synthetic lease


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Synthetic Lease

When a company creates a special-purpose entity to arrange for a loan to purchase property, and then leases the property from the entity.The synthetic lease therefore keeps the loan off the company's balance sheet, while the company provides enough income to the special-purpose entity to cover the interest rate on the loan.

Synthetic Lease

The creation by a parent company of a special purpose entity to which is given a certain property and which leases the same property back to the parent company. A synthetic lease allows the parent company to use the property for any purpose it wants while not recording it as an asset on its balance sheet. Instead, it is recorded as an expense. This way, rather than paying taxes on the property, it may write off the rent from its taxable income.

synthetic lease

A financing method that confers certain aspects of ownership to the lessee, who, for accounting purposes, treats the arrangement as an operating lease. Neither the asset nor the lease is included on the lessee's balance sheet. A synthetic lease is a type of off-balance-sheet financing that results in a company understating its financial obligations.

synthetic lease

A transaction that appears as a long-term lease from an accounting standpoint but as a loan from a tax standpoint.In the past,such transactions were booked as leases in order to remove loan liabilities from the balance sheets of companies.The company did not have to disclose the duration of the long-term leases, simply the amount of annual lease expenses. Now, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires publicly traded companies to disclose the true nature of such off-balance sheet transactions.Unfortunately,many such synthetic leases included both real and personal property.Today,perhaps 10 years after they were originated,the transaction must be reported as a loan liability;the real property posted as an asset at its current value;and the personal property,now practically worthless,posted at its value.The result has been huge losses posted to corporate balance sheets because of the accounting corrections.

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To be classified as an operating lease, a synthetic lease is structured on the basis of a lease agreement between the lessee (as the user or owner) and the lessor (as an investor), which complies with the requirements established by FAS 13 and related accounting rules.