Economic life

Economic life also known as useful life is either Economic life

  1. the period over which an asset is expected to be economically usable by one or more users, or Economic life
  2. the number of production or similar units expected to be obtained from an asset by one or more users. Economic life

Every asset has a lifecycle, which is its useful life from acquisition to disposal. Inevitably, the facilities we manage will outlive their installed building systems. The facility manager is responsible for managing not only the maintenance, but also the replacement of these systems. Additionally, facility managers replace components and systems for the purpose of improving performance or efficiency, which might occur prior to the end of the asset’s Read more

Change in accounting principles

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Change in accounting principles – There is an underlying presumption that an accounting principle, once adopted, should not be changed for similar events and transactions. A change in principle may be Change in accounting principlescaused by new events, changing conditions, or additional information or experience.

There are two circumstances when a company is required to change an accounting policy. These are:

  • If the change is required by a Standard or an Interpretation; or Change in accounting principles
  • If the change results in the financial statements providing more reliable and relevant information about the effects of transactions (or other events).

IAS 8 19 (b) requires retrospective application (i.e., the application of a different accounting method to previous years as if that Read more

Change in accounting estimate

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Change in accounting estimate – An adjustment of the carrying amount of an asset or a liability, or the amount of the periodic consumption of an asset, that results from the assessment of the present status of, and expected future benefits and obligations associated with, assets and liabilities. Changes in accounting estimates result from new information or new developments and, accordingly, are not correction of errors.

Therefore no retrospective restatement of financial statements is needed. The adjustment is recorded in profit or loss in the period it was re-estimated/re-calculated/re-validated.

Changes in accounting policies | Correction of errorsChanges in estimates

Estimation involves judgements based on the latest available, reliable information. For example, estimates may be required in … Read more

Example impairment and revaluation of a building

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Example impairment and revaluation of a building – On January 1, 2005 OwnPlus Inc. purchased a building for €2 million. Its estimated useful life at that date was 20 years and the company uses the straight-line depreciation method.

On December 31, 2009 the government embarked on a plan to construct a fly-over adjacent to the building and the related installation reduced the access to the building thereby decreasing the value of the building. TheExample impairment and revaluation of a building company estimated that it can sell the company for €1 million but it has to incur costs of €50,000. Alternatively, it if continues to use it the present value of the net cash flows the building will help in generating is €1.2 million.… Read more

IAS 41 Agricultural activity and produce

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IAS 41 Agricultural activity and produce – The objective of IAS 41 is to prescribe the accounting treatment and disclosures related to agricultural activity.IAS 41 Agricultural activity and produce

Scope IAS 41 Agricultural activity and produce

IAS 41 shall be applied to account for the following when they relate to agricultural activity:

  1. biological assets, except for bearer plants; IAS 41 Agricultural activity and produce
  2. agricultural produce at the point of harvest; and
  3. conditional or unconditional grants relating to a biological asset measured at its fair value less costs to sell.

IAS 41 does not apply to:

  1. land related to agricultural activity;
  2. bearer plants related to agricultural activity. However, IAS 41 applies to the produce on those bearer plants;
  3. government grants related
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What is the component approach?

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What is the component approachWhat is the component approach – Property, plant and equipment (PPE) is often composed of various parts with varying useful lives or consumption patterns. These parts are (individually) replaced during the useful life of an asset.

Therefore: What is the ‘component approach’?

  • Each part of an item of PPE with a cost that is significant in relation to the total cost of the item is depreciated separately (except where one significant part has a useful life and a depreciation method that is the same as those of another part of that same item of PPE; in which case, the two parts may be grouped together for depreciation purposes [IAS 16.45]; and
  • The cost of a
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Change in accounting policy?

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Change in accounting policyChange in accounting policy – Oil and natural gas properties, including related pipelines, are depreciated using a unit-of-production method. The cost of producing wells is amortized over proved developed reserves. License acquisition, common facilities and future decommissioning costs are amortized over total proved reserves. The unit-of-production rate for the depreciation of common facilities takes into account expenditures incurred to date, together with estimated future capital expenditure expected to be incurred relating to as yet undeveloped reserves expected to be processed through these common facilities.

This clearly shows all the estimates involved in setting up a depreciation policy. Not only in a complex environment as the oil and gas industry but also in a manufacturing business consisting of … Read more