THE MACERICH PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
401(k) PROFIT SHARING PLAN
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
NOTE 2: SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)
Investment Valuation and Income Recognition
Investments are reported at fair value (except for the guaranteed interest contract, which is valued at contract value). Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The Plan's Committee determines the Plan's valuation policies utilizing information provided by the investment advisors, consultants and insurance company. The investments and changes therein of the trust funds have been reported to the Plan by the Custodian using fair value and contract value, as indicated. See Note 4 for discussion of fair value measurements.
Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Net appreciation includes the Plan’s gains and losses on investments bought and sold as well as held during the year.
Notes Receivable from Participants
Notes receivable from participants are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Related fees are recorded as administrative expenses and are expensed when they are incurred. No allowance for credit losses has been recorded as of December 31, 2017 and 2016.
Benefits Payable to Former Participants
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has issued guidelines regarding amounts due to former Plan participants but not paid by year-end. The AICPA requires these amounts to be classified as net assets available for Plan benefits, and not as liabilities of the Plan. Included in net assets available for Plan benefits at December 31, 2017, are amounts which may become payable to participants who are not active participants of the Plan.
Payment of Benefits
Benefits are recorded when paid.
Administrative expenses that are not paid by the Plan are paid by the Company and excluded from these financial statements. Administrative expenses paid by the Plan for the year ended December 31, 2017 were $321,350. This consisted of $19,837 of direct participant expenses and $301,513 paid to MassMutual to cover the Plan’s recordkeeping, advisor and investment manager expenses.