A study in diverse practice, or: we got our $40,000, so what do we now?

Here are three contrasting recent disclosures: On May 1, 2020, the Company received a loan of $40,000 pursuant to the Canada Emergency Business Account  (“CEBA”). The CEBA  provides  zero-interest,  partially  forgivable  loans  of up  to  $40,000  to small businesses that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent,…

Management performance measures – much-needed transparency and discipline (once they fix a few things)

It’s been a while since we mentioned the IASB’s exposure draft General Presentation and Disclosures, so let’s dip into it today. The comment period closed on September 30, 2020, after being extended because of covid-19. One of the headline-grabbing proposals was a new definition of “management performance measures,” defined as follows: subtotals of income and…

IFRS 16 – findings and expectations…

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council recently issued a report on its “thematic review” of disclosures in the first year of application of IFRS 16 Leases. Here’s how the news release summed it up: The FRC found that most companies provided a good explanation of the impact of adopting IFRS 16, which applies for the first…

Global sustainability standards – cannot be radical enough?

Let’s return to the Consultation Paper recently issued by the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation “to assess demand for global sustainability standards and, if demand is strong, assess whether and to what extent the Foundation might contribute to the development of such standards.” I’ve several times expressed my view that this initiative is more about preserving…