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A Roadmap to the Issuer’s Accounting for Convertible Debt

A Roadmap to the Issuer’s Accounting for Convertible Debt

This Roadmap provides an overview of the requirements in ASC 470-20 related to convertible debt and our insights into and interpretations of how to apply them in practice.

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This Roadmap provides an overview of the requirements in ASC 470-20 related to convertible debt and our insights into and interpretations of how to apply them in practice. For ease of reference, we have accompanied our discussion with the related authoritative text and other relevant literature.
Determining the appropriate accounting for convertible debt instruments can often be time-consuming and complex and frequently requires the involvement of technical accounting specialists. To properly apply the numerous rules and exceptions in U.S. GAAP, an issuer may need to closely analyze an instrument’s terms and conditions and the related facts and circumstances. The outcome of this analysis can significantly affect the classification, measurement, and earnings impact of the convertible instrument and the associated financial statement ratios.
This Roadmap is intended to help an issuer navigate the guidance, organize its analysis, and arrive at appropriate accounting conclusions.