This excerpt taken from the MTW 8-K filed Jan 12, 2009.
Revenue represents the fair value of the amounts receivable for goods and services provided in the normal course of business, net of trade discounts and allowances, value added tax and other sales related taxes. The methodology and assumptions used to estimate rebates and returns are monitored and adjusted regularly in light of contractual and historical information.
Revenue from product sales is recognised when evidence of an arrangement exists, all the risks and rewards of ownership and loss have transferred to the customer, the price is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. Revenue from the installation of products is recognised when the installation is complete. Service revenue is recognised over the period to which services are rendered. Revenue from the sale of extended warranty cover is recognised on a straight-line basis over the term of the contract. Property revenue is recognised at fair value of the consideration received or receivable on legal completion.
Interest income is accrued on a time basis, by reference to the principal outstanding and at the effective interest rate applicable, which is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial assets to that assets net carrying amount.
Dividend income from investments is recognised when the shareholders rights to receive payment have been established.
This excerpt taken from the MTW 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
Revenue under long-term contracts within the Marine segment is recognized using the percentage-of-completion (POC) method of accounting. Under this method, sales and gross profit are recognized as work is performed based on the relationship between actual costs incurred and total estimated costs at the completion of the contract. Recognized revenues that will not be billed under the terms of the contract until a later date are recorded as recoverable costs and accrued profit on progress com
pleted not billed, which are included in other current assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Likewise, contracts where billings to date have exceeded recognized revenues are recorded as amounts billed in excess of sales, which are included in accounts payable and accrued expenses in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Changes to the original estimates may be required during the life of the contract and such estimates are reviewed when customer change orders are placed and on a regular basis. Sales and gross profit are adjusted when known for revisions in estimated total contract costs and contract values. Claims against customers are recognized as revenue when it is probable that the claim will result in additional contract revenue and the amount can be reliably estimated. Estimated losses are recorded when identified. The use of the POC method of accounting involves considerable use of estimates in determining revenues, costs and profits and in assigning the amounts to accounting periods. The Company continually evaluates all of the issues related to the assumptions, risks and uncertainties inherent with the application of the POC method of accounting.