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IFRS 15 impact disclosures - focus on telecommunications

In our last report on IFRS 15, we looked at the disclosure of the expected impact of the standard in a randomly selected group of 20 UK listed company accounts for periods ending 31 December 2017. None of the sample of companies had early adopted IFRS 15 and only 25% of the sample anticipated the adoption to have a material impact on their next set of financial statements. 

When selecting the sample of ten for this report, we included some 31 March 2018 year-end accounts and we have only included companies in the software and mobile telecommunications industry for which the adoption of IFRS 15 is expected to have a greater impact.  The new standard sets out five core principles that preparers should following when judging how to recognise revenue from longer-term contracts. In these two industries, companies often offer customers multi-year service contracts with equipment offered for no or a low fee. Under previous rules, there were a greater number of options available to companies, whereas IFRS 15 is considerably more prescriptive, and requires companies to split the revenue from these contracts based on the performance of the contract.

This report also includes some discussion of Capita Plc, which has early adopted the standard.

 

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.

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.

Disclosure of the impacts of IFRS 16 "Leases"

IFRS 16 “Leases” will fundamentally change accounting by lessees as it requires assets previously off balance sheet under operating lease arrangements to be brought on balance sheet as is currently the case for finance leased assets. As a result on application companies will recognise both additional assets and additional liabilities. Consequently there will also be knock on effects in the income statement as operating lease charges are replaced by a depreciation charge and a finance expense. This report analyses the financial statements of a range of companies to firstly establish whether there has been any early adoption and secondly to establish what companies are disclosing in respect of IFRS 16 and its future impacts.

BT Group plc Monitor

BT Group plc Annual Report 2016
CR Monitor Issue: 
2017/0403
Company covered: 
BT Group plc
Period End: 
31 March, 2016
Report issued on 04 April 2017 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Business combination disclosures include detailed goodwill explanation and fair value information.
Change
New mobile reporting segment identified following business combination.
Change
Commissions paid to dealers identified as an area of audit focus.
Change
Disclosure of critical accounting estimates and judgements extended.
Pronouncements
Detailed disclosure on the future impacts of IFRS 15.
Change
Extended disclosure of inventory information including disaggregation.

Fair value measurement disclosures - other assets: an emerging issue under IFRS

This report surveys fair value measurement disclosures on assets other than financial instruments, investment property and bearer plants.  Our sample covers biological assets, land and buildings, non-financial assets held in defined benefit pension schemes and cash-generating units whose recoverable amount is calculated using fair value less costs to sell. We note a predominance of classification at Level 3, indicating use of unobservable inputs.

BT Group plc Monitor

BT Group plc Annual Report 2013
CR Monitor Issue: 
2013/0910
Company covered: 
BT Group plc
Period End: 
31 March 2013
Report issued on 24 September 2013 covered the following practice issues:
Change
Changes in presentation of treasury shares and non-controlling interests.
Change
Government grant recognition moves to net basis.
Pronouncements
Sensitivity effects of new pension rules disclosed.
Pronouncements
Early adoption of amendment on other comprehensive income.
Divergence
Directors' remuneration restated without explanation.