PwC's Investor view series provides preparers of corporate reports with insights from our ongoing dialogue with the investment community.
These points of view focus on the areas that are of most interest to analysts and investors.
Understanding the needs and opinions of investment professionals is crucial if management teams are to prepare truly useful financial reports and accounts. PwC has conducted a series of surveys of investment professionals aimed at maximising the effectiveness of corporate reporting.
Investors tell us that assessing return on capital employed is often a crucial part of their analysis of company performance and stewardship. In this "Investor view", we look at some improvements to disclosures that could help investors and benefit companies.
The Financial Stability Board’s enhanced disclosure task force has published its recommendations on how banks can improve their risk reporting. While the report is aimed at the banks, the key messages can be applied across all sectors. In this "Investor view", PwC looks at how all companies can apply these principles to their risk reporting.
PwC’s publication ‘Assurance today and tomorrow’ shares the views of investment professionals on the value of audit today and their practical suggestions for management, audit committees and auditors on how assurance might evolve in the future.
Analysts and investors in the banking sector have identified a number of areas where they are frustrated with current reporting of regulatory capital and liquidity . This ‘Investor view’ looks at some areas that banks might address.
Analysts and investors tell us about a number of areas where they are frustrated with current corporate reporting around the uncertainty in the eurozone and suggest some improvements that could be made to annual report disclosures.
Investors often tell us they don’t necessarily want more information in financial statements but more useful information. They cite among their frustrations boilerplate accounting policies and a lack of useful commentary in the notes. In this ‘Investor view’, we look at the investors’ concerns and simple ways entities can address them.
Investors want to be able to forecast a business’ future cash flows. But they tell us that disclosures around foreign currency and hedging can make that task a challenge. In this "Investor view", we look at what improvements to disclosure could benefit companies.
In this investor view, we bring together the key messages on cash and debt reporting that we hear from investors, and describe how management can improve their voluntary disclosures to better communicate with the capital markets.
Analysts and investors in the banking sector have identified a number of areas where they are frustrated with current corporate reporting, and some improvements that could be made to disclosures in the annual report. This ‘Investor view’ looks at some areas that banks might address.
Analysts and investors in the Retail & Consumer sector have identified a number of improvements that could be made to disclosures in annual reports. In this ‘Investor view’, PwC’s R&C leader in the UK Mark Gill looks at how companies in the sector could answer these needs.
We asked investment professionals, including corporate governance specialists, for their views on how well audit currently serves their needs and how it might evolve in future. This ‘investor view’ highlights some of the key findings.
Investors and analysts use various types of reconciliations to help them understand the underlying performance of a business. These are important when modelling the business and predicting financial performance – but only if the disclosures provided are useful. This edition of ‘Investor view’ looks at what reconciliations the investment community wants to see and how disclosures could be improved.
The area of disclosure that is most likely to generate a heated debate among investors is the quality of segment reporting. Analysts tell us that this essential building-block for all valuations analysis is the area that offers the greatest opportunity for management to differentiate themselves from their peers – and is all too often the area cited as the ‘biggest gap’ in the information set provided by management today. In this ‘Investor view’, we investigate why.
This ‘Investor view’ examines some of the areas commonly cited by investment professionals as offering opportunities to improve the effectiveness of disclosure in this critical area of reporting.
Cash flow disclosures, including the cash flow statement and supporting notes, are clearly important to investment professionals. However, investors tell us that the existing requirements do not provide a full picture. Both the cash flow statement and the supporting notes are frequently cited as areas in which additional information would be useful. This ‘Investor view’ looks at areas in which disclosure of cash flow information could be improved.
The figures presented in the annual report tell us about the entity’s financial performance in the year, but numbers alone are not enough. Investors also rely on the accompanying narrative to understand the complete picture. This ‘Investor view’ looks at some of the ways management can improve the cohesiveness of the messages delivered in the annual report.
How clearly do your financial statements communicate the reality of your accounting policies to users? This „Investor view‟ highlights some opportunities for improvement in these disclosures suggested by a number of senior investment professionals.
At the 2010 "Meet the Experts" conference in London, PwC invited participants of the Corporate Reporting Users' Forum (CRUF) – an international forum of investors and analysts – to discuss hot topics in financial reporting. This „Investor view‟ highlights what the investment professionals told the audience they are looking for in corporate reports.
With some of the world‟s major economies about to move to IFRS, a large number of entities are facing the challenge of helping investors navigate through changes in their reported numbers. In this „Investor view‟, some analysts and investors share their insights on practical steps that management can take to guide investment professionals through the transition to a new accounting framework.
There has been an unprecedented number of changes to IFRS in the last year, and more are yet to come. ‘Investor view’ spoke to Stephen Cooper, formerly head of accounting and valuation at UBS, and now a member of the Board at the IASB, about the Board’s efforts to meet investors' information needs.
From earnings releases to webcasts, from press briefings to websites, investors and analysts can access a wealth of information on most of today’s leading companies at the click of a button. In this data-rich, time-poor environment, is there still a role for an annual document of record -- the annual report or 10K? We asked a number of investment professionals.
How are entities presenting their pensions information it be improved? Peter Elwin, Head of European Pensions, Valuation Accounting Research at JP Morgan, gives his personal view about current pension disclosures and those areas in which there might be some scope for improvement.
The income tax expense that companies incur can be significant but the tax information in the financial statements is one of the least understood areas of financial reporting. Disclosure already can be extensive, but this edition of ‘Investor view’ looks at what different tax information the investment community wants.
This edition of 'Investor view' provides a high-level overview of the principles that investors tell us should be considered when reporting non-GAAP measures, based on PwC research and ongoing engagement with the investor community.
This edition of ‘Investor view’ looks at the bigger picture of business funding and considers information that may be presented to assist users in their assessment of an entity’s position.
This edition of ‘Investor view’ provides a high-level overview of the reconciliation and the benefits it can provide to users of the financial statements in their assessment of an entity’s liquidity and solvency.
Pwc hosted a discussion panel at the ‘Meet the Experts’ conference in London in October 2009. Participants from the Corporate Reporting Users’ Forum (CRUF) – an international forum of investors and analysts - talked about hot topics in financial reporting. This flyer highlights what the investors told the audience they are looking for in IFRS financial statements and explains how management can improve their communication with the capital markets.