Leasehold

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Leasehold'

An accounting term used to classify an asset on a company's balance sheet that is leased. In order to be classified as a leased asset, the firm must enter into a lease agreement that is an operating lease, and not a capital lease.

BREAKING DOWN 'Leasehold'

The reason capital leases are not included in the leasehold account is due to their accounting treatment. Capital leases are classified as long-term assets with a matching long-term liability. Examples of an operating lease, include a lease on a building, service vehicle or even heavy equipment.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Balance Sheet

    A financial statement that summarizes a company's assets, liabilities ...
  2. Capital Lease

    A lease considered to have the economic characteristics of asset ...
  3. Operating Lease

    A contract that allows for the use of an asset, but does not ...
  4. Leasehold Improvement

    Alterations made to rental premises in order to customize it ...
  5. Capitalized Lease Method

    An accounting approach that identifies a company's lease obligation ...
  6. Operating Cost

    Expenses associated with the maintenance and administration of ...
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Should You Buy Property On Leased Land?

    Find out what to consider before investing in a leased-land property.
  2. Investing Basics

    How To Evaluate A Company's Balance Sheet

    Asset performance shows how what a company owes and owns affects its investment quality.
  3. Investing

    Off-Balance-Sheet Entities: An Introduction

    The theory and practice of these entities varies greatly. Investors need to learn what they're getting into.
  4. Term

    What are Non-GAAP Earnings?

    Non-GAAP earnings are a company’s earnings that are not reported according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    Calculating Return on Net Assets

    Return on net assets measures a company’s financial performance.
  6. Economics

    Understanding Cost of Revenue

    The cost of revenue is the total costs a business incurs to manufacture and deliver a product or service.
  7. Economics

    Explaining Carrying Cost of Inventory

    The carrying cost of inventory is the cost a business pays for holding goods in stock.
  8. Investing

    How To Calculate Minority Interest

    Minority interest calculations require the use of minority shareholders’ percentage ownership of a subsidiary, after controlling interest is acquired.
  9. Economics

    Explaining Replacement Cost

    The replacement cost is the cost you’d have to pay to replace an asset with a similar asset at the present time and value.
  10. Economics

    How Does National Income Accounting Work?

    National income accounting is an economic term describing the system used by a country to gather data and determine aggregate economic activity.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How long can a building owner or landlord depreciate a leasehold improvement?

    Leasehold improvements have different depreciation rules depending on whether you are working with U.S. tax basis financial ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is property, plant and equipment, and what does it mean?

    Property, plant and equipment (PP&E) is a term that describes an account on the balance sheet. The PP&E account ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are some examples of general and administrative expenses?

    In accounting, general and administrative expenses represent the necessary costs to maintain a company's daily operations ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do dividend distributions affect additional paid in capital?

    Whether a dividend distribution has any effect on additional paid-in capital depends solely on what type of dividend is issued: ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Why can additional paid in capital never have a negative balance?

    The additional paid-in capital figure on a company's balance sheet can never be negative because companies do not pay investors ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. When does the fixed charge coverage ratio suggest that a company should stop borrowing ...

    Since the fixed charge coverage ratio indicates the number of times a company is capable of making its fixed charge payments ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bubble Theory

    A school of thought that believes that the prices of assets can temporarily rise far above their true values and that these ...
  2. Stock Market Crash

    A rapid and often unanticipated drop in stock prices. A stock market crash can be the result of major catastrophic events, ...
  3. Financial Crisis

    A situation in which the value of financial institutions or assets drops rapidly. A financial crisis is often associated ...
  4. Election Period

    The period of time during which an investor who owns an extendable or retractable bond must indicate to the issuer whether ...
  5. Shanghai Stock Exchange

    The largest stock exchange in mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange is a nonprofit organization run by the China Securities ...
  6. Dead Cat Bounce

    A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, followed by the continuation of the downtrend. A dead cat bounce ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!