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June 8, 2011 FASB Board Meeting
Revenue recognition. The Board discussed the following topics:
Alternative Revenue Programs for Rate-Regulated
The Board discussed whether certain rate-regulated activities should be within the scope of the revenue recognition standard. The Board decided to retain the existing guidance in Topic 980 for the recognition of regulatory assets and liabilities from alternative revenue programs and to require that an entity present revenue arising from those assets and liabilities separately from revenues arising from contracts with customers on the face of the statement of comprehensive income.
Disclosure Requirements for Nonpublic Entities
The Board discussed whether nonpublic entities should be exempt from some of the proposed disclosure requirements in the revenue recognition standard.
The Board decided that a nonpublic entity should:
The Board decided that a nonpublic entity would not be required to provide the following disclosures:
The Board decided that required disclosures about the judgments, and changes in judgments, made in applying the requirements that significantly affect the determination of the amount and timing of revenue from contracts with customers should apply to nonpublic entities, except for:
companies. The Board decided that an investment company would
account for its investment in another investment company at fair value through
net income; it would not be permitted to consolidate or use the equity method of
accounting for those investments. Additionally, an investment company that is
the parent of another investment company (the subsidiary) would be required to
provide additional disclosures for investments that are controlled by the
subsidiary. The Board decided to retain the current accounting requirements for
a master-feeder structure.
Accounting for financial instruments: classification and measurement.
The Board decided that the initial measurement principle should depend upon the subsequent classification and measurement of a financial instrument. The Board decided that financial instruments subsequently classified as fair value with all changes in fair value recognized in net income (FV-NI) would be initially measured at fair value. Financial instruments subsequently classified as fair value with fair value changes in other comprehensive income or amortized cost would be initially measured at transaction price.
The Board decided that entities that follow specialized industry guidance in Topic 946 on investment companies should continue to initially measure their financial instruments at transaction price.
For financial instruments that are not measured at FV-NI, the Board decided to develop a principle that would require an entity to evaluate whether the consideration given or received at initial recognition indicates that another element exists other than the financial instrument.
Fair Value Option
The Board discussed whether a fair value option should be provided for financial liabilities. The Board rejected an alternative to provide an unconditional fair value option for financial liabilities. However, the Board decided to provide a conditional fair value option for hybrid financial liabilities allowing an entity to avoid bifurcation and measure the entire hybrid financial liability at fair value after the entity has determined that an embedded derivative feature that would otherwise require bifurcation and separate accounting exists. The Board will decide at a future meeting whether such a conditional fair value option should also be provided for hybrid financial assets.
The Board also decided that in circumstances in which financial assets will be used to settle nonrecourse financial liabilities, an entity should measure those financial liabilities in accordance with the measurement of the associated financial assets.
The Board directed the staff to evaluate whether a fair value option should be provided for circumstances in which a group of financial assets and financial liabilities are managed together and their performance is evaluated on a fair value basis in accordance with a risk management strategy. The Board also requested the staff to evaluate whether fair value measurement should be required in those circumstances rather than providing a fair value option.