ASU 2016-02 - Leases.
Issued February 2016
- New lease accounting model for lessees and lessors. For lessees, virtually all leases will be required to be recognized on the balance sheet by recording a right-of-use asset and lease liability. Subsequent accounting for leases varies depending on whether the lease is classified as an operating lease or a finance lease.
- Accounting applied by a lessor is largely unchanged from that applied under previous guidance.
- Requires additional qualitative and quantitative disclosures with the objective of enabling users of the financial statements to assess the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases.
- Effective for the fiscal period beginning after December 15, 2018, with early application permitted.
- Management adopted the guidance on January 1, 2019, and elected certain practical expedients offered by the FASB, including foregoing the restatement of comparative periods upon adoption. Management also excluded short-term leases from the recognition of right-of-use asset and lease liabilities. Additionally, Huntington elected the transition relief allowed by FASB in foregoing reassessment of the following: whether any existing contracts were or contained leases, the classification of existing leases, and the determination of initial direct costs for existing leases.
- Huntington recognized right-of-use assets of approximately $200 million offset by lease liabilities of approximately $250 million upon adoption, representing substantially all of its operating lease commitments, with the difference attributable to transition adjustments required by ASC Topic 842 relating to previously recognized amounts for deferred rent and lease exit costs (recorded pursuant to ASC Topic 420). Right-of-use assets and lease liabilities were based, primarily, on the present value of unpaid future minimum lease payments. Additionally, the amounts were impacted by assumptions around renewals and/or extensions, and the interest rate used to discount those future lease obligations. Impact to the income statement was not material in the current period.
- Existing sale and leaseback guidance, including the detailed guidance applicable to sale-leasebacks of real estate, was replaced with a new model applicable to all assets, which will apply equally to both lessees and lessors. Under the new standard, if the transaction meets sale criteria, the seller-lessee will recognize the sale based on the new revenue recognition standard (when control transfers to the buyer-lessor), derecognizing the asset sold and replacing it with a right-of-use asset and lease liability for the leaseback. If the transaction is at fair value, the seller-lessee shall recognize a gain or loss on sale at that time.
- Costs related to exiting an operating lease before the end of its contractual term have been historically accounted for pursuant to ASC Topic 420, with the recognition of a liability measured at the present value of remaining lease payments reduced by any expected sublease income upon the exit of that space. ASC Topic 842 changes the accounting for such costs, with entities evaluating the impairment of right-of-use assets using the guidance in ASC Topic 360. Such an impairment analysis would occur once the entity commits to a plan to abandon the space, which may accelerate the timing of these costs.
- The new standard defines initial direct costs as those that would not have been incurred if the lease had not been obtained. Certain incremental costs previously eligible for capitalization, such as internal overhead, will now be expensed.