Nature of Operations
In this report, when we refer to “the Company,” “us,” “we,” “our,” “ours,” or “Schneider,” we are referring to Schneider National, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Schneider is a transportation service organization headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has three reportable segments focused on providing truckload, intermodal, and logistics solutions.
Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with GAAP and the rules and regulations of the SEC applicable to quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Therefore, these consolidated financial statements and footnotes do not include all disclosures required by GAAP for annual financial statements. These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Financial results for an interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results for a full year. All intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
In the opinion of management, these statements reflect all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) necessary for the fair presentation of our financial results for the interim periods presented.
With the uncertainties of COVID-19, the Company continues to monitor the impact of the pandemic on all aspects of its business, including the impact to its customers, associates, owner-operators, and business partners. The Company's operational and financial performance was negatively impacted by a reduction in volumes across our Truckload and Intermodal segments beginning in April 2020, however there was improvement as the second quarter progressed. A number of cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company helped lessen the impact of reduced volumes, however those initiatives were unable to fully offset the loss of revenue. Due to our limited visibility into freight demand in the months to come, we are unable to predict the impact COVID-19 will have on our future financial position and operating results due to ongoing uncertainties.
Accounting Standards Issued but Not Yet Adopted
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes, which reduces complexity in accounting for income taxes by eliminating certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740 and clarifying and amending existing guidance to improve consistent application among reporting entities. ASU 2019-12 is effective for us as of January 1, 2021 with early adoption permitted. We do not believe the adoption of this ASU will have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures and plan to adopt as of January 1, 2021.
Accounting Standards Recently Adopted
We adopted ASU 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting, which was effective as of March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022, when the reference rate replacement activity is expected to be complete. This guidance offers optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to transactions, including contract modifications, hedging relationships, and the sale or transfer of debt securities classified as held-to-maturity affected by reference rate reform, if certain criteria are met. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.
We adopted ASU 2018-15, Customer's Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract, which amends ASC 350, as of January 1, 2020 on a prospective basis. This standard aligned the capitalization requirements for implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the existing capitalization requirements for implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. The adoption did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements or disclosures.
We adopted ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses: Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, which is codified in ASC 326, as of January 1, 2020. The guidance replaced the incurred loss model with a methodology that reflects expected credit losses over the life of the financial assets held at the reporting date based on historical experience, as well as considerations of current conditions and reasonable and supportable forecasts. This new model for estimating our expected credit losses was implemented for our trade accounts receivable (Note 2, Trade Accounts Receivable and Allowance), net investment in leases (Note 3, Leases), and available-for-sale debt securities (Note 6, Investments) and did not result in a material impact to our consolidated financial statements or disclosures upon adoption.