IFRS Interpretations Committee holds November 2018 meeting

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03 Dec 2018

The IFRS Interpretations Committee met in London on 27 November 2018 to discuss seven issues, including five new interpretation requests. We have posted Deloitte observer notes for the technical issues discussed during this meeting.

Continuing discussions

The Committee continued its discussions from September on whether, some, cloud computing arrangements create an intangible asset. The Committee decided not to take the matter onto its Agenda and issue a tentative Agenda Decision to that effect.

In September, the Committee finalised an Agenda Decision IAS 21 The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates—foreign exchange restrictions. At this meeting the Committee provided feedback on a proposal by the staff to amend IAS 21 to provide additional guidance on estimating an exchange rate.

New issues

IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements—Output received by a joint operator. The Committee decided that when the output a joint operator receives in a reporting period is different from the output to which it is entitled, the joint operator recognises revenue that depicts the transfer of output to its customers in each reporting period, ie revenue recognised applying IFRS 15.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments—Physical settlement of contracts to buy or sell a non-financial item. The Committee decided that when an entity contracts to buy or sell a non-financial item in the future at a fixed price, it is not appropriate at the time of physical settlement for an entity to (a) reverse the accumulated gain or loss previously recognised in profit or loss on the derivative, and (b) recognise a corresponding adjustment to either revenue (in the case of a sale contract) or inventory (in the case of a purchase contract).

IAS 23 Borrowing Costs—Revenue recognised over time. The Committee decided that borrowing costs would not be capitalised when the borrowings relate to the construction of a residential multi-unit real estate development for which revenue is recognised over time.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments—Credit enhancement in ECL measurement. The Committee decided that if a credit enhancement is required to be recognised separately by IFRS Standards, an entity cannot include the cash flows expected from it in the measurement of ECL.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments—Presentation of contractual interest. The Committee decided that the reversal of the unwinding of discount is presented as a reversal of credit impairment when the asset is cured.

The Committee decided not to take any of these issues onto its agenda and tentative Agenda Decisions to that effect will be published shortly (each with a 60-day comment period).

Other work in progress

The staff are analysing a request in relation to subsurface rights.

More information

Please click to access the detailed notes taken by Deloitte observers for the entire meeting.

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