|TIME WARNER INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 08/02/2017|
TIME WARNER INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
intercompany transfer of assets until the asset has been sold to a third party. The guidance will become effective on a modified retrospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2018 and is not expected to have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments
In August 2016, guidance was issued that clarifies the presentation of certain cash receipts and payments in a companys statement of cash flows. The guidance primarily relates to the classification of cash flows associated with certain (i) debt transactions, (ii) contingent consideration arrangements related to business combinations, (iii) insurance claims and policies, (iv) distributions received from equity method investees and (v) securitization transactions. The guidance will become effective on a retrospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2018 and is not expected to have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
Accounting for Leases
In February 2016, guidance was issued regarding accounting for leases. The main difference between the current guidance and the new guidance is the recognition by the lessee of lease assets and liabilities for those leases it classified as operating leases under the current guidance. Under the new guidance, the recognition, measurement and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from a lease as well as the lessor accounting model have not significantly changed from current guidance. This guidance also requires qualitative and quantitative disclosures of key information about leasing arrangements. The new guidance will become effective on a modified retrospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2019. The Company is still evaluating the impact of the new guidance on its consolidated financial statements. Because the Company is a party to more than 2,000 operating leases with future minimum rental commitments at December 31, 2016 of $1.154 billion, it expects that the impact of recognizing lease assets and liabilities for these operating leases will be significant to the Companys Consolidated Balance Sheet.
Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Liabilities
In January 2016, guidance was issued that makes limited changes to the accounting for financial instruments. The changes primarily relate to (i) the requirement to measure equity investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries, other than those accounted for under the equity method of accounting, at fair value, with changes in the fair value recognized in earnings, (ii) an alternative approach for the measurement of equity investments that do not have a readily determinable fair value, (iii) the elimination of the other-than-temporary impairment model and its replacement with a requirement to perform a qualitative assessment to identify the impairment of equity investments, and a requirement to recognize impairment losses in earnings based on the difference between the fair value and the carrying value of the equity investment, (iv) the elimination of the requirement to disclose the methods and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value of financial instruments measured at amortized cost, (v) the addition of a requirement to use the exit price concept when measuring the fair value of financial instruments for disclosure purposes and (vi) the addition of a requirement to present financial assets and financial liabilities separately in the notes to the financial statements, grouped by measurement category (e.g., fair value, amortized cost, lower of cost or market) and by form of financial asset (e.g., loans, securities). This guidance will become effective for the Company on January 1, 2018. The Company does not expect the new guidance to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.
In May 2014, guidance was issued that establishes a new revenue recognition framework in GAAP for all companies and industries. The core principle of the new guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue from the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration the entity expects to receive for those goods or services. The guidance includes a five-step framework to determine the timing and amount of revenue to recognize related to contracts with customers. In addition, this guidance requires new or expanded disclosures related to the judgments made by companies when following this framework. Based on the current guidance, the new framework will become effective on either a full or modified retrospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2018.
Subsequent to the issuance of the May 2014 guidance, several clarifications and updates have been issued by the FASB on this topic, the most recent of which was issued in December 2016. Many of these clarifications and updates to the guidance, as well as a number of interpretive issues, apply to companies in the media and entertainment industry.