Defining Issues | October 2016

FASB decides to retain guidance on pre-production costs

KPMG reports on FASB decision on pre-production costs. FASB retains current guidance on capitalization of pre-production costs while doing outreach for potential additional changes.


FASB tentative Board decisions

  • ASC Topic 606 (new revenue standard)
  • Related ASC Subtopic 340-10 amendments
  • Company that incurs pre-production costs in long-term supply arrangements

Relevant dates

  • October 19, 2016 – FASB tentative decision on pre-production cost guidance
  • Mandatory effective dates and early adoption provisions of ASC Topic 606:

Effective date:

Public business entities and certain not-for-profit entities

All other entities

Annual periods – Fiscal years beginning after

Dec. 15, 2017

Dec. 15, 2018

Interim periods – In fiscal years beginning after

Dec. 15, 2017

Dec. 15, 2019

Early adoption allowed in fiscal years beginning after

Dec. 15, 2016

Dec. 15, 2016

Key impacts

  • The FASB was considering amending the pre-production cost guidance for long-term supply arrangements that would affect companies applying ASC 606 (new revenue standard)
  • Pending further outreach, the FASB has tentatively decided not to change the guidance on pre-production costs
  • This means that suppliers should continue to evaluate whether consideration received from a customer for pre-production activities should be accounted for under ASC 606 as a separate performance obligation. The related costs should continue to be assessed under ASC 340-10.

Report contents

  • Current capitalization guidance
  • Leases, sale-leaseback concerns
  • Interaction with revenue standard



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