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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Basis of Presentations

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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Basis of Presentations
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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Basis of Presentations
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND BASIS OF PRESENTATIONS

Significant Accounting Policies

We have prepared our consolidated financial statements using the accounting policies described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Pronouncements Adopted

In August 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging: Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. The purpose of this updated guidance is to better align a company’s financial reporting for hedging activities with the economic objectives of those activities. The transition guidance provides companies with the option of early adopting the new standard using a modified retrospective transition method in any interim period after issuance of the update, or alternatively requires adoption for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. We adopted the new standard as of January 1, 2018 and the adoption did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718) - Scope of Modification Accounting, which provides guidance about which changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award require an entity to apply modification accounting. The new standard is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and for interim periods therein, with early adoption permitted. We adopted the new standard as of January 1, 2018 and the adoption did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which provides specific guidance on how cash receipts and payments should be presented and classified in the statement of cash flows for eight specific issues. The new standard is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and for interim periods therein, with early adoption permitted. We adopted the new standard as of January 1, 2018 and the adoption did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Liabilities, which eliminates the requirement for public entities to disclose the methods and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value that is required to be disclosed for financial instruments measured at amortized cost on the balance sheet. The new standard is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and for interim periods therein. We adopted the new standard as of January 1, 2018 and the adoption did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) (“ASU 2014-09”), which creates a single source of revenue guidance. The new standard provides accounting guidance for all revenue arising from contracts with customers and affects all entities that enter into contracts to provide goods or services to their customers (unless the contracts are in the scope of other U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requirements, such as the leasing literature). The guidance also provides a model for the measurement and recognition of gains and losses on the sale of certain nonfinancial assets, such as property and equipment, including real estate. The new standard is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and for interim periods therein. We adopted the new standard for the fiscal year beginning on January 1, 2018. We evaluated the requirements for recognition of revenue from contracts with customers and measuring gains and losses on the sale of properties in accordance with ASU 2014-09 and concluded the adoption of the new standard did not impact in any material respect the amount or timing of our revenue recognition.

Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (“ASU 2016-02”), which amends existing lease accounting standards for both lessees and lessors. The standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018 and for interim periods therein with early adoption permitted. Washington REIT will adopt the standard for the fiscal year beginning on January 1, 2019.

Lessees

For lessees, ASU 2016-02 requires lessees to classify most leases as either finance or operating leases. For lease contracts, or contracts with an embedded lease, with a duration of more than one year in which we are the lessee, the present value of future lease payments will be recognized on our balance sheet as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability. We are evaluating lease contracts where we are the lessee to determine the impact they may have on Washington REIT’s consolidated financial statements.
 

Lessors

For lessors, lease contracts currently classified as operating leases will be accounted for similarly to existing guidance. However, under ASU 2016-02, lessors are required to account for each lease and non-lease component, such as common area maintenance or tenant service revenues, of a contract separately. In July 2018, the FASB issued 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842) - Targeted Improvements (“ASU 2018-11”), which provides lessors optional transition relief from implementing this aspect of ASU 2016-02 if the following criteria are met: (1) both components have the same timing and pattern of revenue and (2) if accounted for separately, both components would be classified as an operating lease. We currently believe that the leases where we are lessor meet both criteria and we will elect not to bifurcate lease contracts into lease and non-lease components. Accordingly, both lease and non-lease components will be presented in “Real estate rental revenue” in our consolidated financial statements subsequent to adoption.

Also under ASU 2016-02, the FASB determined that only incremental costs or initial direct costs of executing a lease contract qualify for capitalization, while current accounting standards allow for the capitalization of indirect leasing costs.

Transition

Under ASU 2018-11, the FASB offered optional transition relief, if elected as a package, and applied consistently by an entity to all of its leases. Accordingly, upon adoption, we will elect, as a package, the practical expedients for all leases as follows: (1) we will not reassess whether any expired or existing contracts are or contain leases, (2) we will not reassess the lease classification for any expired or existing leases and (3) we will not reassess initial direct costs for any existing leases. We are currently evaluating the impact ASU 2016-02 may have on our consolidated financial statements.

Under ASU 2016-02, entities are required to implement the standard as of the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented or January 1, 2017 for calendar-year public business entities. Under ASU 2018-11, the FASB offered optional transition relief that permits entities to continue to apply ASC 840, including its disclosure requirements, in the comparative periods presented in the year of adoption. Accordingly, we will make a policy election to apply ASC 840 to comparative periods on January 1, 2019.

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, which requires financial assets measured at an amortized cost basis, including trade receivables, to be presented at the net amount expected to be collected. The new standard is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019 and for interim periods therein with adoption one year earlier permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact the new standard may have on Washington REIT’s consolidated financial statements.

In September 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other - Internal-Use Software, which requires a customer in a cloud computing arrangement that is a service contract to follow the internal-use software guidance to determine which implementation costs to capitalize as assets. The standard is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 31, 2019 and for interim periods threrein, with early adoption permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact the new standard may have on Washington REIT’s consolidated financial statements.

Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the consolidated accounts of Washington REIT, our majority-owned subsidiaries and entities in which Washington REIT has a controlling interest. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

We have prepared the accompanying unaudited financial statements pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Certain information and note disclosures normally included in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to those rules and regulations, although we believe that the disclosures made are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. In addition, in the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the periods presented have been included. These unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Within these notes to the financial statements, we refer to the three months ended September 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017 as the “2018 Quarter” and the “2017 Quarter,” respectively, and the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017 as the “2018 Period” and the “2017 Period,” respectively.

Restricted Cash

Restricted cash includes funds escrowed for tenant security deposits, real estate tax, insurance and mortgage escrows and escrow deposits required by lenders on certain of our properties to be used for future building renovations or tenant improvements.

Use of Estimates in the Financial Statements

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.