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ACADIA REALTY TRUST filed this Form 10-Q on 04/25/2019
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ASU 2016-02 was modified by the following subsequently issued ASU’s (together with ASU 2016-02, “Topic 842”), many of which provided additional transition practical expedients:


ASU 2018-01, Land Easements Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842 added a transition practical expedient to not reassess existing or expired land easement agreements not previously accounted for as leases


ASU No. 2018-10, Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases. These amendments provide minor clarifications and corrections to ASU 2016-02.


ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements.



The amendments in this Update provide entities with an additional optional transition method to adopt ASU 2016-02. Under this new transition method, an entity initially applies the new leases standard at the adoption date and recognizes a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. Consequently, an entity’s reporting under this additional transition method for the comparative periods presented in the financial statements in which it adopts the new leases standard would continue to be in accordance with former GAAP (Topic 840, Leases).



The amendments in this Update also provide lessors with a practical expedient, by class of underlying asset, to make a policy election to not separate non-lease components from the associated lease component and, instead, to account for those components as a single component if the non-lease components otherwise would be accounted for under the new revenue guidance (Topic 606). Conditions are required to elect the practical expedient, and if met, the single component will be accounted for under either under Topic 842 or Topic 606 depending on which component(s) are predominant. The lessor practical expedient to not separate non-lease components from the associated component must be elected for all existing and new leases.


ASU 2018-20, Leases (Topic 842), Narrow-Scope Improvements for Lessors. This ASU modifies ASU No. 2016-02 to permit lessors, as an accounting policy election, not to evaluate whether certain sales taxes and other similar taxes are lessor costs or lessee costs. Instead, those lessors will account for those costs as if they are lessee costs. Consequently, a lessor making this election will exclude from the consideration in the contract and from variable payments not included in the consideration in the contract all collections from lessees of taxes within the scope of the election and will provide certain disclosures (includes sales, use, value added, and some excise taxes and excludes real estate taxes).


ASU 2019-01, Leases (Topic 842), Codification Improvements. There are three codification updates to Topic 842 covered by this ASU: Issue 1 provides guidance on how to compute fair value of leased items for lessors who are non-dealers or manufacturers; Issue 2 relates to cash flow presentation for lessors of sales-type and direct financing leases; and Issue 3 clarifies that certain transition disclosures will only be required in annual disclosures.

Under the new leasing guidance, contract consideration shall be allocated to its lease components (such as the lease of retail properties) and non-lease components (such as maintenance). For lessors, any non-lease components will be accounted for under Topic 606 unless the entity elects the lessor practical expedient to not separate the non-lease components from the associated lease component as described above. The new guidance also includes a definition of initial direct costs that is narrower than the prior definition in former GAAP (Topic 840, Leases). Topic 842 was effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2019.

The Company adopted Topic 842 effective January 1, 2019 utilizing the new transition method described in ASU 2018-11 and has availed itself of all the available practical expedients described above except it did not use hindsight in determining the lease term or assessing purchase options for existing leases and in assessing impairment of right of use assets.

As lessor, the Company has more than 1,000 leases primarily with retail tenants and to a lesser extent with office and residential tenants. A significant majority of its leases are on a triple-net basis. The impact of adoption of ASU 2016-02 for the Company as lessor was as follows:


The Company has elected the lessor practical expedient to not separate common area maintenance from the associated lease for all existing and new leases and to account for the combined component as a single lease component. Common area maintenance is considered a non-lease component within the scope of Topic 606 and reimbursements of taxes and insurance are considered contractual payments that do not transfer a good or service to the tenant; however, such revenues related to leases, which were formerly reported as reimbursed expenses, will be reported within lease revenues in the presentation of the statement of income subsequent to the implementation of ASC 842. Prior year classifications under ASC 840 will not be adjusted.


Due to its election of available practical expedients, the Company expects that post-adoption substantially all existing leases, and new leases compared to similar existing leases, will have no change in the timing of revenue recognition.


The Company’s internal leasing costs will be expensed as incurred, as opposed to being capitalized and deferred. Commissions subsequent to successful lease execution will continue to be capitalized. After adoption, the Company will no longer capitalize internal leasing costs that were previously capitalized (the Company capitalized $1.8 million of internal leasing costs during the year ended December 31, 2018).