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PwC's accounting podcast

Our accounting podcast features PwC specialists discussing today's most compelling accounting, regulatory and financial reporting issues. From the new leases and revenue standards to CECL to LIBOR rate replacement, PwC Partner Heather Horn hosts each episode tackling a single topic and providing listeners with key takeaways to stay informed on these important accounting matters.

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Full disclosure: Leases

Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes.  This week we focus on a lessee’s presentation and disclosure requirements of leases. Suzanne Stephani and Marc Jerusalem, PwC National Office directors, are back in the guest seats to share helpful insights and key reminders. Topics include: 1:15 - Balance sheet and income statement. Marc and Suzanne start with the balance sheet and income statement, highlighting the presentation for finance vs. operating leases, current vs. non-current, and more. 10:55 - Statement of cash flows. Suzanne explains how to avoid common stumbling blocks when presenting lease transactions in the statement of cash flows. 15:33 - Disclosure requirements. Lessees have a long list of qualitative and quantitative disclosure requirements that need to be met. Marc details where to start and what to watch out for. 24:11 - Leases in light of current events. The current economic environment has disrupted some companies’ leasing strategies. Marc and Suzanne provide some insight on how this may impact their presentation and disclosures.29:47 - Wrap-up. Heather tries to stump Suzanne and Marc with a few trivia questions before they provide final reminders and advice for companies accounting under ASC 842.  Want to learn more? Read our guides for those who have adopted ASC 842 and those still applying ASC 840.  Suzanne Stephani is a director in PwC’s National Office specializing in the application and interpretation of the accounting guidance related to financing and leasing transactions as well as the cash flow statement. Marc Jerusalem is a director in PwC’s National Office specializing in leasing. Marc consults with clients on complex lease accounting issues and is a contributor to many related PwC National Office publications.  Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

36mins

21 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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COVID-19: How looking back will help business move forward

As much as we’d like to put COVID behind us—things are still unpredictable and businesses will need to continue to be agile. This week we’re joined again by Chris Benko, PwC’s chief economist and leader of PwC Intelligence, and Craig Stronberg, a former historian and current Director in PwC Intelligence, for some insight on the impact of COVID-19 as compared to past crises and which lessons learned today may help companies in the future.Topics include:2:25 - Looking to the past and to the future. Craig sets the stage with how COVID has unfolded in the current geopolitical landscape, the direction things are headed, and lessons that can be learned from past crises.12:35 - Economic impacts. Less uncertainty and more predictability—that’s what we all want. Chris discusses the current “stable disequilibrium” we’re in and how companies can continue to exercise strategic agility. 22:10 - Evolving workforce and supply chain. The pandemic continues to disrupt the workforce and supply chain. Business practices will have to change, but how? Chris and Craig provide their perspective. 34:04 - Key takeaways. Chris and Craig end on a few positive notes and share what they see as opportunities for companies when COVID is over. Want to hear more from PwC Intelligence? Check out some of our past podcasts:Forecast 2021: How will your business respond to tectonic forces?Forecast 2021: Top US economic trends to watchChris Benko is PwC’s US Senior Economist, providing the firm and its clients with economic analysis and commentary. Chris leads a team of business and sector analysts, economists, and data scientists, leveraging data and analytics to develop provocative points of view and inform strategic decision-making.Craig Stronberg leads the Macro Capability for PwC Intelligence, spearheading the team of analysts that provide macroeconomic and geopolitical intelligence to key stakeholders. Named as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, Craig had a nearly 20 year career in national security affairs working for and advising numerous agencies and international partners, having been decorated five times. He focused on numerous areas, including counterintelligence, economic espionage, counterterrorism, cyber threats, political-military issues, special operations integration, and support for major events such as the Olympic Games.Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

38mins

16 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Full disclosure: Derivatives and hedging

Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes.  This week we focus on presentation and disclosure requirements for derivatives and hedge accounting. Bret Dooley and Steve Halterman are in the guest seats to share helpful insights and key reminders. Topics include: 4:14 - Balance sheet and income statement. Bret and Steve begin with an overview of how to present derivative instruments, whether in accounting hedges or or economic hedges. 12:52 - Disclosure requirements. There’s a long list of required disclosures for companies with derivatives. Bret and Steve help break down the objectives of the disclosures and discuss the key disclosures for fair value and cash flow hedges. 20:10 - Other key reminders. Bret highlights key reminders for interim reporting and reference rate reform, and Steve shares some expedients for private companies. 27:00 - Closing. Bret and Steve provide some final reminders and advice for companies with derivatives. Want to learn more? Read our Derivatives and hedging guide for guidance on accounting questions and our Financial statement presentation guide for help with presentation and disclosure requirements.  Bret Dooley is a Partner in PwC’s National Office with over 25 years of experience specializing in the financial services, banking and capital markets industries. He focuses on emerging financial reporting issues relating to financial instruments, developing interpretive guidance, and assisting clients in resolving complex accounting matters. Steve Halterman is a Director in PwC’s National Office with over 25 years of experience in auditing and accounting, with a focus on derivatives and hedging for the last 20 years. He assists clients with accounting issues for financial instruments, derivatives, hedging, and the statement of cash flows and contributes to PwC guidance and publications.  Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

32mins

14 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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The quarter close - third quarter 2021

In the third quarter of 2021, many companies are keeping a close eye on developments in Washington, including infrastructure legislation and tax reform. The timing for tax reform is not yet clear; however, companies will need to react quickly if new tax laws are enacted. We summarize the key tax reform proposals and how companies can plan ahead.SEC Chair Gary Gensler went on record this quarter with his views on the crypto ecosystem, comparing it to the “wild West” and calling for more investor protection. Whether it’s stablecoins or CBDCs, if you’re having trouble keeping up on the crypto lingo, you’re not alone. We provide a primer on crypto assets and some of the related accounting considerations.  Another phrase you may begin hearing more often is energy efficiency-as-a-service. We explore the accounting implications of this growing ESG trend, including the potential for embedded leases.In standard-setting news, the FASB has added projects to make course corrections on accounting for credit losses and issued new narrow-scope standards you’ll want to have on your radar. This edition of The quarter close highlights these and other relevant accounting and reporting topics you should consider as you close out the third quarter of the year.

25mins

13 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Facts on SPACs: Crossing the finish line

Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for some time, but in the last 24 months there have been an unprecedented number of companies going public via a SPAC transaction. In our Facts on SPACs mini-series, we cut through the noise to help you focus on some of the key issues relating to these transactions. In the final episode of our six-part series on SPACs, Mike Bellin, PwC’s IPO Services co-leader, is back to wrap-up our deep dive into SPACs. Mike and Heather reflect on how the SPAC market has continued to evolve and key considerations as companies prepare for going public.Topics include:1:09 - Developments in the past month. One month since our first conversation on SPACs - what’s happened in the market since then, and how have things evolved? Mike explains. 11:54 - SPAC strategy. There is an endless task list and many agreements to reach before going public. Mike highlights five items commonly negotiated between SPACs and their targets.18:14 - Being public. We’ve talked about the difficulties companies face when shifting from private to public. Mike gives his take on the challenges he sees and some advice for companies dealing with this transition.26:44 - Final words. We’ve covered a breadth of topics in the past few weeks. Mike leaves us with some final advice for listeners contemplating a SPAC or going public (hint: preparation is key).Want to learn more? Explore our Roadmap for an IPO: A guide to going public and listen to all the other episodes from our “Facts on SPACs series”Facts on SPACs: New trends in 2021Facts on SPACs: Are you sure who’s the acquirer?Facts on SPACs: A focus on warrants, earnouts, and EPSFacts on SPACs: Compensation arrangementsFacts on SPACs: Accounting differences between private and publicMike Bellin is a PwC Deals partner and co-leads PwC’s IPO Services practice. Mike focuses on IPOs, SPACs, accounting for carve-outs/spin-offs, purchase accounting, pro forma financial statements, stock compensation, the SEC registration process, and much more. In addition, he frequently advises on IPOs, helping his clients with their initial registration process and operational readiness.Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

29mins

9 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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Full disclosure: Loans and credit losses

Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes.  This week we focus on loans and receivables, including how the credit losses standard, with its current expected credit loss (CECL) model, changed the presentation and disclosure requirements. Tom Barbieri and Bret Dooley, PwC National Office partners, sat down with our host, Heather Horn, to share insights and reminders in the post-adoption world. Topics include: 2:06 - Balance sheet and income statement. Tom and Bret begin with an overview of what to present on two of the primary financial statements for loans and receivables.10:14 - Disclosure requirements. Tom highlights key disclosures for companies with loans receivable assets. He addresses requirements from accounting policies through credit quality indicators. 19:02 - Allowance for credit losses. Bret dives into the required disclosures for companies that develop an allowance reserve estimate and explains the information that financial statements users need to understand non-performing receivables. 26:45 - Cash flows. Tom gives a few key reminders for getting the right geography when presenting loans in your statement of cash flows.28:40 - SEC filings and comment trends. Tom and Bret discuss interim presentation and disclosure requirements and comment trends from the SEC after the first year of CECL.33:04 - Wrap up. Heather tries to stump Tom and Bret with a few questions from pre-CECL periods before Tom and Bret provide some advice and resources when preparing credit disclosures.  Want to hear more about CECL? Check out some of our past podcasts and videos: The CECL standard - 5 things you need to knowCOVID-19: CECL consideration questions, answeredCECL disclosures: Year-end remindersCECL - Impacts for nonfinancial services companies Also see our Loans and investments and Financial statement presentation guides for more details on presentation and disclosure for revenue.  Tom Barbieri is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and the financial instruments accounting leader. He has nearly 30 years of experience advising clients on complex accounting and financial reporting issues relating to financial instruments. During Tom’s tenure in the National Office, he has been at the forefront of emerging accounting issues and has regular interactions with the FASB, SEC, and other regulators and standard setters. Bret Dooley is a Partner in PwC’s National Office with over 25 years of experience specializing in the financial services, banking and capital markets industries. He focuses on emerging financial reporting issues relating to financial instruments.

37mins

7 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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Facts on SPACs: Accounting differences between private and public

Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for some time, but in the last 24 months there have been an unprecedented number of companies going public via a SPAC transaction. In our Facts on SPACs mini-series, we cut through the noise to help you focus on some of the key issues relating to these transactions.  In episode five of our six-part series on SPACs, Heather is joined by Jay Seliber, PwC National Office partner, and John Horan, PwC National Office managing director, to talk through key accounting and reporting differences between private and public company financial statements and to share related insights and reminders. Topics include: 1:11 - Mezzanine equity. Found somewhere between liabilities and shareholders’ equity, John explains what mezzanine equity is and the SEC’s rules for presenting it. 9:58 - Earnings per share. A complicated area, made even more so by the complex capital structures commonly seen in the operating companies involved in a SPAC—Jay and John highlight some key areas of focus when computing earnings per share for the first time. 18:43 - GAAP alternatives for private companies. Sometimes referred to as Private Company Council accounting alternatives, John breaks down three accounting alternatives that can be elected by private companies but would need to be unwound before your first SEC filing. 23:12 - New accounting standards and additional disclosures for public companies. For public companies, there are a number of incremental required disclosures across many topics as compared to private companies. Additionally, most ASU adoption dates come quicker when compared to private companies—Jay and John explain.30:45 - Wrap-up. Going from a private to public company can be a lot of work. Jay and John close with which areas they think may need the most attention.  Want to learn more? Explore our Financial statement presentation guide for specific topics and listen to some of our past podcasts mentioned by Jay and John:  Facts on SPACs: A focus on warrants, earnouts, and EPSFull disclosure: Earnings per share (EPS)Stock-based compensation issues in an IPO and SPAC, explained. Jay Seliber is a partner in PwC’s National Office. He leverages over 30 years of experience to help clients with their most complex accounting matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, revenue recognition, stock compensation, earnings per share, employee benefits, restructurings, impairments, and financing transactions. Jay is presently PwC's representative to the FASB's Emerging Issues Task Force. John Horan is a managing director in PwC’s National Office with almost 15 years of experience assisting clients with complex accounting issues. With particular expertise in foreign currencies, liabilities and equity, earnings per share, and derivatives and hedging, John uses his expertise to help companies with large capital transactions and IPOs.  Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions.

34mins

2 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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Full disclosure: Revenue

Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes. This week we focus on the presentation and disclosure requirements for revenue. Angela Fergason is joining us again to break down revenue from contracts with customers and what needs to be included in your financial statements. Topics include:1:15 - Income statement and balance sheet. Angela opens with a quick overview of how to present revenue on the income statement and balance sheet, and a few reminders of key requirements. 11:29 - Disaggregated revenue. Angela gives an overview of the five major disclosure areas for revenue and dives into requirements around disaggregating revenue. 16:23 - Performance obligations. Angela explains the quantitative and qualitative disclosure requirements for performance obligations, paying particular attention to those related to remaining performance obligations—which are often the most time consuming to prepare. 21:27 - Remaining disclosures. Angela covers the final three primary areas of disclosures for public companies: significant judgments, contract balances, and cost to obtain or fulfill a contract27:47 - Non-public companies. Angela highlights which disclosures apply to non-public companies, and which don’t. 29:05 - Closing. Heather tries to stump Angela with a few revenue and ASC 606 trivia questions before Angela provides some final advice and reminders to companies evaluating their disclosures.Want to hear more about revenue from Angela? Check out some of our past podcasts:Identifying performance obligations: PwC breaks it downVariable consideration: How it impacts your top and bottom lineRevenue contract costs: capitalize or expense?Revenue contract modifications: 5 things you need to knowAlso listen to Full disclosure: The balance sheet to learn more about balance sheet offsetting and see our Financial statement presentation guide for more details on presentation and disclosure for revenue. Angela Fergason is a partner in PwC's National Office with over 20 years of experience who specializes in accounting for revenue and employee compensation arrangements. She is a frequent speaker on accounting and financial reporting topics and is a contributor to many PwC National Office publications, including our accounting guides on revenue and stock-based compensation.Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series.

36mins

31 Aug 2021

Rank #8

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Facts on SPACs: Compensation arrangements

Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for some time, but in the last 24 months there have been an unprecedented number of companies going public via a SPAC transaction. In our Facts on SPACs mini-series, we cut through the noise to help you focus on some of the key issues relating to these transactions.  In episode four of our six-part series on SPACs, Jay Seliber, PwC National Office partner, is back again. This time he’s explaining how to apply compensation guidance to certain arrangements common in a SPAC transaction. Topics include: 1:08 - Identification. Jay explains how to identify instruments subject to the compensation guidance and the most common instruments used as compensation in SPAC transactions. 15:23 - What to look out for. Jay highlights pitfalls he’s seen in past SPAC deals and how to plan ahead to avoid them. 18:18 - EPS. Jay shares how earnouts and warrants impact EPS when they’ve been determined to be compensatory and not financial instruments. 21:18 - Key takeaways. Jay shares where to find more information and gives some parting advice to companies on navigating SPAC transactions. Want to learn more? Read our Stock-based compensation and Financial statement presentation guides. And listen to our podcast, Stock-based compensation issues in an IPO and SPAC, explained. Jay Seliber is a partner in PwC’s National Office. He leverages over 30 years of experience to help clients with their most complex accounting matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, revenue recognition, stock compensation, earnings per share, employee benefits, restructurings, impairments, and financing transactions. Jay is presently PwC's representative to the FASB's Emerging Issues Task Force. Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

26mins

26 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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Full disclosure: Other liabilities

Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes.  This week we focus on the fair value disclosure requirements for other liabilities—specifically payables, contingencies, and asset retirement obligations (AROs). Pat Durbin and John Brittain are in the guest seats to share helpful insights and key reminders Topics include: 1:23 - Accounts and notes payable. Pat and John explain the presentation and disclosure requirements for payables and highlights key requirements in S-X Rule 5-02. 9:02 - Contingencies. Pat dives into accounting considerations for environmental liabilities as well as general presentation and disclosure matters for other contingencies. 20:19 - AROs. John breaks down the disclosure requirements for AROs and what to do when they cannot be reasonably estimated. 24:45 - Wrap up. Heather tries to stump Pat and John with two challenging questions, and Pat and John provide some final advice to companies to consider while preparing their financial statements. Want to learn more? Read our Financial statement presentation guide on other liabilities and contingencies.  Pat Durbin is a Deputy Chief Accountant, leading the revenue and liabilities division in PwC’s National Office. He has nearly 30 years of experience consulting with our clients and engagement teams on complex accounting matters, including issues related to revenue, compensation, income taxes, and inventory under both US GAAP and IFRS. John Brittain is a partner in PwC's National Office with over 30 years of experience helping clients and engagement teams navigate the accounting and financial reporting considerations related to business combinations, as well as issues in the energy and utilities sector. Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

30mins

24 Aug 2021

Rank #10