Lecture20 - Lecture 20 Accounting for Leases Western Power...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–7. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Lecture 20 Accounting for Leases Western Power and Equipment Outline • What is a lease? • Criteria for Capital Leases • Criteria for Operating Leases • Example for Operating Lease • Example for Capital Lease • Disclosures for Western Power & Equipment (WP&E) Leases LEASE : The owner (or lessor) of property or equipment permits another party (or lessee) to use property for a specified period of time in exchange for periodic cash payments. ACCOUNTING FOR LEASES - CONCEPTS : A lease is an executory contract or an exchange of promises. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) recognize an asset or liability only when an exchange or transaction takes place. The signing of a lease is not a transaction per se . That is, the signing of the lease contract usually is accompanied by the transfer of the asset to the lessee, it does not provide for the transfer of ownership of the asset. Moreover, by itself, it does not impose an obligation on the lessee. The lessee’s obligation arises from having access to the leased assets in accordance with the terms of the lease contract. However, in certain cases, the conditions for a transaction are assumed to be met – when the economic effect of the lease agreement is substantively equivalent to the purchase/sale of the asset financed by a mortgage-type obligation. Leases There are two different methods which may be used to account for a lease. The choice between them depends on the features of the lease contract: 1) Capital Lease method-- the lease is accounted for as a purchase (sale)-financing transaction. 2) Operating Lease method-- the lease is accounted for as an executory contract. (i.e. as a rental contract which imposes no reportable liability on the firm until the "rented" assets are used). Criteria for a Capital Lease • If the lease is non-cancelable and any one of the following criteria are met, a lease is accounted for as a capital lease : 1) Ownership of the asset (land, buildings and/or equipment) is transferred to the lessee at the end of the lease term. 2) A "bargain purchase" option exists. A bargain purchase option exists if the lessee can purchase the asset for a price that seems sufficiently less than the estimated fair market value on the exercise date that the option is likely to be exercised. 3) The lease term is equal to or greater than 75% of the estimated useful life of the asset. 4) At the inception of the lease (e.g., signing date), the present value of the minimum lease payments is equal to or greater than 90% of the estimated fair market value of the equipment. If none of these four criteria are met, the lease is treated as an operating lease . Criteria for a Capital Lease • Note: The determination of whether a lease qualifies as a capital lease or as an operating lease is highly subjective and discretionary....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 05/20/2010 for the course ACCT 101 taught by Professor Briancadman during the Spring '10 term at Penn College.

Page1 / 30

Lecture20 - Lecture 20 Accounting for Leases Western Power...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 7. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online