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This second series of blogs issued by the EPM starter kits & Innovation team describes how SAP® BusinessObjectsTM Financial Consolidation, Starter Kit for IFRS has been configured to meet International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The blogs will help customers achieve legal compliance of IFRS thanks to a detailed explanation of how the main standards listed hereafter have been implemented in the starter kit for IFRS:

At the end of the series, we will provide a link to the complete document describing how IFRS requirements (including standards that are not adressed in this series of blogs) have been taken into account in SAP® BusinessObjectsTM Financial Consolidation, starter kit for IFRS

Let’s get started with an introduction to SAP® BusinessObjectsTM Financial Consolidation, Starter Kit for IFRS

What is SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation?

SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation, part of SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions, is a powerful financial consolidation system. It can be integrated into both SAP and non-SAP software environments and can load data from any general ledger application.

What is the starter kit for IFRS?

The starter kit for IFRS is a configuration of SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation, designed to perform, validate and publish a statutory consolidation in accordance with IFRS.

The starter kit for IFRS intends to meet the most common business requirements and, conversely, does not address specific ones. In particular, requirements specific to banking and insurance sector are not included in the starter kit.  This is also the reason why “industry-specific” standards such as IAS 26 (Accounting and Reporting by Retirement Benefit Plans), IAS 41 (Agriculture), IFRS 4 (Insurance Contracts) and IFRS 6 (Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources) are not dealt with by the starter kit. 

The starter kit for IFRS contains:

  • a chart of accounts compliant with XBRL taxonomy for IFRS (see How Starter Kits meet IFRS – IAS 1)
  • reports for data entry at the local level and data retrieval at the group level, including financial statements
  • controls to validate data entered or imported into the application
  • a comprehensive set of consolidation rules designed to produce consolidated data.

The starter kit for IFRS is provided to SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation customers at no additional charge. It can be downloaded from SAP service market place. This series of blogs refers to the starter kit delivered in January 2010 (SP2).

More detailed information about the starter kit for IFRS is available on the SAP Service Marketplace (http://help.sap.com/):

  • The Design description gives more detail about how the starter kit has been configured using SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation features
  • The Operating guide explains in a very concrete way how to prepare consolidated financial statements using the starter kit

IFRS in the starter kit

IFRS apply equally to consolidated and separate (individual) financial statements, except for some requirements that specifically address one or the other. For example, paragraphs 9-37 of IAS 27 are dedicated to consolidated financial statements, whereas paragraphs 38-40 only apply to separate financial statements.

In practical, the use of IFRS varies from country to country according to local regulations. For example, in the European Union, EU-endorsed IFRS are mandatory for listed companies’ consolidated statements whereas national GAAP usually still apply to individual statements and unlisted sector.

In the starter kit for IFRS, local data, as entered in packages [1] or after manual adjustments, is supposed to be IFRS compliant. It means that assets and liabilities, revenues, expenses, gains and losses are measured in accordance with IFRS requirements. Consolidation procedures embedded in the starter kit are compliant with IFRS.

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[1] In SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation, a package is a comprehensive set of data entry schedules that enables consolidated entities to enter their data (individual accounts) at local level.

 

What’s next?

In the next blogs, we will focus on how the Starter kit meets IFRS requirements, standard by standard, starting with How Starter Kits meet IFRS – IAS 1 (Presentation of Financial Statements)

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  1. Gregory Misiorek
    what are the plans for:

    IAS 12 Income Taxes
    IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment
    IAS 18 Revenue
    IAS 19 Employee Benefits
    IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting
    IAS 36 Impairment of Assets
    IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets
    IAS 38 Intangible Assets
    IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement
    IAS 40 Investment Property
    IFRS 5 Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations
    IFRS 8 Operating Segments

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    1. Patricia METEIL-DUTARTRE Post author
      A more comprehensive document, including the IFRS you refer to, will be published with the last blog of the series (probably in June).
      If you already have questions about one or more of these standards, feel free to ask them via a new comment.
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        1. Patricia METEIL-DUTARTRE Post author
          In SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation, it is possible to enter tax rates by country or/ and by entity. It is also possible to have several kinds of tax rate for a given entity. It can be used when tax applies differently depending on the underlying transaction (e.g. reduced tax rate on disposal of long-term investment in some countries)
          However, this functionnality is not used in the current version of the starter kit. Deferred and current taxes are entered manually, no automatic calculation has been configured.
          If you have an access to SAP Support Portal, the documentation delivered with the starter kit may help you understanding how it has been configured and how it shall be used. These documents (in particular the description and the operating guide) are available within the section dedicated to Financial Consolidation 7.5 (SAP BusinessObjects > SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management). Otherwise, I can send them to you by e-mail.
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