Strategic Report

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.

Whitbread plc Monitor

Whitbread plc Annual Report 2017-18
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0810
Company covered: 
Whitbread plc
Period End: 
1 March, 2018
Report issued on 14 August 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Discussion on key audit matters included in auditors report.
Change
Disclosure in separate audit report sections of director and auditor responsibilities.
Change
Change in analysis of cash flows from operating activities.
Change
Acquisition costs linked to business combination recognised in the income statement as a non-underlying item.
Change
Extended disclosure of key performance indicators in the strategic report.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Monitor

Royal Dutch Shell PLC Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0808
Company covered: 
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 14 August 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the future impacts of IFRS 9 "Leases", IFRS 15 "Revenues from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Extended disclosure of key audit matters in the audit report.
Change
Format of strategic report disclosure of key performance indicators altered
Change
Fair value of 50% joint venture stake represents value of consideration paid in business combination.
Restatement
Restatement of segment geographical entity wide disclosures.

Risk and viability in the strategic report

In light of recent high-profile collapses such as Carillion, the reporting by companies of risks and long-term viability is once again in the spotlight. Investors and other stakeholders expect detailed, specific information in the annual report which clearly sets out the key risks facing the company and the potential impact of these risks on the company’s longer-term viability. This report analyses the consolidated financial statements of 20 UK listed companies to assess the quality of risk and viability reporting in the annual report.