Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
|Accounting Policies [Abstract]
|Basis of Presentation
Basis of Presentation
The COPT consolidated financial statements include the accounts of COPT, the Operating Partnership, their subsidiaries and other entities in which COPT has a majority voting interest and control. The COPLP consolidated financial statements include the accounts of COPLP, its subsidiaries and other entities in which COPLP has a majority voting interest and control. We also consolidate certain entities when control of such entities can be achieved through means other than voting rights (“variable interest entities” or “VIEs”) if they are deemed to be the primary beneficiary of such entities. We eliminate all significant intercompany balances and transactions in consolidation.
We use the equity method of accounting when we own an interest in an entity and can exert significant influence over the entity’s operations but cannot control the entity’s operations. We discontinue equity method accounting if our investment in an entity (and net advances) is reduced to zero unless we have guaranteed obligations of the entity or are otherwise committed to provide further financial support for the entity.
We use the cost method of accounting when we own an interest in an entity and cannot exert significant influence over its operations.
These interim financial statements should be read together with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the year ended December 31, 2012 for COPT (included in COPT’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K) and COPLP (included in our Current Report on Form 8-K dated July 25, 2013). The unaudited consolidated financial statements include all adjustments that are necessary, in the opinion of management, to fairly present our financial position and results of operations. All adjustments are of a normal recurring nature except for the revisions and reclassifications noted below. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared using the accounting policies described in COPT’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Current Report on Form 8-K dated July 25, 2013.
We reclassified certain amounts from prior periods to conform to the current period presentation of our consolidated financial statements with no effect on previously reported net income or equity.
As reported in COPT’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K, the following errors were identified in 2012:
With respect to the errors in the first two bullets above, we assessed the materiality of these errors on COPT’s consolidated financial statements in connection with previously filed periodic reports, in accordance with ASC 250 (SEC’s Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 99, “Materiality”), and concluded at such time that the errors were not material to any prior annual or interim periods. In assessing the cumulative effect of all such errors, we have considered ASC 250 (SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, “Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements”), and accordingly, the financial statements as of, and for the year ended, December 31, 2011 were revised in COPT’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K. We revised COPT amounts pertaining to the first and second quarter of 2012 in COPT’s Form 10-Qs filed on April 30, 2013 and August 1, 2013, respectively, and amounts pertaining to the third quarter and first nine months of 2012 herein.
|Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
We adopted guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) effective January 1, 2013 related to the reporting of the effect of significant reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive income. This guidance requires an entity to report, either parenthetically on the face of the financial statements or in a single footnote, changes in the components of accumulated other comprehensive income for the period. An entity is required to separately report the amount of such changes attributable to reclassifications (and the statements of operations line affected by such reclassifications) and the amount of such changes attributable to current period other comprehensive income. For amounts that are not required to be reclassified in their entirety to net income in the same reporting period, an entity is required to cross-reference other disclosures that provide additional detail about those amounts. Our adoption of this guidance did not affect our consolidated financial statements or disclosures.