IFRS 2, Share-based Payment, applies when a company acquires or receives goods and services for equity-based payment. These goods can include inventories, property, plant and equipment, intangible assets, and other non-financial assets. There are two notable exceptions: shares issued in a business combination, which are dealt with under IFRS 3, Business Combinations; and contracts for the purchase of goods that are within the scope of IAS 32 and IAS 39. In addition, a purchase of treasury shares would not fall within the scope of IFRS 2, nor would a rights issue where some of the employees are shareholders.
Examples of some of the arrangements that would be accounted for under IFRS 2 include call options, share appreciation rights, share ownership schemes, and payments for services made to external consultants based on the company’s equity capital.
RECOGNITION OF SHARE-BASED PAYMENT
IFRS 2 requires an expense to be recognised for the goods or services received by a company. The corresponding entry in the accounting records will either be a liability or an increase in the equity of the company, depending on whether the transaction is to be settled in cash or in equity shares. Goods or services acquired in a share-based payment transaction should be recognised when they are received. In the case of goods, this is obviously the date when this occurs. However, it is often more difficult to determine when services are received. If shares are issued that vest immediately, then it can be assumed that these are in consideration of past services. As a result, the expense should be recognised immediately.
Alternatively, if the share options vest in the future, then it is assumed that the equity instruments relate to future services and recognition is therefore spread over that period.
Equity-settled transactions with employees and directors would normally be expensed and would be based on their fair value at the grant date. Fair value should be based on market price wherever this is possible. Many shares and share options will not be traded on an active market. If this is the case then valuation techniques, such as the option pricing model, would be used. IFRS 2 does not set out which pricing model should be used, but describes the factors that should be taken into account. It says that ‘intrinsic value’ should only be used where the fair value cannot be reliably estimated. Intrinsic value is the difference between the fair value of the shares and the price that is to be paid for the shares by the counterparty.
The objective of IFRS 2 is to determine and recognise the compensation costs over the period in which the services are rendered. For example, if a company grants share options to employees that vest in the future only if they are still employed, then the accounting process is as follows:
- The fair value of the options will be calculated at the date the options are granted.
- This fair value will be charged to profit or loss equally over the vesting period, with adjustments made at each accounting date to reflect the best estimate of the number of options that will eventually vest.
- Shareholders’ equity will be increased by an amount equal to the charge in profit or loss. The charge in the income statement reflects the number of options vested. If employees decide not to exercise their options, because the share price is lower than the exercise price, then no adjustment is made to profit or loss. On early settlement of an award without replacement, a company should charge the balance that would have been charged over the remaining period.
A company issued share options on 1 June 20X6 to pay for the purchase of inventory. The inventory is eventually sold on 31 December 20X8. The value of the inventory on 1 June 20X6 was $6m and this value was unchanged up to the date of sale. The sale proceeds were $8m. The shares issued have a market value of $6.3m.
How will this transaction be dealt with in the financial statements?
IFRS 2 states that the fair value of the goods and services received should be used to value the share options unless the fair value of the goods cannot be measured reliably. Thus equity would be increased by $6m and inventory increased by $6m. The inventory value will be expensed on sale.
Schemes often contain conditions which must be met before there is entitlement to the shares. These are called vesting conditions. If the conditions are specifically related to the market price of the company’s shares then such conditions are ignored for the purposes of estimating the number of equity shares that will vest. The thinking behind this is that these conditions have already been taken into account when fair valuing the shares. If the vesting or performance conditions are based on, for example, the growth in profit or earnings per share, then it will have to be taken into account in estimating the fair value of the option at the grant date.
A company grants 2,000 share options to each of its three directors on 1 January 20X6, subject to the directors being employed on 31 December 20X8. The options vest on 31 December 20X8. The fair value of each option on 1 January 20X6 is $10, and it is anticipated that on 1 January 20X6 all of the share options will vest on 30 December 20X8. The options will only vest if the company’s share price reaches $14 per share.
The share price at 31 December 20X6 is $8 and it is not anticipated that it will rise over the next two years. It is anticipated that on 31 December 20X6 only two directors will be employed on 31 December 20X8.
How will the share options be treated in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 20X6?
The market-based condition (ie the increase in the share price) can be ignored for the purpose of the calculation. However the employment condition must be taken into account. The options will be treated as follows:
2,000 options x 2 directors x $10 x 1 year / 3 years = $13,333
Equity will be increased by this amount and an expense shown in profit or loss for the year ended 31 December 20X6.
CASH SETTLED TRANSACTIONS
Cash settled share-based payment transactions occur where goods or services are paid for at amounts that are based on the price of the company’s equity instruments. The expense for cash settled transactions is the cash paid by the company.
As an example, share appreciation rights entitle employees to cash payments equal to the increase in the share price of a given number of the company’s shares over a given period. This creates a liability, and the recognised cost is based on the fair value of the instrument at the reporting date. The fair value of the liability is re-measured at each reporting date until settlement.
Jay, a public limited company, has granted 300 share appreciation rights to each of its 500 employees on 1 July 20X5. The management feel that as at 31 July 20X6, the year end of Jay, 80% of the awards will vest on 31 July 20X7. The fair value of each share appreciation right on 31 July 20X6 is $15.
What is the fair value of the liability to be recorded in the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 20X6?
300 rights x 500 employees x 80% x $15 x 1 year / 2 years = $900,000
DEFERRED TAX IMPLICATIONS
In some jurisdictions, a tax allowance is often available for share-based transactions. It is unlikely that the amount of tax deducted will equal the amount charged to profit or loss under the standard. Often, the tax deduction is based on the option’s intrinsic value, which is the difference between the fair value and exercise price of the share. A deferred tax asset will therefore arise which represents the difference between a tax base of the employee’s services received to date and the carrying amount, which will effectively normally be zero. A deferred tax asset will be recognised if the company has sufficient future taxable profits against which it can be offset.
For cash settled share-based payment transactions, the standard requires the estimated tax deduction to be based on the current share price. As a result, all tax benefits received (or expected to be received) are recognised in the profit or loss.
A company operates in a country where it receives a tax deduction equal to the intrinsic value of the share options at the exercise date. The company grants share options to its employees with a fair value of $4.8m at the grant date. The company receives a tax allowance based on the intrinsic value of the options which is $4.2m. The tax rate applicable to the company is 30% and the share options vest in three-years’ time.
A deferred tax asset would be recognised of:
$4.2m @ 30% tax rate x 1 year / 3 years = $420,000
The deferred tax will only be recognised if there are sufficient future taxable profits available.
IFRS 2 requires extensive disclosures under three main headings:
- Information that enables users of financial statements to understand the nature and extent of the share-based payment transactions that existed during the period.
- Information that allows users of financial statements to understand how the fair value of the goods or services received, or the fair value of the equity instruments which have been granted during the period, was determined.
- Information that allows users of financial statements to understand the effect of expenses, which have arisen from share-based payment transactions, on the entity’s profit or loss in the period.
The standard is applicable to equity instruments granted after 7 November 2002 but not yet vested on the effective date of the standard, which is 1 January 2005. IFRS 2 applies to liabilities arising from cash-settled transactions that existed at 1 January 2005.
1. Which of the following do not come within the definition of a share-based payment under IFRS 2?
A employee share purchase plans
B employee share option plans
C share appreciation rights
D a rights issue that includes some shareholder employees
2. A company issues fully paid shares to 500 employees on 31 July 20X8. Shares issued to employees normally have vesting conditions attached to them and vest over a three-year period, at the end of which the employees have to be in the company’s employment. These shares have been given to the employees because of the performance of the company during the year. The shares have a market value of $2m on 31 July 20X8 and an average fair value for the year of $3m. It is anticipated that in three-years’ time there will be 400 employees at the company.
What amount would be expensed to profit or loss for the above share issue?
3. A company grants 750 share options to each of its six directors on 1 May 20X7. The options vest on 30 April 20X9. The fair value of each option on 1 May 20X7 is $15 and their intrinsic value is $10 per share. It is anticipated that all of the share options will vest on 30 April 20X9. What will be the accounting entry in the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 20X8?
A Increase equity $33,750; increase in expense in profit or loss $33,750
B Increase equity $22,500; increase in expense in profit or loss $22,500
C Increase liability $67,500; increase in expense profit or loss $67,500
D Increase liability $45,000; increase in current assets $45,000
4. A public limited company has granted 700 share appreciation rights (SARs) to each of its 400 employees on 1 January 20X6. The rights are due to vest on 31 December 20X8 with payment being made on 31 December 20X9. During 20X6, 50 employees leave, and it is anticipated that a further 50 employees will leave during the vesting period. Fair values of the SARs are as follows:
History of IFRS 2
|July 2000||G4+1 Discussion Paper Accounting for Share-Based Payments published||Comment deadline 31 October 2000|
|July 2001||Project added to IASB agenda||History of the project|
|20 September 2001||IASB invites comments on G4+1 Discussion Paper Accounting for Share-Based Payments||Comment deadline 15 December 2001|
|7 November 2002||Exposure Draft ED 2 Share-Based Payment published||Comment deadline 7 March 2003|
|19 February 2004||IFRS 2 Share-based Payment issued||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005|
|2 February 2006||Exposure Draft Vesting Conditions and Cancellations published||Comment deadline 2 June 2006|
|17 January 2008||Amended by Vesting Conditions and Cancellations (Amendments to IFRS 2)||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2009|
|16 April 2009||Amended by Improvements to IFRSs (scope of IFRS 2 and revised IFRS 3)||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2009|
|18 June 2009||Amended by Group Cash-settled Share-based Payment Transactions||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2010|
|12 December 2013||Amended by Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2010–2012 Cycle (definition of vesting condition)||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2014|
|20 June 2016||Amended by Classification and Measurement of Share-based Payment Transactions (Amendments to IFRS 2)||Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018|
Amendments under consideration
Summary of IFRS 2
In June 2007, the Deloitte IFRS Global Office published an updated version of our IAS Plus Guide to IFRS 2 Share-based Payment 2007 (PDF 748k, 128 pages). The guide not only explains the detailed provisions of IFRS 2 but also deals with its application in many practical situations. Because of the complexity and variety of share-based payment awards in practice, it is not always possible to be definitive as to what is the 'right' answer. However, in this guide Deloitte shares with you our approach to finding solutions that we believe are in accordance with the objective of the Standard.
Special edition of our IAS Plus newsletter
You will find a four-page summary of IFRS 2 in a special edition of our IAS Plus newsletter (PDF 49k).
Definition of share-based payment
A share-based payment is a transaction in which the entity receives goods or services either as consideration for its equity instruments or by incurring liabilities for amounts based on the price of the entity's shares or other equity instruments of the entity. The accounting requirements for the share-based payment depend on how the transaction will be settled, that is, by the issuance of (a) equity, (b) cash, or (c) equity or cash.
The concept of share-based payments is broader than employee share options. IFRS 2 encompasses the issuance of shares, or rights to shares, in return for services and goods. Examples of items included in the scope of IFRS 2 are share appreciation rights, employee share purchase plans, employee share ownership plans, share option plans and plans where the issuance of shares (or rights to shares) may depend on market or non-market related conditions.
IFRS 2 applies to all entities. There is no exemption for private or smaller entities. Furthermore, subsidiaries using their parent's or fellow subsidiary's equity as consideration for goods or services are within the scope of the Standard.
There are two exemptions to the general scope principle:
- First, the issuance of shares in a business combination should be accounted for under IFRS 3Business Combinations. However, care should be taken to distinguish share-based payments related to the acquisition from those related to continuing employee services
- Second, IFRS 2 does not address share-based payments within the scope of paragraphs 8-10 of IAS 32Financial Instruments: Presentation, or paragraphs 5-7 of IAS 39Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. Therefore, IAS 32 and IAS 39 should be applied for commodity-based derivative contracts that may be settled in shares or rights to shares.
IFRS 2 does not apply to share-based payment transactions other than for the acquisition of goods and services. Share dividends, the purchase of treasury shares, and the issuance of additional shares are therefore outside its scope.
Recognition and measurement
The issuance of shares or rights to shares requires an increase in a component of equity. IFRS 2 requires the offsetting debit entry to be expensed when the payment for goods or services does not represent an asset. The expense should be recognised as the goods or services are consumed. For example, the issuance of shares or rights to shares to purchase inventory would be presented as an increase in inventory and would be expensed only once the inventory is sold or impaired.
The issuance of fully vested shares, or rights to shares, is presumed to relate to past service, requiring the full amount of the grant-date fair value to be expensed immediately. The issuance of shares to employees with, say, a three-year vesting period is considered to relate to services over the vesting period. Therefore, the fair value of the share-based payment, determined at the grant date, should be expensed over the vesting period.
As a general principle, the total expense related to equity-settled share-based payments will equal the multiple of the total instruments that vest and the grant-date fair value of those instruments. In short, there is truing up to reflect what happens during the vesting period. However, if the equity-settled share-based payment has a market related performance condition, the expense would still be recognised if all other vesting conditions are met. The following example provides an illustration of a typical equity-settled share-based payment.
Illustration – Recognition of employee share option grant
Company grants a total of 100 share options to 10 members of its executive management team (10 options each) on 1 January 20X5. These options vest at the end of a three-year period. The company has determined that each option has a fair value at the date of grant equal to 15. The company expects that all 100 options will vest and therefore records the following entry at 30 June 20X5 - the end of its first six-month interim reporting period.
|Dr. Share option expense||250|
|[(100 × 15) ÷ 6 periods] = 250 per period|
If all 100 shares vest, the above entry would be made at the end of each 6-month reporting period. However, if one member of the executive management team leaves during the second half of 20X6, therefore forfeiting the entire amount of 10 options, the following entry at 31 December 20X6 would be made:
|Dr. Share option expense||150|
|[(90 × 15) ÷ 6 periods = 225 per period. [225 × 4] – [250+250+250] = 150|
Depending on the type of share-based payment, fair value may be determined by the value of the shares or rights to shares given up, or by the value of the goods or services received:
- General fair value measurement principle. In principle, transactions in which goods or services are received as consideration for equity instruments of the entity should be measured at the fair value of the goods or services received. Only if the fair value of the goods or services cannot be measured reliably would the fair value of the equity instruments granted be used.
- Measuring employee share options. For transactions with employees and others providing similar services, the entity is required to measure the fair value of the equity instruments granted, because it is typically not possible to estimate reliably the fair value of employee services received.
- When to measure fair value - options. For transactions measured at the fair value of the equity instruments granted (such as transactions with employees), fair value should be estimated at grant date.
- When to measure fair value - goods and services. For transactions measured at the fair value of the goods or services received, fair value should be estimated at the date of receipt of those goods or services.
- Measurement guidance. For goods or services measured by reference to the fair value of the equity instruments granted, IFRS 2 specifies that, in general, vesting conditions are not taken into account when estimating the fair value of the shares or options at the relevant measurement date (as specified above). Instead, vesting conditions are taken into account by adjusting the number of equity instruments included in the measurement of the transaction amount so that, ultimately, the amount recognised for goods or services received as consideration for the equity instruments granted is based on the number of equity instruments that eventually vest.
- More measurement guidance. IFRS 2 requires the fair value of equity instruments granted to be based on market prices, if available, and to take into account the terms and conditions upon which those equity instruments were granted. In the absence of market prices, fair value is estimated using a valuation technique to estimate what the price of those equity instruments would have been on the measurement date in an arm's length transaction between knowledgeable, willing parties. The standard does not specify which particular model should be used.
- If fair value cannot be reliably measured. IFRS 2 requires the share-based payment transaction to be measured at fair value for both listed and unlisted entities. IFRS 2 permits the use of intrinsic value (that is, fair value of the shares less exercise price) in those "rare cases" in which the fair value of the equity instruments cannot be reliably measured. However this is not simply measured at the date of grant. An entity would have to remeasure intrinsic value at each reporting date until final settlement.
- Performance conditions. IFRS 2 makes a distinction between the handling of market based performance conditions from non-market performance conditions. Market conditions are those related to the market price of an entity's equity, such as achieving a specified share price or a specified target based on a comparison of the entity's share price with an index of share prices of other entities. Market based performance conditions are included in the grant-date fair value measurement (similarly, non-vesting conditions are taken into account in the measurement). However, the fair value of the equity instruments is not adjusted to take into consideration non-market based performance features - these are instead taken into account by adjusting the number of equity instruments included in the measurement of the share-based payment transaction, and are adjusted each period until such time as the equity instruments vest.
Note: Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2010–2012 Cycle amends the definitions of 'vesting condition' and 'market condition' and adds definitions for 'performance condition' and 'service condition' (which were previously part of the definition of 'vesting condition'). The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2014.
Modifications, cancellations, and settlements
The determination of whether a change in terms and conditions has an effect on the amount recognised depends on whether the fair value of the new instruments is greater than the fair value of the original instruments (both determined at the modification date).
Modification of the terms on which equity instruments were granted may have an effect on the expense that will be recorded. IFRS 2 clarifies that the guidance on modifications also applies to instruments modified after their vesting date. If the fair value of the new instruments is more than the fair value of the old instruments (e.g. by reduction of the exercise price or issuance of additional instruments), the incremental amount is recognised over the remaining vesting period in a manner similar to the original amount. If the modification occurs after the vesting period, the incremental amount is recognised immediately. If the fair value of the new instruments is less than the fair value of the old instruments, the original fair value of the equity instruments granted should be expensed as if the modification never occurred.
The cancellation or settlement of equity instruments is accounted for as an acceleration of the vesting period and therefore any amount unrecognised that would otherwise have been charged should be recognised immediately. Any payments made with the cancellation or settlement (up to the fair value of the equity instruments) should be accounted for as the repurchase of an equity interest. Any payment in excess of the fair value of the equity instruments granted is recognised as an expense
New equity instruments granted may be identified as a replacement of cancelled equity instruments. In those cases, the replacement equity instruments are accounted for as a modification. The fair value of the replacement equity instruments is determined at grant date, while the fair value of the cancelled instruments is determined at the date of cancellation, less any cash payments on cancellation that is accounted for as a deduction from equity.
Required disclosures include:
- the nature and extent of share-based payment arrangements that existed during the period
- how the fair value of the goods or services received, or the fair value of the equity instruments granted, during the period was determined
- the effect of share-based payment transactions on the entity's profit or loss for the period and on its financial position.
IFRS 2 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005. Earlier application is encouraged.
All equity-settled share-based payments granted after 7 November 2002, that are not yet vested at the effective date of IFRS 2 shall be accounted for using the provisions of IFRS 2. Entities are allowed and encouraged, but not required, to apply this IFRS to other grants of equity instruments if (and only if) the entity has previously disclosed publicly the fair value of those equity instruments determined in accordance with IFRS 2.
The comparative information presented in accordance with IAS 1 shall be restated for all grants of equity instruments to which the requirements of IFRS 2 are applied. The adjustment to reflect this change is presented in the opening balance of retained earnings for the earliest period presented.
IFRS 2 amends paragraph 13 of IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards to add an exemption for share-based payment transactions. Similar to entities already applying IFRS, first-time adopters will have to apply IFRS 2 for share-based payment transactions on or after 7 November 2002. Additionally, a first-time adopter is not required to apply IFRS 2 to share-based payments granted after 7 November 2002 that vested before the later of (a) the date of transition to IFRS and (b) 1 January 2005. A first-time adopter may elect to apply IFRS 2 earlier only if it has publicly disclosed the fair value of the share-based payments determined at the measurement date in accordance with IFRS 2.
Differences with FASB Statement 123 Revised 2004
In December 2004, the US FASB published FASB Statement 123 (revised 2004) Share-Based Payment. Statement 123(R) requires that the compensation cost relating to share-based payment transactions be recognised in financial statements. Click for FASB Press Release (PDF 17k). Deloitte (USA) has published a special issue of its Heads Up newsletter summarising the key concepts of FASB Statement No. 123(R). Click to download the Heads Up Newsletter (PDF 292k). While Statement 123(R) is largely consistent with IFRS 2, some differences remain, as described in a Q&A document FASB issued along with the new Statement:
Q22. Is the Statement convergent with International Financial Reporting Standards?
The Statement is largely convergent with International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 2, Share-based Payment. The Statement and IFRS 2 have the potential to differ in only a few areas. The more significant areas are briefly described below.
Differences between the Statement and IFRS 2 may be further reduced in the future when the IASB and FASB consider whether to undertake additional work to further converge their respective accounting standards on share-based payment.
March 2005: SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin 107
On 29 March 2005, the staff of the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued Staff Accounting Bulletin 107 dealing with valuations and other accounting issues for share-based payment arrangements by public companies under FASB Statement 123R Share-Based Payment. For public companies, valuations under Statement 123R are similar to those under IFRS 2 Share-based Payment. SAB 107 provides guidance related to share-based payment transactions with nonemployees, the transition from nonpublic to public entity status, valuation methods (including assumptions such as expected volatility and expected term), the accounting for certain redeemable financial instruments issued under share-based payment arrangements, the classification of compensation expense, non-GAAP financial measures, first-time adoption of Statement 123R in an interim period, capitalisation of compensation cost related to share-based payment arrangements, accounting for the income tax effects of share-based payment arrangements on adoption of Statement 123R, the modification of employee share options prior to adoption of Statement 123R, and disclosures in Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) subsequent to adoption of Statement 123R. One of the interpretations in SAB 107 is whether there are differences between Statement 123R and IFRS 2 that would result in a reconciling item:
Question: Does the staff believe there are differences in the measurement provisions for share-based payment arrangements with employees under International Accounting Standards Board International Financial Reporting Standard 2, Share-based Payment ('IFRS 2') and Statement 123R that would result in a reconciling item under Item 17 or 18 of Form 20-F?
Interpretive Response: The staff believes that application of the guidance provided by IFRS 2 regarding the measurement of employee share options would generally result in a fair value measurement that is consistent with the fair value objective stated in Statement 123R. Accordingly, the staff believes that application of Statement 123R's measurement guidance would not generally result in a reconciling item required to be reported under Item 17 or 18 of Form 20-F for a foreign private issuer that has complied with the provisions of IFRS 2 for share-based payment transactions with employees. However, the staff reminds foreign private issuers that there are certain differences between the guidance in IFRS 2 and Statement 123R that may result in reconciling items. [Footnotes omitted]
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March 2005: Bear, Stearns Study on Impact of Expensing Stock Options in the United States
If US public companies had been required to expense employee stock options in 2004, as will be required under FASB Statement 123R Share-Based Payment starting in third-quarter 2005:
- the reported 2004 post-tax net income from continuing operations of the S&P 500 companies would have been reduced by 5%, and
- 2004 NASDAQ 100 post-tax net income from continuing operations would have been reduced by 22%.
Those are key findings of a study conducted by the Equity Research group at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. The purpose of the study is to help investors gauge the impact that expensing employee stock options will have on the 2005 earnings of US public companies. The Bear, Stearns analysis was based on the 2004 stock option disclosures in the most recently filed 10Ks of companies that were S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 constituents as of 31 December 2004. Exhibits to the study present the results by company, by sector, and by industry. Visitors to IAS Plus are likely to find the study of interest because the requirements of FAS 123R for public companies are very similar to those of IFRS 2. We are grateful to Bear, Stearns for giving us permission to post the study on IAS Plus. The report remains copyright Bear, Stears & Co. Inc., all rights reserved. Click to download 2004 Earnings Impact of Stock Options on the S&P 500 & NASDAQ 100 Earnings (PDF 486k).
November 2005: Standard & Poor's Study on Impact of Expensing Stock Options
In November 2005 Standard & Poor's published a report of the impact of expensing stock options on the S&P 500 companies. FAS 123(R) requires expensing of stock options (mandatory for most SEC registrants in 2006). IFRS 2 is nearly identical to FAS 123(R). S&P found:
S&P takes issue with those companies that try to emphasise earnings before deducting stock option expense and with those analysts who ignore option expensing. The report emphasises that:
Standard & Poor's will include and report option expense in all of its earnings values, across all of its business lines. This includes Operating, As Reported and Core, and applies to its analytical work in the S&P Domestic Indices, Stock Reports, as well as its forward estimates. It includes all of its electronic products.... The investment community benefits when it has clear and consistent information and analyses. A consistent earnings methodology that builds on accepted accounting standards and procedures is a vital component of investing. By supporting this definition, Standard & Poor's is contributing to a more reliable investment environment.
The current debate as to the presentation by companies of earnings that exclude option expense, generally being referred to as non-GAAP earnings, speaks to the heart of corporate governance. Additionally, many equity analysts are being encouraged to base their estimates on non-GAAP earnings. While we do not expect a repeat of the EBBS (Earnings Before Bad Stuff) pro-forma earnings of 2001, the ability to compare issues and sectors depends on an accepted set of accounting rules observed by all. In order to make informed investment decisions, the investing community requires data that conform to accepted accounting procedures. Of even more concern is the impact that such alternative presentation and calculations could have on the reduced level of faith and trust investors put into company reporting. The corporate governance events of the last two-years have eroded the trust of many investors, trust that will take years to earn back. In an era of instant access and carefully scripted investor releases, trust is now a major issue.
January 2008: Amendment of IFRS 2 to clarify vesting conditions and cancellations
On 17 January 2008, the IASB published final amendments to IFRS 2 Share-based Payment to clarify the terms 'vesting conditions' and 'cancellations' as follows:
- Vesting conditions are service conditions and performance conditions only. Other features of a share-based payment are not vesting conditions. Under IFRS 2, features of a share-based payment that are not vesting conditions should be included in the grant date fair value of the share-based payment. The fair value also includes market-related vesting conditions.
- All cancellations, whether by the entity or by other parties, should receive the same accounting treatment. Under IFRS 2, a cancellation of equity instruments is accounted for as an acceleration of the vesting period. Therefore any amount unrecognised that would otherwise have been charged is recognised immediately. Any payments made with the cancellation (up to the fair value of the equity instruments) is accounted for as the repurchase of an equity interest. Any payment in excess of the fair value of the equity instruments granted is recognised as an expense.
The Board had proposed the amendment in an exposure draft on 2 February 2006. The amendment is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2009, with earlier application permitted.
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Deloitte has published a Special Edition of our IAS Plus Newsletter explaining the amendments to IFRS 2 for vesting conditions and cancellations (PDF 126k).
June 2009: IASB amends IFRS 2 for group cash-settled share-based payment transactions, withdraws IFRICs 8 and 11
On 18 June 2009, the IASB issued amendments to IFRS 2 Share-based Payment that clarify the accounting for group cash-settled share-based payment transactions. The amendments clarify how an individual subsidiary in a group should account for some share-based payment arrangements in its own financial statements. In these arrangements, the subsidiary receives goods or services from employees or suppliers but its parent or another entity in the group must pay those suppliers. The amendments make clear that:
- An entity that receives goods or services in a share-based payment arrangement must account for those goods or services no matter which entity in the group settles the transaction, and no matter whether the transaction is settled in shares or cash.
- In IFRS 2 a 'group' has the same meaning as in IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements, that is, it includes only a parent and its subsidiaries.
The amendments to IFRS 2 also incorporate guidance previously included in IFRIC 8 Scope of IFRS 2 and IFRIC 11 IFRS 2–Group and Treasury Share Transactions. As a result, the IASB has withdrawn IFRIC 8 and IFRIC 11. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2010 and must be applied retrospectively. Earlier application is permitted. Click for IASB press release (PDF 103k).
June 2016: IASB clarifies the classification and measurement of share-based payment transactions
On 20 June 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published final amendments to IFRS 2 that clarify the classification and measurement of share-based payment transactions:
Accounting for cash-settled share-based payment transactions that include a performance condition
Until now, IFRS 2 contained no guidance on how vesting conditions affect the fair value of liabilities for cash-settled share-based payments. IASB has now added guidance that introduces accounting requirements for cash-settled share-based payments that follows the same approach as used for equity-settled share-based payments.
Classification of share-based payment transactions with net settlement features
IASB has introduced an exception into IFRS 2 so that a share-based payment where the entity settles the share-based payment arrangement net is classified as equity-settled in its entirety provided the share-based payment would have been classified as equity-settled had it not included the net settlement feature.
Accounting for modifications of share-based payment transactions from cash-settled to equity-settled
Until now, IFRS 2 did not specifically address situations where a cash-settled share-based payment changes to an equity-settled share-based payment because of modifications of the terms and conditions. The IASB has intoduced the following clarifications:
- On such modifications, the original liability recognised in respect of the cash-settled share-based payment is derecognised and the equity-settled share-based payment is recognised at the modification date fair value to the extent services have been rendered up to the modification date.
- Any difference between the carrying amount of the liability as at the modification date and the amount recognised in equity at the same date would be recognised in profit and loss immediately.