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.

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.

Bellway plc Monitor

Bellway plc Annual Report 2018
CR Monitor Issue: 
Company covered: 
Bellway plc
Period End: 
31 July, 2018
Report issued on 14 January 2019 covered the following practice issues:
Extended disclosure in respect of the impact of the new accounting standards including IFRS 15 “Revenue from contracts with customers” and IFRS 16 "leases".
Presentation of a reconciliation of movements in liabilities arising from financing activities following adoption of an amendment to IAS 7 "Statement of cash flows".
Extended disclosure of accounting estimates and judgements includes a sensitivity analysis.

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.

Bellway plc Monitor

Bellway plc Annual Report 2017
CR Monitor Issue: 
Company covered: 
Bellway plc
Period End: 
31 July, 2017
Report issued on 2 January 2018 covered the following practice issues:
Presentation of audit report enhanced by inclusion of overview section and diagrams.
Introduction of annual report section discussing alternative performance measures.
Disclosure of the sale of a property to a related party in note to the accounts.

Bellway plc Interims Monitor

Interim Financial Report
CR Interim Monitor Issue: 
Period End: 
31 January 2016
Listing Status: 
FTSE Mid 250
ICB Industry Classification: 
3728 Home Construction
Expected gain disclosed on joint venture classified as held for sale.

Other Comprehensive Income: Presentation of items by reclassification status an emerging issue under IFRS

This report considers the presentation of other comprehensive income following the issue of amendments to IAS 1 “Presentation of financial statements”. It considers how the various line items that represent other comprehensive income are reported by nature focusing on the presentational split between those items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss and those that will be reclassified to profit or loss when specific conditions are met.