The areas of greatest subjectivity and interest within the IFRS financial statements of insurance groups as at 31 December 2011
According to the IASB’s schedule, the new standard is effective from 2013 for entities with a reporting date at the end of the calendar year.
Mazars published a technical brochure addressing the changes to IFRS 3 and IAS 27.
Under investors’ pressure, the FASB (i.e. the American accounting standard setter) and IASB initiated a few years ago a roadmap to the convergence of US GAAP and IFRS.
The financial crisis and the fall of stock market prices are indications of potential impairment of long-term non-financial assets (intangibles, goodwill, tangibles, etc.).
Against this background, many companies have experienced the difficulties of applying the impairment tests set out in IAS 36, Impairment of assets.
These difficulties are increased by the lack of visibility on business plans in a very uncertain economic and financial environment.
Practical guide to application and expected changes
IFRS 5, Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations, was published to achieve convergence with US GAAP and represented a significant change for many companies.
This recent standard - effective from 1 January 2005 - has raised a lot of practical questions as to its implementation, particularly given the non-recurrent nature of operations falling within its scope.