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Adoption of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (IFRS 9) has replaced the existing international financial instrument standard IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement (IAS 39), for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

This report looks at a selection of December 2018 - March 2019 year ends where full year disclosures in relation to the actual adoption of IFRS 9 are being made for the first time. This report covers both the impact of the adoption of IFRS 9 and what disclosures have been made in relation to the adoption.

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.

UK Corporate Governance Code

Corporate governance has faced immense scrutiny recently following the high-profile collapses of BHS in 2016 and Carillion in January 2018, with MPs, the media and the public blaming the actions of the directors and auditors and all asking the same question… where was the board?

MPs, shareholders and the public have also been asking how effective the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Corporate Governance Code has been in deterring poor corporate governance at the UK’s largest companies, following a raft of corporate failures. In July 2018 the FRC released a new UK Corporate Governance Code, (the Code) for listed companies in the UK. It also issued an update on its Guidance on Board Effectiveness. The Code is applicable to all companies with a premium listing, whether incorporated in the UK or elsewhere.

The new Code applies to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, so with that in mind, this Common Practices report looks at how companies have been reporting on the current Code. We look at some good examples of reporting and look at the “explanations” made regarding compliance with the Code. We also discuss what’s new in the 2018 Code to enable readers to prepare for the upcoming changes.

The annual reports of 25 UK listed companies with year-ends between 31 December 2017 and 30 September 2018 were selected at random for review, across a range of industries. The full list of sample companies detailing company name, period end, auditor and industry classification can be found at the end of this report.

SSE plc Monitor

SSE plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0313
Company covered: 
SSE plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2017
Report issued on 20 March 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Equity accounting applied in respect of joint venture investment following loss of control.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of impacts of future adoption of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments".
Pronouncements
Disclosure of expected future impacts of IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" on revenue streams.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of expected impacts in respect of future adoption of IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Principal risk disclosures enhanced by inclusion of risk heat map.
Change
Alternative performance measures section included in annual report.

Fair value measurement information under IFRS

IFRS 13 “Fair value measurement” sets out a single consistent framework for measuring fair value within IFRS financial statements and outlines a standardised set of disclosures in respect of fair value measurements. IFRS 13 has been mandatory now for some years, with application being required for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013. This report sets out the results of how requirements of the standard have been put into practice, both in terms of measurement and disclosure, in the consolidated financial statements of 139 large public limited companies with year ends between 31 March 2016 and 1 April 2017. It is not an exhaustive study of all aspects of IFRS 13 application and its conclusions are limited to our findings in respect of the areas analysed within the financial statements reviewed.

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.

SSE plc Monitor

SSE plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2016/1107
Company covered: 
SSE plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2016
Report issued on 14 November 2016 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Sale of 49.9% equity share in subsidiary leads to recognition of minority interest and recognition of gain in reserves as there is no loss of control.
Change
Post balance sheet change in rights results in loss of control and reclassification of subsidiary as a joint ventures.
Change
Disclosures about changes in directors remuneration policy.
Change
Audit approach summary introduced to the audit report.
Change
Change in deprecation and related revenue recognition policy not fully explained.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of non-audit services policy in light of impending change in regulation.

Hedge accounting - SSE plc

Period End: 
31 March 2014
Period End Date: 
2014-03-31
Listing Status: 
FTSE 100
ICB Industry Classification: 
7535 Conventional Electricity
Auditor: 
KPMG
Annual Report: