Consolidation: Policy and Procedures
Last updated on May 15, 2013. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.
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The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.
Due Process Documents
Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting
Summary of Decisions Reached to Date
Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
The objective of this project is to consider comprehensive guidance for consolidation of all entities, including entities controlled by voting or similar interests. This includes an evaluation of guidance for determining the capacity of a decision maker.
Due Process Documents
On November 3, 2011, the Board issued proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 810): Principal versus Agent Analysis, for public comment. The comment period ended on February 15, 2012.
- Download the proposed Accounting Standards Update on Consolidation
- Read the news release introducing the proposed Update
- Read the FASB in Focus that summarizes the proposed Update
- Read comment letters received on the proposed Update
- Read the comment letter summary
Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting (November 6, 2012)
In its Exposure Draft, the Board proposed an analysis for both variable interest entities (VIEs) and voting partnerships and other similar entities (partnerships) for purposes of determining whether a decision maker is acting in a principal or agent capacity. That analysis contains both power and economic elements. The proposed requirements differed for partnerships (and similar entities) and VIEs. A general partner acting as a principal was automatically considered as holding a controlling financial interest requiring consolidation of the other entity. A principal in a VIE was not automatically deemed the holder of controlling financial interest (primary beneficiary) of the VIE.
In this meeting, the Board decided to align the principal versus agent analysis for VIEs and partnerships by requiring that a decision maker that is determined to be the principal of a VIE to be automatically considered to be the primary beneficiary of the VIE.
Please see the Board meeting minutes from the November 6, 2012, meeting below for more information.
Summary of Decisions Reached to DateSummary of Decisions Reached to Date During Redeliberations
The Board is currently in the process of redeliberations and will continue to consider feedback received on its proposed Update.
Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
The Board meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.
|November 6, 2012||Board Meeting—Decisions about the integration of the principal versus agent analysis and the primary beneficiary analysis under the VIE model in Topic 810. View flowchart for Alternative B here.|
|August 29, 2012||Board Meeting—Decisions about the consideration of purpose and design in the overall principal versus agent analysis as well as for all consolidation evaluations required in Topic 810.|
|April 25, 2012||Board Meeting—Informational session about the feedback received on the Exposure Draft|
|December 8, 2011||Board Meeting—Decisions about comment period|
|March 9, 2011||Board Meeting—Decisions about consolidation for partnerships and transition requirements|
|January 12, 2011||Board Meeting—Decisions about the control model, the principal versus agent analysis, and the evaluation of whether kick-out rights and participating rights are considered substantive|
|June 1, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about disclosures|
|May 19, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about the application of the principal versus agent analysis to regulated funds|
|May 4, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about disclosures|
|March 24, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about the control model and disclosures|
|March 23, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about the control model and the principal versus agent analysis|
|March 16, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about the application of the control and power definitions|
|January 19, 2010||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about control through voting rights, options, and convertible instruments|
|December 17, 2009||Joint Board Meeting (Informational)—Discussions about the control model|
|October 26, 2009||Joint Board Meeting—Decisions about the project plan|
The Board’s technical agenda previously included a long-term project to develop comprehensive guidance on accounting for affiliations between entities, including reconsideration of ARB No. 51, Consolidated Financial Statements. The IASB also had an active project on its agenda to reconsider its guidance in this area. In 2004, the IASB and the FASB agreed that an objective of both their projects was to develop a common, high-quality standard on consolidation policy. In June 2009, the Board issued FASB Statement No. 167, Amendments to Interpretation No. 46(R) to improve financial reporting by enterprises involved with variable interest entities. On May 12, 2011 the IASB issued IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements.
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