Grainger

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.

Grainger Plc Monitor

Grainger Plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0202
Company covered: 
Grainger Plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2018
Report issued on 12 February 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
New disclosure in respect of the impact of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers” and IFRS 16 “leases”.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of expected impacts of amendment to IAS 40 "Investment property".
Change
Disclosure of information in regards to the disposal of a joint venture.
Change
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities following the adoption of an amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Change
Disclosure in respect of events after the reporting period.

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Grainger plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0516
Company covered: 
Grainger plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2017
Report issued on 28 May 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Audit report includes discussion of key audit matters.
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of new standards issued but not yet effective namely IFRS 9, IFRS 15, IFRS 16.
Change
Introduction of tabular disclosure illustrating the calculation of net debt and the loan to value ratio.
Change
Extended disclosure of principal risks includes identification of new risk areas.
Change
Presentation of a maturity analysis of amounts receivable as a lessor.
Change
Acquisition of properties and new funding arrangements disclosed as post balance sheet events.

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Grainger plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0809
Company covered: 
Grainger plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2016
Report issued on 15 August 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Businesses disposed of reflected as discontinued operations
Change
Movements in investment in joint venture no longer disclosed separately for net assets and loans.
Divergence
No presentation of reconciliations of movements in property, plant & equipment, intangible assets and provisions.
Change
Disclosure of significant accounting policies in each individual relevant note.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of change in non-audit services policy in line with FRC guidance
Change
Directors’ remuneration policy revised to align with strategic goals.

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.

The classification of acquisition transaction costs, an emerging issue under IFRS

This report focuses on companies’ presentation of acquisition-related costs both in the income and cash flow statements. More specifically it considers where such costs are reflected in the income statement and whether they are identified as operating or investing in nature within the cash flow statement.