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Revenue Recognition Revenue from Contract Customers (Notes)

Revenue Recognition Revenue from Contract Customers (Notes)
6 Months Ended
Feb. 28, 2019
Revenue from Contract with Customer [Abstract]  
Revenue from Contract with Customer [Text Block]
Note 2. Revenue Recognition
Significant Accounting Policies
The Company recognizes revenue when it satisfies a performance obligation in a contract by transferring control of a distinct good or service to a customer. A contract’s transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation and revenue is measured based on the consideration that the Company expects to be entitled to in exchange for the goods or services transferred. When contracts include multiple products or services to be delivered to the customer, the consideration for each element is generally allocated on the standalone transaction prices of the separate performance obligations, using the adjusted market assessment approach.
    Under normal circumstances, the Company invoices the customer once transfer of control has occurred and has a right to payment. The typical payment terms vary based on the customer and the types of goods and services in the contract. The period of time between invoicing and when payment is due is not significant, as our standard payment terms are less than one year. Amounts billed and due from customers are classified as receivables on the balance sheet.
Taxes Collected: Taxes collected by the Company from a customer concurrent with revenue-producing activities are excluded from revenue.
Shipping and Handling Costs: The Company records costs associated with shipping its products after control over a product has transferred to a customer and are accounted for as fulfillment costs. These costs are reported in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations in "Cost of products sold."
Nature of Goods and Services
The Company generates its revenue under two principal activities, which are discussed below:
Product Sales: Sales of tools, components and systems are recorded when control is transferred to the customer (i.e. performance obligation has been satisfied) in both segments. For the majority of the Company’s product sales, revenue is recognized at a point in time when control of the product is transferred to the customer, which generally occurs when the product is shipped from the Company to the customer. Due to the highly customized nature and limited alternative use of certain products, for which the Company has an enforceable right of reimbursement for performance completed to date, revenue is recognized over time. We consider the input measure (efforts-expended or cost-to-cost) or output measure as a fair measure of progress for the recognition of over time revenue associated with these custom products. For a majority of the Company’s custom products, machine hours and labor hours (efforts-expended measurement) are used as a measure of progress.
Service & Rental Sales: Service contracts consist of providing highly trained technicians to perform bolting, technical services, machining and joint integrity work for our customers. These revenues are recognized over time as our customers simultaneously receive and consume the benefits provided by the Company. We consider the input measure (efforts-expended or cost-to-cost) or output measure as a fair measure of progress for the recognition of over time revenue associated with service contracts. For a majority of the Company’s service contracts, labor hours (efforts-expended measurement) is used as the measure of progress when it is determined to be a better depiction of the transfer of control to the customer due to the timing and pattern of labor hours incurred. Revenue from rental contracts (less than a year and non-customized products) is generally recognized ratably over the contract term, depicting the customer’s consumption of the benefit related to the rental equipment. The majority of the Company’s service and rental sales are generated by its Industrial Tools & Services (“IT&S”) segment, with a limited number of service sales within the Engineered Components & Systems (“EC&S”) segment.
Disaggregated Revenue and Performance Obligations
The Company disaggregates revenue from contracts with customers by reportable segment and product line and by the timing of when goods and services are transferred.
The following table presents information regarding our revenue disaggregation by reportable segment and product line (in thousands):
Three Months Ended February 28,
Six Months Ended February 28,
Net Sales by Reportable Product Line & Segment:
Industrial Tools & Services


Service & Rental




Engineered Components & Systems (1)


Agriculture, Off-Highway and Other


Rope & Cable Solutions


Concrete Tensioning






(1) The majority of the EC&S segment revenues are product sales, with an immaterial number of service sales.
The following table presents information regarding revenues disaggregated by the timing of when goods and services are transferred is as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended February 28,
Six Months Ended February 28,
Revenues recognized at point in time


Revenues recognized over time




Contract Balances
The opening and closing balances of the Company's contract assets and liabilities are as follows:
February 28, 2019
August 31, 2018
Receivables, which are included in accounts receivable, net


Contract assets, which are included in other current assets


Contract liabilities, which are included in other current liabilities


Receivables: The Company performs its obligations under a contract with a customer by transferring goods or services in exchange for consideration from the customer. The Company typically invoices its customers as soon as control of an asset is transferred and a receivable for the Company is established.
Contract Assets: Contract assets primarily relate to the Company’s rights to consideration for work completed but not billed as of the reporting date on contracts with customers. The contract assets are transferred to receivables when the rights become unconditional. The Company typically only has contract assets on contracts that are generally long-term and have revenues that are recognized over time.
Contract Liabilities: As of February 28, 2019, the Company had certain contracts where there were unsatisfied performance obligations and the Company had received cash consideration from customers before the performance obligations were satisfied. The majority of these contracts related to long-term customer contracts (project durations of greater than three months) and were recognized over time. The Company estimates that $13.2 million will be recognized from satisfying those performance obligations through the remainder of fiscal 2019 with an insignificant amount recognized in years thereafter.
Significant Judgments
Timing of Performance Obligations Satisfied at a Point in Time: The Company evaluates when the customer obtains control of the product based on shipping terms, as control will transfer, depending upon such terms, at different points between the Company's manufacturing facility or warehouse and the customer’s location. The Company considers control to have transferred upon shipment or delivery because (i) the Company has a present right to payment at that time; (ii) the legal title has been transferred to the customer; (iii) the Company has transferred physical possession of the product to the customer; and (iv) the customer has significant risks and rewards of ownership of the product.
Variable Consideration: The Company estimates whether it will be subject to variable consideration under the terms of the contract and includes its estimate of variable consideration in the transaction price based on the expected value method when it is deemed probable of being realized based on historical experience and trends. Types of variable consideration may include rebates, incentives and discounts, among others, which are recorded as a reduction to net sales at the time when control of a performance obligation is transferred to the customer.
Practical Expedients & Exemptions: The Company elected to expense the incremental cost to obtaining a contract for when the amortization period for such contracts would be one year or less. The Company does not disclose the value of unperformed obligations for (i) contracts with an original expected length of one year or less and (ii) contracts for which it recognizes revenue at the amount to which it has the right to invoice for services performed.