Associated British Foods

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.

UK Corporate Governance Code

Corporate governance has faced immense scrutiny recently following the high-profile collapses of BHS in 2016 and Carillion in January 2018, with MPs, the media and the public blaming the actions of the directors and auditors and all asking the same question… where was the board?

MPs, shareholders and the public have also been asking how effective the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Corporate Governance Code has been in deterring poor corporate governance at the UK’s largest companies, following a raft of corporate failures. In July 2018 the FRC released a new UK Corporate Governance Code, (the Code) for listed companies in the UK. It also issued an update on its Guidance on Board Effectiveness. The Code is applicable to all companies with a premium listing, whether incorporated in the UK or elsewhere.

The new Code applies to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, so with that in mind, this Common Practices report looks at how companies have been reporting on the current Code. We look at some good examples of reporting and look at the “explanations” made regarding compliance with the Code. We also discuss what’s new in the 2018 Code to enable readers to prepare for the upcoming changes.

The annual reports of 25 UK listed companies with year-ends between 31 December 2017 and 30 September 2018 were selected at random for review, across a range of industries. The full list of sample companies detailing company name, period end, auditor and industry classification can be found at the end of this report.

Disclosure of judgements and estimates

At the end of 2017, the FRC published a thematic review which focused on the disclosure of critical judgements and sources of estimation uncertainty, a requirement of IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements. This review was carried out in part because, in its 2016-17 corporate reporting review, the FRC found that companies were not making sufficiently clear disclosures in this area.

Unfortunately, despite this, judgements and estimates still represent an area of difficulty for companies, remaining the area most commonly raised by the Corporate Reporting Review Panel in reviewing company accounts during 2017–18. Common issues include poor explanations, a failure to separate judgements and estimates clearly and discussion of judgements and estimates that were not considered by the company to be significant or material. In some cases the FRC noted that disclosures elsewhere in the accounts suggested that significant judgements were made but these were not included in or referred to in the IAS 1 disclosures.

As a result of this, the FRC can be expected to continue its scrutiny of these disclosures and to challenge companies that do not provide clear, specific disclosures that meet the requirements of IAS 1.

This report analyses the disclosures about judgements and estimates which have been included in the consolidated annual reports of 20 UK listed companies selected at random from the FTSE 350.

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.

Associated British Foods plc Monitor

Associated British Foods plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
2018/0112
Company covered: 
Associated British Foods plc
Period End: 
16 September, 2017
Report issued on 23 January 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Change in length of reporting period results in lack of comparability.
Change
Aggregate information disclosed in respect of business combinations.
Change
Disposal gain on sale of two businesses previously classified as held for sale separately highlighted on the face of the income statement.
Change
Tabular disclosure of principal risks includes new risk factor in respect of "Socio-political uncertainty".
Change
Key audit matters section included in the auditors' report.

Fair value measurement information under IFRS

IFRS 13 “Fair value measurement” sets out a single consistent framework for measuring fair value within IFRS financial statements and outlines a standardised set of disclosures in respect of fair value measurements. IFRS 13 has been mandatory now for some years, with application being required for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013. This report sets out the results of how requirements of the standard have been put into practice, both in terms of measurement and disclosure, in the consolidated financial statements of 139 large public limited companies with year ends between 31 March 2016 and 1 April 2017. It is not an exhaustive study of all aspects of IFRS 13 application and its conclusions are limited to our findings in respect of the areas analysed within the financial statements reviewed.

Segment disclosures and the chief operating decision maker under IFRS

This report sets out our findings in respect of a review of the IFRS segment disclosures of 25 UK listed companies, drawn from a range of different industries, as covered by IFRS 8 “Operating segments”. We consider a number of points including disclosures in respect of the chief operating decision maker, the factors used to identify reportable segments and whether there has been aggregation of operating segments and income statement and statement of financial position information reported by segment.

Share-based payments under IFRS disclosure of the extent of arrangements and valuation

This report examines company disclosures in respect of share-based payment arrangements. It considers specifically disclosures in relation to the extent of such arrangements and the valuation of instruments granted. In relation to the valuation of share options the report considers the valuation methods applied by the sample companies.  

Share-based Payment Arrangements under IFRS disclosure of nature and impact

This report examines company disclosures in respect of share-based payment arrangements. It considers specifically disclosures in relation to the nature of such arrangements and the impacts on profit or loss during the period. The report will also look at the overall significance of share-based payments by considering total share-based payment expense as a percentage of profit after tax, the length of disclosure in the financial statements and the number of share-based payment schemes that companies have.