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IASB meeting summaries and observer notes


 

 IASB / FASB meetings June 2011


 

The IASB and the FASB discussed Shariah-compliant lease contracts, lessor accounting, subleases and short-term leases.

Shariah-compliant lease contracts

The boards discussed the accounting implications of applying a right-of-use lease model to Shariah-compliant lease contracts. The discussion was educational in nature and no decisions were made.

Lessor accounting

The boards continued discussing the accounting by lessors under a right-of-use model.

The boards discussed a single approach to lessor accounting whereby the lessor would recognise a lease receivable and a residual asset at lease commencement. The boards will consider at a future meeting whether, and if so when, under such an approach, it is appropriate for a lessor to recognise profit at lease commencement. The boards will also consider at a future meeting whether there should be different lessor models for (a) a lease of a portion of an asset and (b) a lease of an entire asset.

The boards did not make any decisions about lessor accounting at this meeting.

Subleases

The boards discussed the accounting for subleases under the proposed leases requirements for lessees and lessors and tentatively decided the following:

  1. A head lease and a sublease should be accounted for as separate transactions.
  2. An intermediate lessor, as a lessee in a head lease arrangement, should account for its assets and liabilities arising from the head lease in accordance with the decisions to date for all lessees.
  3. An intermediate lessor, as a lessor in a sublease arrangement, should account for its assets and liabilities arising from the sublease in accordance with the decisions to date for all lessors.
  4. If the Boards decide that there should be more than one approach to lessor accounting, an intermediate lessor, as a lessor in a sublease, should evaluate its right-of-use asset, not the underlying asset, to determine the appropriate lessor accounting approach to apply to the sublease.

All board members present agreed.

Short-term leases

The boards discussed the accounting for short-term leases by lessees. A short-term lease is defined as follows: a lease that, at the date of commencement of the lease, has a maximum possible term, including any options to renew, of 12 months or less.

The boards tentatively decided that, for short-term leases, a lessee need not recognise lease assets or lease liabilities. For those leases, the lessee should recognise lease payments in profit or loss on a straight-line basis over the lease term, unless another systematic and rational basis is more representative of the time pattern in which use is derived from the underlying asset. Nine IASB members and six FASB members agreed.

The boards also tentatively decided that a lessee may elect to apply the recognition and measurement requirements in the leases guidance to short-term leases. Twelve IASB members and five FASB members agreed.

The boards expressed support for requiring disclosure of the rental expense recognised in the current period and a statement about the extent to which that expense is expected to be representative of rental expense in future periods. The boards will continue to discuss disclosures for short-term leases, as well as lessor accounting for short-term leases, at a future meeting.

The IASB and the FASB continued their discussions on insurance contracts by discussing the presentation of the statement of comprehensive income.

 

 

IASB / FASB 1 June 2011

 

The IASB and the FASB continued their discussion on leases and discussed subsequent measurement issues relating to lessees, including foreign exchange differences, impairment, revaluation and residual value guarantees.

Foreign exchange differences

The boards discussed the accounting by lessees for leases denominated in a foreign currency. The boards tentatively decided that foreign exchange differences related to the liability to make lease payments should be recognised in profit or loss, consistently with foreign exchange guidance in existing IFRSs and US GAAP. 13 IASB members and all FASB members agreed.

Impairment

The boards discussed impairment of the lessee's right-of-use asset. The boards tentatively decided to reaffirm the proposal in the exposure draft to refer to existing guidance in IFRSs and US GAAP for impairment of the right-of-use asset.

All board members present agreed.

Revaluation (IASB only)

The IASB discussed revaluation of the lessee's right-of-use asset. The IASB tentatively decided to reaffirm the proposals in the Leases exposure draft allowing revaluation of the right-of-use asset. All IASB members present agreed.

Residual value guarantees

The boards discussed the subsequent measurement of residual value guarantees by lessees (excluding guarantees provided by an unrelated third party) and tentatively decided that:

  • The amounts expected to be payable under residual value guarantees included in the measurement of the lessee's right-of-use asset should be amortised consistently with how other lease payments that are included in the measurement of a right-of-use asset are amortised. That is, amortisation should be on a systematic basis from the date of commencement of the lease to the end of the lease term, or over the useful life of the underlying asset, if this is shorter. The method of amortisation should reflect the pattern in which the economic benefits of the right-of-use asset are consumed or otherwise used up. If that pattern cannot be determined reliably, a straight-line amortisation method should be used. All board members present agreed.
  • The amounts expected to be payable under residual value guarantees that are included in the measurement of the lessee's liability to make lease payments should be reassessed when events or circumstances indicate that there has been a significant change in the amounts expected to be payable under residual value guarantees. An entity would be required to consider all relevant factors to determine whether events or circumstances indicate that there has been a significant change. All board members present agreed.
  • The amount of the change to the lessee's liability to make lease payments arising from changes in estimates of residual value guarantees should be recognised (a) in net income to the extent that those changes relate to current or prior periods and (b) as an adjustment to the right-of-use asset to the extent those changes relate to future periods. The allocation for changes in estimates of residual value guarantees should reflect the pattern in which the economic benefits of the right-of-use asset will be consumed or were consumed. If that pattern cannot be determined reliably, an entity should allocate changes in estimates of residual value guarantees to future periods. 12 IASB members and all FASB members agreed.