Setting the scene the Expected Credit Losses model

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Setting the scene the Expected Credit Losses model, start here to get a good understanding of ECL loss allowances or continue, you decide……

The Expected Credit Losses model (ECL) should be applied to:Setting the scene: the Expected Credit Losses model

  • investments in debt instruments measured at amortized cost;
  • investments in debt instruments measured at fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI);
  • all loan commitments not measured at fair value through profit or loss;
  • financial guarantee contracts to which IFRS 9 is applied and that are not accounted for at fair value through profit or loss; and
  • lease receivables that are within the scope of IFRS 16 Leases, and trade receivables or contract assets within the scope of IFRS 15 that give
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Curing of a credit-impaired financial asset

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Curing of a credit-impaired financial asset presents the explanation of what a credit-impaired financial asset is, how to account for a credit-impaired asset as long as it is credit-impaired and how to account for a credit-impaired asset that is no longer credit-impaired (i.e. curing of a credit-impaired financial asset which means the borrower has, for example, restructured its business and cash flow recovered sufficiently to return paying all interest and principal as per the original contract). Curing of a credit-impaired financial asset

Credit-impaired assets

A financial asset is credit-impaired when one or more events that have a detrimental impact on the estimated future cash flows of that financial asset have occurred. Evidence that a financial asset is … Read more

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments Measurement

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IFRS 9 Financial Instruments Measurement uses the following criteria for determining the classification and measurement of financial assets at Amortized Cost, Fair Value through Other Comprehensive Income (FVOCI) or Fair Value through Profit or Loss (FVPL):

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments Measurement

The critical issues for classifying and measuring financial assets are whether:

  • The objective of the entity’s business model is to hold assets only to collect cash flows, or to collect cash flows and to sell (“the Business Model test”), and

  • The contractual cash flows of an asset give rise to payments on specified dates that are solely payments of principal and interest (“SPPI”) on the principal amount outstanding (“the SPPI test”). IFRS 9 Financial Instruments Measurement

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Summary impairment of financial assets

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Summary impairment of financial assets is the centre text to quickly understand all IFRS aspects to recording loss allowances, when, how much, how often?

Impairment requirements

The impairment requirements are applied to: Summary impairment of financial assets

  • Financial assets measured at amortised cost (originated, purchased, reclassified or modified debt instruments incl. trade receivables),
  • Financial assets measured at fair value through other comprehensive income,
  • Loan commitments except those measured at fair value through profit or loss,
  • Financial guarantees contracts except those measured at fair value through profit or loss,
  • Lease receivables.

Impairment model

The impairment model follows a three-stage approach based on changes in expected credit losses of a financial instrument that determine:

  • The recognition of impairment, and
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Property development intercompany finances

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Property development intercompany finances Interest bearing term loan

Senior interest-bearing bank term debt

THE CASE

Parent C operates in the UK real estate sector and purchases land for development into residential units for public sale. Each potential development proposal is supported by a detailed business case which includes a due diligence report in respect of the expected Gross Development Costs (GDC) as well as an independent third party valuation of the Gross Development Value (GDV) of the completed site both of which are undertaken in order to secure bank financing. Management assesses each proposal in accordance with a number of key investment criteria, including for example, the minimum yield required on each development.

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Equity investments at FVOCI

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Equity investments at FVOCI – IFRS 9 requires all equity investments to be measured at fair value. The default approach is for all changes in fair value to be recognised in profit or loss.

However, for equity investments that are neither held for trading nor contingent consideration recognised by an acquirer in a business combination, entities can make an irrevocable election at initial recognition to classify the instruments as at FVOCI, with all subsequent changes in fair value being recognised in other comprehensive income (OCI). This election is available for each separate investment. Equity investments at FVOCI

Under this new FVOCI category, fair value changes are recognised in OCI while dividends are recognised in profit or loss Read more

Debt instruments at FVOCI

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Debt instruments at FVOCI – A debt instrument is classified as subsequently measured at fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI) under IFRS 9 if it meets both of the following criteria:

  • Hold to collect and sell business model test: The asset is held withiSeries provision of distinct goods or servicesn a business model whose objective is achieved by both holding the financial asset in order to collect contractual cash flows and selling the financial asset; and
  • SPPI contractual cash flow characteristics test: The contractual terms of the financial asset give rise on specified dates to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding.

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The ECL requirements

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The ECL requirements (Expected Credit Losses)  in IFRS 9 makes the initial selection of bonds for fixed income investments by financial institutions much more important, as selecting bonds with good long-term credit health is key to reducing the risk of future P&L fluctuations caused by changes in ECL. This is especially important for insurers that would like to adopt a buy-and maintain bond investment strategy. The ECL requirements

In an ideal world, the best action is to sell the bond prior to the start of its credit quality decline. Such early action will avoid P&L volatility due to the subsequent increase in ECL.

However, in practice, a bond may only come into focus after its … Read more

Loan receivable classification and measurement

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Loan receivable classification and measurement – Once it has been determined that a loan receivable is within the scope of IFRS 9, it must be classified into one of three categories:

  1. Amortised cost; Loan receivable classification and measurement
  2. Fair Value through Profit or Loss (FVPL); or Loan receivable classification and measurement
  3. Fair Value through Other Comprehensive Income (FVOCI).

The classification decision is based on (i) the business model within which the loan is held and (ii) whether its contractual cash flows meet the ‘solely payments of principal and interest’ (SPPI) test, as illustrated below:

Business model > Hold to collectHold to collect and sellOther
Cash Flow CharacteristicSPPIAmortised costsFVOCIFVPL
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Interest-free demand loan No bank debt

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Interest-free demand loan No bank debt – Parent A operates in the UK real estate sector. Its subsidiary undertakings purchase investment properties for the purpose of generating rental income and for capital appreciation. Management makes each investment decision in line with the group’s stated investment strategy and supporting policies.

Each potential purchase proposal is supported by a detailed business case which includes, for example, a due diligence report and independent third party valuations. Management assesses each proposal in accordance with a number of key investment criteria, including for example, the minimum yield required on each investment and maximum loan to value (LTV) accepted.

Once the proposal has been approved by Management, a new wholly owned subsidiary … Read more