UKEB publishes its final comment letter on supplier finance arrangements

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31 Mar, 2022

The UK Endorsement Board (UKEB) has published its final comment letter and feedback statement in response to the International Accounting Standard Board’s (IASB's) Exposure Draft ED/2021/10 'Supplier Finance Arrangements (Proposed amendments to IAS 7 and IFRS 7)'.

The exposure draft adds disclosure requirements, and ‘signposts’ within existing disclosure requirements, that would ask entities to provide qualitative and quantitative information about supplier finance arrangements.

The UKEB supports the proposals in the ED highlighting that they will improve transparency about the use of supplier finance arrangements and enhance the ability of users of financial statements to assess the effects of those arrangements on an entity’s liabilities and cash flows, as well as on its liquidity risk and risk management.  To enhance the proposals the UKEB recommends:

  • the the IASB clarifies the intended scope of the ED, perhaps by way of application guidance, to facilitate consistent application. 
  • that specific requirements be added to enable users to understand the magnitude of an entity's supplier finance arrangements and their effect on reported cash flows.  The UKEB recommends that there should be specific requirements for an entity to disclose its accounting policy for the presentation of cash flows that are part of supplier finance arrangements; the amounts of those cash flows; and the line item(s) in the Statement of Cash Flows where they are presented.
  • that the disclosure objective in IAS 7 Statement of Cash Flows is expanded to encompass the effects of supplier finance arrangements on an entity’s liquidity risk
  • that the proposed amendment in paragraph IG18 of IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures, currently proposed only for the Implementation Guidance, be incorporated as part of the specific disclosure requirements in the Standard to ensure it is given appropriate prominence.

The press release and feedback statement and final comment letter are available on the UKEB website.

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