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Primary Financial Statements

Description

In July 2014 the IASB added the Performance Reporting project to its research agenda, mainly in response to the strong demand from investors to undertake a project on performance reporting. In 2015 the IASB renamed the project to Primary Financial Statements.

In its Primary Financial Statements project the IASB is examining possible changes to the structure and content of the primary financial statements. The IASB's project is focused on:

  • Require companies to present additional defined subtotals in the statement of profit or loss;

  • Strengthen requirements for disaggregating information; and

  • Require companies to disclose information about management performance measures in the notes.

On 17 December 2019, the IASB published the ED General Presentation and Disclosure where it includes proposals to improve how information is communicated in the financial statements, with a focus on the statement of profit or loss. 

The ultimate objective is to replace IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements with a new Standard that would comprise new requirements on presentation and disclosures in the financial statements and requirements brought forward from IAS 1 with only limited changes to the wording.

EFRAG Draft Comment Letter

On 24 February 2020, EFRAG has published its draft comment letter in response to the IASB's Exposure Draft 2019/7 General Presentation and Disclosures and seeks constituents' views on the proposals. Comments on the draft comment letter are requested by 19 June 2020, by close of business.

In its Draft Comment Letter, EFRAG welcomes the Exposure Draft and the IASB's efforts to improve the structure and content of the primary financial statements.

EFRAG supports the IASB's proposals to present an operating, investing and financing category in the statement of profit or loss to improve comparability and reduce diversity in practice. However, EFRAG has reservations over some of the proposals in the ED:

  • the newly created categories in the statement of profit or loss are not aligned with the presentation of cash flows in the statement of cash flows, however, they have  similar labelling

  • clear guidance is needed on the notion of 'entity's main business activity' to distinguish between categories in the statement of profit or loss; and

  • the ED proposals should consider the interaction with existing regulatory frameworks on presentation of financial statements;

EFRAG is also seeking views from constituents on the IASB's approach to consider as part of the financing category the income and expenses that arise from

  • cash and cash equivalents

  • time value of money on liabilities that do not arise from financing activities. 

EFRAG considers that separate presentation of integral and non-integral associates and joint ventures will result in relevant information for users of financial statements and enhance comparability. EFRAG highlights that such presentation will involve significant judgement and needs to be tested in practice.

EFRAG welcomes the IASB's efforts to provide guidance on management performance measures (MPMs) which are often used in practice and additional guidance on non-IFRS measures could bring more transparency and consistency on their use. However, EFRAG highlights a number of challenges in regard to the ED proposals and is seeking views of its constituents on a possible alternative narrower scope. EFRAG also suggests the IASB to further articulate the link between MPMs and IFRS 8 Operating Segments.

EFRAG welcomes the IASB's efforts to define unusual income and expenses and to require entities to disclose such items in the notes, however the definition of unusual items seems to be rather narrow, as it focuses on whether expenses/income will occur in the future.

During its consultation period, EFRAG will reach out to national standard setters, users of financial statements, preparers, regulators, business associations and other accounting experts to test the practical application of the ED proposals.

Field-test on the IASB's project Primary Financial Statements

On 6 March 2020, EFRAG published an invitation for companies to participate in the field-test on the IASB's project Primary Financial Statements. EFRAG, in close coordination with European National Standard Setters and the IASB, will conduct field-testing of the IASB's proposals included in the Exposure Draft ED/2019/7 General Presentation and Disclosures (ED), which were published in December 2019. The purpose of the field-testing is to identify potential implementation and application concerns, to determine whether there is a need for additional guidance, and to estimate the effort required to implement and apply the proposals.

Participants are welcomed to express interest to participate in the field-tests until the end of April 2020. Expression of interest received at a later date will still be considered by EFRAG. EFRAG encourages companies to participate in the field-tests on the IASB's ED and will allow flexibility in terms of communication and timing. Close coordination with the IASB is ensured.

EFRAG extends its consultation period on Primary Financial Statements

Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 17 April 2020 the IASB decided to extend the consultation period of the Exposure Draft on General Presentation and Disclosures by approximately three months

EFRAG has adjusted its timelines accordingly,  considering the priorities of its stakeholders during the pandemic and has extended the comment period for its Draft Comment Letter on the ED until 28 September 2020, and extended its period of field testing until 31 August 2020. Despite the difficult times, EFRAG encourages companies and financial institutions to participate, to the extent possible, in the field-tests on the IASB’s ED. EFRAG will allow flexibility in terms of communication and timing and adapt to the individual company’s circumstances. Close coordination with the IASB is ensured. If you would like to participate in the field-tests, kindly send an email to info@efrag.org by 31 July 2020

EFRAG is organising jointly with an outreach event with the FSR – Danish Auditors, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the IASB (on 14 May from 9.30 till 12.00). More information can be found here.

On 19 and 26 May 2020 user outreach events organised jointly by EFRAG, EFFAS, ABAF/BVFA and IASB will take place from 17.00 hrs till 18.15. The 19 May event focuses on presentation issues: more information can be found here.  The 26 May event focuses on disclosure issues: more information can be found here.

To collect input from the community of interested preparers that under the present circumstances are unable to participate in the field-tests, EFRAG is planning an online event on 1 September 2020.

EFRAG Outreach activities

EFRAG has launched a number of outreach activities with different types of European stakeholders and jurisdictions. These outreach activities have been converted into public webinars and online events, with technical support by EFRAG Secretariat. In particular, EFRAG launched the following joint outreach events:

  • Input on the IASBs Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures: Online joint outreach event hosted by EFRAG, FSR – Danish Auditors, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the IASB (14 May 2020). For more details, please click here.

  • Time for a facelift? A new look for the income statement (Presentation):  Online joint outreach event hosted by EFRAG, EFFAS, BVFA/ABAF and the IASB (19 May 2020). For more details, please click here.

  • Time for a facelift? A new look for the income statement (Disclosures):  Online joint outreach event hosted by EFRAG, EFFAS, BVFA/ABAF and the IASB (19 May 2020). For more details, please click here.

  • Changing the Income Statement – Norwegian perspectives: Online joint outreach event hosted by EFRAG, NASB, the NFF and the IASB (17 June 2020). For more details, please click here.

  • Outreach event on PFS with Accounting Standards Committee of Germany (ASCG) on 7 September and 11 September 2020. for more details please click here.

  • Joint outreach event PFS with Dutch Accounting Standards Board (DASB) on 16 September 2020. for more details please click here.

EFRAG Field-tests

The fieldwork was designed to provide EFRAG and the IASB with evidence of:

  • how the proposals would be implemented in practice
  • any need for further guidance, and
  • the extent of process or system changes that may be needed.​

EFRAG organised the following outreach activities:

  • Field-Test Workshop on 7 July with preparers of financial statements – corporates (for more details please click here)

  • Field-test workshop on 7 July with preparers of financial statements – Financial Institutions

  • Field-test workshop on 24 August with preparers of financial statements – Financial Institutions and Corporates 

  • Preparers roundtable on Primary Financial Statements (webinar) on 1 September 2020 (for more details please click here)​. 





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Publications open for comments

  • 27/04/2020 - EFRAG extends its consultation period on Primary Financial Statements

    Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 17 April 2020 the IASB decided to extend the consultation period of its Exposure Draft on General Presentation and Disclosures (ED) by approximately three months. EFRAG has adjusted its timelines accordingly, considering the priorities of its stakeholders during the current pandemic and extended the comment period for its Draft Comment Letter on the ED until 28 September 2020 and its period of field testing until 31 August 2020.

    To collect input from the community of interested preparers that are unable to participate in EFRAG's field-tests under the present circumstances, EFRAG is planning an online event on 1 September 2020

  • 23/03/2020 - EFRAG extends the application period for the field-tests on Primary Financial Statements

    ​In light of the recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the restrictive measures from European Governments, recognising the economic implications for companies and financial institutions, EFRAG has extended the application period for the field-tests on the IASB's Exposure Draft ED/2019/7 General Presentation and Disclosures (ED) until the end of April 2020. Expression of interest received at a later date will be considered by EFRAG​. EFRAG encourages companies and financial institutions to, despite the circumstances, participate in the field-tests on the IASB's ED. EFRAG will allow flexibility in terms of communication and timing. Close coordination with the IASB is ensured.

  • 24/02/2020 - EFRAG draft comment letter on Primary Financial Statements

    EFRAG has published its draft comment letter in response to the IASB's Exposure Draft 2019/7 General Presentation and Disclosures and seeks constituents' views on the proposals. Comments on the draft comment letter are requested by 19 June 2020, by close of business.

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Project news

  • 08/09/2020 - EFRAG summary report of the field-test workshop with financial institutions on 7 July 2020

    ​EFRAG has issued a report that summarises the findings received from participants in its field-test on the IASB proposals in the Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures. The workshop took place on 7 July 2020 - in close coordination with European National Standard Setters and the IASB, where different companies (financial institutions) discussed potential implementation and application concerns, whether there is a need for additional guidance and the efforts required to implement and apply the IASB proposals.

  • 26/08/2020 - EFRAG summary report of the field-test workshop with corporates on 7 July 2020

    ​EFRAG has issued a report that summarises the findings received from participants in its field-test on the IASB Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures. The workshop was undertaken in close coordination with European National Standard Setters and the IASB on 7 July 2020 where different companies (corporates) discussed potential implementation and application concerns, whether there is a need for additional guidance and the efforts required to implement and apply the IASB proposals.

                         

  • 04/08/2020 - Save the Date – ASCG outreach event on PFS with participation of EFRAG and the IASB

    EFRAG Project Director Kathrin Schoene will take part in a public outreach event organised by the German Standard Setter (ASCG) on the IASB’s Exposure Draft General Presentation and Disclosures. The representatives from the IASB will participate in the 2 outreach events held on 7 and 11 September 2020.​​​

  • 06/03/2020 - ​​EFRAG invites companies to participate in the field-test on the IASB's project Primary Financial Statements

    EFRAG, in close coordination with European National Standard Setters and the IASB, will conduct field-testing of the IASB's proposals included in the Exposure Draft ED/2019/7 General Presentation and Disclosures (ED), which were published in December 2019. The purpose of the field-testing is to identify potential implementation and application concerns, to determine whether there is a need for additional guidance, and to estimate the effort required to implement and apply the proposals.