This excerpt taken from the WYN 8-K filed Jul 19, 2006.
VARIABLE INTEREST ENTITIES
The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Interpretation No. 46 (Revised 2003), Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities (FIN 46), in its entirety as of December 31, 2003.
The adoption of FIN 46 did not have a significant impact on the Companys earnings, financial position or cash flows. However, during 2003, the underlying structures of certain entities that the Company utilizes to securitize vacation ownership contract receivables generated from financing the sale of vacation ownership interests were amended in a manner that resulted in these entities no longer meeting the criteria to qualify as off-balance sheet entities. Consequently, the Company consolidated these entities on September 1, 2003 pursuant to FIN 46. A limited number of entities used to securitize vacation ownership contract receivables continued to meet the criteria to qualify as off-balance sheet entities, and therefore are not consolidated. See Note 7Vacation Ownership Contract Receivables for more detailed information.
Current Policy. In connection with FIN 46, when evaluating an entity for consolidation, the Company first determines whether an entity is within the scope of FIN 46 and if it is deemed to be a variable interest entity (VIE). If the entity is considered to be a VIE, the Company determines whether it would be considered the entitys primary beneficiary. The Company consolidates those VIEs for which it has determined that it is the primary beneficiary. The Company will consolidate an entity not deemed either a VIE or qualifying special purpose entity (QSPE) upon a determination that its ownership, direct or indirect, exceeds 50% of the outstanding voting shares of an entity and/or that it has the ability to control the financial or operating policies through its voting rights, board representation or other similar rights. For entities where the Company does not have a controlling interest (financial or operating), the investments in such entities are classified as available-for-sale debt securities or accounted for using the equity or cost method, as appropriate. The Company applies the equity method of accounting when it has the ability to exercise significant influence over operating and financial policies of an investee in accordance with Accounting Principles Board (APB) Opinion No. 18, The Equity Method of Accounting for Investments in Common Stock.
Previous Policy. Prior to the adoption of FIN 46, the Company did not consolidate special purpose entities (SPEs) and SPE-type entities unless the Company retained both control of the assets transferred and the risks and rewards of those assets. Additionally, non-SPE-type entities were consolidated only if the Companys ownership exceeded 50% of the outstanding voting shares of an entity and/or if the Company had the ability to control the financial or operating policies of an entity through its voting rights, board representation or other similar rights.