This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Apr 3, 2006.
Ascension Capitals services include, among others, negotiating bankruptcy plans, monitoring and managing the consumers compliance with bankruptcy plans, and recommending courses of action to clients when there is a deviation from a bankruptcy plan. The Company accounts for post-acquisition revenue related to the bankruptcy account services provided by Ascension Capital in accordance with EITF No. 00-21, Revenue Arrangements with Multiple Deliverables (EITF 00-21) and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 104, Revenue Recognition (SAB 104). Revenue for a given account is allocated between the servicing and litigation deliverables based on their relative fair values and recognized according to whether the referred account is the subject of a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding.
The servicing deliverable for Chapter 7 accounts is focused on the completion of the bankruptcy process as a whole to the most favorable possible conclusion for the customer. As a result, revenue is deferred and not recognized until the bankruptcy case is closed (dismissal/discharge). The litigation deliverable is an as incurred event with revenue recognized based on the historical percentage of accounts litigated over the average duration of an account. The average duration period Ascension Capital services Chapter 7 bankruptcy is seven months, which will be periodically reviewed for changes.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, also known as reorganizations, are generally designed to restructure an individuals debts and allow them to propose a repayment plan detailing how they are going to pay back their debts over the plan period. The responsibility of Ascension Capital is to ensure the client claim is recognized by the court to the maximum benefit of the Ascension Capital customer and to monitor and/or collect the debtor payments throughout the confirmed bankruptcy plan term. The average duration period Ascension Capital services a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is thirty-five months. Given the nature and duration of a Chapter 13 proceeding, the monthly servicing deliverable provided relative to a Chapter 13 referred account is considered delivered each month and revenue is ratably recognized, including any upfront fees received by the Company, over time as the services are provided. The litigation deliverable is an as incurred event with revenue recognized based on the historical percentage of accounts litigated over the average duration of an account. The average duration period for Chapter 13 bankruptcy will be periodically reviewed for changes.