We comment on the presentation of items of OCI

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30 Sep 2010

Deloitte has submitted a comment letter on Exposure Draft ED/2010/5 Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income.

The ED proposes to require that all entities present profit or loss and other comprehensive income (OCI) in separate sections of a single continuous statement. This would amend IAS 1, which currently allows entities a choice of presenting results of operations either (a) in a single, continuous statement similar to the proposal in the ED or (b) in two separate statements — an income statement and a statement of comprehensive income. We do not object to the amendments proposed in the Exposure Draft. However, we are convinced that some fundamental principles need still to be discussed (see box below). Click to Download our Comment Letter (PDF 23k). All of our past comment letters are Here.

Whilst we do not object to the proposals in the ED, we would like to stress that the Board has not yet concluded on the fundamental principles of what constitutes performance, what represents Other Comprehensive Income (“OCI”) and the conceptual basis for whether items in OCI should or should not be recycled. The Board should continue to consider these issues as part of its Financial Statement Presentation project and the outcome of the ED should not in any way pre-empt the outcome of these discussions. Although the Board has chosen to limit the scope of the ED to OCI presentation matters, in our view it would have been preferable to address the broader conceptual issues related to performance and OCI and recycling in advance of addressing the presentation of OCI.

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