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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.

Sage Group plc Monitor

Sage Group plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0213
Company covered: 
Sage Group plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2018
Report issued on 26 February 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Detailed discussion of a new key audit matter added to the auditor’s report.
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the expected impacts of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers", and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Deferred tax changes recognised following changes to US tax legislation.
Restatement
Finalisation of provisional fair values in respect of a prior year business acquisition.

Risk and viability in the strategic report

In light of recent high-profile collapses such as Carillion, the reporting by companies of risks and long-term viability is once again in the spotlight. Investors and other stakeholders expect detailed, specific information in the annual report which clearly sets out the key risks facing the company and the potential impact of these risks on the company’s longer-term viability. This report analyses the consolidated financial statements of 20 UK listed companies to assess the quality of risk and viability reporting in the annual report.

Sage Group plc Monitor

Sage Group plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0211
Company covered: 
Sage Group plc
Period End: 
30 September 2017
Report issued on 27 February 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Detailed disclosures in respect of business combinations including a stepped acquisition.
Change
Separate disclosure of discontinued operations on the face of the income statement.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of future impact information in respect of new standards yet to be adopted including IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Change in segment reporting to introduce a flatter more focused structure.

The Sage Group plc Monitor

The Sage Group plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0707
Company covered: 
The Sage Group plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2016
Report issued on 17 July 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Designation as "Exceptional (non-recurring) items" identified as a significant accounting and reporting matter in corporate governance report.
Change
'Changes in finance systems and processes' identified as a risk of material misstatement by auditors.
Pronouncements
Un-quantified disclosure added regarding impact of impending revenue recognition standard.
Change
Newly acquired 20.7% holding in investment accounted for as an associate using the equity method.
New
Flowchart added to directors remuneration report showing amended conditions attached to performance share plan.
New
Directors remuneration report enhanced by inclusion of remuneration at a glance section.

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.

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.

Share-based payments under IFRS disclosure of the extent of arrangements and valuation

This report examines company disclosures in respect of share-based payment arrangements. It considers specifically disclosures in relation to the extent of such arrangements and the valuation of instruments granted. In relation to the valuation of share options the report considers the valuation methods applied by the sample companies.  

Sage Group Plc Interims Monitor

Interim Financial Report
CR Interim Monitor Issue: 
2015/0606
Period End: 
31 March 2015
Listing Status: 
FTSE 100, Europe 350
ICB Industry Classification: 
9537 Software
Auditor: 
Ernst & Young
Change
Unadjusted and statutory profit reconciled on face of income statement.
Change
Cash outflows on acquisitions presented in table, showing separately consideration and borrowings acquired.

Share-based Payment Arrangements under IFRS disclosure of nature and impact

This report examines company disclosures in respect of share-based payment arrangements. It considers specifically disclosures in relation to the nature of such arrangements and the impacts on profit or loss during the period. The report will also look at the overall significance of share-based payments by considering total share-based payment expense as a percentage of profit after tax, the length of disclosure in the financial statements and the number of share-based payment schemes that companies have.