BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
We consider the applicability and impact of all accounting standard updates (“ASUs”). ASUs not listed below were assessed and determined to be either not applicable or are expected to have minimal impact on our consolidated financial position or results of operations.
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) issued accounting guidance on revenue recognition for revenue from contracts with customers. This guidance requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers and will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance when it becomes effective. This new standard is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. However, in July 2015, the FASB approved the deferral of the effective date of the revenue recognition standard permitting public entities to apply the new revenue standard to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early application is permitted, but not before the original effective date of December 15, 2016. The standard is required to be adopted using either the full retrospective approach, with all prior periods presented adjusted, or the modified retrospective approach, with a cumulative adjustment to retained earnings on the balance sheet. We have not adopted this standard yet but expect to adopt the new revenue standard using the modified retrospective transition method. We are continuing to evaluate the effect this accounting guidance will have on our related disclosures and are still assessing the differences between the new revenue standard and current accounting practices.
In November 2015, the FASB issued accounting guidance that changed how deferred taxes are classified on an entity’s balance sheet. The guidance requires that all deferred tax assets and liabilities, along with any related valuation allowance, be classified as noncurrent on the balance sheet. The new guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2016 and early adoption is permitted. The guidance may be applied either prospectively, for all deferred tax assets and liabilities, or retrospectively. If applied prospectively, entities are required to include a statement that prior periods were not retrospectively adjusted. If applied retrospectively, entities are also required to include quantitative information about the effects of the change on prior periods. We adopted this accounting guidance using the prospective adjustment option effective April 1, 2017 and prior periods were not retrospectively adjusted. As of March 31, 2017, we had $0.1 million in current deferred tax assets and $0.8 million in current deferred tax liabilities. As a result of this adoption, as of April 1, 2017 and going forward we will classify all current deferred taxes as non-current.
In February 2016, the FASB issued accounting guidance which amends the existing accounting standards for lease accounting, including requiring lessees to recognize most leases on their balance sheets and making targeted changes to lessor accounting. This accounting guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. Additionally, this accounting guidance requires a modified retrospective transition approach for all leases existing at, or entered into after the date of initial application, with an option to use certain transition relief. We have not yet adopted this standard and are currently evaluating the effect this standard will have on our financial statements.
In March 2016, the FASB issued accounting guidance related to accounting for employee share-based payments. The accounting guidance is intended to simplify several aspects of accounting for share-based payment award transactions including income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities and classification on the statements of cash flows. This accounting guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2016 and early adoption is permitted. We adopted this standard effective April 1, 2017. The requirements related to the tax consequences of share-based payments were applied prospectively and resulted in $1.6 million recorded as an increase to the income tax provision during the three months ended June 30, 2017. We elected to record forfeitures of share-based awards based on actual forfeitures which did not have a material effect on our financial statements. The provisions related to the presentation of excess tax benefits on the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows did not impact our financial statements as there was no excess tax benefit recorded for the periods presented. The provisions related to employee taxes paid for withheld shares are presented as a cash flow financing activity required us to revise our prior period condensed consolidated statement of cash flows by $0.6 million as a decrease in net cash used in operating activities and a corresponding decrease in net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2016. None of the other provisions of the pronouncement had a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.
In August 2016, the FASB issued accounting guidance to reduce the diversity in practice in how certain cash receipts and cash payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows. This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2017, and early adoption is permitted. We adopted this standard on April 1, 2017 and there was no impact on our financial statements.