Going concern assumption

Debenhams Plc Monitor

Debenhams Plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0301
Company covered: 
Debenhams Plc
Period End: 
1 September, 2018
Report issued on 5 March 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Additional 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”.
Restatement
Restatement of comparatives in order to recognise stock-in-transit.
Change
Inclusion of discussion on going concern assumption and preparation of forecasts.
Change
Detailed discussion on the new key audit matter added in the auditor’s report.
Change
Additional disclosure regarding investment in associates.
Change
Recognition of significant impairment.

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.

Imagination Technologies Group plc Monitor

Imagination Technologies Group plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0410
Company covered: 
Imagination Technologies Group plc
Period End: 
30 April, 2016
Report issued on 25 April 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Breach of a covenant of a borrowing facility results in re-classification of a liability as current.
Change
Discussion of going concern assumption includes reference to covenant breach.
Change
Disclosure of principal risks extended to include discussion of covenant breach.
Change
Income statement format altered with "separately disclosable items" highlighted in a separate column.
Restatement
Research and development disclosure restated following a more appropriate cost allocation.
New
Separate disclosure of movements in provisions introduced.

Ferrexpo plc Monitor

Ferrexpo plc Annual Report 2015
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017\0107
Company covered: 
Ferrexpo plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2015
Report issued on 17 January 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Multi-column income statement format adopted highlighting "Special items".
Change
Restricted cash balance on the face of the balance sheet following write down and bank insolvency.
New
Profit recognised on disposal of available for sale investment previously written down to zero.
New
Separate tax reconciliation presented in respect of "Special items"
Change
Emphasis of matter paragraph in relation to going concern included in audit report.
Change
New section on 'Risk management' disclosures added.

Lonmin plc Monitor

Lonmin plc Annual Report 2015
CR Monitor Issue: 
2016/0403
Company covered: 
Lonmin plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2015
Report issued on 01 April 2016 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Impairment of non-current assets and receivables contributes to loss for period.
Change
Uncertainty on going concern basis leads to emphasis of matter paragraph in audit report, though opinion not modified.
New
Introduction of viability statement looking ahead for three years.