This excerpt taken from the DIS 10-K filed Dec 2, 2009.
Transfers of Financial Assets
In December 2008, the FASB issued guidance to expand disclosure about transfers of financial assets.
Through December 4, 2008, the Company sold mortgage receivables arising from the sales of its vacation ownership units under a facility that expired on December 4, 2008 and was not renewed. The Company sold $17 million and $147 million of mortgage receivables during the years ended October 3, 2009, and September 27, 2008, respectively, which resulted in gains totaling $4 million and $32 million for fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2008, respectively.
The Company continues to service the sold receivables and has a residual interest in those receivables. As of October 3, 2009, the outstanding principal amount for sold mortgage receivables was $399 million and the carrying value of the Companys residual interest, which is recorded in other long-term assets, was $64 million.
The Company repurchases defaulted mortgage receivables at their outstanding balance. The Company did not make material repurchases in the years ended October 3, 2009 or September 27, 2008. The Company generally has been able to sell the repurchased vacation ownership units for amounts that exceed the amounts at which they were repurchased.
The Company also provides credit support for the outstanding balance of the sold mortgage receivables which the mortgage receivable acquirer may draw on in the event of losses under the facility. During fiscal 2009, the Company amended certain terms of its agreement with the mortgage receivable acquirer including a provision for the Company to provide support for up to 70% of the outstanding balance of sold mortgage receivables. The Company maintains a reserve for estimated credit losses related to these receivables.