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Pre-meeting summaries for the September 2020 IASB meeting

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17 Sep 2020

The IASB will meet via video conference on 22 and 23 September 2020 for its regular meeting. We have posted our pre-meeting summaries for the meetings that allow you to follow the IASB’s decision making more closely. For each topic to be discussed, we summarise the agenda papers made available by the IASB staff and point out the main issues to be discussed by the IASB and the staff recommendations.

Maintenance and Consistent Application — Lease Liability in a Sale and Leaseback — Sweep Issue: The staff are drafting the exposure draft (ED) to amend IFRS 16. They have identified matters that the Board needs to consider. They recommend that the ED specify that when measuring the ROU asset and lease liability arising from a sale and leaseback, a seller-lessee determines the proportion of the asset sold that relates to the right of use it retains by comparing the present value of the expected payments for the lease to the fair value of the asset sold.  They also recommend that the Board modify its tentative proposed approach for how a seller-lessee subsequently measures the lease liability arising from the leaseback such that the seller-lessee would reduce the carrying amount of the lease liability to reflect expected payments for the lease at market rates.

Business Combinations under Common Control: The BCUCC Discussion Paper is expected to be published in November 2020. The staff recommend a comment period of 120 days.

Management Commentary: The staff recommend that the proposed revised practice statement remain a non-binding framework for the preparation of management commentary; require management commentary to include an unqualified statement of compliance with the Practice Statement if it complies with all the requirements in the Practice Statement or explain which requirements it does not comply with if it does not comply; retain the requirement that when management commentary relates to financial statements, an entity should either make the financial statements available with the management commentary or identify in the management commentary the financial statements to which it relates; and require an entity to specify the date when its management commentary is authorised for issue and to reflect any material information about events occurring after the end of the reporting period and before the date when the management commentary was authorised for issue.

Extractive activities: The staff papers summarise the results of outreach to determine what problems, if any, entities with extractive activities have applying IFRS Standards and whether the primary users of financial statements of entities with extractive activities are obtaining all the information they need for these entities.

Rate-regulated Activities: The staff are drafting the ED on regulatory assets and liabilities. They have identified matters that the Board needs to consider, including the definition of a regulatory asset and regulatory liability, regulatory returns on assets not yet available for use. Additionally, the staff recommend extending the comment period to 180 days.

Board work plan update: The staff will give the Board an oral update on the work plan.

More in­for­ma­tion

Our pre-meet­ing summaries are available on our September meeting notes page and will be sup­ple­mented with our popular meeting notes after the meeting.

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