WPP

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.

WPP plc Monitor

WPP plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/1003
Company covered: 
WPP plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 01 October 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Presentation changes made in the income statement.
Pronouncements
Disclosure extended in respect of the expected impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments" and IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers".
Change
Extended disclosure in respect of areas of estimation uncertainty and accounting judgement.
Change
Information introduced in relation to US tax changes.
Change
Change in allocation of goodwill for impairment test purposes.
New
Separate Auditors and Directors' responsibility sections included in audit report.

WPP plc Monitor

WPP plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0703
Company covered: 
WPP plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2016
Report issued on 4 July 2017 covered the following practice issues:
New
Audit report enhanced by inclusion of summary of audit approach.
Change
Disclosure of proposed changes in directors' remuneration policy.
Pronouncements
Description of transitional methods regarding new revenue standard.
Pronouncements
Un-quantified disclosure about the impact of impending new leasing standard.

Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 16 "Leases"

IFRS 16 “Leases” will fundamentally change accounting by lessees as it requires assets previously off balance sheet under operating lease arrangements to be brought on balance sheet as is currently the case for finance leased assets. As a result on application companies will recognise both additional assets and additional liabilities. Consequently there will also be knock on effects in the income statement as operating lease charges are replaced by a depreciation charge and a finance expense. This report analyses the financial statements of a range of companies to firstly establish whether there has been any early adoption and secondly to establish what companies are disclosing in respect of IFRS 16 and its future impacts.

WPP Group plc Period End 31 December 2005

Equity reduces by 23% on transition to IFRS
UK marketing services company WPP moves from UK GAAP to IFRS and retrospective application of IAS 21 "The effects of changes in foreign exchange rates" contributes to a reduction in equity of £900 million.


Merger accounting creates distributable reserve
UK marketing services company WPP applies merger accounting principles to its group reconstruction that results in transfer of £5.8 billion to distributable reserves.