The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has finalised its response to the ongoing reform of interbank offered rates (IBOR) and other interest rate benchmarks by issuing a package of amendments to IFRS Standards. The amendments are aimed at helping companies to provide investors with useful information about the effects of the reform on those companies’ financial statements.
The amendments complement those issued in 2019 and focus on the effects on financial statements when a company replaces the old interest rate benchmark with an alternative benchmark rate as a result of the reform.
The amendments in this final phase relate to changes to contractual cash flows – a company will not have to derecognise or adjust the carrying amount of financial instruments for changes required by the reform, but will instead update the effective interest rate to reflect the change to the alternative benchmark rate; hedge accounting – a company will not have to discontinue its hedge accounting solely because it makes changes required by the reform, if the hedge meets other hedge accounting criteria; and disclosures – a company will be required to disclose information about new risks arising from the reform and how it manages the transition to alternative benchmark rates.
Hans Hoogervorst, chair of the board, says: “Our response to IBOR reform helps companies deal with its effect on their financial instruments and enables them to continue providing useful information to investors. These amendments are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, with early adoption permitted.”