• Filing Date: 2012-03-30
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
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Recent Accounting Pronouncements
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Recent Accounting Pronouncements [Abstract]  
Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Note 2 – Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-12. In December 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2011-12 ("ASU 2011-12"), Comprehensive Income (Topic 220), Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05 ("ASU 2011-05"). Stakeholders raised concerns that the new presentation requirements about reclassifications of items out of accumulated other comprehensive income would be difficult for preparers and may add unnecessary complexity to financial statements. In addition, it is difficult for some stakeholders to change systems in time to gather the information for the new presentation requirements by the effective date of Update 2011-05. All other requirements in ASU 2011-05 are not affected by this update, including the requirement to report comprehensive income either in a single continuous financial statement or in two separate but consecutive financial statements. The amendments in ASU 2011-12 are effective on a retrospective basis for public entities for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011, and interim periods within those years. An entity should provide the disclosures required by ASU 2011-12 retrospectively for all comparative periods presented. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-12 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-11. In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-11 ("ASU 2011-11"), Balance Sheet (Topic 210), Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. The objective of ASU 2011-11 is to enhance disclosures required by U.S. GAAP by requiring improved information about financial instruments and derivative instruments that are either (1) offset in accordance with either Section 210-20-45 or Section 815-10-45 or (2) subject to an enforceable master netting arrangement or similar agreement, irrespective of whether they are offset in accordance with Section 210-20-45 or Section 815-10-45. This information will enable users of an entity's financial statements to evaluate the effect or potential effect of netting arrangements on an entity's financial position. The amendments in ASU 2011-11 are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods. An entity should provide the disclosures required by ASU 2011-11 retrospectively for all comparative periods presented. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-11 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-09.   In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-09 ("ASU 2011-09"), Compensation – Retirement Benefits – Multiemployer Plans (Subtopic 715-80), Disclosure about an Employer's Participation in a Multiemployer Plan. The objective of ASU 2011-09 is to improve the transparency of financial reporting with respect to an employer's participation in a multiemployer pension plan or other multiemployer postretirement benefit plan by requiring each participating employer to provide additional separate, quantitative and qualitative disclosures. The additional disclosures will increase awareness about the commitments that an employer has made to a multiemployer pension plan and the potential future cash flow implications of an employer's participation in the plan. For public entities, the amendments in ASU 2011-09 are effective for annual periods for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted. The amendments in ASU 2011-09 should be applied retrospectively for all periods presented. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-09 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-08.   In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-08 ("ASU 2011-08"), Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350), Testing Goodwill for Impairment. The objective of ASU 2011-08 is to simplify how entities test goodwill for impairment. The amendments in ASU 2011-08 permit an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test described in Topic 350. The more-likely-than-not threshold is defined as having a likelihood of more than 50 percent. Under the amendments in ASU 2011-08, an entity is not required to calculate the fair value of a reporting unit unless the entity determines that it is more likely than not that its fair value is less than its carrying amount. The amendments in ASU 2011-08 are effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-08 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05.   In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05 ("ASU 2011-05"), Comprehensive Income (Topic 220), Presentation of Comprehensive Income. The objective of ASU 2011-05 is to improve the comparability, consistency, and transparency of financial reporting and to increase the prominence of items reported in other comprehensive income. To achieve this goal and to facilitate convergence of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the FASB decided to eliminate the option to present components of other comprehensive income as part of the consolidated statement of changes in stockholders' equity. The amendments in ASU 2011-05 require that all nonowner changes in stockholders' equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. In the two-statement approach, the first statement should present total net income and its components followed consecutively by a second statement that should present total other comprehensive income, the components of other comprehensive income, and the total of comprehensive income. The amendments in ASU 2011-05 should be applied retrospectively. For public entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. Early adoption is permitted, because compliance with the amendments is already permitted. The amendments do not require any transition disclosures. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-05 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-04.   In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04 ("ASU 2011-04"), Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs." The objective of ASU 2011-04 is to provide clarification of Topic 820 and, also, to ensure that fair value has the same meaning in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and in international financial reporting standards ("IFRSs") and that their respective fair value measurement and disclosure requirements are generally the same. Thus, this update results in common principles and requirements for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements in accordance with GAAP and IFRSs. The amendment is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 and is to be applied prospectively. Early application is not permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-04 will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

Accounting Standards Update No. 2010-26.   In October 2010, the FASB issued ASU No. 2010-26 ("ASU 2010-26"), Financial Services – Insurance (ASC Topic 944), Accounting for Costs Associated with Acquiring or Renewing Insurance Contracts. The objective of the amendments in ASU 2010-26 is to address diversity in practice regarding the interpretation of which costs relating to the acquisition of new or renewal insurance contracts qualify for deferral. The amendments in ASU 2010-26 specify which costs should be capitalized. The amendments in ASU 2010-26 are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2011 and can be applied prospectively upon adoption. Retrospective or prospective application is permitted. Early adoption is permitted, but only at the beginning of an entity's annual reporting period. The Company will adopt ASU 2010-26 in January 2012 and expects to adopt this standard prospectively. As such, the Company expects to recognize additional amortization expense in the first quarter of 2012 of between $1.0 and $1.4 million pre-tax with a corresponding decrease in deferred acquisition costs.