IFRIC guidance on hedge of an investment in a foreign operation

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03 Jul 2008

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee has issued an Interpretation, IFRIC 16 'Hedges of a Net Investment in a Foreign Operation'.

Currently, practice has diverged as a result of differing views on which risks are eligible for hedge accounting under IAS 39.

IFRIC 16 clarifies three main issues:

  1. Whether risk arises from (a) the foreign currency exposure to the functional currencies of the foreign operation and the parent entity, or from (b) the foreign currency exposure to the functional currency of the foreign operation and the presentation currency of the parent entity's consolidated financial statements. IFRIC 16 concludes that the presentation currency does not create an exposure to which an entity may apply hedge accounting. Consequently, a parent entity may designate as a hedged risk only the foreign exchange differences arising from a difference between its own functional currency and that of its foreign operation.
  2. Which entity within a group can hold a hedging instrument in a hedge of a net investment in a foreign operation and in particular whether the parent entity holding the net investment in a foreign operation must also hold the hedging instrument. IFRIC 16 concludes that the hedging instrument(s) may be held by any entity or entities within the group.
  3. How an entity should determine the amounts to be reclassified from equity to profit or loss for both the hedging instrument and the hedged item when the entity disposes of the investment. IFRIC 16 concludes that while IAS 39 must be applied to determine the amount that needs to be reclassified to profit or loss from the foreign currency translation reserve in respect of the hedging instrument, IAS 21 must be applied in respect of the hedged item.

IFRIC 16 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 October 2008 and may be applied prospectively. Earlier application is permitted.

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