Tentative Board Decisions

Tentative Board decisions are provided for those interested in following the Board’s deliberations. All of the reported decisions are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings.

Wednesday, December 4, 2018 FASB Board Meeting

Codification improvements for lessors. The Board decided to add a project to its technical agenda to address the following issues:

Issue 1—Determining fair value of the underlying asset by lessors that are not manufacturers or dealers

Issue 2—Presentation on the statement of cash flows—sales-type and direct financing leases.

Issue 1Determining Fair Value of the Underlying Asset by Lessors That Are Not Manufacturers or Dealers

The Board decided that notwithstanding the definition of fair value in Topic 842, Leases (which is the same as that in Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement), if a lessor is not a manufacturer or a dealer, the fair value of the underlying asset at lease commencement is its cost, reflecting any volume or trade discounts that may apply. However, if there has been a significant lapse of time between the acquisition of the underlying asset and lease commencement, the definition of fair value should be applied. This exception is similar to the exception provided in Topic 840, Leases.

Issue 2Presentation on the Statement of Cash Flows—Sales-Type and Direct Financing Leases

The Board decided that lessors within the scope of Topic 942, Financial Services—Depository and Lending, would present all “principal payments received under leases” within investing activities as opposed to operating activities.

Transition and Effective Date

The Board decided that the amendments would be effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early application would be permitted.

The amendments would be applied at the date that an entity first applied Topic 842 in accordance with paragraph 842-10-65-1(c).

Analysis of Costs and Benefits

The Board concluded that it has received sufficient information and analysis to make an informed decision on the issues presented and that, subject to what it learns through comment letters, the expected benefits of the amendments justify the expected costs.

Next Steps

The Board directed the staff to draft a proposed Accounting Standards Update for vote by written ballot. The Board decided to provide a comment period of the later of 15 days or January 15, 2019.