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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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Video: New Lease Accounting Standards Get Ready for Compliance

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

Issued by the IASB (International Accounting Standards Board), IFRS 16 & ASC 842 lease accounting requirements go into effect starting on January 1, 2019. The new standards require extensive reporting detail and have the potential for major impact on companies' balance sheets and income statements. Industry experts advise companies with large lease portfolios to allow significant time in advance of the deadline to identify, compile, and evaluate lease contracts.

For over two years, Bramasol has been at the bleeding edge of Lease Administration execution, helping numerous organizations comprehend and plan for the new evolving benchmarks. The new compliance regulations have a significant impact on how businesses account for their leases.

This video of our recent webinar features a panel discussion by Bramasol’s Center of Excellence (CoE) Experts, who shared “lessons learned” from projects to date.

Key areas covered in this value session are;

  • Regulatory changes for Lease Accounting
  • Impact of New Standards
  • Bramasol’s Lease Administration Solution Engagement Roadmap (LASER) Methodology
  • Project Scoping & Security roles
  • Data based scenario
  • Landscape & Summary discussion

Click Here to View recorded webinar Video in Bramasol Resource Center

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Kick-off Meeting for New SAP Leasing User Group on December 5, 2017

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 05:07 PM

LeaseAdministration-HotTip.jpgWe are excited to announce the formation of a new SAP Leasing User Group and pleased to invite you to the first online meeting:
December 5, 2107 at 9 AM PST - 12 PM EST.

The purpose of the Leasing User Group is to bring together SAP, customers and partners in a community to share information on the latest features, roadmap and updates on the SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa (Lease Administration) and SAP Real Estate Management (ReFX) solutions.  

You will hear from the SAP product leaders, Pete Graham and Tom Andersen, as well as, Nakisa and others.   Product experts will be on hand to answer your questions live.

Click Here to Register to Attend the Leasing User Group Kickoff Meeting

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ASC 842 and IFRS 16 Lease Accounting is Different for Real Estate vs. Equipment

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 @ 06:33 AM

LeaseAdministration-HotTip.jpgIn 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new standards for lease accounting: IFRS 16 & ASC 842, which must be implemented by 2019. Both IFRS 16 and ASC 842 are the result of a joint effort between the IASB and FASB to meet the objective of improved transparency, comparability and financial reporting.

These changes will impact virtually all companies, whether lessors or lessees. Regardless of your company's size or industry, under the new standards your balance sheet will be different. 

When putting together your compliance plans for ASC 842 and IFRS 16, it is important to understand that solutions for real estate leases vs. equipment leases require very different features and capabilities.

Real estate leases tend to include specific issues such as tenant improvements, utilities, triple-net expenses, sub-leasing contracts, space utilization tracking, taxes, etc. that are not applicable for equipment leases.

On the other hand, equipment leases have a myriad of potential factors that need to be addressed by lease accounting solutions including, service contracts, maintenance schedules, trade-in options, utilization tracking, re-sale value, etc.

Although the compliance requirements specified in the new standards apply to both real estate and equipment leases, the processes for managing and accounting for these leases need purpose-built solutions.  Some people compare it to choosing the correct bicycle for your planned route.  You wouldn't attempt to navigate a rough mountain trail in a road bike any more than you'd choose a mountain bike to compete in a road race.  Matching the solution to your needs is the best way to achieve success.

That's one reason that, at Bramasol, we have developed deep expertise for implementing and supporting  two purpose-built, best-of-breed, feature-rich solutions: SAP Flexible Real Estate Management (RE-FX) and SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa.  As part of our overall lease administration and accounting initiatives, we have also developed detailed processes for compliance and disclosure reporting for ASC 842 and IFRS 16.

Click here to learn more about Bramasol's Lease Administration solutions and services.

 

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New eBook: Lease Admin Solutions Need Scalability, Enterprise Performance and Native Integration

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

In 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new standards for lease accounting: IFRS 16 & ASC 842, which must be implemented by 2019. Both IFRS 16 and ASC 842 are the result of a joint effort between the IASB and FASB to meet the objective of improved transparency, comparability and financial reporting.  These changes will impact virtually all companies, whether lessors or lessees.

In addition to presenting a new set of challenges that need to be addressed in the near term, the changes in lease accounting also offer an excellent opportunity for companies to make major improvements in their end-to-end lease management practices.

All companies, whether lessors, lessees or both, need to leverage the process of changing their lease management methodologies. This will allow them to gain better visibility of their lease portfolios, streamline the process of lease management and reduce overall costs.

As long-term innovation partners with SAP, Bramasol and Nakisa have brought together a comprehensive set of solutions and expertise to help companies assess and prepare for the new FASB and IASB leasing standards. These solutions unify disparate leasing data and provide enhanced visibility for companies to make informed decisions on their lease portfolios, assets and liabilities while conforming with the new requirements.

This new eBook provides a closer look at the key issues of Scalability, Enterprise Performance and Native Integration that are critical factors for success in implementation of new lease administration processes that maximize compliance, efficiency and extensibility.

Click here to download the eBook on Lease Admin Scalability, Enterprise Performance and Native Integration.

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See Bramasol at SAP Financial Excellence Forum Oct 10-11

Posted by Bramasol on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Please join with Bramasol at SAP Financial Excellence Forum October 10-11, 2017 in New York City to learn how top organizations are transforming their financial management processes.

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In addition to being available to discuss our industry-leading initiatives in Revenue Recognition, Lease Accounting/Administration and Financial Transformation, Bramasol will be teaming with SAP for the following special presentation on Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017.

Time & Place: October 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM at The Harvard Club, NYC.

Title: " The SEC is watching.  Tips and Tricks for how you can be better prepared for Revenue Recognition (ASC 606/IFRS 15) and Leasing (ASC 842/IFRS16) compliance."

Abstract:

IFRS 15 / ASC 606 (revenue recognition) and IFRS 16 / ASC 842 (leases) are quickly approaching accounting standards requiring offices of the CFOs to implement new accounting software. SAP and Bramasol have been following these accounting standards diligently and has several solutions that help offices of the CFO to enable compliance with IFRS 15 / ASC 606 & 16 / ASC 842.

In 2014, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued the new International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS 15 / ASU 2014-09, ASC 606) which specifies the accounting rules for revenue recognition. In order to support our customers to enable compliance with this new standard, SAP has provided a new solution called SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) generally available (GA) since March 31, 2015. With this solution, SAP addresses requirements derived from this new accounting standard as well as generic requirements related to the current revenue recognition standards across various accounting principles.

In 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published IFRS 16 Leases which specifies the accounting rules for leases impacting mainly lessees. SAP solutions provide customers with important information about assets and liabilities arising from operating leases allowing customers to gain full visibility into their lease portfolio. Thus, SAP and Bramasol help our customers get a complete and understandable picture of an entity’s leasing activities.

In a recent conference and speeches, the SEC has indicated it will apply increased scrutiny to disclosures and internal controls (Internal Controls for Financial Reporting)  associated with ASC 606 for Revenue Recognition and ASC 842 for Leasing.  Join our experts from SAP and Bramasol  who will focus on disclosure reporting, building an automated solution, demonstrating critical controls auditors will focus on, and completing the migrations to the new regulation (ASC 606, IFRS 15).    

Learning Objectives for this session:

  • See how SAP supports customers by assisting with compliance initiatives relative to IFRS 15 / ASC 606 & IFRS 16 / ASC 842
  • Insights and Best Practices based on hands-on experience with real world projects
  • Understand Bramasol's Methodologies, Tools and Practical Experience that can get you started now

For anyone involved in Revenue Accounting, Lease Accounting, or Compliance and Reporting this is a must attend session to navigate the complexities and unique challenges of executing a successful project. 

 

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Webinar Video: Financial Transformation Accelerates Expense Management

Posted by Bramasol Financial Transformation Team on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

The video of the latest webinar in our series on Financial Transformation is now available for viewing.

"How Financial Transformation Accelerates Expense Management"
Recorded on September 21, 2017

In this webinar video, we address the key benefits of Financial Transformation, which include:

  • Single-source-of-truth for predictive and real-time decision-making
  • Repeatable & sustainable processes to accelerate closing (monthly, quarterly & annual)
  • Improved responsiveness to new regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Integration of best-fit applications for key functions (HR, expenses, supply chain, etc.)

Included in this webinar is a hands-on demonstration of how the Digital Core and SAP S/4HANA Cloud can be integrated specifically with SuccessFactors Human Capital Management (HCM) and Concur expense management functions.

Click Here to View all Videos in the Bramasol Financial Transformation Webinar Series.

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Webinar Video: SAP Real Estate Management (RE-FX)

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 01:52 PM

The video of the latest webinar in our series on financial management topics is now available for viewing.

Recorded on September 12, 2017, "Save Time and Money with SAP RE-FX - the latest release" covers key functionality now available in SAP Real Estate Management.

SAP Real Estate Management is a full-featured, integrated solution for managing real estate. The solution supports all phases of the life cycle of real estate assets, including the acquisition or disposal of real estate, management of the real estate portfolio itself, property and technical management, and support processes like management accounting and reporting.  

Click here to access this video and videos from other previous webinars.

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New eBook: End-to-End Management of the Lease Lifecycle

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

It is not possible to effectively manage enterprise-wide leasing activities without understanding the context of the lease lifecycle. Without this context, leasing too easily can degenerate into a disjointed series of ad hoc decision points with a high risk of key information falling through the cracks.

For example, in many large organizations, the responsibility for initiating leases may be distributed to regional or local facilities but, without comprehensive control over the full lifecycle, subsequent key events can get overlooked. As a result, companies may unknowingly be paying a large price on evergreen leases that should have been reviewed and/or terminated but simply continue on because of the open-loop nature of such disjointed administration practices.

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Virtually every lease shares a common set of steps in the lifecycle, which can be defined as follows:

  • Lease Definition – the “why” and “what” of the proposed lease (equipment specs, ROI, etc.)
  • Set-up – the contract details, activation, term, payment processes, etc.
  • Onboarding – the receipt, installation, acceptance and operational activation of the asset
  • Operation – the payments, accruals, management, servicing, maintenance, etc. of the asset
  • Termination – formal close-out of the contract at lease-end or another terminating event

Unless these steps are incorporated within a comprehensive automated lease administration process, your company is at significant risk of losing control over your lease portfolio, which will inevitably result in higher costs, wasted time and lack of visibility into the assets on your books. In addition, without such a process your company will likely be at risk of non-compliance with the new FASB and ISAB lease accounting standards (ASC 842 and IFRS 16) that go into effect in 2019.

As long-term innovation partners with SAP, Bramasol and Nakisa have brought together a comprehensive set of solutions and expertise to help companies assess and prepare for the new FASB and IASB leasing standards. These solutions unify disparate leasing data and provide enhanced visibility for companies to make informed decisions on their lease portfolios, assets and liabilities while conforming with the new requirements.

The latest eBook from Bramasol and Nakisa provides a step-by-step look at the key elements in the lifecycle of a lease and details how a comprehensive end-to-end administration approach can improve efficiency, save money, reduce risk and assure compliance with new accounting standards.

Click Here to Download the eBook: End-to-End Management of the Lease Lifecycle

 

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SAPInsider Financials: Key Sessions on Leasing and Revenue Recognition

Posted by Bramasol on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Please join with Bramasol at SAPInsider Financials March 21-24, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV to learn about the latest solutions and methods for dealing with Leasing Administration and Revenue Recognition requirements.

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Bramasol and our partners will be presenting the following four sessions at SAPInsider.

SAP Leasing: What You Need to Know Now
1:30-2:30 PM on Wednesday, March 22

Bramasol and Nakisa will discuss Balance Sheet and P&L impacts from new leasing standards (ASC 842 and IFRS 16) along with a live demo of the latest Nakisa software ans SAP Real Estate Management solutions.

Leasing Deep Dive Session
4:30-5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 22

Trillions of dollars in capital and operating leases must be added to balance sheets as Right of Use (ROU) assets starting in 2019. Bramasol will offer a detailed exploration of the impacts to lessee companies in terms of process and system changes as well as important dual-accounting issues for international companies.

SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting. How to Get RevRecReady. Bramasol and BorgWarner
10:15-11:15 AM on Thursday, March 23

Bramasol will detail how you can get ready to comply with the new standards.  We will show you the latest SAP RAR software in a live demo and provide a road map for a successful project. We will also be featuring a guest speaker from BorgWarner who will talk about their RevRec journey and how they are using Bramasol and Nakisa to help them be ready on time.

Get Ready Now for Project Systems Changes for Revenue Recognition coming in 2018
8:15-9:15 AM on Friday, March 24

Bramasol will discuss Project Systems analysis configuration changes that are required to integrate with the new SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting solution. You will learn about choices in SAP RAR for project cost recognition, synchronization of SAP ECC user status, and project and profitability analysis revenue recognition reporting. Includes a take home guide for navigating through SAP ECC and SAP RAR configuration setup to enable project-centric recognized revenue.

 In addition to the above presentations, you can also come by the Bramasol booth #618 any time to see the latest solutions and get a personal consultation.

Click Here to Schedule an Appointment at SAPInsider

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