|TIME WARNER INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/26/2017|
TIME WARNER INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
than a cash flow from financing activities, in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, the amount of excess tax benefits presented as a cash flow from operating activities and financing activities, respectively, was $130 million and $59 million, respectively. The other aspects of the new guidance did not have a material effect on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
Accounting Guidance Not Yet Adopted
Derivatives and Hedging
In August 2017, guidance was issued related to the accounting for hedging activities. The guidance principally: (i) expands hedge accounting for both financial and non-financial risk components, (ii) eliminates the separate measurement and presentation of hedge ineffectiveness, (iii) changes the presentation of hedge results to require that changes in the value of hedging instruments be presented in the same income statement line item as the earnings effect of the hedged item, and (iv) simplifies the method to assess hedge effectiveness. This guidance will be effective for all existing hedge relationships as of January 1, 2019. The Company is evaluating the impact this guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements.
Modification of Share-Based Payments
In May 2017, guidance was issued that clarifies when changes to the terms and conditions of share-based awards must be accounted for as modifications. The guidance does not change the accounting treatment for modifications. The guidance, which will become effective on a prospective basis on January 1, 2018, is not expected to have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
Net Periodic Benefit Costs
In March 2017, guidance was issued that requires that an employer disaggregate the service cost component from the other components of net periodic benefit costs relating to defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans. While the service cost component of net periodic benefit costs will continue to be presented as an operating expense, the other components are now required to be recorded outside of operating income in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. For the year ended December 31, 2016, net periodic benefit costs relating to defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans were $46 million, $4 million of which related to the service cost component. The guidance will become effective on a retrospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2018.
Simplifying the Accounting for Goodwill Impairment
In January 2017, guidance was issued to simplify the accounting for goodwill impairment. The guidance removes the second step of the goodwill impairment test, which requires that a hypothetical purchase price allocation be performed to determine the amount of impairment, if any. Under this new guidance, a goodwill impairment charge will be based on the amount by which a reporting units carrying value exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the carrying amount of goodwill. The guidance will become effective on a prospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2020 and is not expected to have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
Definition of a Business
In January 2017, guidance was issued that changes the definition of a business for accounting purposes. Under the new guidance, an entity first determines whether substantially all of the fair value of a set of assets acquired is concentrated in a single identifiable asset or a group of similar identifiable assets. If this threshold is met, the set of assets is not deemed to be a business. If the threshold is not met, the entity then evaluates whether the set of assets meets the requirement to be deemed a business, which at a minimum, requires there to be an input and a substantive process that together significantly contribute to the ability to create outputs. The guidance will become effective on a prospective basis for the Company on January 1, 2018 and is not expected to have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements.
In November 2016, guidance was issued that requires that a statement of cash flows present the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Therefore, amounts