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For use in both assignments, select three non-U.S. companies. At least two of the companies selected must use IFRS. (All three of your companies can use IFRS or, if you like, one of the companies can use local country GAAP or US GAAP.) In addition to the three companies you select, you will also need to obtain the current financial reports of Apple Inc. to be used for comparative purposes.
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Assignment 1 – Financial Statements
The objectives of the assignment are to give you hands on experience examining the financial statements of companies that use IFRS and to introduce IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements.
Obtain the most recent Form 20-Fs for three non-US companies. At least two of the companies must use IFRS. (You may obtain this from the company’s website (investor relations) or from the SEC website (www.sec.gov).
1. Prepare a type-written response (Two pages minimum, 12 point font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, maximum length of 5 pages) – to be turned in and graded – addressing the following:
a. For each of your companies, identify what accounting standards the company uses (e.g., IFRS, local GAAP [name of country], U.S. GAAP)
b. For all of your companies that use either IFRS or U.S. GAAP, review the companies’ balance sheets to answer the following questions:[footnoteRef:1] [1: ]
i. Comparing the IFRS balance sheets to the balance sheet for Apple, are the IFRS balance sheet classifications the same as Apple’s U.S. GAAP balance sheet classifications? If different, which presentation do you believe is better? Explain why.
ii. What does IFRS (IAS 1) require for a particular presentation format or order of items on the balance sheet? Does this requirement agree with your observations? Discuss any differences.
iii. Comparing the IFRS balance sheets to one another, are the IFRS balance sheet classifications the same for each of the companies? Explain and provide details.
c. For each of your three companies, compare the reporting of comprehensive income with Apple. Discuss how it is presented by each company.
d. Do you believe that one presentation format for any or all of the financial statements should be required of all companies throughout the world? Explain why or why not.
Assignment 2 – Footnote Disclosure
The purposes of the assignment are to give you hands-on experience in the following: (a) locating certain information in accounting standards, (b) examining selected disclosures of companies that use IFRS.
Use the same three companies used for Assignment 1.
Prepare a type-written response (Two pages minimum, 12 point font, double spaced, 1 inch margins) addressing the following:
1. Where are the main disclosure requirements for PPE, intangible assets, and inventories found in IFRS and in the Accounting Standards Codification? (Provide detailed references.)
2. For each of the three companies, answer the following questions:
a. According to the footnote in which the company summarizes its significant accounting policies, discuss the method(s) each company uses for measuring its property, plant and equipment, intangible assets other than goodwill, and goodwill? What inventory valuation method does each company use? Basically, what do the notes say about these assets?
b. In which footnote does each company make its detailed disclosures about goodwill and other intangible assets? For each company, is the footnote number indicated on the face of the balance sheet? How many pages long is the goodwill footnote and basically, what does the note say about this assets?
c. Did any of the companies recognize any impairment charges against property, plant and equipment, goodwill or other intangible assets, and if so, how much? Did the company record any reversals of prior impairment charges, and if so, how much? Discuss, what the note says about impairment.
d. Do any of the companies report a revaluation surplus for any assets, and if so, were there any changes in the revaluation surplus? If so how much and what does the note basically say about it?
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