Lease accounting standard has been dramatically revised in recent years.

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Lease accounting standard has been dramatically revised in recent years.  The entities that play a role of a lessee have seen their price decline, mainly due to the recently effective FASB ASC 842.  Read 
Chap 15 Lease-Accounting Rules May Have Hurt Companies’ Valuations, Study Says – WSJ.pdf
  from WSJ and answer the following questions: 

  • What authoritative requirements made “a recent change in how companies are expected to account for and report operating leases on company balance sheets”?
  • What are operating leases? How are they shown on corporate balance sheets? Describe measuring an amount to be included on the balance sheet and the accounts that are affected.
  • Consider your answer to the question above. How is it possible that accounting prior to the new lease accounting standard might not show leases on the balance sheet?

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