SUMMARY OF BOARD DECISIONS

Summary of Board decisions are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions are included in an Exposure Draft for formal comment only after a formal written ballot. Decisions in an Exposure Draft may be (and often are) changed in redeliberations based on information provided to the Board in comment letters, at public roundtable discussions, and through other communication channels. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue an Accounting Standards Update.

January 27, 2012 FASB/IASB Joint Videconference Board Meeting

Accounting for financial instruments: classification and measurement. The FASB and the IASB discussed whether they should try to reduce differences between their respective models for the classification and measurement of financial instruments.

The Boards tentatively decided to jointly redeliberate selected aspects of their classification and measurement models to seek to reduce key differences. The Boards tentatively decided to discuss the following key differences:
  1. The contractual cash flow characteristics of an instrument
     
  2. The need for bifurcation of financial assets and, if pursued, the basis for bifurcation
     
  3. The basis for and scope of a possible third classification category (debt instruments measured at fair value through other comprehensive income)
     
  4. Any interrelated issues from the above (for example, disclosures or the model for financial liabilities given the financial asset decisions).
The Boards tentatively plan to discuss each issue jointly and what changes, if any, they would propose to make to their separate models and incorporate in their respective Exposure Drafts.


Accounting for financial instruments: impairment. The FASB and the IASB discussed how the three-category (or 'bucket') impairment model should be applied to purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses at acquisition. In addition, the Boards discussed other aspects of the accounting for such purchased financial assets.

Application of the Impairment Model

Unlike the approach for all other originated and purchased financial assets, purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses at acquisition would not be included in Bucket 1 at acquisition. That is, purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses at acquisition would be initially included in Bucket 2 or 3.

For these purchased financial assets, no impairment loss would be recognized at acquisition. The purchase discount would be accreted from the purchase price to the expected cash flows. Any subsequent unfavorable change in expected cash flows would be recognized as an impairment loss on the basis of changes in expected lifetime loss from period to period.

Scope

The Boards discussed the scope of purchased financial assets that would be initially included in Bucket 2 or Bucket 3 and for which accretion from the purchase price to the expected cash flows would be required. The staff asked the Boards for direction on whether “purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses at acquisition” was intended to capture the same population of purchased financial assets within the scope of existing IFRSs and/or U.S. GAAP standards under which accretion to expected cash flows is currently required.

The IASB asked the IASB staff to proceed with keeping the scope similar to the scope of existing IFRSs. However, the FASB requested the FASB staff to also explore an approach whereby the scope of purchased financial assets would include assets that, since origination, have experienced a more than insignificant deterioration in credit quality and it is at least reasonably possible that all or some of the contractual cash flows may not be collected.

Favorable Changes in Expectations after Acquisition

The Boards discussed the accounting for favorable changes in expectations regarding collectibility of cash flows after acquisition. The Boards tentatively decided that, for purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses, favorable changes in cash flows expected to be collected would be recognized immediately in profit or loss as an adjustment to the impairment expense. This would be the case even if such changes exceeded the amount of impairment losses recognized by the acquiring entity in previous periods or the amount of the allowance for credit losses.

Presentation in the Statement of Financial Position of Purchased Financial Assets with an Explicit Expectation of Credit Losses at Acquisition

The Boards tentatively decided that purchased financial assets with an explicit expectation of credit losses would be presented in the statement of financial position at the transaction price without presentation of an allowance for expected contractual cash shortfalls implicit in the purchase price. However, disclosure would be required of the expected contractual cash shortfalls implicit in the purchase price. The Boards instructed the staff to evaluate appropriate disclosure to facilitate analysis and comparability of originated and acquired portfolios. This disclosure might include discrete information for acquired portfolios that allows users to reconcile from (1) the “gross” amounts of contractual cash flows, excluding the discount not attributable to credit, to (2) the net carrying amount.