BDO Seidman LLP Issues Client Advisory on Impact of New FASB Accounting Standards on Planned M&A Transactions

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BDO Seidman, LLP, one of the nation's leading accounting and consulting organizations, today issued a client advisory regarding key accounting changes to be implemented later this year. FASB Statement No. 141R, which revises the accounting for business combinations, and FASB Statement No. 160, which changes the accounting and reporting for minority interests, do not take effect until December 15, 2008, but acquisitive companies that plan to make deals between now and the effective date will likely need the time to plan ahead.

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These are major changes that can have far-reaching effects on both the art of the deal and the morning after

    "These are major changes that can have far-reaching effects on both the art of the deal and the morning after," said Ben Neuhausen, a Partner and National Director of Accounting at BDO Seidman. "The changes in accounting for business combinations could make the earnings impact more difficult to forecast. Unexpected acquisition costs may arise, and future expenses may be tied to asset valuations that are difficult to predict, especially in today's economy. This puts a priority on preparation."

BDO Seidman emphasizes that FASB Statements 141R and 160 will impact the following areas:

-- Deal Timing. Under the new accounting, the few days from agreement or announcement to consummation date can make a critical difference.

-- New Disclosures. The effects on reporting may cause surprises. Under Statement 141R, more purchases qualify as business combinations. In some cases, its income tax provisions can trigger disclosures in 2008.

-- Controls. It may take time to assemble the needed skills and establish the necessary controls. Statement 141R expands the required use of fair values, and more items may need to be re-measured or require post-acquisition monitoring.

-- Earnings Forecasts. The earnings impact of a deal in the year of acquisition and subsequent years will differ from current accounting and take time to study. The earnings effects of step purchases and step sales will also differ.

-- Debt Covenants. There may be unforeseen effects on debt covenants or other legal arrangements, since Statement 160's reporting requirements may affect key financial ratios.

The complete client advisory, "New Accounting for M&A Affects Earnings and Deals," can be reviewed at For more information, please contact Jerry Walsh at 631-419-9008.

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