Reverse factoring; forward movement

The IFRS Interpretations Committee recently considered the issue of reverse factoring arrangements. In such arrangements, a financial institution agrees to pay amounts an entity owes to the entity’s suppliers, and the entity agrees to pay the financial institution at a later date. The request came from Moody’s Investors Service, which reported that while 50% of…

covid-19 – look what it did to our income statement!

We recently looked at the issue of earnings measures adjusted for the impact of covid-19… …which don’t actually appear to be that common at present. As I noted, many regulators and similar bodies preemptively spoke up against the practice, with the UK’s Financial Reporting Council for instance saying: “(Adjusted Performance Measures) which attempt to provide…

Statute-barred liabilities – it’s too late now!

CPA Canada’s IFRS Discussion Group recently discussed a topic that’s quite widely applicable, but doesn’t get mentioned that often… Here’s how the meeting report summarized the background: Entities sometimes incur liabilities that they are unable to pay for a period of time. The unpaid amount may be subject to a statute of limitations that prevents…

EBITDAC – the unseen enemy?

I was thinking for some time of writing an article about the new plague of earnings measures adjusted for the impact of covid-19… …but I was held back because in Canada I wasn’t able to find any, and still can’t. I may just not be that good at searching for things. Still, it seems there…

Airlines and pandemics – make them account for something?

I came across an interesting article by Gediminas Ziemelis: New IFRS for airlines with provisions for virus impact? The article sets out the heavy impact of the ongoing pandemic on the airline industry, one in which – as has been quite widely commented upon – “some airlines announced dividends to shareholders from last year’s profit…

Just when you didn’t think IFRS could get any better…it does!

The IASB recently issued Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2018-2020. There are only four items (proving once again that it was almost perfect already). Here they are. Financial instruments IFRS 9 regards an exchange of debt instruments with substantially different terms between an existing borrower and a lender as an extinguishment of the original financial liability…

My imagined message to Trump from the IFRS Foundation

So this is what I wrote here just after Trump was elected: I confess I see no hint of a “bright side” to this abomination. Have deeply-rooted anxieties ever settled on such a wretchedly unsuitable means of deliverance? It provides harsh evidence that the world is succumbing to irrationality and recklessness, regardless that its complexities and challenges have never…

Your friendly covid-19 financial reporting round-up…

If anyone is having trouble locating guidance and commentary about the impact of covid-19 on financial reporting… …it’s only because they’re not looking hard enough. In Canada, to name a couple, there’s the regulatory covid-19 information hub, and CPA Canada’s website of covid-19 information resources, the latter of which leads to dozens of other links.…

Covid-19-related rent concessions – ready to apply!

The IASB has issued Covid-19-related rent concessions, amendments to IFRS 16, effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after June 1, 2020, with earlier application permitted. This is how the accompanying news release summed it up: The amendment exempts lessees from having to consider individual lease contracts to determine whether rent concessions occurring as…