Intangible assets

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.

UBM plc Monitor

UBM plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/1012
Company covered: 
UBM plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 16 October 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Discussion of a new key audit matter included in audit report.
Change
Separate sections outlining director and auditor responsibilities included in auditors' report.
Restatement
Finalisation of prior year business combination amounts results in prior year adjustments.
Change
Changes recognised in respect of operating segments following disposal.
Change
Deferred tax changes recognised following changes to US tax legislation.
Change
Re-appraisal of brands acquired in the previous year resulting in an increase in the useful economic life.

Drax Group plc Monitor

Drax Group plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0811
Company covered: 
Drax Group plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 20 August 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in relation to the future impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in auditor's report.
Change
Disclosure of a qualitative description of the factors that make up business acquisition goodwill.
Change
Expansion of detail in the income statement linked to inclusion of additional line items.
Change
Detailed disclosure of new share-based payment plans.
Change
Enhanced segmental reporting including disclosure of capital expenditure by segment.

Deutsche Post AG Monitor

Deutsche Post AG Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0805
Company covered: 
Deutsche Post AG
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 07 August 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Disclosure of the future impacts of new standards that are currently not effective: IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Pronouncements
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities following adoption of amendment to IAS 7 Statement of cash flows".
Change
Detailed disclosure in respect of business acquired during the year.
Restatement
Restatement of segmental disclosures following reclassification of businesses between segments.
Change
Reduction in useful life of intangible asset results in additional amortisation.

BAE Systems plc Monitor

BAE systems plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0620
Company covered: 
BAE systems plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 20 June 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the future impacts of IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" including detailed quantification.
Pronouncements
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities on adoption of amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Change
Software assets and development costs identified as separate classes of intangible asset.

Smith & Nephew Plc Monitor

Smith & Nephew Plc Annual Report Year
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0517
Company covered: 
Smith & Nephew Plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 22 May 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Disclosure of changes in liabilities arising from financing activities in line with amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Pronouncements
Inclusion of discussion in respect of new accounting standards IFRS 15 and IFRS 9.
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in audit report.
Change
Business restructuring disclosed as post balance sheet event.
Change
Enhanced risk disclosures including additional information in respect of principal risks.
Restatement
Restatement of intangible asset amortisation without explanation.

BTG plc Monitor

BTG plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0104
Company covered: 
BTG plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2017
Report issued on 9 January 2018 covered the following practice issues:
New
Book values, fair value adjustments and fair values disclosed in a tabular format in respect of business acquired.
Pronouncements
Section discussing Alternative Performance Measures introduced to the annual report.
Change
Change in income statement format results in less dis-aggregation.
Change
Enhanced analysis of deferred tax assets.
Change
Change in method for calculating impairment test recoverable amount.
Change
Change in balance sheet format leads to less dis-aggregation.

SOCO International plc Monitor

SOCO International plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0903
Company covered: 
SOCO International plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2016
Report issued on 05 September 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Impairments accounting policy extended to include disclosure of impairment indicators in respect of exploration and evaluation assets.
Change
Audit report enhanced by inclusion of summary of audit approach and tabular disclosure in respect of materiality.
Change
Geographic breakdown added in respect of exploration and evaluation intangible assets.
Change
Human resource, climate change, and cyber risk identified as new areas of principal risk.
New
Introduction of diagram showing risk management structure within risk management report section of the strategic report.

Bunzl plc Monitor

Bunzl plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0813
Company covered: 
Bunzl plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2016
Report issued on 28 August 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Change in accounting policy in respect of cash pooling balances in line with IFRIC guidance.
Change
Software assets re-classified from property plant and equipment to intangible assets.
Pronouncements
Disclosure of future impacts of impending standards, IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases", with no quantification.
Change
Results from US arm of European based business reclassified from European to North American segment following change in management location.
New
Tabular disclosure added summarising business acquisitions completed during the year.

Travis Perkins plc Monitor

Travis Perkins plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0808
Company covered: 
Travis Perkins plc
Period End: 
31 December, 2016
Report issued on 15 August 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Disclosure of a new note on "revenue reconciliation and like-for-like sales".
Change
Identification of "UK decision to leave the European Union", "Legislation" and "Corporation tax" as new areas of principal risk.
Change
Disclosure of software “assets under construction” as a separate class of intangible asset.
Change
Introduction of graphical presentations to the audit report illustrating materiality and audit scope.
Restatement
Restatement of segment disclosure of capital expenditure without explanation.