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The IASB met in London on 20-22 September 2022. The following items were discussed:

Equity Method

The staff recommended that when measuring the carrying amount to be derecognised in a partial disposal would identify the cost of the specific portion of the investment being disposed of or, if it cannot be identified, apply the last-in, first-out method. They also recommended relief to allow the weighted average method to be used as a practical expedient for equity method investments held prior to the transition date. Several IASB members expressed concerns about the approach and more work will need to be undertaken. The IASB decided that when an equity accounted investee issues equity instruments, and the investor continues to apply the equity method, an ownership interest increases would be treated as a purchase of an additional interest whereas a decrease would be a partial disposal. The IASB also discussed application questions related to transactions between an investor and its associate or joint venture and acknowledged conflicts between the requirements in IFRS 10 and those in IAS 28.

Goodwill and Impairment

The IASB made recommend several changes to its preliminary views in relation to disclosures about the objectives and rationale for the business combinations an entity has made, including an exemption from some of the disclosure requirements when disclosure would be seriously prejudicial to the entity’s objectives for the business combination. The IASB decided that, if some disclosure requirements are required only for a sub-set of business combinations, the focus should be on strategically important business combinations—i.e. those for which failing to meet the objectives would seriously put at risk the entity achieving its overall business strategy.

Post-implementation Review (PIR) of IFRS 9—Classification and Measurement

At this meeting, the IASB discussed questions relating to matters raised by respondents to the RFI that are not covered by other staff papers. The staff recommended that the IASB not consider further issues related to: derecognition and whether ‘substantially all of the risks and rewards’ of a financial asset have been transferred; assessing whether the entity has a practice of settling similar contracts net in cash when considering using the ‘own use exemption’; the disposal of equity instruments classified as FVTOCI; whether interest rates contractually linked to an index that adjusts the time value of money based on a market interest rate and/or inflation rate introduce ‘leverage’ in the context of recent significant rises in inflation rates; and whether rates including a leverage factor imposed by the government should follow IFRS 9 for regulated rates guidance and, if so, how to consider whether the rate provides exposure to risks or variability in the contractual cash flows that are inconsistent with a basic lending arrangement. The staff therefore recommend that questions about purchased or originated credit-impaired financial assets be considered as part of the upcoming PIR of the impairment requirements in IFRS 9. IASB members were generally supportive of the staff suggestions, but no decisions were made.

Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Equity (FICE)

The IASB decided to clarify that: IAS 32:23 would apply to an obligation to redeem own equity instruments settled in a variable number of another type of own equity instruments. It decided that on expiry of a written put option on own equity instruments: the financial liability would be reclassified to the same component of equity as that from which it was reclassified on initial recognition of the put option; and the cumulative amount in retained earnings related to the put option would be permitted to be reclassified to another component of equity but amounts previously recognised in profit or loss on remeasuring the financial liability would not be reversed. Furthermore, written put options or forward purchase contracts on own equity instruments are presented gross rather than net.

Primary Financial Statements

The IASB decided not to proceed with any specific requirements for unusual income and expenses. It also decided that all entities would classify income and expenses from associates and joint ventures accounted for using the equity method in the investing category. It withdrew the proposal that an entity classify incremental expenses in the investing category but confirmed the proposal that the specified subtotals listed (in paragraph 104 of the ED) are not management performance measures and adding ‘operating profit or loss and income and expenses from investments accounted for using the equity method’ to the list of specified subtotals. Lastly, it withdrew the proposed prohibition on a mixed presentation of operating expenses.

Work Plan

The staff provided an update on the IASB’s work plan since its last update in May 2022. The IASB decided to consider in the second half of 2023 when to begin the PIRs of the hedge accounting requirements of IFRS 9 and the requirements of IFRS 16. The IASB also discussed clarifying the purpose of a PIR and managing stakeholder expectations about their objectives.

PIR of IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

The staff anticipate that they will undertake outreach from October 2022 to Q1 2023. The RFI is expected to be published in H1 2023, with a 120-day comment period.

Contractual Cash Flow Characteristics

In 2022, the IASB added a project to clarify particular aspects of the IFRS 9 requirements for assessing a financial asset’s contractual cash flow characteristics (i.e. the ‘solely payments of principal and interest’ (SPPI) requirements). The IASB decided to clarify that for contractual cash flows to be SPPI, a basic lending arrangement does not give rise to variability in cash flows due to risks or factors that are unrelated to the borrower, even if such terms and conditions are common in the specific market in which the entity operates. The IASB also decided to set out the factors when a financial asset that includes contractual terms that change the timing and amount of the contractual cash flows can be consistent with a basic lending arrangement and therefore have SPPI cash flows. The IASB further decided to clarify that the reference to ‘instruments' in paragraph B4.1.23 of IFRS 9 include lease receivables.

Extractive Activities

The staff presented papers summarising their reviews of disclosure-related stakeholder feedback from research carried out between 2018 and 2021, relevant academic literature and relevant jurisdictional requirements and a sample of annual filings. Overall, IASB members expressed support for the proposed direction of the project and for the three suggested areas for further research. It was noted that it was very important to communicate clearly to stakeholders that these are the only topics that will be taken forward in this project, and that other potential areas identified have now been scoped out. The IASB was not asked to make any decisions.

Maintenance and consistent application

At its June 2022 meeting, the IFRS Interpretations Committee voted to finalise the agenda decision Cash Received via Electronic Transfer as Settlement for a Financial Asset (IFRS 9). The staff recommended that, rather than finalising the agenda decision, the IASB explore amending IFRS 9. In relation to the forthcoming amendments to IAS 1 for non-current liabilities with covenants, the staff recommended that the IASB clarify requirements around the early application of the 2020 amendments and the 2022 amendments. IASB members agreed with the staff recommendations. Several IASB members noted that the IASB should move quickly as it affects almost all entities in all industries. The Chair acknowledged this but said that it is important to note that the staff recommendation uses the term ‘explore standard-setting’ which means that it is not certain yet that standard-setting will be undertaken. Only if the issue can be resolved in a timely fashion without significant disruption would the IASB move to standard-setting.

Rate-regulated Activities

The staff recommended that the IASB clarify that an entity would apply IFRIC 12 first and then, apply the requirements of the proposed new Standard to any remaining rights and obligations to determine if the entity has regulatory assets or regulatory liabilities. IASB members generally agreed that IFRIC 12 should be applied before the new Standard, however there were mixed views about how to achieve this.

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