Marston's

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.

Brexit Disclosures

As the Brexit uncertainty continues, we look at how Brexit has been disclosed in a sample of FTSE 350 annual report and accounts.

As things currently stand, ‘exit day’ is still scheduled to be on 29 March 2019, although the likelihood of this date slipping appears to be increasing. The Government has issued the statutory instrument (SI 2019/145), Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which effectively cuts the UK’s ties with the EEA (European Economic Area). The changes proposed will be made to the Companies Act 2006 and secondary legislation, making EEA states third countries under UK law. The Government has also issued another SI The Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors(Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 dealing with statutory auditors and third country auditors. 

The Government has issued a number of additional pieces of guidance on how companies should operate in the event of a no-deal Brexit occurring on 29 March, on topics ranging from competition, insolvency and intellectual property, to the recognition of professional qualifications.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published letters for auditors and accountants to share information in case there is no deal for leaving the EU by Friday 29 March 2019.

It remains to be seen when these changes will actually come into force, and if further discussions with the European Union will change proposals that have been made. Needless to say our technical team will follow developments closely and ensure legislation and commentaries on the Croner-i Tax and Accounting platform are updated as soon as possible.

Marston's plc Monitor

Marston's plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0207
Company covered: 
Marston's plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2018
Report issued on 19 February 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the expected future impacts of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers", and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Restatement
Change in segmental reporting structure with restatement of comparative information.
Change
Recognition of significant impairment.
Change
Reclassification of certain properties from Level 2 to Level 3 of fair value hierarchy.
Pronouncements
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities following adoption of an amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Change
Extended disclosure of principal risks including identification of Brexit as a new risk factor.

Marston's PLC Monitor

Marston's PLC Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0506
Company covered: 
Marston's PLC
Period End: 
30 September, 2017
Report issued on 08 May 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Discussion of key audit matters within the audit report.
Change
Explanation given for non disclosure of post acquisition income statement impact arising from company acquired.
Restatement
Basis of calculation of underlying profit altered.
Restatement
Provisions allocated between current and non-current liabilities on the face of the balance sheet.
Change
Change in the composition of segments following a change in the structure of the organisation.
Change
Principal risk disclosures extended by identification of new risk factor.

Segment disclosures and the chief operating decision maker under IFRS

This report sets out our findings in respect of a review of the IFRS segment disclosures of 25 UK listed companies, drawn from a range of different industries, as covered by IFRS 8 “Operating segments”. We consider a number of points including disclosures in respect of the chief operating decision maker, the factors used to identify reportable segments and whether there has been aggregation of operating segments and income statement and statement of financial position information reported by segment.

Marston's PLC Monitor

Marston's PLC Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0307
Company covered: 
Marston's PLC
Period End: 
1 October, 2016
Report issued on 21 March 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Tabular disclosure of principal risks extended to include new risk factors in respect of “business continuity” and “health and safety, including food hygiene”.
Change
Deferred tax liabilities and deferred tax assets are presented in the balance sheet after offsetting.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of changes in non-audit services policy.
Change
Clarity of corporate governance disclosures enhanced through the use of a diagram showing the governance framework.

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.

Operating Lease disclosures under IFRS

This report sets out our findings in respect of a review of the operating lease disclosures when acting as lessee of 35 companies listed on the London stock exchange. We consider a number of points including the disclosure, as currently governed under IFRS by IAS 17 “Leases”, of total future minimum lease payments focusing on the assets identified and the time periods presented; disclosure of minimum sublease payments expected to be received; disclosure of lease and sublease payments recognised in the period; and disclosure of the general terms of significant leasing arrangements including contingent rent payable basis, the existence and terms of renewal or purchase options and escalation clauses and restrictions imposed by lease arrangements such as those concerning dividends, additional debt and further leasing. 

Fair value measurement disclosures - other assets: an emerging issue under IFRS

This report surveys fair value measurement disclosures on assets other than financial instruments, investment property and bearer plants.  Our sample covers biological assets, land and buildings, non-financial assets held in defined benefit pension schemes and cash-generating units whose recoverable amount is calculated using fair value less costs to sell. We note a predominance of classification at Level 3, indicating use of unobservable inputs.