IOSCO stresses importance of implementation and disclosure on IFRSs 9, 15 and 16.
Over the past few months, the European regulator, ESMA, has urged companies to push their implementation projects forward and outlined its expectations for disclosures on the impact of IFRSs 9 and 15 in two detailed statements1.
IOSCO, the international association of securities market regulators, has now issued its own statement on IFRSs 9, 15 and 16. As these standards are likely to have a significant impact on many companies globally, IOSCO stresses the importance of taking time as soon as possible to assess:
In less than a year, the new financial instruments and revenue standards will become effective. The new leases standard will follow shortly
IOSCO’s guidance contains helpful considerations for issuers, their audit
To achieve a high-quality implementation of the new standards, IOSCO strongly advises companies, and their audit committees, to be on top of their implementation plans, including:
Setting an appropriate tone is also important to ensure that all relevant resources throughout the organisation work towards the common goal.
Investors expect and need decision-useful information. To achieve this, IOSCO recommends providing disclosures that are timely, company-specific and sufficiently robust and detailed about the expected impact of the new standards.
Although IOSCO has not explicitly defined its expectations with respect to the timing of disclosures, they appear similar to ESMA’s: disclosures are expected to be qualitative in the early stages of implementation, with progressively more quantitative disclosure expected as new accounting policies are defined, estimation uncertainty reduces and the effective date approaches.
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The key point is that sufficient time and resources are allocated to support a high-quality implementation of the new standards.
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– Changes to systems, processes and internal controls needed to produce the newly required information
– Impact on covenants, employee incentive schemes and regulatory and statutory requirements (e.g. tax and dividends)
– Development and documentation of significant accounting
– Disclosures about the expected financial impact in the notes to the financial statements
– Disclosures about the effects on business practices and key performance metrics (e.g. dividend payments and liquidity metrics) in the front section of the annual report (e.g. MD&A, management commentary)
– Further disclosures about the expected impact in public disclosure documents (e.g. offering documents), analyst presentations etc
– Impact of new processes and controls on audit scope and approach
– Audit of significant accounting
Our website contains helpful information for issuers and their audit committees. Visit our Revenue, Financial Instruments, Leases and Disclosures hot topics pages to find out more. Our Illustrative disclosures give examples of how your IFRS 9 and IFRS 15 disclosures could look in 2016.
1 Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers issued in July 2016; Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 9 Financial instruments issued in November 2016.
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