Something I often forget to mention is the enhancement of Intercompany functionality in Fixed Assets (FA) that has been provided in R12. So here is my attempt to explain it, based on an old email discussion with the FA team, I wouldn’t describe myslef as an FA expert, but if there are any comments or questions I might be able to find an FA expert to get an answer. :)
In 11i FA stores reference accounts in two setup entities; Book Controls and Categories. The intercompany Payables and Receivables accounts were stored directly on the book, only the natural accounts segment were stored for these two accounts. The Account Generator definition would combine the natural account with other sources to get a full account combination. Out of the box, those sources were a default ccid which is also on the book and a ccid from the asset assignment. So the balancing segment is derived from the asset assignment, the natural account from the values on the book, and other segments from the default account.
The intercompany would kick in for two transaction types “Transfer” and “Unit Adjustment”. However, other transactions could result in intercompany impacts, but they would not be generated in FA so GL would do the balancing when the accounting was posted there.
So in R12 FA uses the AGIS Intercompany balancing feature, which is called from SLA and so we’ll balance all transactions that are out of balance right there in the subledger without having to let some of it hit GL and with all the flexible rules available in the new Intercompany Accounts Set Up.