Insight and analysis on the impact of IFRS 16 Leases.
Webcast replay and slide deck
On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, KPMG LLP hosted a 60-minute webcast on IFRS 16 Leases, providing insight on the key changes and how it might impact Canadian companies, including how key reporting metrics may differ under IFRS and US standards.
If you were unable to join us for our live session or if you would like to listen to it again, an archived version is now available. Please click here to access the webcast replay and to download a copy of the presentation [PDF 637Kb].
The new leases standard – IFRS 16 – will require companies to bring most leases on-balance sheet from 2019.
Under the new standard, companies will recognize new assets and liabilities, bringing added transparency to the balance sheet. At present, many analysts adjust financial statements to reflect lease transactions that companies hold off-balance sheet.
For the first time, analysts will be able to see a company’s own assessment of its lease liabilities, calculated using a prescribed methodology that all companies reporting under IFRS will be required to follow.
Our SlideShare presentation can help you to understand the proposals and the possible impacts for your business.
“All companies that lease major assets will see an increase in reported assets and liabilities. This will affect a wide variety of sectors, from airlines that lease aircraft to retailers that lease stores. The larger the lease portfolio, the greater the impact on key reporting metrics.”
Kimber Bascom, KPMG’s global IFRS leasing standards leader
What’s new in IFRS 16?
At the simplest level, the accounting treatment of leases by lessees will change fundamentally. IFRS 16 eliminates the current dual accounting model for lessees, which distinguishes between on-balance sheet finance leases and off-balance sheet operating leases. Instead, there is a single, on-balance sheet accounting model that is similar to current finance lease accounting.
Lessor accounting remains similar to current practice – i.e. lessors continue to classify leases as finance and operating leases.
For lessees, the lease becomes an on-balance sheet liability that attracts interest, together with a new asset on the other side of the balance sheet. In other words, lessees will appear to become more asset-rich but also more heavily indebted.
The impacts are not limited to the balance sheet. There are also changes in accounting over the life of the lease. In particular, companies will now recognize a front-loaded pattern of expense for most leases, even when they pay constant annual rentals.
All companies will need to assess the extent of the standard’s impacts so that they can address the wider business implications – and can expect analysts to take a close interest. Areas of focus may include:
Effective date and next steps
The new standard takes effect in January 2019. Before then, companies will need to analyze their leases, and make new estimates and calculations that will need to be updated periodically. If you haven’t done so already, you need to start looking at your contracts now.
“For some companies, a key challenge will be gathering the required data. For others, more judgmental issues will dominate – for example, identifying which transactions contain leases.”
Brian O’Donovan, KPMG’s global IFRS leasing standards deputy leader
Find out more
View our SlideShare presentation for a high-level visual summary of the proposals. If you’re unable to view the presentation online, you can download a PDF version [PDF 191 KB].
Our First Impressions: IFRS 16 Leases [PDF 678 KB] can help you assess the potential impact of the new standard on your business. It explains the key requirements, highlights areas that may result in a change in practice, and features KPMG insights.
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