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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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SAP-Centric Financials - Let's Talk About Leasing

Posted by Bramasol Leasing Administration Team on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 07:45 AM

Big Changes Are Coming for Lease Accounting Standards

Join us at SAP-Centric Financials, Feb 21-22 in Dallas, TX, Booth #13 to learn more about these changes and to discover what you can do to prepare for them.

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In early 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new requirements for lease accounting. Both IFRS 16 and ASC 842 are the result of the IASB and FASB efforts to meet the objective of improved transparency, comparability and financial reporting.

In addition to presenting a new set of challenges that need to be addressed by the end of this year, 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 enable them to gain better visibility of their lease portfolios, streamline the process of lease management and reduce overall costs.

The opportunities for significant improvements span all lease categories, including:

  • Real Estate Leases
  • Equipment Operating Leases
  • Software Leases

As an innovation partner with both SAP and Nakisa, Bramasol brings together a  range of solutions and  expertise to help you assess and implement the FASB and IASB leasing standards. These solutions unify disparate leasing data and provide a clear view to make informed decisions on leasing liabilities while conforming with the new requirements.

At SAP-Centric Financials, Bramasol and Nakisa will be providing an update on the latest SAP Leasing solutions aimed at helping you get ready for IFRS 15, 16 and ASC 842 while also optimizing company-wide lease management.

Click here for an overview of Lease Administration by Nakisa.

 

 

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SAP Insider Financials2016: See Nakisa on Leasing & Bramasol on RevRec

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 @ 01:42 PM

Reminder that SAP Insider Financials2016 is March 15-18, 2016!

If you'll be in Las Vegas next week, here are two important must-see presentations that will be critical for the success of your company's compliance programs!

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Click below to Add These Events to Your Schedule:
Add: Nakisa Session March 15 

Add: Bramasol Session on March 16

See the full schedule of events.

Hope to see you in Vegas!

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FASB Issues New Standard on Financial Reporting of Leases

Posted by Bramasol RevRec Team on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 @ 05:36 AM

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve financial reporting about leasing transactions, which affects all companies and other organizations that lease assets such as real estate, airplanes, and manufacturing equipment.

FASBleaseupdate.jpgAccording to the FASB project site, the new guidance, ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), is intended to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Results in a more faithful representation of the rights and obligations arising from leases by requiring lessees to recognize the lease assets and lease liabilities that arise from leases in the statement of financial position and to disclose qualitative and quantitative information about lease transactions, such as information about variable lease payments and options to renew and terminate leases
  • Results in fewer opportunities for organizations to structure leasing transactions to achieve a particular accounting outcome on the statement of financial position
  • Improves understanding and comparability of lessees’ financial commitments regardless of the manner they choose to finance the assets used in their businesses
  • Aligns lessor accounting and sale and leaseback transactions guidance more closely to comparable guidance in Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and Topic 610, Other Income
  • Provides users of financial statements with additional information about lessors’ leasing activities and lessors’ exposure to credit and asset risk as a result of leasing
  • Clarifies the definition of a lease to address practice issues that were raised about the previous definition of a lease and to align the concept of control, as it is used in the definition of a lease, more closely with the control principle in both Topic 606, and Topic 810, Consolidation

Read the related IASB information in the detailed IFRS 16 Project Status here.

 

Related News: At the upcoming SAP Insider Financials2016 (March 15-18 in Las Vegas, NV), Bramasol and Nakisa will be announcing a strategic partnership to provide companies with the technical enablement and consulting guidance to comply with the new FASB and IASB regulations.  Come hear how these two leaders will be combining forces to bring you a complete leasing solution for your SAP Enterprise Management platform. SAP Insider: Tuesday, Mar. 16 at 1:30 PM, Rm 107. Add to your schedule.

For more info on how the new FASB lease accounting standard may impact your company, click below for a RevRec Consultation.

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Topics: revenue recognition, leasing, FASB