Enhanced CA/CL netting process

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Enhanced CA/CL netting process

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In Zuora Billing and RevPro integration scenarios, both regular and discount charges are collected by RevPro as separate sales order (SO) lines in a revenue contract (RC), which might result in the incorrect determination of the contract asset or contract liability (CA/CL) position during the normal CA/CL netting process. For example, a large negative value on a discount charge line might put the whole RC in the CA position, which is expected to be the CL position.

To correctly determine the CA/CL position for a revenue contract, the CA/CL netting process is enhanced to better handle the charge line with negative values in a revenue contract. 

This article explains only the enhancement to the normal netting process in RevPro. Compared with the normal CA/CL netting process, the major change in the enhanced netting process is how to determine the CA/CL position for the whole RC. As for creating netting entries either at the transaction line level or at the application level, this is the same as the normal CA/CL netting process.

For information about the common usage of the netting functionality in RevPro, see Netting process.

Determine CA/CL position

The enhanced CA/CL netting process starts with checking the billed amount and revenue recognized to date for each line in the whole RC. Based on whether there is a negative value in the RC, different steps are performed as follows:

  • If all the line-level billed amount and revenue recognized to date are positive values in the whole RC, RevPro performs the following steps to determine the CA/CL position for the RC:
    1. Calculate the actual CA/CL balance at the RC level based on the following formula:

      Actual CA/CL Balance = Total Billed Amount - Total Revenue to Date

    2. Use the actual CA/CL balance at the RC level to determine the CA/CL position for the whole RC. If the balance is positive, the RC is in the CL position; otherwise, it is in the CA position.
  • If any of the line-level billed amount and revenue recognized to date is negative, RevPro performs the following steps to determine the CA/CL position for the RC:
  1. Consider the line-level negative billed amount and/or revenue recognized to date as positive values.
  2. Calculate the line-level CA/CL balance based on all positive values. This value is indicated by the CA/CL Determination Amount column in the UI.

    CA/CL Determination Amount = Positive Billed Amount - Positive Revenue to Date

    CA/CL Determination Amount is used only to determine the CA/CL position for the RC in the next step. It does not reflect the actual balance.
  3. Calculate the RC-level CA/CL Determination Amount by summing up the line-level values.
  4. Use the RC level CA/CL Determination Amount to determine the CA/CL position for the whole RC.

After the CA/CL position is determined for the whole RC, the actual CA/CL balance will be used to create netting entries for each line if necessary. The CA/CL Determination Amount column is available in the RC Rollforward Report to help you understand the decision points.

Netting examples

Several examples are provided to help you understand how to determine the CA/CL position during the enhanced CA/CL netting process. In the following examples, there are three charge lines in the revenue contract. The current open period is Apr-2019.

Example 1

In this example, the C-00004 charge line has been completely billed and the other two lines have been billed for 4 months until April 2019.

The line-level negative values are considered as positive values to calculate the line-level CA/CL Determination Amount. The sum of the line-level CA/CL Determination Amount values is 973.3333334 so the RC is in CL position.

Charge # Billed Amount Revenue To Date Billed Amount (all positive values) Revenue To Date (all positive values) CA/CL Determination Amount CA/CL Position
C-00001 400 73.3333333 400 73.3333333 326.6666667  
C-00002 266.6666667 306.6666667 266.6666667 306.6666667 -40  
C-00004 -1000 -313.3333333 1000 313.3333333 686.6666667  
      1666.666667 693.3333333 973.3333334 CL

After the CA/CL position is determined for the whole RC, the actual CA/CL balance will be used to create netting entries if necessary.

Example 2

In this example, all three lines have been billed and recognized for 4 months.

The line-level negative values are considered as positive values to calculate the line-level CA/CL Determination Amount. The sum of the line-level CA/CL Determination Amount values is 16.6666667 so the RC is in CL position.

Charge # Billed Amount Revenue To Date Billed Amount (all positive values) Revenue To Date (all positive values) CA/CL Determination Amount CA/CL Position
C-00001 666.6666667 655 666.6666667 655 11.6666667  
C-00002 133.3333333 141.6666667 133.3333333 141.6666667 -8.3333333  
C-00004 -1000 -986.6666667 1000 986.6666667 13.3333333  
      1800 178.333333 16.6666667 CL

After the CA/CL position is determined for the whole RC, the actual CA/CL balance will be used to create netting entries if necessary.

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