Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

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12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
2. NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In April 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-08, Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity (“ASU 2014-08”). The update changes the criteria for reporting discontinued operations and enhances convergence of the FASB’s and International Accounting Standard Board’s reporting requirements for discontinued operations. ASU 2014-08 is effective for a) all disposals or classifications as held for sale of components of an entity that occur within annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2014 and interim periods within those years and b) all businesses or nonprofit activities that, on acquisition, are classified as held for sale that occur within the annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2014, and interim periods within those years. Early adoption is permitted, but only for disposals or classifications as held for sale that have not been reported in financial statements previously issued or available for issuance. The Company elected to early adopt ASU 2014-08, which had no impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In May 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASU 2014-09”). The update clarifies the principles for recognizing revenue and creates a common revenue standard for U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. ASU 2014-09 affects any entity that either enters into contracts with customers to transfer goods or services or enters into contracts for the transfer of nonfinancial assets unless those contracts are within the scope of other standards (for example, insurance contracts or lease contracts). The amendments in ASU 2014-09 are effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those years. Early application is not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2014-09 on its consolidated financial statements.

In June 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-12, Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period (“ASU 2014-12”). The update requires that a performance target that affects vesting and could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition. A reporting entity should apply guidance in Topic 718 as it relates to awards with performance conditions that affect vesting to account for such awards. The amendments in ASU 2014-12 are effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2015, and interim periods within those years. Early application is permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2014-12 to have any impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In August 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-15, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern (“ASU 2014-15”). The update provides guidance about management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern and to provide related footnote disclosures. The amendments in ASU 2014-15 are effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those years. Early application is permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2014-15 to have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In January 2015, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2015-01, Income Statement—Extraordinary and Unusual Items (Subtopic 225-20): Simplifying Income Statement Presentation by Eliminating the Concept of Extraordinary Items, (“ASU 2015-01”). ASU 2015-01 eliminates the concept of an extraordinary item from GAAP. As a result, an entity will no longer be required to segregate extraordinary items from the results of ordinary operations, to separately present an extraordinary item on its income statement, net of tax, after income from continuing operations or to disclose income taxes and earnings-per-share data applicable to an extraordinary item. However, ASU 2015-01 will still retain the presentation and disclosure guidance for items that are unusual in nature and occur infrequently. ASU 2015-01 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015. The adoption of ASU 2015-01 is not expected to have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.