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IVSC explores extractive industry valuations

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Jul 19, 2012

The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) has formally launched a new project designed to provide greater valuation guidance to the mining, oil, and gas industries. In a discussion paper (DP) being distributed to industry participants, the IVSC is seeking input on (1) the form and scope of valuation guidance needed in the extractive industries, (2) consults on current practice on the types of assets being recognized and valued, (3) valuation methodologies employed, and (4) the recognition of intangible assets and goodwill in practice.

The IVSC had previously issued Guidance Note 14, The Valuation of Properties in the Extractive Industries (GN 14).  However, this guidance was not included in the revamped valuation standards issued in July 2011 on the basis of the outdated IFRSs referenced in the guidance, the IASB's project on extractive activities, and a number of valuation issues that were causing difficulty in the sector that were not referenced in GN14.

Some of the topics addressed in the DP include:

  • Whether combined standards and guidance for extractive industries are appropriate, or whether separate pronouncements for mining and for oil and gas should be produced.
  • Whether the project should focus just on the valuation of reserves and resources or should it extend to other assets employed in the industry and to entire businesses in the sector (noting the interdependence of (1) reserves and resources, (2) capital equipment for extraction, (3) infrastructure for extraction, and (4) intangible assets employed in extraction).
  • Identifying the valuation methods most commonly used for valuing producing reserves, reserves undergoing development, reserves or resources subject to exploration, and the inputs and approaches used in each of the market approach, discounted cash flow approach, and cost approach.
  • Identifying intangible assets that are customarily separately identified and valued for acquisition accounting under IFRS 3, Business Combinations (or any similar accounting requirement), or in transactions between entities in the extractive industries — including what value (if any) is attributed to components of goodwill, and whether intellectual property is separately recognized and measured.

The IVSC is seeking comments on the DP by October 20, 2012. Click for:

  • IVSC press release (link to the IVSC's Web site).
  • IVSC DP, Valuations in the Extractive Industries (link to the IVSC's Web site).

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