IASB Publishes Amendments to IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements

IFRS 11 addresses the accounting for interests in joint ventures and joint operations.  The amendments published add new guidance on how to account for the acquisition of an interest in a joint operation that constitutes a business. The amendments specify the appropriate accounting treatment for such acquisitions.


The issue originated from a submission to the IFRS Interpretations Committee. As a result the Interpretations Committee recommended that the IASB should amend IFRS 11.


Accounting for Acquisitions of Interests in Joint Operations (Amendments to IFRS 11) amends IFRS 11 such that the acquirer of an interest in a joint operation in which the activity constitutes a business, as defined in IFRS 3, is required to apply all of the principles on business combinations accounting in IFRS 3 and other IFRSs with the exception of those principles that conflict with the guidance in IFRS 11. Accordingly, a joint operator that is an acquirer of such an interest has to:


- measure most identifiable assets and liabilities at fair value;
- expense acquisition-related costs (other than debt or equity issuance costs);
- recognise deferred taxes;
- recognising any goodwill or bargain purchase gain;
- perform impairment tests for the cash generating units to which goodwill has been allocated;
- disclose information required relevant for business combinations.


The amendments apply to the acquisition of an interest in an existing joint operation and also to the acquisition of an interest in a joint operation on its formation, unless the formation of the joint operation coincides with the formation of the business.


The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016. Earlier application is permitted but corresponding disclosures are required.


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