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21/03/2012 | EFRAG invites companies to participate in a supplementary study on how IFRS 10 will affect the consolidation of Special Purpose Entities (SPEs)

This supplementary study is intended to serve as input to the impact assessment of IFRS 10 by the European Commission, in addition to, and separately from, EFRAG endorsement advice. It is meant to illustrate the impacts of IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements on the scope of consolidation in relation to Special Purpose Entities (SPEs). The study is conducted by EFRAG staff in close cooperation with the staff of National Standard Setters in Europe who are interested in participating in the study.

What is the objective of the supplementary study?

IFRS 10 will lead to some reporting entities having to consolidate SPEs that were previously not consolidated. In some other cases, reporting entities will no longer consolidate SPEs that were previously consolidated. Whether a reporting entity will have to consolidate more or fewer SPEs will depend on the nature of its interests with the SPE being evaluated.

The main purpose of the supplementary study is to illustrate, on a high level and on the basis of the implementation efforts conducted by issuers so far, changes in the consolidation scope of SPEs brought about by IFRS 10 and the underlying reasons for the change, as compared to the current accounting under IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements and SIC-12 Consolidation - Special Purpose Entities.

The results of this study will be provided to representatives of EU Member States and the European Commission.

What participants are expected to do?

EFRAG staff has developed a questionnaire, which includes a reporting template, to help facilitate the data collection effort and processing of the findings. The questionnaire asks participants to report on the results and conclusions of their internal assessment regarding the consolidation of SPEs under IFRS 10.  EFRAG is aware that internal assessments are still being made. Therefore participants in the study are asked to share the results of the internal assessments conducted so far. EFRAG staff (or National Standard Setters staff) will conduct, when necessary, follow-up interviews with participants either by telephone or face-to-face.

When will the supplementary study be conducted?

Participants who accept to contribute to this study will be requested to complete the questionnaire by 16 April 2012.

All of the information provided to EFRAG (and National Standard Setters) during the supplementary study will remain confidential. Information used in any reports will be presented in such a way that no individual company and person will be able to be identified. However, the list of participants to the survey will be included as an appendix to the report.

Would you like to participate?

EFRAG particularly welcomes European companies that are involved with SPEs and that have made significant progress in the implementation of IFRS 10.

If you would like to participate in the supplementary study or obtain further information, please contact:

·         Isabel Batista ( +32-2-2104400

·         Anna Vidal ( +32-2-2104400

We would appreciate if you could contact EFRAG by 30 March whether you are able to participate in this supplementary study.

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