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Leases

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The Board discussed the basis of a conceptual model for leases. It was proposed that the basis for lease accounting should be the analysis of contractual rights and obligations and the identification of resulting changes to assets and liabilities.

The staff, based on the above, made the following recommendations:

  • Application of consistent asset and liability recognition principles in respect of assets owned, assets held under finance leases, and assets held under operating leases should provide more relevant, reliable, and comparable financial information than recognition principles that result in assets and liabilities only being recognised in respect of finance leases.
  • Conceptually, the recognition of changes in assets and liabilities should not be limited to contracts that convey ownership rights or rights that are economically similar to outright ownership. The conveyance of rights to future economic benefits should be the focus of the conceptual model.
  • Legal performance or transfer of legal ownership are not the most relevant points for recognising changes in assets and liabilities. The transfer of control of future economic benefits to the lessee, usually by delivering the leased property, is an economically significant act of performance by the lessor and an appropriate recognition point for changes in assets and liabilities.
  • Assets and liabilities that arise from contractual rights and obligations under a lease should reflect the conveyance of the right of use and control of associated future economic benefits for the period of the contract (rather than conveyance of the whole of the physical property). It was recommended that only those future economic benefits controlled by the lessee are recognised (being the right to use the property for the lease term) and not to use the whole of asset approach (where the lessee recognises an asset equal to the entire value of the leased property and a liability being the obligation to return the leased property at the end of the lease term.)
  • If a lease contract is freely cancellable by the lessee, the asset and liability amounts recognised by lessor and lessee should reflect both (i)the conveyance of the right of use up to the date at which the lease can be cancelled by the lessee and (ii)the lessee's option in respect of periods beyond that date.
  • If a lease contract is freely cancellable by the lessor, the asset and liability amounts recognised by lessor and lessee should reflect both (i)the conveyance of the right of use up to the date at which the lease can be cancelled by the lessor and (ii)the lessor' s option in respect of periods beyond that date.

The Board agreed that the staff should continue researching the project based on the above recommendations.

The staff noted that they would anticipate an exposure draft in early 2007, although a discussion paper may be issued.

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