This excerpt taken from the ATVI 10-Q filed May 8, 2009.
2. Summary of significant accounting policies
The estimated fair values of financial instruments have been determined using available market information and valuation methodologies described below. However, considerable judgment is required in interpreting market data to develop estimates of fair value. Accordingly, the estimates presented herein may not be indicative of the amounts that we could realize in a current market exchange. The use of different market assumptions or valuation methodologies may have a material effect on the estimated fair value amounts.
The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and accrued expenses are a reasonable approximation of fair value due to their short-term nature. Short-term investments are carried at fair value with fair values estimated based on quoted market prices. Long-term investments, comprised of student loan backed taxable auction rate securities, are carried at fair value with fair values estimated using an income-approach model (discounted cash-flow analysis).
Derivative Financial Instruments
On January 1, 2009, we adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (SFAS) No. 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activitiesan amendment of FASB Statement No. 133 (SFAS No. 161). The adoption of SFAS No. 161 had no financial impact on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and only required additional financial statement disclosures. We have applied the requirements of SFAS No. 161 on a prospective basis. Accordingly, disclosures related to interim periods prior to the date of adoption have not been presented.
Foreign Currency Forward Contracts Not Designated as Hedges
We transact business in various currencies other than the U.S. dollar and have significant international sales and expenses denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, subjecting us to currency exchange rate risks. To mitigate our risk from foreign currency fluctuations we periodically enter into currency derivative contracts, principally swaps and forward contracts with maturities of twelve months or less with Vivendi as our principal counterparty. We do not hold or purchase any foreign currency contracts for trading or speculative purposes and we do not designate these forward contracts or swaps as hedging instruments pursuant to FASB Statement No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities. Accordingly, we report the fair value of these contracts in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet with changes in fair value recorded in our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.
The effects of derivative instruments on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were as follows (amounts in millions):
This excerpt taken from the ATVI 8-K filed Nov 5, 2008.
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Translation gains and losses that arise from exchange rate fluctuations on transactions denominated in a currency other than the functional currency are included in the consolidated statements of operations as incurred. Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) includes the effect of gains and losses recognized on foreign exchange forward contracts.