FirstGroup

Disclosure of judgements and estimates

At the end of 2017, the FRC published a thematic review which focused on the disclosure of critical judgements and sources of estimation uncertainty, a requirement of IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements. This review was carried out in part because, in its 2016-17 corporate reporting review, the FRC found that companies were not making sufficiently clear disclosures in this area.

Unfortunately, despite this, judgements and estimates still represent an area of difficulty for companies, remaining the area most commonly raised by the Corporate Reporting Review Panel in reviewing company accounts during 2017–18. Common issues include poor explanations, a failure to separate judgements and estimates clearly and discussion of judgements and estimates that were not considered by the company to be significant or material. In some cases the FRC noted that disclosures elsewhere in the accounts suggested that significant judgements were made but these were not included in or referred to in the IAS 1 disclosures.

As a result of this, the FRC can be expected to continue its scrutiny of these disclosures and to challenge companies that do not provide clear, specific disclosures that meet the requirements of IAS 1.

This report analyses the disclosures about judgements and estimates which have been included in the consolidated annual reports of 20 UK listed companies selected at random from the FTSE 350.

FirstGroup plc Monitor

First Group plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0905
Company covered: 
FirstGroup plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2018
Report issued on 10 September 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in audit report.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities.
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the impacts of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Recognition of goodwill impairment based on difficult US trading conditions.
Change
Disclosure of a net asset breakdown in respect of business combination.
Change
Provision for onerous contract recognised in respect of rail franchise.

FirstGroup plc Monitor

FirstGroup plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/1201
Company covered: 
FirstGroup plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2017
Report issued on % December 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Audit report enhanced by inclusion of summary of audit approach section and diagram explaining materiality.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of new standards enhanced to include non-quantified impact analysis in respect of IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16

Brexit Disclosures in Listed Company Annual reports

The referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) has undoubtedly led to uncertainty for business and will potentially have far reaching impacts for companies from many different industries. This report, pulled together in March 2017, focuses on the information that companies have disclosed within their annual reports during the latter half of 2016. It sets out disclosures around risk as well as the disclosure of Brexit impacts which have already been felt and the resulting ramifications.

FirstGroup plc Monitor

FirstGroup plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2016/1012
Company covered: 
FirstGroup plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2016
Report issued on 24 October 2016 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Recognition of past service gain following changes in employee benefit schemes.
New
Disclosure of post balance sheet events.
Change
Disclosure of tax expense components.

FirstGroup plc Period End 31 March 2009

£23.1 million loss arises from reduction in estimated fuel usage for the next year

UK transport company FirstGroup reduces its expectation of fuel consumption for the next financial year, with a £23.1 million expense arising from recycling to the income statement cumulative losses on the related cash flow hedges that reduces its pre-tax profit by more than 10%.