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2004

Guide to changes in Singapore GAAP

20 Dec 2004

Deloitte & Touche (Singapore) has published an update of Changes to The Financial Reporting Framework in Singapore.

The new booklet summarises the adoption by the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance (CCDG) – Singapore's accounting standard setter – of the standards resulting from the IASB's Improvements Project and new IFRSs up to October 2004. As a result, CCDG has now issued a set of accounting standards and interpretations that are almost identical to the current set of International Financial Reporting Standards, with a few differences such as the effective dates, the inclusion of Singapore Financial Reporting Standard 25 Accounting for Investments, and the absence of equivalents to IAS 30 Disclosures in the Financial Statements of Banks and Similar Financial Institutions and IAS 40 Investment Property. A detailed comparison of Singapore GAAP and IFRSs is included in the booklet. Click to:

New Zealand Accounting Alert published

19 Dec 2004

Deloitte (New Zealand) has published New Zealand Accounting Alert 25 (PDF 136k) titled A Christmas present from the ASRB!- Release of NZ IFRS.

The Alert details the adoption by The Accounting Standards Review Board (ASRB) and the Financial Reporting Standards Board (FRSB) of 36 new accounting standards and 12 interpretations. These are the New Zealand equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards (NZ IFRS). Application of NZ IFRS is mandatory for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2007. Entities wishing to early adopt NZ IFRS may do so for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005. The Alert includes a list of the approved standards and details of where to find them. The ASRB has also issued an exposure draft, ED-96 Disclosing the Impact of Adopting New Zealand Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards that would require entities to disclose in their annual and interim financial reports information about the expected impacts of adopting the New Zealand equivalents to IFRS. This will include:
  • information regarding planning for the transition to NZ IFRS;
  • key differences in accounting policies expected to arise on adoption of NZ IFRS, or if the key differences are not known, a statement to that effect; and
  • known or reliably estimable information about the impacts on the financial reports under NZ IFRS, or if the impacts are not known, a statement to that effect.
Click here for Links to Past NZ Accounting Alerts.

US SEC forms 'SOX' SME advisory committee

19 Dec 2004

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has established an advisory committee to assist the Commission in examining the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other aspects of the federal securities laws on smaller public companies.

Click for SEC Press Release.

Philippines adopts new and revised IASs/IFRSs

19 Dec 2004

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the adoption of all of the revised IASs issued by the IASB in 2003 and 2004 as well as IFRSs 1-5, effective for financial reports submitted by companies for annual reporting periods beginning 1 January 2005 and for quarterly periods beginning 1 January 2006. -->"The adoption of IAS will harmonise the country's financial reporting requirements with international standards, consequently the understandability and reliability of financial statements in the country," --> the SEC said.

The standards had earlier been endorsed by the Philippines Accounting Standards Council. Formal adoption is set out in SEC Memorandum Circular 19 on the Philippine Financial Reporting Standards. The circular covers 26 accounting standards, including 17 revised IASs, five IFRSs, and four interpretations. The SEC said companies required to submit quarterly reports in 2005 need not present certain comparative figures for IAS 39. However, quarterly reports must discuss the status of conversion plans. The banking industry (led by the Bankers Association of the Philippines), along with mutual funds and insurance companies, had sought to defer IAS 39. A key bankers' concern was that IAS 39 requires that loan loss provisions reflect only incurred losses while the current provisioning practice is to base the allowance on a percentage of outstanding balances (that is, expected losses). In Asia, Philippines joins Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore in adopting the entire suite of IFRSs as national GAAP. Australia and New Zealand have made some changes to recognition and measurement principles by eliminating some accounting policy choices permitted by IFRSs, and Singapore has modified some of the recognition and measurement principles in IFRSs. Click for Philippines SEC Announcement (PDF 102k).

IASB amends IAS 39 transition

18 Dec 2004

The International Accounting Standards Board has issued limited amendments to IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement' on the initial recognition of financial assets and financial liabilities.

The amendments provide transitional relief from retrospective application of the 'day 1' gain and loss recognition requirements. They allow, but do not require, entities to adopt an approach to transition that is easier to implement than that in the previous version of IAS 39, and will enable entities to eliminate differences between the IASB's Standards and US requirements.

Specifically, the amendments give entities a choice of applying the 'day 1' gain or loss recognition requirements in IAS 39:

  • retrospectively (as previously required by IAS 39)
  • prospectively to transactions entered into after 25 October 2002 (the effective date of similar requirements in US GAAP)
  • prospectively to transactions entered into after 1 January 2004 (the date of transition to IFRSs for many entities).

Click for IASB Press Release (PDF 73k).

 

Notes from IASB meeting 17 December 2004

18 Dec 2004

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page. .

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page.

IFRIC Draft Interpretation D11

17 Dec 2004

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee has issued for comment Draft Interpretation D11 'Changes in Contributions to Employee Share Purchase Plans (ESPPs)'.

D11 proposes that:

  • If an employee stops contributing to an ESPP while remaining in the entity's employment, and, as a consequence, is no longer able to buy shares under the plan, the entity shall account for this event as a cancellation. Therefore, in accordance with paragraph 28(a) of IFRS 2, the entity shall recognise immediately as expense the amount that otherwise would have been recognised for services received over the remainder of the vesting period
  • If an employee changes from one ESPP to another, and the entity identifies the equity instruments granted to the employee under the new ESPP as replacements for the equity instruments granted to that employee under the original ESPP, the entity shall account for this event as a modification of the original grant. If the entity does not identify the new equity instruments granted under the new ESPP as replacements for the equity instruments granted under the original ESPP, the entity shall account for:
    • (a) the employee's cessation of participation in the original ESPP as a cancellation
    • (b) the employee's commencement of participation in the new ESPP as a new grant of equity instruments.

Comments are due by 1 March 2005. Click for Press Release (PDF 54k).

 

Notes from IASB meeting 16 December 2004

17 Dec 2004

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page. .

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page.

IFRIC Interpretation 5 is released

16 Dec 2004

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) has published IFRIC Interpretation 5 'Rights to Interests Arising from Decommissioning, Restoration and Environmental Rehabilitation Funds'.

IFRIC 5 explains how to treat expected reimbursements from funds set up to meet the costs of decommissioning plant (such as nuclear plant) or equipment (such as cars) or in undertaking environmental restoration or rehabilitation (such as rectifying pollution of water or restoring mined land).

The main requirements of the Interpretation are:

  • If a contributor recognises a decommissioning obligation under IFRSs and contributes to a fund to segregate assets to pay for the obligation, it should apply IAS 27, SIC-12, IAS 31, and IAS 28 to determine whether decommissioning funds should be consolidated, proportionately consolidated, or accounted for under the equity method
  • When a fund is not consolidated, proportionately consolidated, or accounted for under the equity method, the contributor should recognise its obligation to pay decommissioning costs as a liability and recognise its interest in the fund separately unless the contributor is not liable to pay decommissioning costs
  • A right to reimbursement should be measured at the lower of (a) the amount of the decommissioning obligation recognised and (b) the contributor's share of the fair value of the net assets of the fund adjusted for actual or expected factors that affect the entity's ability to access these assets. Changes in the carrying amount of this right (other than contributions to and payments from the funds) should be recognised in profit or loss
  • A residual interest in a fund that extends beyond a right to reimbursement, such as a contractual right to distributions once all the decommissioning has been completed or on winding up the fund may be an equity instrument within the scope of IAS 39.

IFRIC 5 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2006.  Click for IASB Press Release (PDF 65k).

 

Notes from IASB meeting 15 December 2004

16 Dec 2004

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page. .

We have combined all of our notes from the IASB meeting on 15-17 December 2004 onto a Separate Page.

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