Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Accounting Policies (Policies)

Accounting Policies (Policies)
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Accounting Policies  
Financial Statement Presentation

Financial Statement Presentation.  Our condensed consolidated financial statements have been developed in conformity with GAAP, which requires management to make estimates and assumptions.  These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ materially from these estimates.  All intercompany transactions between TopBuild entities have been eliminated.

Business Combinations

Business Combinations.  The purchase price for business combinations is allocated to the estimated fair values of acquired tangible and intangible assets, including goodwill, and liabilities assumed.  These estimates include, but are not limited to, discount rates, projected future revenue growth, cost synergies and expected cash flows, customer attrition rates, useful lives and other prospective information.  Additionally, we recognize customer relationships, trademarks and trade names, and non-competition agreements as identifiable intangible assets, which are recorded at fair value as of the transaction date.  The fair value of these intangible assets is determined primarily using the income approach and using current industry information.  Goodwill is recorded when consideration transferred exceeds the fair value of identifiable assets and liabilities.  Measurement-period adjustments to assets acquired and liabilities assumed with a corresponding offset to goodwill are recorded in the period in which they occur, which may include up to one year from the acquisition date.  Contingent consideration is recorded at fair value at the acquisition date.

Share-based Compensation

Share-based Compensation.  Our share-based compensation program currently consists of RSAs and stock options.  Share-based compensation expense is reported in selling, general, and administrative expense.  We do not capitalize any compensation cost related to share-based compensation awards.  The income tax benefits and deficiencies associated with share-based awards are reported as a component of income tax expense.  Excess tax benefits and deficiencies are included in net cash provided by (used in) operating activities while shares withheld for tax-withholding are reported in financing activities under the caption “Taxes withheld and paid on employees’ equity awards” in our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.  Award forfeitures are accounted for in the period they occur.  

The following table details our award types and accounting policies:

Award Type:

Fair Value Determination




Restricted Share Awards

Service Condition

Closing stock price on date of grant

3 or 5 years


Fair value at grant date

Performance Condition

Closing stock price on date of grant

3 years

Adjusted based on meeting or exceeding performance targets

Evaluated quarterly;
0 - 200% of fair value at grant date depending on performance

Market Condition

Monte-Carlo Simulation

3 years

Recognized even if condition is not met

Fair value at grant date

Stock Options†

Black-Scholes Options Pricing Model

3 or 5 years


Fair value at grant date

Stock options expire no later than 10 years after the grant date.

Expense is reversed if award is forfeited prior to vesting.

Revenue Recognition

Revenue Recognition

Revenue is disaggregated between our Installation and Distribution segments. A reconciliation of disaggregated revenue by segment is included in Note 6 – Segment Information.

We recognize revenue for our Installation segment using the percentage of completion method of accounting with respect to each particular order within a given customer’s contract, based on the amount of material installed at that customer’s location and the associated labor costs, as compared to the total expected cost for the particular order. Revenue is recognized over time as the customer is able to receive and utilize the benefits provided by our services. Each contract contains one or more individual orders, which are based on services delivered. When a contract modification is made, typically the remaining goods or services are considered distinct and we recognize revenue for the modification as a separate performance obligation. When insulation and installation services are bundled in a contract, we combine these items into one performance obligation as the overall promise is to transfer the combined item.

Revenue from our Distribution segment is recognized when title to products and risk of loss transfers to our customers.  This represents the point in time when the customer is able to direct the use of and obtain substantially all the benefits from the product. The determination of when control is deemed transferred depends on the shipping terms that are agreed upon in the contract.

At time of sale, we record estimated reductions to revenue for customer programs and incentive offerings, including special pricing and other volume-based incentives based on historical experience, which is continuously adjusted. The duration of our contracts with customers is relatively short, generally less than a 90-day period, therefore there is not a significant financing component when considering the determination of the transaction price which gets allocated to the individual performance obligations, generally based on standalone selling prices. Additionally, we consider shipping costs charged to a customer as a fulfillment cost rather than a promised service and expense as incurred. Sales taxes, when incurred, are recorded as a liability and excluded from revenue on a net basis.

We record a contract asset when we have satisfied our performance obligation prior to billing and a contract liability generally when a customer payment is received prior to the satisfaction of our performance obligation. The difference between the beginning and ending balances of our contract assets and liabilities primarily results from the timing of our performance and the customer’s payment.

The following table represents our contract assets and contract liabilities with customers, in thousands:

Included in Line Item on

As of

Condensed Consolidated

June 30, 

December 31, 

Balance Sheets



Contract Assets:

Receivables, unbilled

Receivables, net





Contract Liabilities:

Deferred revenue

Accrued liabilities





Our contract liabilities are normally recognized to net sales in the immediately subsequent reporting period due to the generally short-term nature of our contracts with customers.

Recently Adopted and Issued Accounting Pronouncements

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements:


In February 2016 the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases.”  This standard requires a lessee to recognize certain leases on its balance sheet.  Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted ASU 2016-02 using the modified retrospective transition method with the optional transition relief provided in targeted improvements ASU 2018-11, which allows the new standard to be applied in financial year 2019.  Adoption of the new standard resulted in the recognition of ROU assets and lease liabilities of $99.1 million and $101.6 million, respectively, as of January 1, 2019 on our unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet.  There was no cumulative adjustment required to be recorded to our beginning retained earnings balance.  Adoption of this standard did not materially impact our results of operations or cash flows for any periods presented.

We elected certain practical expedients allowed under ASC 842 – Leases. As such, we did not reassess whether any existing contracts are or contain leases, the lease classification of existing leases, or the initial direct costs for any existing leases.  In addition, we elected by class of underlying asset to not separate fixed non-lease components from the lease component. Further, for all leases with an initial term of 12 months or less, we elected not to record any right of use asset or lease liability.  We declined the option to use hindsight in determining lease term, assessing likelihood that a lease purchase option will be exercised or in assessing impairment of right of use asset for all classes of assets.  To initially measure our lease liability, we used our IBR at January 1, 2019 based on the remaining lease term for all existing leases.  See Note 7 – Leases for additional information.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted:

In June 2016 the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, “Financial Instruments - Credit Losses”.  This guidance introduces a current expected credit loss (CECL) model for the recognition of impairment losses on financial assets, including trade receivables.  The CECL model replaces current GAAP’s incurred loss model.  Under CECL, companies will record an allowance through current earnings for the expected credit loss for the life of the financial asset upon initial recognition of the financial asset.  This update is effective for us at the beginning of 2020 with early adoption permitted at the beginning of 2019. We plan to adopt this standard on January 1, 2020 with a cumulative adjustment to our beginning retained earnings balance. We have begun our initial evaluation of financial assets subject to this guidance and are developing a new accounting policy for CECL recognition. We are still determining the impact to our financial position upon adoption.

In January 2017 the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, “Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment.”  The new standard simplifies the subsequent measurement of goodwill by eliminating the second step of the goodwill impairment test.  This update is effective for us beginning January 1, 2020.  Early adoption is permitted, and the new standard will be applied on a prospective basis.  We have not yet selected an adoption date, and we do not anticipate that the adoption of this standard will have a material impact on our financial position and results of operations.

In August 2018 the FASB issued ASU 2018-13, “Disclosure Framework - Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement.”  The new standard modifies the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements in Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement, including adjustments to Level 3 fair value measurement disclosures as well as the removal of disclosures around Level 1 and Level 2 transfers. This update is effective for us beginning January 1, 2020 with early adoption permitted. The amendments to the guidance will be applied on a prospective or retrospective basis, in accordance with the requirements of this standard. We have not yet selected an adoption date, and we are currently evaluating the effect of adoption of this standard on our financial position and results of operations.