Agencies announce interim decision on impact of FAS 158 on regulatory capital

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Office of Thrift Supervision has issued a joint statement announcing their interim decision that the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 158, Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans (FAS 158), will not affect banking organizations’ regulatory capital.

Until these regulators determine otherwise through a rulemaking, banks, bank holding companies, and savings associations should exclude from regulatory capital any amounts recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) resulting from the adoption and application of FAS 158.

FAS 158 will require, as early as December 31, 2006, a banking organization that sponsors a single-employer defined benefit postretirement plan, such as a pension plan or health care plan, to recognize the overfunded or underfunded status of each such plan as an asset or liability on its balance sheet with corresponding adjustments recognized in AOCI, a component of equity capital. After a banking organization initially applies FAS 158, changes in the benefit plan asset or liability reported on the organization’s balance sheet will be recognized in the year in which the changes occur and will result in an increase or decrease in AOCI.

The agencies plan to provide regulatory reporting instructions to banking organizations to assist them in implementing the interim exclusion of the effects of FAS 158 on AOCI from the measurement of regulatory capital.

Click here to view Financial Accounting Standards No. 158.

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