Revenue Recognition – ASC 606 Roundup: 11/20/2018

This week’s edition covers notable filings and news articles regarding ASC 606. 

To quickly identify key areas, open each link and search for “606” or “2014-09” in the text.



Our thoughts:  In the “Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted” section, starting at the bottom of page 49 and running through the top of page 50, is the company’s assessment of ASC 606’s impacts.  It outlines the company’s project plan to adopt and then discusses how ASC 606 will have material impacts on its revenue policies, procedures, and financial results on a qualitative basis.  It caps the discussion with a quantitative picture of expected impacts.

PTC Inc., 10-K

Our thoughts:  The “Recent Accounting Pronouncements – Revenue Recognition” section, starting on page 50 and going through the bottom of page 51, is highly instructive.  While the company has not yet adopted ASC 606, its work to date appears to be comprehensive.  It does a relatively deep dive into the complexities of its contracts and juxtaposes those against the specific steps of ASC 606’s 5-step model.  It then discusses how its contract terms are being revised because of ASC 606.  Beyond those points, the qualitative information put forward explains how the timing of revenue recognition will change in ASC 606 and the reasons behind those decisions.  Finally, quantitative information is supplied to support its assertions.  Overall, it appears to be a textbook example of how a company can present the expected impacts of ASC 606.

News and Useful Information

InformationWeek, The CIO’s Role in the Supporting a New Revenue Recognition Standard, by Mark Davis and David Pierce, Deloitte

Our thoughts:  The article bring value as it is written from a non-Finance/Accounting point-of-view.  Specifically, it looks at ASC 606 from a CIO’s perspective and gets to the point quickly, and cleanly, about why CIOs and their teams should care about ASC 606.  This article offers practical considerations and the next steps for IT and compliance leaders at companies.  These are valuable both for private companies about to adopt and for public companies approaching the end of ASC 606 Year 1 where it will be time to assess their implementations and impacts and look at improvements going into 2019.

The Motley Fool, Here’s Why Amyris Is Getting Obliterated Today, by Maxx Chatsko

Our thoughts:  This is a short article, but hits on a current example of how ASC 606’s principles-based approach that requires significant judgments and estimates can negatively affect a company’s results if done incorrectly.  This article discusses how estimates on royalties were flawed under ASC 606 leading to a material drop in its financial results.

Bloomberg BNA, Tech Companies Log Billion-Dollar Boost From Accounting Change, by Amanda Iacone

Our thoughts:  Informative article focuses on the income statement impacts of ASC 606.  It offers a perspective seldom seen in other articles with respect to pointing out areas of financial statements that should not be impacted by ASC 606 and thus could be relied on as a baseline to measure companies while they adopt and get settled on the new rev rec standard.

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