Glencore

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.

Glencore plc Monitor

Glencore plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/1107
Company covered: 
Glencore plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 13 November 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Disclosure added in respect of impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments" and IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers".
Change
Presentation of a detailed reconciliation of movements in borrowings following adoption of amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Change
Disclosure added in respect of the sale of a business in accordance with IFRS 5 "Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations".
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in audit report.
Change
Deferred tax balance impacted due to reduction in tax rates.
Change
Extended disclosure of principal risks including identification of Cyber Crime as a new risk factor.

New standard disclosure - IFRS 16 "Leases"

This report revisits the findings of the CR Emerging Issues Report "Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 16 "Leases", and assesses 20 companies with 31 December 2017 year ends, to understand if some of the trends of the previous report are repeated. After the last report, we expected to see more companies early adopting, as well as more providing qualitative commentary on their expected materiality position post-implementation. We will assess whether this is the case. 16 of the 20 companies reviewed were in the original sample.

New standard disclosure - IFRS 15

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15) is one of two major new standards being applied from financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 (the other being IFRS 9 Financial Instruments). In the years leading up to this, there has been an increased focus by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on the disclosures setting out the impact of forthcoming accounting standards in the financial statements, as required by IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors (IAS 8).

The FRC commented on these disclosures in its Annual Review of Corporate Reporting for the 2016-17 year-ends (annual review), and noted in its year-end advice letter to audit committee chairs and finance directors (FRC advice letter) (attached as an appendix to the report), that it expected to see a ‘step change’ in the quality of the disclosures assessing the impact of new accounting standards in the 2017-18 financial statements.

This report analyses the disclosures assessing the impact of IFRS 15 which have been included in the consolidated financial statements of 20 UK listed companies selected at random with a focus on industries where IFRS 15 has most impact.

Glencore plc Monitor

Glencore plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/1105
Company covered: 
Glencore plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2016
Report issued on 14 November 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Disposed business reflected as discontinued operation.
Change
Reclassification from property plant and equipment deferred mining costs to non-current inventory.
Pronouncements
Summarised non-quantified disclosure of the expected future impacts of new standards including IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16.
Change
Cash flows linked to long-term advances and loans reclassified to operating activities from investing activities.
Restatement
Restatement of the comparative figures for Level 2 "cross currency swaps" and "foreign currency and interest rate contracts".

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.

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.

Glencore International plc

Glencore International plc Annual Report 2011
CR Monitor Issue: 
2012/0505
Company covered: 
Glencore International plc
Period End: 
31 December 2011
Report issued on 15 May 2012 did not identify any changes with significant impacts on the financial statements but covered the following practice issues:
Change
Reverse acquisition paves way for dual listing.
Change
Fall in market value of associates below carrying amount leads to impairment tests, but no impairments recognised.
Change
Announcement of "merger" and acquisition disclosed as events after the reporting period.
Change
Disclosures made on new share awards.
Change
Finance lease maturity analysis and reconciliation published.
Change
Mortality assumption ranges added to pensions disclosures.