FASB Flash Report - December 2016

December 2016

FASB Clarifies Restricted Cash Presentation 

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The FASB recently issued ASU 2016-181 to clarify the presentation of restricted cash in the statement of cash flows. The new standard takes effect in 2018 for public entities and is available here. Early adoption is permitted.


Main Provisions

ASU 2016-18 updates Topic 2302 to address diversity in practice due to a lack of guidance on how to classify and present changes in restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents in the statement of cash flows. The ASU does not define restricted cash and there is no intent to change practice for what an entity reports as restricted cash.

The amendments require that a statement of cash flows explain the change during the period in restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents, in addition to changes in cash and cash equivalents. That is, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents should be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the beginning-of-period and end-of-period total amounts shown on the statement of cash flows. Consequently, transfers between cash and restricted cash will not be presented as a separate line item in the operating, investing or financing sections of the cash flow statement. The ASU includes examples of the revised presentation guidance.
The amendments require an entity to disclose information about the nature of the restrictions and amounts described as restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents. Further, when cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents are presented in more than one line item on the balance sheet, an entity must reconcile these amounts to the total shown on the statement of cash flows, either in narrative or tabular format. This information should be provided on the face of the cash flow statement or in the notes to the financial statements.

Effective Date, Transition Method and Disclosures

The amendments are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. The amendments should be applied retrospectively to each period presented. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. If an entity early adopts the amendments in an interim period, any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period. Transition disclosure is required in the first interim and annual period including the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle, the method of applying the change, and description of the prior-period information that has been retrospectively adjusted. 

1 Restricted Cash
2 Statement of Cash Flows