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New LeaseAccelerator System Validates Accuracy of Lease Accounting Calculations

February 08, 2019, 07:15 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

LeaseAccelerator has developed a testing application called the Lease Accounting Validator that automates the testing of leases under the new ASC 842 and IFRS 16 standards, as well as frozen GAAP. With the initial deadlines passed on Jan. 1, public companies need to know that the lease accounting software they selected works for their specific portfolio, and not just for a handful of generic or illustrative examples.

When the combinations of rent, classifications, financial variables, fiscal calendars and contract options are considered, there are almost 100 billion possible scenarios that can occur in real estate and equipment leases. Examples of the various elements which drive the different scenarios include the timing and frequency of payments, rent and contractual modifications as well as the planned and actual end-of-term options.

 The Lease Accounting Validator analyzes each lease in a customer’s portfolio to identify the permutations of lease terms and fiscal periods as well as the expected and actual events that occur during the life of a lease. It then automatically executes the processes and reporting needed to calculate and then validate the accuracy of all of the journal entries throughout the lease from the initial commencement to the end of term. The Validator also automatically analyzes test results to ensure that the calculations tie out.

“Most software vendors are focused myopically on achieving ‘day one’ compliance with accurate beginning balances at the effective date. Their test plans are limited to the handful of illustrative examples included in the new standards,” said Jonathan Crawford, Chief Technology Officer of LeaseAccelerator. “However, real-world leases involve a variety of changes that must be collected, accounted for and tested within each close period. They present a much bigger challenge.”

Without an automated testing system like the Lease Accounting Validator, customers, partners and software providers would need to hire staff to perform time-intensive test planning and execution activities. Test plans and scripts would need to be updated periodically as the composition of the lease portfolio changes and new use cases emerge. Test results would also need to be manually validated to ensure that account balances tie out when expected and that calculation results are accurate.

“This is a game-changing innovation for our clients,” said Michael Keeler, CEO of LeaseAccelerator. “The Lease Accounting Validator provides quantified evidence of the accuracy of our accounting calculations, which gives our clients and their auditors the transparency and confidence they need. LeaseAccelerator is the only vendor in the market able to meet this critical audit requirement for ASC 842 and IFRS 16 quality assurance metrics, which is why many companies have switched to LeaseAccelerator.”

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