Consolidation - Special Purpose Entities (SIC-12)
An Interpretation of IAS 27, Consolidated Financial Statements and Accounting for Investments in Subsidiaries
- Issued November 1998.
- Effective date: Annual financial periods beginning on or after 1 July 1999.
SIC 12 addresses when a special purpose entity should be consolidated by a reporting enterprise under the consolidation principles in IAS 27. The SIC agreed that an enterprise should consolidate a special purpose entity ("SPE") when, in substance, the enterprise controls the SPE.
Examples of SPEs include entities set up to effect a lease, a securitisation of financial assets, or R&D activities. The concept of control used in IAS 27 requires having the ability to direct or dominate decision making accompanied by the objective of obtaining benefits from the SPE's activities. The Interpretation provides example indications of when control may exist in the context of an SPE. The examples involve activities of the SPE on behalf of the reporting enterprise, the reporting enterprise having decision-making powers over the SPE, and the reporting enterprise having rights to the majority of benefits and exposure to significant risks of the SPE.
Some enterprises may also need to separately evaluate the topic of derecognition of assets, for example, related to assets transferred to an SPE. In some circumstances, such a transfer of assets may result in those assets being derecognised and accounted for as a sale. Even if the transfer qualifies as a sale, the provisions of IAS 27 and SIC-12 may mean that the enterprise should consolidate the SPE. SIC-12 does not address the circumstances in which sale treatment should apply for the reporting enterprise or the elimination of the consequences of such a sale upon consolidation.
Note: Please note that these summaries are only for reference purposes and are not a substitute for the entire SIC. Kindly read the whole text of SIC before consulting these summaries.
Summaries are courtesy of Deloitte.
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- SIC-14 - Property, Plant and Equipment - Compensation for the Impairment or Loss of Items
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- SIC-22 - Business Combinations - Subsequent Adjustment of Fair Values and Goodwill Initially Reported
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- SIC-24 - Earnings Per Share - Financial Instruments that May Be Settled in Shares
- SIC-25 - Income Taxes - Changes in the Tax Status of an Enterprise or its Shareholders
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- SIC-28 - Business Combinations - 'Date of Exchange' and Fair Value of Equity Instruments
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