Thomas Cook

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.

Thomas Cook Group plc Monitor

Thomas Cook Group plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0206
Company covered: 
Thomas Cook Group plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2017
Report issued on 13 February 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Restatement
Correction of accounting errors result in prior year adjustments.
Change
Key audit matters section included in auditors report.
Change
Risk disclosures enhanced by disclosure of link to strategy and movements compared to the prior year.
Change
New financing agreement highlighted in post balance sheet events note.

Thomas Cook Group plc Monitor

Thomas Cook Group plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0607
Company covered: 
Thomas Cook Group plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2016
Report issued on 20 June 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Disclosure of changes to non-audit services policy as a result of new regulation.
Change
'Failure to develop diverse portfolio' and 'Brexit' identified as new principal risks.
Change
Detailed discussion of non-IFRS alternative performance measures added.
Pronouncements
Improved disclosures regarding new standards including IFRS 9 and IFRS 16.
Change
Additional disclosures added in respect of minority interest put and call option including misleading reference to a joint venture.
Change
Changes in directors remuneration policy disclosed in tandem with improved explanation of links to strategy.

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.

Related party disclosures - Thomas cook Group plc

Period End: 
30 September, 2016
Period End Date: 
2016-09-30
Listing Status: 
FTSE Mid 250
ICB Industry Classification: 
5759 Travel & Tourism
Auditor: 
PricewaterhouseCoopers

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. 

Thomas Cook Group plc Period End 30 September 2008

Thomas Cook Group Annual Report 2008

Pro forma statements published following change of year end date
UK leisure company Thomas Cook changes its reporting date from 31 October to 30 September and publishes pro forma financial statements assuming the year end date had always being 30 September and MyTravel had always been its subsidiary.