News Release 02/18/15

FASB ISSUES ACCOUNTING STANDARDS UPDATE
TO IMPROVE CONSOLIDATION GUIDANCE FOR LEGAL ENTITIES


Norwalk, CT, February 18, 2015—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve targeted areas of consolidation guidance for legal entities such as limited partnerships, limited liability corporations, and securitization structures (collateralized debt obligations, collateralized loan obligations, and mortgage-backed security transactions).

FASB ASU No. 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, focuses on the consolidation evaluation for reporting organizations (public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations) that are required to evaluate whether they should consolidate certain legal entities.

“Stakeholders were concerned that current guidance in certain consolidation situations does not provide useful information—resulting in users requesting supplemental deconsolidated financial statements to analyze the reporting company’s economic and operational results,” said FASB Chairman Russell G. Golden.

“This new standard simplifies consolidation accounting by reducing the number of consolidation models, providing incremental benefits to stakeholders. For example, specialized guidance for legal entities will be eliminated by removing the indefinite deferral for certain investment funds, and certain money market funds will no longer have to apply the guidance.”

In addition to reducing the number of consolidation models from four to two, the new standard simplifies the FASB Accounting Standards Codification® and improves current Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) by:
  • Placing more emphasis on risk of loss when determining a controlling financial interest. A reporting organization may no longer have to consolidate a legal entity in certain circumstances based solely on its fee arrangement, when certain criteria are met.
  • Reducing the frequency of the application of related-party guidance when determining a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity (VIE).
  • Changing consolidation conclusions for public and private companies in several industries that typically make use of limited partnerships or VIEs.
The ASU will be effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2015, for public companies. For private companies and not-for-profit organizations, the ASU will be effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016; and for interim periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period.

More information on the standard, including a FASB In Focus, is available on the FASB website.


About the Financial Accounting Standards Board

Established in 1973, the FASB is the independent, private-sector organization, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The FASB is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the designated accounting standard setter for public companies. FASB standards are recognized as authoritative by many other organizations, including state Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The FASB develops and issues financial accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to investors and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the FASB. For more information, visit www.fasb.org.