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Iia detroit chapter meeting may 13 2008 an introductory roadmap to ifrs convergence

IIA Detroit Chapter MeetingMay 13, 2008An IntroductoryRoadmap to IFRS Convergence


  • How We Got Here

  • Seeking a Global Standard

    • Convergence or Adoption of IFRS

  • Differences between IFRS & US GAAP

  • Considerations, Benefits & Opportunities

  • Be Proactive and Reap the Benefits

  • Web Based Resources

  • Q&A

New terminology
New Terminology

  • IASB – International Accounting Standards Board

  • IFRS – International Financial Reporting Standards (formerly IAS – International Accounting Standards)

  • SAC – Standards Advisory Council (external)

  • IFRIC – International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (formerly SIC – Standards Interpretation Committee)

  • Convergence – Effort by the FASB and IASB to make US GAAP & IFRS more compatible

  • Roadmap – SEC’s plan and timetable for acceptance of IFRS in the US…will be issued later this year

2002 norwalk agreement reaffirmed in 2005
2002 “Norwalk Agreement”Reaffirmed in 2005

  • The FASB and IASB affirmed their commitment to:

    • Converge accounting standards through the development of high quality, common standards

    • Eliminate significant differences between the standards by developing new common standards that improve financial information reported to investors

    • Promote convergence by replacing weaker standards with stronger standards

Sec 2007 ifrs activity
SEC – 2007 IFRS Activity

  • IFRS Reconciliation to US GAAP

    • March: SEC Roundtable on US GAAP reconciliation for IFRS filers

    • July: SEC Proposal eliminating IFRS reconciliation to US GAAP for foreign private issuers

    • November: IFRS to US GAAP reconciliation eliminated

  • Use of IFRS by US Companies

    • August: SEC Concept Release on allowing use of IFRS for US companies

Public comments on sec s ifrs concept release
Public Comments on SEC’sIFRS Concept Release

  • Establish a mandatory IFRS conversion date for US issuers

  • The coexistence of US GAAP & IFRS should be temporary

  • IFRS standards are currently of sufficient quality to be accepted as a basis of financial reporting by US issuers

  • For practical reasons, IFRS should be the single set of high-quality, globally-accepted accounting standards

  • Allow US issuers the same option foreign issuers have, to file statements with the SEC using IFRS

  • No advantage to convert for smaller issuers with only US operations

Sec 2008 ifrs agenda
SEC – 2008 IFRS Agenda

  • Propose a new “Roadmap” that lays out a schedule for the adoption of IFRS

  • The new “Roadmap” will be conditioned on appropriate convergence milestones

  • Pursue mutual recognition of securities market regulation

  • Lower the barriers to the efficient operation of the world’s capital markets

    • by rationalizing the different regulatory approaches

Other events supporting ifrs
Other Events Supporting IFRS

  • IFRS is now accepted or required in over 100 countries, including nine of top 10 capital markets

  • There is strong demand from investors and multinational companies for a uniform set of international accounting standards

  • EU recently completed conversion to IFRS three years after a European Commission mandate

  • Big 4 accounting firms favored conversion from US GAAP to IFRS in their comments to SEC

Not if but when

2011 to 2013?







2009 to 2011?

Not “If” but “When”?

EU Adopted IFRS in 3 Years

Can US Adopt IFRS in 3 Years?

Demand and alternatives


Adoption of IFRS

Demand and Alternatives

  • Recognizing the demand, the IASB & FASB have been working toward convergence of US and international accounting standards

  • However an alternate path has emerged

Global Standards

Convergence sameness


Rules based

Based on a GAAP hierarchy (level A – D)

Primary accounting standard setting body is the FASB

Accounting guidance and interpretation is provided by several bodies e.g., FASB, SEC, AICPA etc.


Principles based

No hierarchy, consists of IASs, IFRSs & interpretations

Standards and interpretations approved by the IASB

Interpretations of IFRIC and its predecessor the SIC

Convergence ≠ Sameness

Convergence sameness1
Convergence ≠ Sameness

  • Convergence = compatibility by eliminating material differences

  • Open items

    • FASB and IASB continue to have differences in in major accounting areas

    • The FASB and IASB disagree over the project agenda, scope of rulemaking projects, changes to be made and how they should be made

Adoption of ifrs
Adoption of IFRS

  • Adoption of IFRS = One set of high quality globally accepted set of standards

  • Open items

    • No prescribed MD&A equivalent

    • Governance surrounding IASB activities

    • IASB funding

    • Jurisdictional versions of IFRS are being used

Differences between ifrs us gaap

DifferencesBetween IFRS & US GAAP

Ifrs us gaap differences
IFRS & US GAAP Differences

  • Foreign Currency Issues

  • Income Taxes

  • Provisions and Contingencies

  • Revenue Recognition

  • Share Based Payments

  • Employee Benefits

  • Segment Reporting

  • Earnings Per Share

  • Interim Financial Reporting

  • Subsequent Events

  • Related Parties

  • Financial Statement Presentation

  • Consolidations, Equity Methodand Joint Ventures

  • Business Combinations

  • Inventory

  • Intangible Assets

  • Long-Lived Assets

  • Impairment of Assets

  • Leases

  • Financial Instruments

Financial statement presentation
Financial Statement Presentation

  • IFRS

    • Deferred Taxes shown non-current only

    • Expenses may be shown by function or nature. If function shown must disclose nature in footnotes

    • Financial instruments with debt & equity components – focus on settlement method

    • Extraordinary item presentation prohibited


    • Deferred taxes shown current & non-current

    • Expenses must be shown by function

    • Financial instruments with debt & equity components must be classified as liabilities

    • Extraordinary items shown as unusual & infrequent

Consolidations equity method
Consolidations & Equity Method

  • IFRS

    • Presentation of non-controlling interest shown as a separate component of equity

    • Equity method investments: requires equity method (IAS 28). If separate target entity financial statements are presented, can use fair value.


    • Presentation of non-controlling interest shown between liabilities and equity (prior to effective date of SFAS 160)

    • Equity method investments: may account for at fair value (SFAS 159). Equity method required if don’t choose fair value.

Business combinations
Business Combinations

  • IFRS

    • Fair value = amount for which an asset could be exchanged, or a liability settled.

    • No recognition of assets or liabilities for operating leases with favorable or unfavorable terms

    • Acquire <100% – Identifiable assets recognized at full fair value. Non-controlling interest measured at fair value OR proportionate share of fair value, exclusive of goodwill (IAS 27)


    • Fair value = price that would be received to sell an assets or paid to transfer a liability- market participant focus

    • Recognition of an asset or liability if the terms of an operating lease are favorable or unfavorable compared to market

    • Acquire <100% – Identifiable assets & non-controlling interests recognized at fair value (FAS 141R)


  • IFRS

    • LIFO Prohibited

    • Write-downs must be recovered if there is an increase in net realizable value


    • Last In, First Out

    • Recovery of previous write-down is prohibited

Financial instruments
Financial Instruments

  • IFRS

    • Fair Value Measurement –Fair value is generally the amount that the asset could be exchanged or liability transferred (entry price)

    • Financial instruments can be measured at fair value provided certain criteria are met

    • Day one gains are recognized only when all inputs to the measurement model are observable


    • Fair Value Measurement – based on exit price to sell asset or transfer liability

    • Financial instruments can be measured at fair value except for specific ineligible financial assets & liabilities

    • May recognize day one gains on financial instruments reported at fair value (even when all inputs to the measurement model are not observable)

Revenue recognition
Revenue Recognition

  • IFRS

    • Products:

      Risk/reward transferred, buyer controls goods, fee measurable, benefits flow to seller

    • Services:

      LT contract accounting, including consideration of % complete

    • Construction Contracts:

      Percentage of completion or cost recovery method only


    • Products:

      Delivery, sale occurred, fee fixed, fee collectable, no contingencies

    • Services:

      delivery, sale occurred, fee fixed, fee collectable, no contingencies

    • Construction Contracts:

      Percentage of completion or Completed Contract

Considerations benefits and opportunities

Considerations, Benefits and Opportunities


  • Internal Controls

    • Initial conversion may be viewed as a significant change in the internal control environment and may require disclosure under SOX §302

    • Conversion could result in changes to significant accounts which could have an impact on:

      • Current SOX §404 scoping methodology and processes

      • Current composition of key controls

    • Existing ICFR process documentation will have to be re-documented to reflect IFRS induced accounting and financial reporting changes


  • Internal Controls (cont)

    • New internal controls will need to be designed and implemented to ensure that IFRS conversion is complete and accurate

    • Additional internal controls may need to be designed to satisfy temporary dual reporting requirements


  • IT internal controls

    • The IT control environment may change if the current IT infrastructure does not easily provide mapping to IFRS information

    • New IT controls will need to be designed to manage IFRS data conversions

    • IT application control activities may change as a result of accounting system changes e.g. COA and consolidation entries

    • Data privacy controls may need to be reviewed from a global perspective


  • Corporate Governance

    • Tone at the top - support of Senior Management

    • Impacted business units and corporate functions are accountable for implementing changes in their area

    • Reviewers will need the knowledge and authority to police sufficiency of disclosures

    • Adequacy of current process and policies

    • Sufficiency of compensation schemes and performance evaluation


  • Training and Communication

    • Shareholders, investors, analysts and rating agencies

    • Audit Committee, senior executives, business units and other corporate functions regarding the flexible nature of IFRS

    • Periodic transfer of knowledge from external consultants and sub-contractors throughout transition

    • Continuous professional education for employees


  • Expertise

    • Lack of auditor scrutiny skills

    • Internal resources

    • Need for assistance from external consultants

  • Regulatory Challenges

    • SEC and foreign regulation scrutiny

    • Determining the “correct” interpretation of standards and resolving differences with auditors


  • FAS 109 vs. IAS12 Income Taxes

    • Currently 15-20 differences between

  • Anticipated high-impact areas

    • LIFO

    • Accounting for Revenue

    • Asset Impairments

    • Hedging activities

    • Stock-based compensation


  • Other

    • Contractual obligations

    • Debt covenants & hedging contracts

    • Lenders may require conversion

Benefits of conversion
Benefits of Conversion

  • Reduces cost of raising capital

  • Improves transparency of business transaction reporting

  • Reduces compliance costs for multinational companies by creating synergies

  • Reduces complexity resulting in fewer potential accounting errors

  • Increases US and worldwide competitiveness

  • Improved Comparability(?)


  • Centralize finance and control functions

  • Streamline accounting & financial reporting

  • Expand merger & acquisition activities

  • Refine existing policies & procedures

  • Train employees in accounting policies & procedures

  • Expand Stock and Debt Offerings

  • Streamlines tax strategy and planning development

Estimated cost of implementation
Estimated Cost of Implementation

  • Estimated cost ofpreparing the first IFRS consolidated financial statements of publicly traded companies is:

  • Estimated costs of preparingIFRS consolidated financial statements in following financial years is:


    Source: EU implementation of IFRS and the Fair Value Directive, October 2007

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned


Source: EU implementation of IFRS and the Fair Value Directive, October 2007

Lessons learned1
Lessons Learned

  • Set a firm adoption date for the company to encourage employee/participant buy-in.

  • Implement some conversion steps along the way to reduce procrastination (e.g. proformas, policy review)

  • Consider IFRS only in determining accounting policies (to avoid adopting a US flavor of IFRS)

  • Audit fees were the 2nd and 3rd highest costs. Support provided by auditors with the introduction of IFRS included:

    • giving advice on selection of accounting policies;

    • providing model IFRS financial statements;

    • issuing publications/guidance notes;

    • giving training seminars; and

    • giving advice on developing accounting policies

Ifrs project team composition
IFRS Project Team Composition

  • 32% - External Consultants played advisory role

  • 30% - Impacted Business Units/Corporate Function were represented in relevant project team

  • 27% - Impacted Business Units/Corporate Function were represented in central project team

  • 11% - External Consultants played a major role or led in the project team

  • 0% - Sub-contractors were used to implement changes

Extent of system changes required
Extent of System Changes Required

  • 40% - Implement new information systems

  • 32% - Modified existing information systems

  • 8% - Plan to implement new information systems

  • 4% - Plan to modify existing information systems

  • 16% - Do not plan to modify existing information systems

Get ahead of the game
Get Ahead of the Game

  • Get educated and be proactive to stay educated

  • Look for opportunities to build your team expertise

  • Educate your internal and external stakeholders

  • Establish a Project Management Plan, including milestones

Get ahead of the game1







IT systems

Human Resources

Get Ahead of the Game

  • Identify project resources (company wide representation)


Get ahead of the game2
Get Ahead of the Game

  • Conduct a preliminary business impact assessment

    • Financial Results - SOX 404 Compliance

    • Processes - Risk Management

    • Policies

  • Actively manage project issues

  • Utilize change management discipline

Web based resources
Web Based Resources:

Website Resources





  • Website Resources

    • www.aicpa.org

    • www.complianceweek.com

    • www.accountingweb.com

    • www.executiveboard.com

  • Jefferson Wells and Regional IFRS SME

    • maurene.carlson@jeffersonwells.com