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British securities regulator warns companies on IFRS

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05 Sep 2003

In a letter to all companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, the Director of Listing of the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom issued a stern warning to be prepared to make the change to IFRS.

He wrote:

For a company with a reporting date of 31 December 2005, the date of its transition to IFRS will be 1 January 2004. This means such a company will be required to prepare comparative IFRS accounts for 2004.... I am very concerned to learn that many issuers are poorly prepared for these changes.... I appreciate that the timetable is made more difficult, given the fact that not all the relevant standards have been agreed and some have not yet been published. Nevertheless a consequence of not being in a position to adopt IFRS will be that issuers are unable to meet the reporting requirements and deadlines of the listing rules. Failure by issuers to submit preliminary or interim results within the required timescale is likely to result in the suspension of the issuer's securities.

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