Impairments

Sodexo SA Monitor

Sodexo SA Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0413
Company covered: 
Sodexo SA
Period End: 
31 August, 2018
Report issued on 16 April 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Restatement
Change in presentation of income statement due to new ‘underlying operating profit’ measure.
Pronouncements
Additional disclosure on the impact of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, IFRS 15 Revenue from contracts with customers and IFRS 16 Leases.
Change
Additional disclosures made in respect of a business acquired during the year.
Change
Additional disclosure on changes in shareholders ownership as required by the company’s by-laws.
Change
Consumer expectation is disclosed as a new risk in the risk management report.
Change
More details on the calculation of discount rates used in impairment testing have been provided.

McCarthy & Stone Plc Monitor

McCarthy & Stone Plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0411
Company covered: 
McCarthy & Stone Plc
Period End: 
31 August, 2018
Report issued on 16 April 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Restatement
Prior year comparative cash flow statement restated following an enquiry by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).
Pronouncements
Added disclosure as to the expected future impact of adopting IFRS 9 Financial Instruments
Pronouncements
Added disclosure as to the expected future impact of adopting IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers"
Change
Extended disclosure in respect of alternative performance measures.
Change
Disclosure of a sensitivity analysis in relation to the assumptions applied when assessing goodwill for impairment.

Intangible assets - disclosure of impairments

Businesses are currently facing a number of challenges, such as uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a sluggish economy. The retail sector in particular is experiencing a higher level of impairments (and, for some, going concern issues) as they contend with slow sales, high business rates and plenty of competition. Tougher economic conditions generally lead to increased risks of impairment, particularly for intangible assets such as goodwill. 

In the technical findings from the Financial Reporting Committee’s 2017/18 Corporate Reporting Review, published in October 2018 (FRC technical findings 2018), impairment was one area highlighted where additional information was often requested and disclosures did not always contain all the required information.

When writing this report the latest 2017 and 2018 financial statements of 20 UK listed companies were selected at random for review of the impairment-related disclosures, focussing on intangible assets. It was ensured that a variety of industries such as retail, IT services and tourism and leisure were included.

Associated British Foods Plc Monitor

Associated British Foods Plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0315
Company covered: 
Associated British Foods Plc
Period End: 
15 September, 2018
Report issued on 19 March 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”.
Change
Disclosure in respect of business acquisition made during the year.
Change
Disclosure of the sensitivity analysis performed during the year.
Change
Disclosure regarding contingencies related to the Guaranteed Minimum Pension.
Change
Disclosure of tax implications of European Commission state aid investigation.

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.

Travis Perkins plc Interims Monitor

Interim Financial Report
CR Interim Monitor Issue: 
2019/0305
Period End: 
30 June 2018
Listing Status: 
Europe 350
ICB Industry Classification: 
2353 Building Materials & Fixtures
Auditor: 
KPMG
Pronouncements
Impact of adoption of IFRS 9 disclosed.
Pronouncements
Impact of adoption of IFRS 9 disclosed.
Change
Adjusting items presented separately in the income statement.
Change
Disclosure added in respect of 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.

Britvic Plc Monitor

Britvic Plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0212
Company covered: 
Britvic Plc
Period End: 
1 October, 2018
Report issued on 26 February 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Early adoption of IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers".
Pronouncements
Additional disclosure in respect of the future expected impact of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments" and IFRS 16 "leases".
Change
Disclosure that a post balance sheet court ruling will impact pension obligations in the future.
Change
Recognition of an intangible asset impairment reversal and disclosure of the sensitivity of the reversal to changes in assumptions.

Marston's plc Monitor

Marston's plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0207
Company covered: 
Marston's plc
Period End: 
30 September, 2018
Report issued on 19 February 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the expected future impacts of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers", and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Restatement
Change in segmental reporting structure with restatement of comparative information.
Change
Recognition of significant impairment.
Change
Reclassification of certain properties from Level 2 to Level 3 of fair value hierarchy.
Pronouncements
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities following adoption of an amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Change
Extended disclosure of principal risks including identification of Brexit as a new risk factor.

Kingfisher plc Monitor

Kingfisher plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
2019/0122
Company covered: 
Kingfisher plc
Period End: 
31 January, 2018
Report issued on 31 January 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the expected future impacts of new accounting standards including IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers", and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Discussion of key audit matters in the audit report refined including concentration on the impairment testing of French operations.
Change
Detailed disclosure in respect of business acquisition made during the year.
Change
Disclosure of post balance sheet restructuring plan.
Change
Recognition of a tangible fixed asset impairment reversal.