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Analysts offer tips on reading financials with leases added

Tammy Whitehouse | April 10, 2019

A new report by analysts is advising investors to buckle up in preparation for first-quarter results that will, for the first time, include leases on the balance sheet.

Public companies will begin reflecting their lease-related assets and liabilities in financial statements with their first-quarter filings under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842. Companies that report under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will also begin reporting leases in financial statements, although the standard under IFRS requires a different approach that investors will need to understand, says the CFA Institute. Most notably, the IFRS standard requires all leases to be treated...

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