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New Revenue Recognition Standard: Manageable Changes for Long-Term Contracts

Release Date: Monday, February 02, 2015

-This excerpt is from our Winter 2015 Dimensions Newsletter-

For six years now, construction industry leaders and accounting professionals have been nervously following the progress of a new revenue reporting standard that was being developed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The new standard had the potential to fundamentally change the way construction companies recognize and report revenue on long-term contracts under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

After several rounds of exposure drafts and public comments, the final version of the new standard was released earlier this year. Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), represents a major accounting change, but the effects appear to be less tumultuous than originally feared.

Although the effective date is still several years away, any contractor that is required to complete a GAAP-compliant financial statement for investors, lenders or sureties should begin thinking about how to adapt its accounting practices to comply.

Percentage-of-Completion and Cost-to-Cost
ASU 2014-09 reflects a shift from what’s known as “rules-based” accounting to a “principles-based” system. There are still rules, of course, New Revenue Recognition Standard Manageable Changes for Long-Term Contracts Government Contracts and FAR How to Improve Your Forecasting but much of the detailed, industry-specific revenue recognition guidance that construction firms have traditionally relied on is replaced by a set of broad objectives that are designed to ensure good reporting.

Contrary to earlier fears, it now appears most contractors will still be able to use the percentage-of-completion method for recording revenue from long-term contracts. Some of the terminology and technical procedures may be different but, generally speaking, this widely used method will still be permitted.

The final standard also clarifies that most companies can continue using a cost-to-cost approach — calculating the percentage of completion based on the percentage of projected costs that have been incurred. Originally, the proposed standard recommended using an output method that measures the units produced, instead of cost-to-cost. However, it now appears that, with certain exceptions, percentage-of-completion using cost-to-cost will still be allowed.

Performance Obligations 
One area of great concern was the proposed requirement that long-term contracts be broken down into a series of smaller, separate “performance obligations.” It originally appeared that contractors would need to allocate the appropriate portion of the total contract price, costs to date, and total anticipated costs to each performance obligation.

This posed particular difficulties in design-build contracts, where services are bundled and integrated rather than segmented. It could also complicate common accounting industry practices such as performance bonuses, change orders and post-completion warranty work. 
The final standard, however, specifically states that all contracts do not necessarily have to include multiple performance obligations. Performance obligations may be bundled when multiple goods or services are highly interrelated, or when a contractor provides a significant service by integrating multiple goods and services into one combined item. You will need to evaluate each contract to identify whether separate performance obligations exist, and document your conclusions.

Challenges Remain
Although the final standard is less revolutionary than originally feared, contractors still face some fundamental challenges. For example, the new standard removes certain categories of costs from the revenue recognition calculation, and other costs must now be allocated differently. The new standard will also require significant changes to footnote disclosures. Most contractors’ contract and job cost reporting systems will need some modifications to accommodate these changes.

The new standard goes into effect for publicly traded companies for the first annual reporting period beginning after December 15, 2016. Nonpublic companies may elect to wait until the first annual reporting period after December 15, 2017. For contracts that span these deadlines, contractors can choose from several options for handling the transition.

The earliest deadline is only two years away, so now is the time to start thinking about the changeover — and how you will adapt your accounting practices to comply with the new standard.



Please feel free to contact us to discuss how your company can prepare for these upcoming changes.


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