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Recent Accounting Pronouncements (Policies)

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Recent Accounting Pronouncements (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Accounting Changes And Error Corrections [Abstract]  
Revenue from Contracts with Customers

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606),” which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in “Revenue Recognition (Topic 605),” and requires an entity to recognize revenue in a way that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. ASU 2014-09 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2017 and is therefore effective for the Company as of January 1, 2018. The Company had the option to apply the provisions of ASU 2014-09 either retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented or retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying the new guidance recognized at the date of initial application (the modified retrospective transition method). The Company elected to adopt the standard using the modified retrospective transition method. Leases are specifically excluded from the scope of ASU 2014-09, therefore, upon analysis, the Company concluded that the adoption of the new standard did not have any impact on the timing or amounts of the Company’s rental revenue from customers which represents over 90% of the Company’s total operating revenues. We have evaluated the other revenue streams material to the Company and have concluded that the adoption of the new standard did not have any material impact on the timing or amounts of the Company’s material revenue streams and no cumulative effect adjustment is required as of the date of initial application. Payment from such revenue streams is due and generally collected upon invoice. Also, as part of the Company’s adoption of ASU 2014-09, the Company has elected to apply the guidance only to contracts that are not completed contracts at the date of initial application. Further, related to the Company’s management fee revenue stream which relates to managing self-storage facilities for third-parties and unconsolidated joint ventures, the Company has elected to apply a practical expedient provided in the new standard which allows the Company to recognize revenue in the amount of management fees to which the Company has a right to invoice as that amount corresponds directly with the value to the customer of the entity’s performance completed to date. With respect to the Company’s revenues related to tenant insurance, the Company recognizes revenue based upon the amount that the Company has the right to invoice following the practical expedient in ASC 606-10-55-18 as such amount corresponds directly with the value to the third-party insurer of the entity’s performance completed to date.

Leases

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842)”. This guidance revises existing practice related to accounting for leases under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 840 Leases (ASC 840) for both lessees and lessors. The new guidance in ASU 2016-02 requires lessees to recognize a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for virtually all of their leases (other than leases that meet the definition of a short-term lease). The lease liability will be equal to the present value of lease payments and the right-of-use asset will be based on the lease liability, subject to adjustment such as for initial direct costs. For income statement purposes, the new standard retains a dual model similar to ASC 840, requiring leases to be classified as either operating or finance. For lessees, operating leases will result in straight-line expense (similar to current accounting by lessees for operating leases under ASC 840) while finance leases will result in a front-loaded expense pattern (similar to current accounting by lessees for capital leases under ASC 840). While the new standard maintains similar accounting for lessors as under ASC 840, the new standard reflects updates to, among other things, align with certain changes to the lessee model. ASU 2016-02 is effective for fiscal years and interim periods, within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018. Early adoption is permitted for all entities, though the Company will not adopt ASU 2016-02 early. The Company is in the process of inventorying all leases and examining certain other contracts to identify whether such contracts contain a lease as defined under the new guidance.  The Company does not have a large population of operating leases. The most significant of the Company’s operating leases are certain land and building leases which, when accumulated, have aggregate annual minimum payments of approximately $3 million.  Management is in the process of finalizing the population of leases to be evaluated under the revised guidance and believes that all significant leases have been identified.  The Company expects to elect certain practical expedients afforded to companies when adopting the standard.  Final decision on the practical expedients to be adopted will be made in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Statement of Cash Flows

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments (a Consensus of the Emerging Issues Task Force)” in an effort to reduce existing diversity in practice related to the classification of certain cash receipts and cash payments on the statements of cash flows. The guidance addresses the classification of cash flows related to, among other things, distributions received from equity method investees. The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. The Company has elected to use the nature of the distribution approach to classify distributions received from its equity method investees.  This approach requires distributions to be classified in the statement of cash flows on the basis of the nature of the activity or activities of the investee that generated the distribution as either a return on investment (classified as a cash inflow from operating activities) or a return of investment (classified as a cash inflow from investing activities).  The adoption of ASU 2016-15 effective January 1, 2018 did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash (a Consensus of the Emerging Issues Task Force)” which requires restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents to be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the beginning-of-period and end-of-period total amounts shown on the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption of this update is permitted. Other than modifications to the statement of cash flows and the additional disclosures in Note 4, the adoption of ASU 2016-18 on January 1, 2018 did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The consolidated statement of cash flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 has been modified to conform to the presentation requirements of ASU 2016-18 which entail including restricted cash along with cash in the beginning balance, ending balance and net change in cash and restricted cash on the consolidated statement of cash flows.

Business Combinations

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-01, “Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business” which is intended to assist entities with evaluating whether a set of transferred assets and activities is a business. The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption of this update is permitted and the Company adopted this update effective January 1, 2017. The adoption of ASU 2017-01 is expected to have potential impact on the accounting treatment of properties acquired subsequent to the adoption date. Property acquisitions treated as business combinations under previous guidance may no longer be treated as business combinations subsequent to the adoption of ASU 2017-01. To the extent that properties that we acquire do not meet the definition of a “business” under ASU 2017-01, future acquisitions of properties may be accounted for as asset acquisitions resulting in the capitalization of acquisition costs incurred in connection with these transactions and the allocation of the purchase price and related acquisition costs to the assets acquired based on their relative fair values. The two properties acquired during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 would likely have been accounted for as business combinations prior to the adoption of ASU 2017-01.

Other Income - Gains and Losses from the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets

In February 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-05, “Other Income – Gains and Losses from the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets (Subtopic 610-20): Clarifying the Scope of Asset Derecognition Guidance and Accounting for Partial Sales of Nonfinancial Assets” which clarifies the scope and application of ASC 610-20 on the sale or transfer of nonfinancial assets, including real estate, and in substance nonfinancial assets to noncustomers, including partial sales. The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. The implementation of this update as of January 1, 2018 could potentially impact the accounting treatment of future real estate sales of the Company if such sales are to parties who are also customers of the Company, though the implementation did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the period ending September 30, 2018.

Compensation – Stock Compensation

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, “Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting” which provides guidance about which changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award require an entity to apply modification accounting in Topic 718. The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those annual periods. The implementation of this update as of January 1, 2018 did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements, however, all future changes to the terms or conditions of any of the Company’s share-based payment awards are subject to the guidance in ASU 2017-09 and could potentially be accounted for differently than under the previous guidance concerning such changes.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract” which provides guidance to help entities evaluate the accounting for implementation, setup, and other upfront costs (collectively referred to as implementation costs) incurred by entities that are a customer in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract.  The amendments in this update are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those annual periods.  The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting ASU 2018-15 on its consolidated financial statements.