Featured Product

    FASB Simplifies Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments

    August 05, 2020

    FASB issued a new Accounting Standards Update (2020-06) to improve financial reporting associated with accounting for convertible instruments and contracts in an entity’s own equity. This update concerns topic 470 on debt with respect to conversion and other options and topic 815 on derivatives and hedging with respect to contracts in entity’s own equity. FASB issued this Accounting Standards Update to address issues identified as a result of the complexity associated with applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity. In addressing the complexity, FASB focused on amending the guidance on convertible instruments and the guidance on the derivatives scope exception for contracts in an entity’s own equity.

    The Accounting Standards Update simplifies accounting for convertible instruments by removing major separation models required under the current GAAP. Consequently, more convertible debt instruments will be reported as a single liability instrument and more convertible preferred stock will be reported as a single equity instrument with no separate accounting for embedded conversion features. The Accounting Standards Update removes certain settlement conditions that are required for equity contracts to qualify for the derivative scope exception, which will permit more equity contracts to qualify for it. The Accounting Standards Update also simplifies the diluted earnings per share calculation in certain areas.

    The Accounting Standards Update is effective for public business entities that meet the definition of a SEC filer, excluding entities eligible to be smaller reporting companies as defined by the SEC, for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the standard will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption will be permitted. FASB specified that an entity should adopt the guidance as of the beginning of its annual fiscal year.

    FASB had published an exposure draft on the proposed Accounting Standards Update in July 2019. In the July 2019 exposure draft, FASB had also proposed simplifying the accounting for equity contracts by reducing form-over-substance-based accounting conclusions that are driven by remote contingent events in the assessment of the derivatives scope exception. However, due to the mixed feedback from stakeholders during the public comment period, FASB has decided not to include those proposed changes in the Accounting Standards Update. Consequently, FASB plans to continue to explore improvements on this aspect of the guidance in a separate Phase 2 project.

     

    Related Links

    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, Securities, Financial Instruments, Liabilities and Equity, GAAP, Convertible Instruments, Derivatives and Hedging, Accounting Standards Update, IFRS 9, Accounting, Reporting, FASB

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    HKMA Finalizes Policy Modules on Group-Wide Approach and Remuneration

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) revised the Supervisory Policy Manual module CG-5 that sets out guidelines on a sound remuneration system for authorized institutions.

    July 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Guide to Monitor Threshold for Intermediate Parent Undertakings

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the final guidelines on the monitoring of the threshold and other procedural aspects on the establishment of intermediate parent undertakings in European Union (EU), as laid down in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD).

    July 28, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Finalizes Approach to Supervision of International Banks

    In a recent Market Notice, the Bank of England (BoE) confirmed that green gilts will have equivalent eligibility to existing gilts in its market operations.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FCA Issues PS21/9 on Implementation of Investment Firms Regime

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the policy statement PS21/9 on implementation of the Investment Firms Prudential Regime.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Proposes Regulatory Standards to Identify Shadow Banking Entities

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) proposed regulatory technical standards that set out criteria for identifying shadow banking entities for the purpose of reporting large exposures.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    IOSCO Proposes Recommendations on ESG Ratings and Data Providers

    The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) proposed a set of recommendations on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ESMA Group Issues Recommendations on RFR Switch in Interdealer Market

    The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published recommendations from the Working Group on Euro Risk-Free Rates (RFR) on the switch to risk-free rates in the interdealer market.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Study Assesses Impact of Basel III Finalization Package

    The European Central Bank (ECB) published a paper as well as an article in the July Macroprudential Bulletin, both of which offer insights on the assessment of the impact of Basel III finalization package on the euro area.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ISDA Finds FRTB Results in Higher Capital Charges for Carbon Trading

    The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a paper that explores the impact of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) on the trading of carbon certificates.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Updates Remuneration Policy Statement Templates and Tables

    The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the remuneration policy self-assessment templates and tables on strengthening accountability.

    July 26, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 7311