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TERRAFORM GLOBAL, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 12/21/2016
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receivable, or $8.9 million, was received in cash subsequent to December 31, 2015. The remaining portion of the current receivable is due before December 31, 2016.
Deferred Financing Costs
Financing costs incurred in connection with obtaining construction and term financing are deferred and amortized over the maturities of the respective financing agreements using the effective-interest method. Amortization of deferred financing costs is capitalized during construction and recorded as interest expense in the consolidated statements of operations following commencement of commercial operation. Deferred financing costs capitalized for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $42.7 million. Deferred financing costs capitalized during construction for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were not material. Amortization of deferred financing costs recorded as interest expense was $21.2 million, $1.1 million and $0.8 million during the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
Asset Retirement Obligations
The Company operates under Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) with a limited number of customers that include a requirement for the removal of the power plants at the end of the term of the agreement. Asset retirement obligations are recognized at fair value in the period in which they are incurred and the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset is correspondingly increased. Over time, the liability is accreted to its expected future value. The corresponding power plant is capitalized at inception and is depreciated over its useful life.
Income Taxes
The Company accounts for income taxes using the liability method in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 740, Income Taxes (“ASC 740”), which requires that it use the asset and liability method of accounting for deferred income taxes and provides deferred income taxes for all significant temporary differences.
The Company reports certain of its revenues and expenses differently for financial statement purposes than for income tax return purposes, resulting in temporary and permanent differences between the Company’s financial statements and income tax returns. The tax effects of such temporary differences are recorded as either deferred income tax assets or deferred income tax liabilities in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. The Company measures its deferred income tax assets and deferred income tax liabilities using income tax rates that are currently in effect. The Company believes it is more likely than not that the results of future operations will generate sufficient taxable income which includes the future reversal of existing taxable temporary differences to realize deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowances. A valuation allowance is recorded to reduce the net deferred tax assets to an amount that is more-likely-than-not to be realized.
Tax benefits are recognized when it is more-likely-than-not that a tax position will be sustained upon examination by the authorities. The benefit recognized from a position that has surpassed the more-likely-than-not threshold is the largest amount of benefit that is more than 50% likely to be realized upon settlement. The Company recognizes interest and penalties accrued related to uncertain tax benefits as a component of income tax expense.
Changes to existing net deferred tax assets or valuation allowances or changes to uncertain tax benefits are recorded to income tax expense.
Foreign Operations
The Company’s reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. Certain of our subsidiaries maintain their records in local currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which are their functional currencies. When a subsidiary’s local currency is considered its functional currency, we translate its assets and liabilities to U.S. dollars using exchange rates in effect at the balance sheet date, and its revenue and expense accounts to U.S. dollars at average exchange rates for the period. Translation adjustments are reported in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income in stockholders’ equity.
Transaction gains and losses that arise from exchange rate fluctuations on transactions and balances denominated in a currency other than the functional currency and the changes in fair value of our foreign exchange derivative contracts not accounted for under hedge accounting are included in results from operations as incurred. Foreign currency transaction losses (gains) included in other income were $35.4 million, $(4.0) million and $2.2 million during the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively.