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The fair value of a liability for a lease termination under a cease-use date approach is the present value of the contractual obligation adjusted for valuation assumptions (e.g., market risk premium and/or profit margin) that reflect the amount a market participant would require to assume the obligation at the measurement date. In valuing a lease under the cease-use date approach, the fair value of the obligation should be determined based on the remaining lease rentals, adjusted for the effects of any prepaid or deferred items recognized, reduced by estimated sublease rentals that could be reasonably obtained, even if the entity does not intend to sublease (so long as it is contractually permitted).
While ―remaining lease rentals‖ as discussed in ASC 420-10-30-8 is not defined in existing literature, ASC 420-10-30-9 states ―A liability for costs that will continue to be incurred under a contract for its remaining term without economic benefit to the entity shall be measured at its fair value at the cease-use date.‖ Therefore, if executory costs (e.g., common area maintenance costs, real estate taxes) are required to be paid by the lessee as part of the lease contract, those costs will continue to be incurred by the lessee and should be included in any calculation of contract termination costs.
The measurement of any net liability would be a discounted amount that includes the nonperformance risk associated with the liability and an appropriate market risk premium. The effect, if any, of the market risk premium, will be relative to the uncertainty in the timing and amount of the future cash flows. Although the contractual lease payments are fixed with respect to both timing and amount, sublease income, if any, can fluctuate as to the timing of when a tenant would sublease and the amount of rent that would be paid. An operating lease example is…...

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