IFRS 9 Financial Instruments is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. IFRS 9 introduces a new impairment model based on expected credit losses. This model is different to the incurred model that we used under IAS 39. Almost every entity has financial instruments that they need to account for, including trade receivables. The new financial instruments standard changes the way entities must think about impairment. The impairment guidance in IFRS 9 is complex and requires a significant amount of judgement, for example, the standard requires companies to consider all information in their calculation of ECL’s, being past information, present information and forward looking information. The good news is that limited simplifications have been made specifically for trade receivables, contract assets and lease receivables.
The ECL calculator assists companies in calculating their IFRS 9 impairment model where they are required or have elected to use the simplified matrix approach for their trade receivables, contract assets and lease receivables. The calculator does not use the 3 stage general model approach.
Companies need to use a matrix approach to calculating their impairments. This broadly follows the following steps: 1. Subdivide your receivables and other financial assets into sub-portfolios based on their credit risk ratings 2. Determine the age structure of trade receivables within a defined period of sales 3. Analyse the collection of receivables by the time buckets 4. Compute average historical loss rate by age-band. 5. Adjust the historical loss rate for forward-looking information 6. Calculate ECLs based upon the adjusted loss rates The above can be complex and time consuming for many entities who don’t have in-house experts. In addition, auditors can not complete these calculations for their clients due to independence restrictions.
The calculator produces a detailed report companies can use for their year end IFRS financial reporting. To view an example report, CLICK HERE.
The cost to produce an IFRS 9 ECL calculation is $150.
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