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IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation

IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation sets out the principles for presenting financial instruments as liabilities or equity and for offsetting financial assets and liabilities.

Revised December 2003. Effective 1 January 2005.

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Synopsis

IAS 32 classifies financial instruments into:

  • Financial assets
  • Financial liabilities
  • Equity

...in accordance with the substance of the arrangement and the definitions of these elements. In certain cases, such as convertible debt, the instrument is split into a liability and equity element. Financial assets and liabilities may only be offset where there is a legally enforceable right to offset and the entity intends to settle on a net basis. Any treasury shares are deducted from equity.

Interest, dividends, losses and gains related to a financial liability are recognised in profit or loss; dividends in relation to equity instruments are recognised directly in equity.

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Annual period starts
Effective version of standard
Notes on amendments 
On or after 1 January 2021 IAS 32 2019 Issued Standards 
Includes amendments 1- 4
1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020
IAS 32 2019 Required Standards
Includes amendments 1 - 3
1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018 IAS 32 2018 Required Standards
Includes amendments 1 and 2
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017
IAS 32 2017 Required Standards
Does not include the amendments

Required Standards book for a particular year assumes that there is no early application of issued but not yet effective IFRSs; The Issued Standards book assumes early application of all issued IFRSs.

For the latest version of the standard, and where the amendments are to be adopted early, refer to IAS 32 2019 Issued Standards.

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1. IFRS 9 amendment to IAS 32

Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. Earlier application is permitted.

As a result of the issue of IFRS 9, IAS 32 is amended to reflect the requirements of IFRS 9 rather than IAS 39.

2. IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers amendments to IAS 32

Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2017. Earlier application is permitted.

As a result of the issue of IFRS 15, the application guidance of IAS 32 is amended to refer to the requirements of IFRS 15 when identifying a financial asset / liability.

3. IFRS 16 Leases amendment to IAS 32

To be applied to periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. Earlier adoption is permitted.

The application guidance of IAS 32 is amended to IFRS 16 requirements rather than IAS 17 requirements.

 

 
4. IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts amendment to IAS 28*

 To be applied to periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021. Earlier adoption is permitted.

IAS 32 is amended to:

*Not EU endorsed as at 26 March 2019. Read more on EU endorsement.

The following interpretations refer to IAS 32

Current proposals

  1.  The IASB is engaged in a research project to investigate potential improvements to the classification of liabilities and equity and the presentation and disclosure requirements for financial instruments with the characteristics of equity regardless of whether they are classified as equity or liabilities. A discussion paper was issued in June 2018.

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This page was last updated 26 March 2019