Drax

Drax Group plc Monitor

Drax Group plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0811
Company covered: 
Drax Group plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 20 August 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in relation to the future impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in auditor's report.
Change
Disclosure of a qualitative description of the factors that make up business acquisition goodwill.
Change
Expansion of detail in the income statement linked to inclusion of additional line items.
Change
Detailed disclosure of new share-based payment plans.
Change
Enhanced segmental reporting including disclosure of capital expenditure by segment.

Alternative Performance Measures (APMs)

In this Common Practices report we look at what APMs are; how companies are using them; and what they mean for the users of accounts when comparing them to others. This report examines the APMs that are stated within recent company and group accounts for a sample of 20 companies. Our selected sample covers year ends from 30 June 2017 to 31 March 2018. All companies report under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted in the EU. Throughout this report, we look at some of the recommendations put forward by the European Securities and Markets Agency (ESMA) in their guidelines setting out best practice on APMs in 2015, which became effective from 3 July 2016, as well as the observations made by the FRC, assessing whether and how companies have implemented them. 

New standard disclosure - IFRS 16 "Leases"

This report revisits the findings of the CR Emerging Issues Report "Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 16 "Leases", and assesses 20 companies with 31 December 2017 year ends, to understand if some of the trends of the previous report are repeated. After the last report, we expected to see more companies early adopting, as well as more providing qualitative commentary on their expected materiality position post-implementation. We will assess whether this is the case. 16 of the 20 companies reviewed were in the original sample.

New standard disclosure - IFRS 15

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15) is one of two major new standards being applied from financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 (the other being IFRS 9 Financial Instruments). In the years leading up to this, there has been an increased focus by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on the disclosures setting out the impact of forthcoming accounting standards in the financial statements, as required by IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors (IAS 8).

The FRC commented on these disclosures in its Annual Review of Corporate Reporting for the 2016-17 year-ends (annual review), and noted in its year-end advice letter to audit committee chairs and finance directors (FRC advice letter) (attached as an appendix to the report), that it expected to see a ‘step change’ in the quality of the disclosures assessing the impact of new accounting standards in the 2017-18 financial statements.

This report analyses the disclosures assessing the impact of IFRS 15 which have been included in the consolidated financial statements of 20 UK listed companies selected at random with a focus on industries where IFRS 15 has most impact.

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.

FRS 101 "Reduced disclosure framework"- A review of application in parent company accounts of IFRS groups

The preparation of parent company financial statements is something that all consolidated IFRS groups have to consider. In light of the great level of recent change in this area in the UK this represents a one-off report giving guidance on the preparation of parent company financial statements under FRS 101 "Reduced Disclosure Framework". It focuses on UK groups that prepare IFRS consolidated accounts.

The report sets out the key findings from our review of the first-time application of FRS 101 “Reduced Disclosure Framework” by a group of 29 parent companies that prepare consolidated financial statements under IFRS.  We consider a number of points including: how companies informed shareholders of the intention to implement FRS 101; the format of the primary financial statements; disclosure of the list of exemptions taken; the concept of equivalent disclosure in the consolidated financial statements; the length of company financial statements under FRS 101; and changes in accounting policy on adoption. 

Related Party Disclosures under IFRS

Focusing on a sample of 30 large listed European companies that report under IFRS, supplemented by Company Reporting data and comment, this report analyses the types of related parties identified and the form that company disclosures take.
 

Accounting for Property Plant and Equipment under IFRS

Focusing on a sample of 30 large listed European companies that report under IFRS, supplemented by Company Reporting data and comment, this report analyses the types of Property Plant and Equipment recognised by companies and the disclosures given in their respect including those relating to the determination of carrying amounts and depreciation charges as well as the clarity of disclosures in relation to movements during the year.