Bramasol is a co-innovation leader in the implementation of the SAP S/4HANA (On-Premise and Cloud) to help customers achieve high-performance results with in-memory capabilities and extensible Digital Core. 

Our capabilities include leveraging S/4HANA technology in purpose-built offerings such as our Rapid RevRecReady Compliance Solution and Rapid Leasing Compliance Solution as well as helping our customers incorporate S/4HANA benefits into their on-going Finance Innovation initiatives.

Click here to request a demo of S/$HANA Cloud and get expert answers to your specific needs.

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Topics: data integration, s4/hana cloud

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