Report Published by LeaseAccelerator Highlights Which Companies Will Have the Greatest Dollar Value of New Liabilities Added to their Balance Sheet
GREAT FALLS, Va., January 26, 2016 — LeaseAccelerator, the leader in Equipment Lease Management software, published today a report listing the off-balance sheet lease obligations of the 500 largest US public companies. The report, entitled “Who is Most Impacted by the New Lease Accounting Standards?” aims to provide greater awareness of the potential impact of the new lease accounting standards.
Both the recently announced IFRS 16 and the forthcoming FASB ASC 842 will require companies to transfer their operating leases, previously only disclosed in the footnotes of their financial reports, onto their balance sheets starting in 2019. They will replace IAS 17 and ASC 840 (formerly FAS 13), respectively. According to the International Accounting Standards Board, listed companies around the world have around $3.3 trillion of leasing commitments, over 85 percent of which do not appear on their balance sheet.
The companies who will be most impacted by the new capital lease accounting standards will be those with the largest operating lease obligations. The off-balance sheet leases for a specific company can range from a few million dollars on the low end, to tens of billions of dollars on the high end.
As the new standards have been developed over the past ten years, there has been much debate and analysis on how the changes will impact companies’ decisions to lease versus buy and how credit ratings might change. However, there has been very little research into the additional administrative burden that will be placed on companies to re-design their lease accounting processes to comply. Specifically, to avoid a significant deficiency or material weakness, at-risk companies will have to adopt new management strategies, policies and software to address the big data problem of equipment lease management: maintaining complete, accurate and up-to-date data for leases, assets and stakeholders distributed around the world.
“With comparative reporting requirements for the new lease accounting standards starting as early as 2017 for most firms, we believe that many Fortune 500 companies are woefully unprepared for the new lease accounting standards, especially their equipment lease portfolio,” said Michael Keeler, CEO of LeaseAccelerator. “We hope the publication of this report will provide CFOs with a perspective on the relative size and significance of their operating lease obligations compared to their industry peers and prompt a proactive investigation of solutions given the 2017 income statement comparables deadline.”
You can read the full report here.
About the report
LeaseAccelerator has compiled a list of the 500 largest US public companies ranked by the size of their off-balance sheet leasing obligations. To identify the 500 companies, we used Fortune Magazine’s most recent “Fortune 500” study. For the operating lease obligations, we collected data from the most recent SEC 10-K annual filings for each of these public companies. No calculations nor manipulation of the leasing obligation data has been performed. We have simply organized the data reported by the companies into a list. Hyperlinks to the SEC filings or other financial reports used to source the data have been included for reference.
LeaseAccelerator offers the market-leading SaaS solution for Equipment Lease Management (ELM), delivering hard cost savings, compliance and best practices to large, international lessees. LeaseAccelerator is the only solution that covers the entire enterprise equipment leasing lifecycle, including: equipment lease sourcing, which saves 6-8% by driving down capital costs; portfolio and performance management, which 8-12% by improving end-of-term return performance; and lease accounting, which enables compliance with current and new FASB, IFRS and SOX standards. Learn more at www.leaseaccelerator.com.
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