BTG

Intangible assets - disclosure of impairments

Businesses are currently facing a number of challenges, such as uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a sluggish economy. The retail sector in particular is experiencing a higher level of impairments (and, for some, going concern issues) as they contend with slow sales, high business rates and plenty of competition. Tougher economic conditions generally lead to increased risks of impairment, particularly for intangible assets such as goodwill. 

In the technical findings from the Financial Reporting Committee’s 2017/18 Corporate Reporting Review, published in October 2018 (FRC technical findings 2018), impairment was one area highlighted where additional information was often requested and disclosures did not always contain all the required information.

When writing this report the latest 2017 and 2018 financial statements of 20 UK listed companies were selected at random for review of the impairment-related disclosures, focussing on intangible assets. It was ensured that a variety of industries such as retail, IT services and tourism and leisure were included.

BTG plc Monitor

BTG plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0104
Company covered: 
BTG plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2017
Report issued on 9 January 2018 covered the following practice issues:
New
Book values, fair value adjustments and fair values disclosed in a tabular format in respect of business acquired.
Pronouncements
Section discussing Alternative Performance Measures introduced to the annual report.
Change
Change in income statement format results in less dis-aggregation.
Change
Enhanced analysis of deferred tax assets.
Change
Change in method for calculating impairment test recoverable amount.
Change
Change in balance sheet format leads to less dis-aggregation.

Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 16 "Leases"

IFRS 16 “Leases” will fundamentally change accounting by lessees as it requires assets previously off balance sheet under operating lease arrangements to be brought on balance sheet as is currently the case for finance leased assets. As a result on application companies will recognise both additional assets and additional liabilities. Consequently there will also be knock on effects in the income statement as operating lease charges are replaced by a depreciation charge and a finance expense. This report analyses the financial statements of a range of companies to firstly establish whether there has been any early adoption and secondly to establish what companies are disclosing in respect of IFRS 16 and its future impacts.

BTG plc Monitor

BTG plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0108
Company covered: 
BTG plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2016
Report issued on 17 January 2016 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Change in the remuneration policy sees potential total variable remuneration as percentage of salary fall.
Change
Clarity of principal risk disclosures enhanced by use of tabular format.
New
Explicit statement made that it is not practical to quantify new contingent liability in respect of government investigation.
Change
Auditors' identify contingent liability as new area of risk of material misstatement.
Change
Deferred tax information enhanced by disclosure of individual temporary difference income statement impacts.
New
Residual interest in intangible contractual right acquired.