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On March 20, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-07 Consolidations (Topic 810): Applying Variable Interest Entities Guidance to Common Control Leasing Arrangements (hereafter ASU 2014-07 or the standard). This standard is the third accounting alternative proposed by the Private Company Council (PCC) and endorsed by the FASB. It is an accounting alternative that permits a private company reporting entity to elect to not apply the variable interest entity (VIE) guidance to certain leasing arrangements. If elected, the guidance of this standard must be applied to all qualifying lease arrangements.
The adoption of ASU 2014-07 may result in the deconsolidation of commonly controlled lessor entities that were previously consolidated under the VIE guidance, the removal of disclosures prescribed by the VIE guidance for consolidated and certain non-consolidated commonly controlled lessor entities, or the reduction in the documentation and procedures necessary to evaluate these types of entities under the VIE guidance.