British Land

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.

British Land Company PLC Monitor

British Land Company PLC Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/1001
Company covered: 
British Land Company PLC
Period End: 
31 March, 2018
Report issued on 1 October 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Inclusion of separate sections in the audit report discussing the responsibilities of directors and auditors.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments".
Change
Presentation of a reconciliation of segment gross rental income to the consolidated revenue.
Change
Extended analysis of other investment classes.

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.

British Land Company PLC Monitor

British Land Company PLC Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/1003
Company covered: 
British Land Company PLC
Period End: 
31 March, 2017
Report issued on 03 October 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Restatement
Prior year diluted earnings per share restated to correctly take into account the full dilutive impact of convertible bonds.
Change
Presentation of pension actuarial assumptions sensitivity analysis.
Change
Tabular disclosure on the impact of changes in un-observable valuation inputs on the fair value of properties.

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.

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.

British Land Company PLC Monitor

British Land Company PLC Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0208
Company covered: 
British Land Company PLC
Period End: 
31 March, 2016
Report issued on 20 February 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Change in format of the income statement.
Change
Cash flow from acquisition of additional interest in subsidiary reclassified to financing activities from investing activities.
Change
Identification of new reportable segment.
Change
Disclosure of new input used for valuation of investment property.
Change
Change in presentation for calculation of leverage ratio and financial covenants applicable for unsecured debt.
Divergence
Disclosure of summarised financial information in respect of subsidiary with material non-controlling interests not fully in line with information suggested by IFRS.

The British Land Company plc Monitor

The British Land Company plc Annual Report 2015
CR Monitor Issue: 
2016/0407
Company covered: 
The British Land Company plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2015
Report issued on 08 April 2016 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Summarised financial information on joint ventures disclosed on 100% basis.
Pronouncements
Disclosures on non-controlling interests added under new IFRS rules.
Pronouncements
New disclosures, but no material impacts identified from impending revenue Standard.
Change
New areas of audit focus and decisions on audit scope disclosed.

The British Land Company plc Period End 31 March 2011

The British Land Company plc Annual Report 2010
CR Monitor Issue: 
2012/0201
Company covered: 
The British Land Company plc
Period End: 
31 March 2011
Report issued on 01 February 2012 did not identify any changes with significant impacts on the financial statements but covered the following practice issues:
Change
EPRA earnings per share revised.
Change
Disclosure of share of cash flows from joint ventures and funds.