Lease accounting for the retail and consumer products industries will change under the new standards. Retail and consumer products companies lease a diverse range of assets from buildings to manufacturing equipment. Sometimes, retailers also act as lessors.
The new leasing standards will require retail and consumer products companies to update their accounting policies based on the new principles. In some cases, extensive analysis may be required to arrive at judgments on how to apply the standards to certain lease types.
1. Which types of leases are in and out of scope under the new standards? Consider not only traditional property, plant, and equipment, but also intangible assets.
2. How should supply contracts with manufacturers be evaluated? Consider manufacturers of consumer products and whether the manufacturing asset meets right of use requirements.
3. How are sub leases accounted for under the new standards? Consider situations where retailers act as both lessor and lessee of a certain space.