|AUDENTES THERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/13/2017|
AUDENTES THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements — Continued
Use of Estimates
The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, as of the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of any expenses during the reporting period. On an ongoing basis, management evaluates its estimates, including those related to accrued liabilities, acquisition contingent consideration, fair value of assets, common stock, income taxes, and stock-based compensation. Management bases its estimates on historical experience, and on various other market-specific relevant assumptions that management believes to be reasonable, under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from those estimates.
The following methods were used to estimate the fair value of each class of financial instrument:
Cash and cash equivalents: Cash and cash equivalents consist of bank deposits, money market funds and commercial money market instruments with original maturities of three months or less used for operational purposes. Cash equivalents are recorded at fair value.
Short-term and long-term investments: Short-term investments consist of debt securities with original maturities of 12 months or less and greater than three months. Long-term investments consist of debt securities with maturities greater than 12 months. Short-term and long-term investments are classified as available-for-sale investments and are recognized at fair value.
Restricted Cash: Restricted cash consists of cash pledged as security for letters of credit and is typically held in money market funds.
The Company regularly reviews its investment portfolio to identify and evaluate investments that have indications of possible impairment. Factors considered in determining whether a loss is other-than-temporary include: the length of time and extent to which the fair market value has been lower than the cost basis, the financial condition and near-term prospects of the investee, credit quality, likelihood of recovery, and the Company’s ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in fair market value. Unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, are included in accumulated other comprehensive loss as a separate component of stockholders’ equity. The amortization of premiums and discounts on the investments, and realized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are included in other income, net on the statements of operations and comprehensive loss. The Company uses the specific-identification method to determine cost in calculating realized gains and losses upon sale of its marketable securities.