FASB seeks comments on FAS 140-d

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued proposed Staff Position (FSP) FAS 140-d, "Accounting for Transfers of Financial Assets and Repurchase Financing Transactions." The Board currently seeks written comments on the proposed FSP, which addresses the accounting for the transfer of financial assets and a subsequent repurchase financing.

The FSP focuses on the circumstances that would permit a transferor and a transferee to separately evaluate the accounting for a transfer of a financial asset and a repurchase financing under FASB Statement No. 140, Transfers and Servicing of Financial Assets and Extinguishments of Liabilities.

The proposed FSP states that a transfer of a financial asset and a repurchase agreement involving the transferred financial asset should be considered part of the same arrangement when the counterparties to the two transactions are the same unless certain criteria are met. The criteria in the proposed FSP are intended to identify whether (1) there is a valid and distinct business or economic purpose for entering separately into the two transactions and (2) the repurchase financing does not result in the initial transferor regaining control over the previously transferred financial assets. Its purpose is to limit diversity of practice in accounting for these situations, resulting in more consistent financial reporting. Consequently, it is the FASB’s desire to have the proposed FSP effective as soon as practicable.

Open Due Process

The Board is seeking written comments on the proposal by September 14, 2007. Parties interested in providing input on the proposal should submit their comments by email to director@fasb.org, File Reference: Proposed FSP FAS 140-d. Those without e-mail may send their comments to:

Director of Technical Application & Implementation Activities
File Reference: Proposed FSP FAS 140-d
Financial Accounting Standards Board
401 Merritt 7
PO Box 5116
Norwalk, Connecticut 06856-5116

You can read the complete text of the proposal.

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