RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
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Jun. 30, 2019
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2. RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
Accounting Pronouncements Adopted During 2019
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The amendments in this ASU increase transparency and comparability among entities by recognizing lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information about leasing arrangements. The amendments in this ASU require lessees to recognize in the statement of financial position a liability to make lease payments (the lease liability) and a right-of-use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. In January 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-01, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, providing an optional transition practical expedient to not evaluate under Topic 842 existing or expired land easements that were not previously accounted for as leases under the current leases guidance in Topic 840, and in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements, providing an optional transition method allowing entities to initially apply the new lease standard at the adoption date and recognize a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. The amendments in these ASUs are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2018. Reporting entities can elect to recognize and measure leases under these amendments at the beginning of the earliest period presented using a modified retrospective approach or otherwise elect the transition method provided under ASU No. 2018-11. On January 1, 2019, we adopted the amendments in these
ASUs using the transition method that allowed us to initially apply the new lease standard at the adoption date. The initial adoption of the new lease standard had a material impact on our condensed consolidated balance sheets, but did not have an impact on our condensed consolidated statements of operations. The most significant impact was the recognition of operating lease liabilities and operating lease right-of-use assets. On January 1, 2019, we recognized operating lease liabilities of $495 million and operating lease right-of-use assets of $466 million. As a result of the adoption of these amendments, we revised our accounting policy for leases as detailed in “Note 7. Leases.”
In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. The amendments in this ASU better align an entity’s risk management activities and financial reporting for hedging relationships through changes to both the designation and measurement guidance for qualifying hedging relationships as well as the recognition and presentation of the effects of the hedging instrument and the hedged item in the financial statements to increase the understandability of the results of an entity’s intended hedging strategies. The amendments in this ASU also include certain targeted improvements to ease the application of current guidance related to the assessment of hedge effectiveness. The amendments in this ASU are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Transition requirements and elections should be applied to hedging relationships existing on the date of adoption. For cash flow and net investment hedges, an entity should apply a cumulative-effect adjustment related to eliminating the separate measurement of ineffectiveness, and the amended presentation and disclosure guidance is required only prospectively. We adopted the amendments in this ASU effective January 1, 2019, and the initial adoption of this ASU did not have a significant impact on our condensed consolidated financial statements.
In August 2018, the SEC issued a final rule, SEC Final Rule Release No. 33-10532, Disclosure Update and Simplification, that amends certain of its disclosure requirements that have become redundant, duplicative, overlapping, outdated or superseded, in light of other SEC disclosure requirements or U.S. GAAP. For filings on Form 10-Q, the final rule, amongst other items, extends to interim periods the annual requirement to disclose changes in stockholders’ equity. As amended by the final rule, registrants must now analyze changes in stockholders’ equity, in the form of a reconciliation, for the then current and comparative year-to-date interim periods, with subtotals for each interim period. The final rule became effective on November 5, 2018, that date being 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register. We applied these changes in the presentation of stockholders’ equity beginning in the first quarter of 2019.
Accounting Pronouncements Pending Adoption in Future Periods
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-14, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans. The amendments in this ASU modify certain disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans by removing disclosures that no longer are considered cost beneficial, clarifying the specific requirements of disclosures and adding disclosure requirements identified as relevant. The amendments in this ASU are effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020 and should be applied on a retrospective basis to all periods presented. Early adoption is permitted. We do not expect the adoption of the amendments in this ASU to have a significant impact on our condensed consolidated financial statements.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-15, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract. The amendments in this ASU align the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software (and hosting arrangements that include an internal-use software license). The amendments in this ASU are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted in any interim period after the issuance of this ASU. We do not expect the adoption of the amendments in this ASU to have a significant impact on our condensed consolidated financial statements.
The entire disclosure of changes in accounting principles, including adoption of new accounting pronouncements, that describes the new methods, amount and effects on financial statement line items.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef