IAS 16 — Property, Plant and Equipment
IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment outlines the accounting treatment for most types of property, plant and equipment. Property, plant and equipment is initially measured at its cost, subsequently measured either using a cost or revaluation model, and depreciated so that its depreciable amount is allocated on a systematic basis over its useful life.
IAS 16 was reissued in December 2003 and applies to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005.
History of IAS 16
|August 1980||Exposure Draft E18 Accounting for Property, Plant and Equipment in the Context of the Historical Cost System|
|March 1982||IAS 16 Accounting for Property, Plant and Equipment|
|1 January 1983||Effective date of IAS 16 (1982)|
|May 1992||Exposure Draft E43 Property, Plant and Equipment|
|December 1993||IAS 16 Accounting for Property, Plant and Equipment (revised as part of the 'Comparability of Financial Statements' project)|
|1 January 1995||Effective date of IAS 16 (1993) Property, Plant and Equipment|
|1998||IAS 16 was revised by IAS 36 Impairment of Assets|
|1 July 1999||IAS 16 (1998) effective date of 1998 revisions to IAS 16|
|18 December 2003||Revised version of IAS 16 issued by the IASB|
|1 January 2005||Effective date of IAS 16 (Revised 2003)|
|22 May 2008||IAS 16 amended for 'Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2007 about routine sales of assets held for rental|
|1 January 2009||Effective date of May 2008 amendment to IAS 16|
|17 May 2012||Amendments resulting from Annual Improvements 2009-2011 Cycle (classification of servicing equipment). Click for More information|
|1 January 2013||Effective date of May 2012 amendments (Annual Improvements 2009-2011 Cycle)|
- IFRIC 20 Stripping Costs in the Production Phase of a Surface Mine
- SIC-6 Costs of Modifying Existing Software. SIC-6 was superseded by and incorporated into IAS 16 (2003).
- SIC-14 Property, Plant and Equipment – Compensation for the Impairment or Loss of Items. SIC-14 was superseded by and incorporated into IAS 16 (2003).
- SIC-23 Property, Plant and Equipment - Major Inspection or Overhaul Costs. SIC-23 was superseded by and incorporated into IAS 16 (2003).
Amendments under consideration by the IASB
Summary of IAS 16
Objective of IAS 16
The objective of IAS 16 is to prescribe the accounting treatment for property, plant, and equipment. The principal issues are the recognition of assets, the determination of their carrying amounts, and the depreciation charges and impairment losses to be recognised in relation to them.
IAS 16 does not apply to
- assets classified as held for sale in accordance with IFRS 5
- exploration and evaluation assets (IFRS 6)
- biological assets related to agricultural activity (see IAS 41) or
- mineral rights and mineral reserves such as oil, natural gas and similar non-regenerative resources
The standard does apply to property, plant, and equipment used to develop or maintain the last two categories of assets. [IAS 16.3]
Items of property, plant, and equipment should be recognised as assets when it is probable that: [IAS 16.7]
- it is probable that the future economic benefits associated with the asset will flow to the entity, and
- the cost of the asset can be measured reliably.
This recognition principle is applied to all property, plant, and equipment costs at the time they are incurred. These costs include costs incurred initially to acquire or construct an item of property, plant and equipment and costs incurred subsequently to add to, replace part of, or service it.
IAS 16 does not prescribe the unit of measure for recognition – what constitutes an item of property, plant, and equipment. [IAS 16.9] Note, however, that if the cost model is used (see below) each part of an item of property, plant, and equipment with a cost that is significant in relation to the total cost of the item must be depreciated separately. [IAS 16.43]
IAS 16 recognises that parts of some items of property, plant, and equipment may require replacement at regular intervals. The carrying amount of an item of property, plant, and equipment will include the cost of replacing the part of such an item when that cost is incurred if the recognition criteria (future benefits and measurement reliability) are met. The carrying amount of those parts that are replaced is derecognised in accordance with the derecognition provisions of IAS 16.67-72. [IAS 16.13]
Also, continued operation of an item of property, plant, and equipment (for example, an aircraft) may require regular major inspections for faults regardless of whether parts of the item are replaced. When each major inspection is performed, its cost is recognised in the carrying amount of the item of property, plant, and equipment as a replacement if the recognition criteria are satisfied. If necessary, the estimated cost of a future similar inspection may be used as an indication of what the cost of the existing inspection component was when the item was acquired or constructed. [IAS 16.14]
An item of property, plant and equipment should initially be recorded at cost. [IAS 16.15] Cost includes all costs necessary to bring the asset to working condition for its intended use. This would include not only its original purchase price but also costs of site preparation, delivery and handling, installation, related professional fees for architects and engineers, and the estimated cost of dismantling and removing the asset and restoring the site (see IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets). [IAS 16.16-17]
If payment for an item of property, plant, and equipment is deferred, interest at a market rate must be recognised or imputed. [IAS 16.23]
If an asset is acquired in exchange for another asset (whether similar or dissimilar in nature), the cost will be measured at the fair value unless (a) the exchange transaction lacks commercial substance or (b) the fair value of neither the asset received nor the asset given up is reliably measurable. If the acquired item is not measured at fair value, its cost is measured at the carrying amount of the asset given up. [IAS 16.24]
Measurement subsequent to initial recognition
IAS 16 permits two accounting models:
- Cost model. The asset is carried at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment. [IAS 16.30]
- Revaluation model. The asset is carried at a revalued amount, being its fair value at the date of revaluation less subsequent depreciation and impairment, provided that fair value can be measured reliably. [IAS 16.31]
The revaluation model
Under the revaluation model, revaluations should be carried out regularly, so that the carrying amount of an asset does not differ materially from its fair value at the balance sheet date. [IAS 16.31]
If an item is revalued, the entire class of assets to which that asset belongs should be revalued. [IAS 16.36]
Revalued assets are depreciated in the same way as under the cost model (see below).
If a revaluation results in an increase in value, it should be credited to other comprehensive income and accumulated in equity under the heading "revaluation surplus" unless it represents the reversal of a revaluation decrease of the same asset previously recognised as an expense, in which case it should be recognised in profit or loss. [IAS 16.39]
A decrease arising as a result of a revaluation should be recognised as an expense to the extent that it exceeds any amount previously credited to the revaluation surplus relating to the same asset. [IAS 16.40]
When a revalued asset is disposed of, any revaluation surplus may be transferred directly to retained earnings, or it may be left in equity under the heading revaluation surplus. The transfer to retained earnings should not be made through profit or loss. [IAS 16.41]
Depreciation (cost and revaluation models)
For all depreciable assets:
The depreciable amount (cost less residual value) should be allocated on a systematic basis over the asset's useful life [IAS 16.50].
The residual value and the useful life of an asset should be reviewed at least at each financial year-end and, if expectations differ from previous estimates, any change is accounted for prospectively as a change in estimate under IAS 8. [IAS 16.51]
The depreciation method used should reflect the pattern in which the asset's economic benefits are consumed by the entity [IAS 16.60];
The depreciation method should be reviewed at least annually and, if the pattern of consumption of benefits has changed, the depreciation method should be changed prospectively as a change in estimate under IAS 8. [IAS 16.61]
Depreciation should be charged to profit or loss, unless it is included in the carrying amount of another asset [IAS 16.48].
Depreciation begins when the asset is available for use and continues until the asset is derecognised, even if it is idle. [IAS 16.55]
Recoverability of the carrying amount
IAS 36 requires impairment testing and, if necessary, recognition for property, plant, and equipment. An item of property, plant, or equipment shall not be carried at more than recoverable amount. Recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's fair value less costs to sell and its value in use.
Any claim for compensation from third parties for impairment is included in profit or loss when the claim becomes receivable. [IAS 16.65]
Derecognition (retirements and disposals)
An asset should be removed from the statement of financial position on disposal or when it is withdrawn from use and no future economic benefits are expected from its disposal. The gain or loss on disposal is the difference between the proceeds and the carrying amount and should be recognised in profit and loss. [IAS 16.67-71]
If an entity rents some assets and then ceases to rent them, the assets should be transferred to inventories at their carrying amounts as they become held for sale in the ordinary course of business. [IAS 16.68A]
For each class of property, plant, and equipment, disclose: [IAS 16.73]
- basis for measuring carrying amount
- depreciation method(s) used
- useful lives or depreciation rates
- gross carrying amount and accumulated depreciation and impairment losses
- reconciliation of the carrying amount at the beginning and the end of the period, showing:
- acquisitions through business combinations
- revaluation increases or decreases
- impairment losses
- reversals of impairment losses
- net foreign exchange differences on translation
- other movements
Also disclose: [IAS 16.74]
- restrictions on title
- expenditures to construct property, plant, and equipment during the period
- contractual commitments to acquire property, plant, and equipment
- compensation from third parties for items of property, plant, and equipment that were impaired, lost or given up that is included in profit or loss
If property, plant, and equipment is stated at revalued amounts, certain additional disclosures are required: [IAS 16.77]
- the effective date of the revaluation
- whether an independent valuer was involved
- the methods and significant assumptions used in estimating fair values
- the extent to which fair values were determined directly by reference to observable prices in an active market or recent market transactions on arm's length terms or were estimated using other valuation techniques
- for each revalued class of property, the carrying amount that would have been recognised had the assets been carried under the cost model
- the revaluation surplus, including changes during the period and any restrictions on the distribution of the balance to shareholders