Chairman's statements

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.

SES SA Monitor

SES SA Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/1019
Company covered: 
SES SA Annual Report 2017
Period End: 
31 December, 2017
Report issued on 23 October 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Pronouncements
Extended disclosure in respect of the future impacts of IFRS 9 "Financial instruments", IFRS 15 "Revenue from contracts with customers" and IFRS 16 "Leases".
Change
Discussion of key audit matters included in audit report.
Restatement
Recognition of prior year adjustment to correct accounting error.
Change
Change in segmental reporting
Change
Detailed disclosure of post balance sheet events.
Change
Change in deferred tax recognised linked to reduction in US tax rate.

Panther Securities plc Period End 31 December 2005

Chairman "lets off steam" in rambling supplement
UK investment company Panther Securities includes in its annual report a personal supplement by its chairman in which he vents his frustration at the planning process.