Classification of SPAC shares – no answer, little interest

Here’s a recent tentative agenda decision issued for comment by IFRIC: The Committee received a request about applying IAS 32 in relation to the classification of shares issued by a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) as financial liabilities or equity. A SPAC is a listed entity that is established to acquire a yet to be…

Discount rates – no imminent solutions, no great sweat?

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council has issued Thematic Review: Discount Rates Here’s the summary: Discounted cash flows, and discount rates themselves, are commonly used when applying IFRS. Determining an appropriate discount rate is a complex area of financial reporting, which can also be a source of significant estimation uncertainty. The challenge is partly because the…

It’s the circle of life, with no room for IFRS 9!

Here’s how one website defines “circular debt” in a Pakistani context: Circular debt is a unique but not necessarily unheard of problem. Two entities ultimately owe debt to each other but cannot balance out their debt because it is indirectly owed through additional entities. At least three parties must be involved. In the simplest terms,…

The Onion returns, more honest than ever!

In the past I’ve sometimes referred to Tom Selling’s Accounting Onion blog (here for instance)… It’s been a while though, since the blog hadn’t been updated since June 2018, and I assumed it had gone the way of all other accounting blogs (as far as I’m aware, I’m the global recordholder for consistent longevity –…

Subscription receipts – not quite so simple?

Here’s another fact pattern recently considered by CPA Canada’s IFRS Discussion Group, relating to a form of financing that’s becoming more common in Canada On December 15, 20X2, Company A completed a public offering of 1 million subscription receipts for gross proceeds of CAD$1 million (for simplicity, this example ignores transaction costs). Company A raised…

Equity accounting – as big a pain as ever!

Here’s a recent fact pattern discussed by CPA Canada’s IFRS Discussion Group Company A holds a combination of common shares and preferred shares in Company B. Company A has 20 per cent voting rights of Company B through its investment in common shares. The preferred shares are non-voting but are convertible into common shares on…

Challenges in ESG investing, or: I thought it would be clearer now!

The Globe and Mail recently published an article on “Why the booming business of ESG ratings may be giving investors a false sense of sustainability” It’s written by Jeffrey Jones and David Milstead. Here are some extracts: Investors around the world are ploughing tens of billions of dollars a year into companies and funds that…

Negative low emission vehicle credits; or, a tad of disagreement!

As we addressed here, IFRIC recently considered a fact pattern involving government measures that apply to entities that produce or import passenger vehicles for sale in a specified market. Under the measures, entities receive positive credits if in a calendar year they have produced or imported vehicles whose average fuel emissions are lower than a…

We’re withdrawing our forecast, and we forecast you’ll like knowing why!

Let’s look at another entry from the Ontario Securities Commission’s refilings and errors list: Fire & Flower Holdings Corp….wishes to provide additional information in respect of the events and circumstances that led to the withdrawal of certain forward-looking information contained in the Company’s prior disclosure. Prior to the Company’s filing of its management discussion and…