On January 1, 2011, Essence Communications issued $800,000 of its 6-year, 7% bonds for $727,048. The bonds were priced to yield 9%. Interest is payable semiannually on June 30 and December 31. Essence Communications records interest at the effective rate and elected the option to report these bonds at their fair value. On December 31, 2011, the market interest rate for bonds of similar risk and maturity was 8%. The bonds are not traded on an active exchange.
1)Using the information provided, estimate the fair value of the bonds at December 31, 2011.
2)Prepare the journal entry to record interest on June 30, 2011 (the first interest payment.
3)Prepare the journal entry to record interest on December 31, 2011 (the second interest payment.
4)Prepare the journal entry to adjust the bonds to their fair value for presentation in the December 31, 2011, balance sheet.