Summary of Statement No. 15

Accounting by Debtors and Creditors for Troubled Debt Restructurings (Issued 6/77)


This Statement establishes standards of financial accounting and reporting by the debtor and by the creditor for a troubled debt restructuring. This Statement requires adjustments in payment terms from a troubled debt restructuring generally to be considered adjustments of the yield (effective interest rate) of the loan. So long as the aggregate payments (both principal and interest) to be received by the creditor are not less than the creditor's carrying amount of the loan, the creditor recognizes no loss, only a lower yield over the term of the restructured debt. Similarly, the debtor recognizes no gain unless the aggregate future payments (including amounts contingently payable) are less than the debtor's recorded liability.