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IFRIC 9 - reassessment of embedded derivatives

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02 Mar 2006

The IFRIC has issued Interpretation 9 'Reassessment of Embedded Derivatives'.

An embedded derivative as a component of a hybrid (combined) financial instrument that also includes a non-derivative host contract (for example, the conversion option in convertible debt). Some of the cash flows of the combined instrument vary in a way similar to a stand-alone derivative.

IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement requires an entity, when it first becomes a party to a hybrid contract, to assess whether any embedded derivatives contained in the contract are required to be separated from the host contract and accounted for as if they were stand-alone derivatives.

IFRIC 9 addresses whether IAS 39 requires such an assessment to be made only when the entity first becomes a party to the hybrid contract, or whether the assessment be reconsidered throughout the life of the contract.

IFRIC 9 concludes that an entity must assess whether an embedded derivative is required to be separated from the host contract and accounted for as a derivative when the entity first becomes a party to the contract. Subsequent reassessment is prohibited unless there is a change in the terms of the contract that significantly modifies the cash flows that otherwise would be required under the contract, in which case reassessment is required.

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IFRIC 9 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 June 2006. Earlier application is encouraged. Click for Press Release (PDF 60k).


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