Flashcards in Financial Reporting Deck (59):
What is the primary objective of accounting?
To measure income
What is the most authoritative set of accounting pronouncements?
The FASB Codification
All announcements fall under the Codification 'umbrella'
What is the highest authority within the FASB codification?
FASB SFAS, APB Opinions, ARBs
What is the 2nd highest authority tier in the FASB codification?
FASB Technical Bulletins, SOPs, Industry Guides
What is the lowest authority in the FASB codification?
Whose pronouncements are above industry practice in authority but below FASB Technical bulletins and industry guides within the FASB Codification?
Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF)
How does managerial accounting differ from financial accounting?
Managerial Accounting has a “timeliness” focus
Managerial Accounting does not follow GAAP
Which financial reports are required to be filed with the SEC?
Form 10K - Annual and Audited
Form 10Q - Quarterly and Reviewed
What is the focus of financial reports for individual companies?
Focus is on the needs of users to help them make decisions and assessments about the company
Does not make assessments of the economy
What are the two primary constraints of Financial Reporting?
Cost vs. Benefit
What are the secondary constraits of Financial Reporting?
Consistency - Year vs. Year
Comparability - Company vs. Company
Describe 'Relevance' as a Qualitative Characteristic
Makes a difference to the user
Predictive Value - Future Trends
Confirming Value - Past Predictions
Materiality - Could affect User Decisions
What are the qualities of Faithful Representation?
Completeness - Nothing omitted that would impact the decision-making of a user
Neutrality - Information presented is without bias
Freedom from Error - No material errors or omissions
How does conservatism affect the recording of accounting transactions?
When an estimate is necessary due to uncertainty, conservatism chooses the best option that won’t overstate the financial position of the company
What is an accrual?
Earned (Revenue) or Incurred (Expense), but no Cash Receipt/Outlay yet
What is a deferral?
Cash Receipt/Outlay, but not Earned (Revenue) or Incurred (Expense)
What is recognition in accounting?
When an item is recorded and included in the financial statements
Describe fair value with respect to an asset
The price you would receive if you sold the asset
Assumes asset is at its highest and best value
Assumes asset is sold at its most advantageous market to get the best price possible
What market assumptions are made in a fair value assessment?
Buyer and Seller are not Related
Buyer and Seller are Knowledgeable
Buyer and Seller are able to transact – i.e. This isn’t a hypothetical transaction for Fair Value measurement purposes. The buyer actually does have the $10M to purchase the asset you’re trying to value at $10M
Buyer and Seller are both motivated to buy/sell
What items are included in a Level 1 input in the fair value hierarchy?
Price quotes or market prices
For example, NYSE or NASDAQ
What items are included in a Level 2 valuation input?
What items are included in Level 3 inputs of the fair value hierarchy?
Unobservable inputs, such as assumptions or forecasts
Lowest priority for valuation
What are acceptable valuation techniqures for fair value?
Market approach - uses market transactions and prices to value the asset
Income approach - uses present value discounts earnings
Cost approach - uses replacement cost to value the asset
What are current assets?
Inventory or Assets expected to be converted or consumed during a business' operating cycle
Deferred Gross Profit on Installment Sales (Contra Asset)
Receivables expected to be collected in 12 months or less
What are current liabilities?
Liabiities that will use current assets during the present operating cycle
What is an accrued liability?
Expense that has been incurred, but not paid
Example: rents payable
What is a deferred revenue?
A type of current liability
Payments that have been received but cannot be recorded as revenue yet
Example: Tenant pre-pays rent – Landlord still must “perform” to earn it and is a liability until this happens
When are revenues recognized?
When they have been earned; i.e. company has performed
What is a gain?
Increase in equity from an activity or event that is not central to the main activities of the business
Can be operating or non-operating
What is a loss?
Decrease in equity from an activity or event that is not central to the main activities of the business
Can be operating or non-operating
What is an operating cycle?
Average time it takes to turn materials or services into Cash
What is the present value of future cash flows?
Valuation method - the current value of a future amount of money using a specific interest rate
What is historical cost?
How much an asset cost - (net of depreciation and amortization)
What is replacement cost?
How much it would cost to reacquire an asset today (Entrance Cost)
What is a market cost?
The sale price of an asset (Exit Cost)
What is Net Realizable Value?
Sale Price of an Asset - Selling/Disposal Fee
When is royalty income recognized? How is it recognized?
Recognized when earned
If the royalty % is applied against net sales, then subtract the estimated return amount from the gross sales first and then apply the royalty rate
When is revenue recognized in an installment sale?
Revenue recognized upon receipt of cash
Only used when cash collection is uncertain
What is deferred gross profit?
Gross Profit that can’t be recognized until cash is received
D.GP = Gross Profit % x Accounts Receivable
Pay attention to the year if GP% varies
What is the cost recovery method?
No revenue recognized until all costs are recovered from purchase of the asset
Most conservative method of revenue recognition when collection of sale price is uncertain
What is subscription revenue? How is it recorded?
Payment has been received, but performance is not complete.
As company performs, revenue is recognized.
Recorded as a Deferred Revenue (Liability) on Balance Sheet
How are franchise revenues recorded?
Franchiser - Startup franchise fee revenue deferred until franchisee has completed substantial performance
Franchisee – Costs are deferred until corresponding revenue is recognized
How do you calculate sales revenue starting from cash basis income?
Sales (i.e. Customer Payments)
+ Ending Accounts Receivable
– Beginning Accounts Receivable
= Sales Revenue on an Accrual Basis
How do you calculate COGS starting from Cash Basis?
Cash Remitted (i.e. paid)
+Increase in Accounts Payable
–Increase in Inventory
=COGS on an Accrual Basis
How are discontinued operations reported? When are they used?
Reported Net of Tax after Continuing Operations, but before Extraordinary Items
Company decides to cease operating a segment of its business
Includes Income (or loss) from the period plus the gain (or loss) from disposal
What qualifies as an extraordinary item? How is it recorded?
Both unusual AND infrequent
Reported Net of Tax after Discontinued Operations
Note: Usual *or* Infrequent Items are reported as part of Continuing Operations
What is constant dollar accounting?
Adjusts assets to reflect a consistent level of purchasing power due to inflation
Uses the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
When are expenses recognized?
When they are incurred. Accrue if not yet paid.
What are accrued expenses?
Those incurred but not paid.
Product costs - Expenses should be matched with associated revenues as they are recognized (sales commission on a used car sale)
Period costs - Expenses amortized and recognized with the passage of time
When should impaired assets be written down to fair value and expensed?
What major items should be classified under General & Administrative (G&A) expenses?
Office staff salaries
Note: Sales staff salaries and portions of the building assigned to Sales should be allocated to Selling Expense, not G&A
What are business start-up costs?
One-time costs for opening a new business
Expensed as they are incurred
When is interest *not* expensed?
Interest on projects (software) for internal use is not expensed, but is instead capitalized
What are the major components of comprehensive income?
Net Income + Other Comprehensive Income (OCI):
Cumulative accounting adjustments
Non-owner changes in equity
What items are considered cumulative accounting adjustments?
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments
Unrealized gains on AFS Securities
Minimum Pension Liability adjustment for defined benefit plans
What is the purpose of a reclassification adjustment?
Avoids double counting items that were included in both Net Income and OCI
Example: AFS Securities previously included in OCI are now sold at a loss and reported on the Income Statement
Where is comprehensive income reported?
Reported in Stockholder’s Equity on Balance Sheet or in a Statement of Income and Comprehensive Income
Note: Earnings Per Share is not required for OCI
What disclosures on accounting policies are required in financial statements?
Accounting Principles used
Basis of Consolidation
Inventory Pricing Methods
Amortization of Intangibles