AASB 9 FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS Q&A SERIES
When accounting for loan renegotiations, fees and costs incurred by borrowers may impact the assessment of whether the change in terms is substantial. To assess quantitatively whether the change is substantial or not, borrowers perform what is known as 'the 10% test'. In this article KPMG discusses what costs and fees are included in the performance of this test and highlight some other key considerations relating to the subsequent accounting for modifications that are deemed non-substantial.
Company P has a $10 million loan from a bank with the following key terms:
Company P successfully renegotiates the terms of the loan, and the bank agrees to reduce the interest rate to the current market rate of 5% (monthly interest of 0.417%). In doing so, it incurs the following costs and fees:
As a result of the modification, Company P is required to assess whether the modification is substantial or non-substantial. The modification is substantial if the present value of the cash flows under the new terms differs by at least 10% from the present value of the remaining cash flows under the original terms, which is $10 million in this scenario (the so-called '10% test').
Which costs and fees are included in the 10% test?
In this scenario, only the modification fee charged by the bank of $15,000 and the bank legal fees of $12,000 should be considered for the purposes of the 10% test. This is because only these amounts are paid by Company P to, or on behalf of, the bank.
For the purposes of the 10% test, what is the present value of the revised cash flows?
This is calculated as $9,158,300, being the present value of the revised future cash flows based on the new interest rate of 5% p.a. discounted using the original effective interest rate of 7% p.a., plus the $27,000 of costs incurred (see Question 1) at the date of modification.
Compared to the present value of the original cash flows of $10 million, the difference is less than 10% (8.15%). Therefore, the change in terms is considered a non-substantial modification.
What is the carrying amount of the loan immediately following the modification?
The new carrying amount of the liability is calculated as $9,158,300, being the present value of the revised future cash flows discounted using the original effective interest rate1, less directly attributable transaction costs of $45,000.
At the date of modification, there is a gain of $886,700 ($10 million less $9,113,300) recognised in the income statement2.
What is the effective interest rate subsequent to the modification?
The original effective interest rate is adjusted for transaction costs incurred at modification date, as these transaction costs adjust the carrying amount of the liability and are amortised over the remaining life of the modified loan.
For the purposes of the quantitative assessment, a borrower includes amounts paid or received between the borrower and the lender, including any amounts paid on the other’s behalf. [AASB 9.B3.3.6*]
If the exchange or modification is not accounted for as an extinguishment, i.e. because it was deemed non-substantial, any costs or fees incurred adjust the carrying amount of the liability and are amortised over the remaining term of the modified liability. [AASB 9.B3.3.6A*].
Transaction costs include only costs that are directly attributable to the acquisition or issue of the financial asset or financial liability. [AASB 126.96.36.199]
*As amended by AASB 2020-3 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Annual Improvements 2018-2020 and Other Amendments, which is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022 with early application permitted.