Summary of Statement No. 7

Statement No. 7
Advance Refundings Resulting in Defeasance of Debt
(Issued 3/87)


This Statement provides guidance on accounting for advance refundings resulting in defeasance of debt recorded in the general long-term debt account group. The proceeds of the new debt should be reported as an "other financing source-proceeds of refunding bonds" in the fund receiving the proceeds. Payments to the escrow agent from resources provided by the new debt should be reported as an "other financing use-payment to refunded bond escrow agent." Payments to the escrow agent made with other resources of the entity should be reported as debt service expenditures.

This Statement also provides guidance on disclosures about advance refundings for all governmental entities regardless of where the debt is recorded. Among other things, the economic gain or loss on the refunding should be disclosed. The economic gain or loss is the difference between the present value of the old debt service requirements and the present value of the new debt service requirements, discounted at the effective interest rate (as defined by this Statement) of the new debt and adjusted for additional cash paid.

Unless otherwise specified, pronouncements of the GASB apply to financial reports of all state and local governmental entities, including public benefit corporations and authorities, public employee retirement systems, and governmental utilities, hospitals, colleges, and universities. Paragraph 7 discusses the applicability of this Statement.