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Thursday, May 19, 2016

What I have been able to discern from articles I have read is that a great deal of flexibility is going to be needed on the lessee side to accommodate an ever changing portfolio of leased equipment. Our company, PAMS-DCF, Inc has the newly created (2015) exact system required based on USING EXCEL AS A DATA BASE only, enhanced by powerful front end hard coded programs that are designed to be very flexible. Our system will do the present value analysis on any cash flow, the asset booking entries and a portfolio analysis capable of easy update and  immediate recompilation of the effective yield or present value for the updated composite assets providing an accurate rolling present value balance and amortization analysis through it's portfolio features. Go to for a detailed capability overview. Obviously, there are many more lessees than lessors. Any worthy systems should be very expandable. The job handed down by the FASB is much larger than I believe the FASB realizes. A system such as PAMS-DCF is the only way to manage a large portfolio of leased equipment from the lessee side assuming the company really intends to comply with the new standards, and that may be a larger than life assumption and some time in coming.  Scalability and accuracy into the trillions of  dollars are a must. Look us over before you decide.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's all about the balance sheet, the balance sheet, the balance sheet!

What can you say? I have concluded that requiring the recording of leases on the books of the lessee is what the new pronouncement is all about. In general, requiring the recording of legal obligations and attendant rights is what has been accomplished. To be sure, it will change the look and feel of many a balance sheet on the lessee side of the equation. That is a big deal! Not so much on the lessor side. It is more than a question of cosmetics when liabilities hit the balance sheet that were previously never shown. On the lessee side again, the operating statement is changed very little if you look at the net Profit impact. PAMS-DCF is very well suited to computing present values and amortization schedules for recorded leases. PAMS will handle complex flows and create permanent records that can be introduced into its portfolio capabilities to create a composite rate and amortization schedule for each reporting period and be easily updated as new lease transactions are added. You would have to set up a portfolio for operating leases and one for finance leases due to the differences in Profit reporting, but that is simple enough to do. We can provide one time or ongoing service and reports in both hard copy and EXCEL file formats without the need to acquire the system or learn it. We would prepare booking entries, monthly amortization and balance sheet balances, monthly amortization expenses, interest expenses,  individually or in a composite portfolio format. Give us a shout and make your life a bit easier. We need the work.

Friday, May 13, 2016

FASB on Feb 25, 2016 and the IASB somewhat earlier, have published and implemented their new accounting standards for  leases. The FASB  standard is designated LEASES(ASC 842). I have had the opportunity just this month (May 2016 ) to review some of the articles available, coming off a very hectic tax season.

To the point, just about every lease that goes beyond a year now has to show itself on the balance sheet as both an asset and offsetting liability. The leases break down into three broad categories as operating leases, finance leases and sales type leases. Leveraged lease are no longer recognized as a separate category, but presumably will squeeze themselves into the finance lease category if any are newly done. There is no advantageous earnings treatment from the lessor reporting side, nor any advantageous balance sheet treatment from the lessee side. If one is done it would have to be on it's economic merits only. After tax analysis is still a viable tool and can be applied to any leveraged tax advantaged transaction not only leases, but including leveraged leases. There is no longer an up-fronting of income and hence no great EPS impact can be expected for lessors.

It is all too new for me to start making any generalizations other than to say all leases will be outed on the balance sheets of lessees and will carry the force of contractual debt in ratio and income measurements. Present value analysis can be done for the simpler payment streams using any tool such as EXCEL or a hand held HP Financial calculator. For more complex flows and for a permanent record or portfolio computations, a system such as PAMS-DCF will be required above and apart from the rate analysis aspects of such a tool. Over-all, I believe Present Value tools will be in more demand now than ever before, in spite of the loss of the need for accounting use of extended yield analysis methods. It should prove to be a net win for products such as PAMS-DCF. More will come as the accounting package is completed and some attempts are made to implement portfolio booking methods for leases on the lessee side. It is a new world, but hey, look what's happening to the political world.