CECL preparation

CECL prep should begin now for financial institutions

Financial institutions must prepare now for big changes in how they calculate loan and lease losses. CECL becomes effective in 2020 for SEC filers and 2021 for all others.

CECL: What you need to know

Financial institutions face implementation of a new accounting requirement that was issued in June of 2016 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326) commonly referred to as “CECL.” This new standard will become effective in 2020 for SEC filers and 2021 for all other entities – but compliance requires significant review and potential change in many aspects of governance, risk management, credit models and other aspects of operations, so banks must prepare well before the implementation date to be ready by then. CECL, or current expected credit losses, represents a major change in how banks will be expected to estimate losses in the allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL). This presentation, provided at a Kansas Bankers Association meeting in November 2016, gives an overview of CECL and how to prepare for compliance with it.

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If you would like to learn more about how to prepare for CECL, contact Mark Schmelzle below.

Mark Schmelzle

Senior Vice President
Assurance Services
Financial Services Industry Team Leader

Mark Schmelzle leads the firm’s financial services industry team. His practice focuses primarily on financial institutions, manufacturing/wholesale/distribution entities and private equity groups.

In the financial services and manufacturing industries, his experience includes financial statement audits, fraud investigations and other types of attest services.

In the private equity area, Mark provides a wide range of merger and acquisition services for private equity groups and their portfolio companies, including due diligence, cash flow analysis, quality of earnings review, and potential cost-savings analysis.

Schmelzle is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Young Bank Officers of Kansas. He is an alumnus of Leadership Wichita and was named one of the Wichita Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” young leaders in the community. He also serves in leadership positions for community organizations including Youth Entrepreneurs and the Wichita Aero Club.

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