PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) including links to, and abstracts of, items such as news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
The Center for Audit Quality is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ has standing committees and task forces that each have a different role in enhancing the quality of public company auditing and financial reporting, including Professional Practice Executive Committee (PPEC); SEC Regulations Committee; International Practices Task Force; and Smaller Firm Task Force.
PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) including the FASB simplification initiative and links to, and abstracts of, news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
IFAC’s mission is to serve the public interest by contributing to the development, adoption and implementation of high-quality international standards in auditing and assurance, public sector accounting, ethics, and education for professional accountants.
PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including links to, and abstracts of, items such as news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
Audit committees’ agendas continue to expand as companies are faced with a rapidly-changing global business landscape, the proliferation of standards and regulations, increased stakeholder scrutiny and a heightened enforcement environment. As a consequence, audit committees must continue to transform and evolve to maintain and increase their effectiveness. What actions are they taking? Leading audit committees are setting a strong tone at the top, owning their agenda, building strong relationships with auditors, evaluating their informational and educational needs, and critically assessing their own performance.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In depth: Year-end financial reporting considerations... In depth: Highlights of the 2014 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments... Regulatory and standard setting developments... and more
PwC discusses key comment letter trends and considerations based on comment letters published by the SEC staff. Trends are organized by selected industries and accounting topics. We highlight the areas that received the most comments from the SEC and provide relevant examples of recent comments to aid preparers in assessing whether their disclosures are transparent and consistent with relevant accounting and reporting guidance.
The IASB is the independent standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation responsible for the development and publication of IFRSs and for approving Interpretations of IFRSs as developed by the IFRS Interpretations Committee (formerly called the IFRIC). Get PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
US shale gas development continues to mature rapidly. Its momentous growth is not only altering the country’s energy mix, and impacting global energy markets. It’s also giving US manufacturing a boost through significant cost savings and job creation, according to a PwC analysis.
While the near-term use of IFRS in the US by domestic public companies will not be required, IFRS remains very relevant to many US businesses. PwC provides the latest developments and helpful publications on IFRS adoption & convergence in the US.
The accounting for business combinations (ASC 805), discontinued operations, divestitures, and related topics impairments and segment reporting continue to pose many challenges and remains on the SEC's radar screen. PwC provides the latest developments in these and other business combination accounting topics.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: The quarter close — Fourth quarter 2014... Private company reporter: 2014 wrap-up — What to know for your financial statement close... PwC guide: Foreign currency — inaugural edition... and more
Our next quarterly webcast designed to address technical accounting issues impacting technology companies will feature discussions by the PwC Technology and National Office practitioners. Topics will include AICPA/SEC conference highlights and Technology industry SEC comment letter trends presented by Mila Petrova, PwC Partner, SEC Services.
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the energy and mining value chain, including exploration and production, midstream, downstream, drillers, oilfield services, and integrated energy companies.
PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) including links to, and abstracts of, items such as news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
During this webcast, PwC professionals will discuss the OMB Cost, Administrative and Audit Circulars, now known as "the Uniform Guidance", affecting institutions of: higher education, hospitals, and other not-for-profit organizations. The discussion will cover Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200 (2CFR, 200): Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) including links to, and abstracts of, items such as news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
Throughout 2014, the U.S. IPO market put in its strongest performance since 2000, as a broad range of companies took advantage of strong equity markets and an accommodative financing environment to raise capital, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly survey by PwC US.
Recalls can have a devastating impact on the operations and brands of retail and consumer companies. But companies that manage the recall process effectively can transform a potential crisis into a business advantage.
The performance of software development teams is an area of high interest for Technology executives—especially with the increasing impact of software on the usability and functionality of high-tech products. PwC’s Software Measurement Study was designed to analyze the current state of measurement and practices in software development environments. The study compared measurement practices to industry leading practices to provide an assessment of software measurement.
The FASB's active standard setting means it is more important than ever to know which standards are effective when. Here we provide effective dates for the FASB's recently released guidance, segregated between public companies and nonpublic companies since that designation results frequently translates into a different effective date.
This edition of The quarter close provides insight into the potential effect of the revenue standard on compensation plans, what to look for to identify embedded derivatives in new or modified debt agreements, a spotlight on the FASB’s newly unveiled guidance for applying pushdown accounting, an SEC focus on internal controls, and more.
To help registrants gain insight into the SEC’s current areas of interest, PwC analyzed comments released by the SEC staff to domestic large accelerated, accelerated and non-accelerated registrants within the healthcare provider industry during the two year period ended August 31, 2014.
A new consolidation standard is imminent. Hear how it may impact financial services companies. PwC's Stephanie L. Stewart, Lee Vanderpool, and Craig Cooke discuss the proposal and potential implications.
For the past decade, companies have had to contend with a series of large- scale macroeconomic disruptions, along with pressures on costs and earnings. Now, as the global economy recovers from the recession and cost and short-term earnings are not the sole focus, companies can turn their attention to the top line again.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Point of view: Audit committee evolution — 2014 and beyond... The quarter close: Common embedded derivatives... In the loop: Pushdown accounting — make the right choice for your company... and more
As year-end rapidly approaches, it is time once again to plan for your annual filing. PwC's technology industry publication, Stay informed, 2014 SEC comment letter trends, provides a comprehensive analysis of recent SEC staff comments to assist you in understanding some of the key trends that are relevant to companies in the technology sector.
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the Retail and Consumer industry. Business challenges, changes, and opportunities, together with ongoing regulatory developments in the financial reporting environment, underscore the need for continued focus on high quality and transparent financial reporting. Understanding where the SEC staff focuses their review is an important consideration in the year-end reporting process.
Take a closer look at the latest automotive SEC comment letters and trends to prepare your end of year financial reports and high quality annual reports. The information summarized in this report is based on comment letters issued to companies in the automotive sector and closed by the SEC between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on the impact of the midterm elections on the boardroom and news about fee-shifting bylaws, proxy advisor 2015 policy updates, and the COSO survey on updating the ERM-integrated framework.
Insurers currently use a variety of different and largely inconsistent local approaches to measure the value of insurance contracts within their statutory financial statements. This diversity makes it difficult to compare companies and may fail to reflect the true economic value of insurance business, which can put insurers at a considerable disadvantage when competing for capital.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: The quarter close: Top 5 financial reporting reminders... Reminder: SEC comment letter trends webcasts — December 2 and 3... FASB meetings and project updates... and more
Today’s IPO environment requires companies to stay on top of the latest updates and market conditions. Many companies are looking to support growth strategies, take advantage of new opportunities and proactively manage their capital structures. Accessing the capital markets in the form of a public offering – either through equity, debt or a spin off – requires a great deal of planning and preparation.
In the quarter running up to the midterm election, private companies remained intent — if not bullish — on growth, felt good about the US economy, and signaled greater risk appetite. And decidedly more of them reported profitability increases than we’ve seen in quite some time. Even so, wage hikes and hiring remain modest at Trendsetter companies, and the world economy is giving them pause. Read our survey report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.
The IASB will hold educational, non-decision-making sessions on December 11-12, 2014, to discuss topics that are anticipated to be discussed at a future Board meeting. (No decisions are made at education sessions.)
SEC comment letter trends for Industrial Products companies is an analysis of SEC staff comments to help executives understand key trends that are relevant to companies in the following Industrial Products sectors: Aerospace & Defense; Business & Professional Services; Chemicals; Engineering & Construction; Forestry, Paper & Packaging; Industrial Manufacturing; Metals; and Transportation & Logistics.
This paper discusses the recent areas of focus and applicable accounting or reporting guidance in SEC staff’s comment letters issued over the past few years to registrants within the financial services industry and the identified trends of hot topic areas.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: PwC's InPractice - Register now and join the discussion... Introducing our on-demand, CPE-eligible webcast library... Webcast: Private Company Services — 2014 Year-end accounting & reporting developments – December 8... and more
Please join PwC for a complimentary Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Tax Hot Topics webcast: Legislative Update and Year End Accounting Update on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (US ET).
Please join PwC's Professional Development Program as they host a tax seminar instructed by a panel of PwC subject matter specialists. You'll gain an understanding of the most recent developments relating to current industry trends and tax developments with respect to Real Estate Funds and REITs.
As part of our webcast series on the new Revenue Recognition standard, we invite you to join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new standard will have on software companies. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to software companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Please join PwC for a "Year End Review and 2015 Outlook with Perspectives from the IRS" as our tax specialists and IRS officials, Sunita Lough, Commissioner of Tax-Exempt and Government Entities, and Eric San Juan, Senior Technical Advisor to the Commissioner TE/GE, review the past year, discuss the IRS restructuring of the TE/GE Division, provide an outlook of potential future initiatives from the IRS, and highlight other issues impacting universities, healthcare providers, and other tax-exempt organizations.
Over the years, thanks to the input of thousands of executives from a number of sectors and territories, we have gained significant insight into how organizations are addressing the evolving risk landscape. The findings are published in both PwC's State of the Internal Audit Profession Study and our Risk in Review Study.
Our quarterly webcast is designed to keep you informed about emerging accounting, regulatory, and market developments impacting financial reporting. Register for our Q4 webcast on December 17, or watch our on-demand (CPE-eigible) webcast replays of previous quarters.
In this survey report, PwC and FERF teamed up to gain an understanding of where companies are relative to implementing new revenue recognition standard. While many companies do not know what the implementation journey fully looks like yet in terms of implementation processes, costs, timing, contract reviews, IT and systems, operations, quantification and reporting, they understand they should start preparing now.
Power and utilities companies are often at the forefront of global sustainability and climate change issues, and are directly affected by the evolving expectations of the communities they serve. As populations become more urbanized and some jurisdictions begin to move towards more renewable energy sources, clear communication becomes even more important. Power and utilities companies need to tell a powerful story to support ongoing investment in their vital but often aging infrastructure.
In this webcast, Jean Connolly will summarize the recent developments of the short and long-term projects of the NAIC with a focus on decisions reached at the 2014 NAIC Fall National Meeting (November 2014). The webcast will also highlight the activities of some of the committees, task forces and working groups of the NAIC.
In recent years Plan Sponsors of defined benefit pension plans have been focusing on de risking pension plans, including a strategy to provide a one-time lump sum buyout offer to former employees. We will share insights into the strategy Plan Sponsors utilized.
Our 2014 SEC comment letter trend compiles and analyzes the SEC staff’s comment letters issued over the past few years to registrants across different sectors within the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry and provides highlights surrounding current hot topics and sample comments.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Introducing “In transition — Practical insights on revenue recognition implementation”... Point of view: The interim reporting model — Time to get back to basics... M&A snapshot — Companies in distress: Bankruptcy process and reporting considerations... and more
PwC’s National Professional Services Group invites you to attend our 2014 Year-end accounting & reporting developments webcast on Monday, December 8 at 12:00 pm ET. This will be an informative discussion on current accounting and financial reporting developments with a focus on private company considerations.
The FASB and IASB have released their converged revenue recognition standard, Revenue from contracts with customers (ASC 606). PwC provides details on the new revenue accounting standard and the business implications for companies and industries on all revenue transactions as they prepare for implementation of the new standard.
The accounting and reporting guidance around benefits and compensation continues to evolve. In an effort to keep you apprised of the on-going changes and updates, we are pleased to invite you to join us for our quarterly webcast series, designed for corporate financial reporting and HR executives. PwC specialists will provide their perspectives on emerging accounting, regulatory and market developments within the incentive compensation and employee benefits arena.
In October 2014, institutional investors, corporate officials, and governance specialists came together at PwC’s second annual Investor Exchange. The goal: to exchange ideas, discuss important issues, and find opportunities to collaborate in the future.
When carrying out supply chain network modelling projects in emerging markets, there are a number of challenges to be considered and managed. This paper describes how a sample of these can be overcome.
Large multinational corporations (MNCs) have been competing from global platforms for some time. A newer dynamic is the growth of the Small MNC. Businesses which, just a few years back, were happy to compete in their “home” markets increasingly find that entry to new markets is not just a growth strategy, but actually necessary for their long-term survival. But how to access those markets without betting the house?. When is it the right time to expand to a new market? Where do we grow? How do we enter a new market? Who are the competitors? What risks do we face? These are common questions for any business looking to grow, and there's a way to approach market entry to ensure your company is best-positioned for success.
PwC is pleased to share with you our Pension/OPEB 2014 Assumption and Disclosure Survey. This survey presents our analysis of the 2013 year-end assumptions and disclosures under ASC 715-20, ASC 715-30, and ASC 715-60.
The Auditing Standards Board (ASB) is the AICPA’s senior committee for auditing, attestation, and quality control applicable to the performance and issuance of audit and attestation reports for nonissuers. The ASB promulgates Statements on Auditing Standards (SAS), Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) and Statements on Quality Control Standards (SQCS), and, as a part of its due process, releases Exposure Drafts of proposed standards.
The 2013 COSO update to its Internal Control Integrated Framework, authored by PwC, helps refresh your internal controls for today's environment. Visit our COSO page for PwC's recent developments and videos, and links to key documents from the COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) organization which is dedicated to providing thought leadership and guidance on internal control, enterprise risk management and fraud deterrence.
Organizations often use customer information collected online to understand and effectively target consumers. This process requires not only the attention of the chief privacy officer, but also the chief marketing officer. Almost daily, news headlines underscore the importance of this with data breaches becoming commonplace. For consumers to provide complete and accurate information, they must know they can trust your organization.
Knowing how your advertising spend compares to that of your competitors is an important benchmark that allows you to save money; and using media auditing and benchmarking pools is the definitive way to do this. Or is it? It’s time to question the value of these pools.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) Revenue TRG tackles performance obligations and licenses, (2) new EFRAG to strengthen European influence, (3) ESMA focuses on consolidation, joint arrangements and deferred tax, (4) leases, (5) conceptual framework, (6) research agenda, and (7) Q&As: underlying.
With the COSO’s 1992 Control Framework being superseded by the 2013 updated edition on December 15, 2014, now is the time for companies to use the updated framework to evaluate the effectiveness of their systems of internal control over financial reporting. This paper talks through the updated framework and these competencies to evaluate the effectiveness of companies’ systems of internal control over financial reporting.
Discussions will include a review of the Oxford Economics and PwC outlook on Capital Projects and Infrastructure Spending Report. Participants will learn how Oracle’s Project-Driven Supply Chain solutions can help lower costs, increase resource utilization and minimize late penalty fees.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Webcasts: SEC comment letter trends — December 2 and 3... Reminder: Derivatives and hedging webcast – November 13... BoardroomDirect – October 2014... and more
Going public is a transformational event that pushes a company into view of regulatory, investor, and analyst scrutiny. Companies that delay getting their risk management, compliance and compliance infrastructure in order until after the IPO may be jeopardizing their ability to reap the full benefits of going public. This paper lays out steps that will help companies establish a foundation and cover the company’s critical risks and controls, both pre-and-post IPO.
In this special report, PwC and Wharton have teamed up to highlight the hidden risks and opportunities that can arise from key accounting challenges and suggest ways for companies to manage them — and potentially prosper. The articles collected here originally were published separately over the course of 2013 and 2014.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes highlights from the 2014 Annual Corporate Directors Survey: Trends shaping governance and the board of the future. There is also news about how ISS equity compensation and independent chair proposal recommendations may change, SEC plans to hold universal proxy ballot roundtable in 2015, political contribution disclosure increasing in S&P 500, and the PCAOB proposal for a new form for engagement partner identification disclosure.
Eleven mega deals drove significant deal activity in Q3-2014, positioning the R&C deals market to outperform last year's strong performance. Retail sales and economic trends continue to improve, leading to higher levels of consumer confidence as we head into the holiday season. IPO activity slowed in the third quarter of 2014 in terms of both volume and value after strong performance in the second quarter of 2014 with only two IPOs in Q3-2014. However, the pipeline looks stronger for the fourth quarter.
This webcast will review the current state of the M&A market in the US, the trends impacting dealmaking, what we envision the deal market could look like in 2015, and key considerations for successfully executing your deal.
These webcasts will provide you with insights and analysis of recent SEC comment letter trends at an industry level. One webcast discusses trends impacting Commercial and industrial companies sectors and the other is focused on Financial services industries.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: PwC guide: Financial statement presentation – inaugural edition... PwC guide: Financing transactions: debt, equity and the instruments in between – 2014 edition... Save the date: PwC’s Center for Board Governance quarterly webcast – November 5... and more
This edition includes: Financial statement presentation – 2014 accounting and financial reporting guide, CPE-eligible version of Q3 2014 Current Accounting and Regulatory Developments webcast, and more
The inaugural edition of our "Financial statement presentation" accounting and financial reporting guide addresses U.S. GAAP presentation and disclosure requirements of common balance sheet and income statement accounts.
While momentum continues apace with slightly fewer but larger deals, the third quarter experienced an unprecedented series of spin off announcements from technology titans that signal fundamental competitive shifts. Healthy valuations, built-up cash reserves and the ability to leverage equity enabled strategic buyers to lead the way, while private equity remained active on both the buy and sell side.
The IASB will hold educational, non-decision-making sessions on November 13-14, 2014, to discuss topics that are anticipated to be discussed at a future Board meeting. (No decisions are made at education sessions.)
PwC's Center for Board Governance invites you to attend the next Center for Board Governance Quarterly Webcast Series, designed to help board and audit committee members more effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles.
Private Company Services' annual Year-end Tax and Wealth Management Planning webcast will focus on the key tax considerations for both businesses and individuals and strategies to consider to maximize your tax planning as we approach year-end.
IASB issued IFRS 9 Financial Instruments which replaces most of the guidance in IAS 39 and includes a new model for classification and measurement of financial assets and impairment. The FASB is expected to issue a final standard on classification and measurement and impairment in the second half of 2014. PwC offers the latest developments, summaries of board decisions, and publications on the FASB and IASB's financial instruments project.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: IFRS and US GAAP: similarities and differences — 2014 edition... In brief: New mortality tables to impact benefit obligation assumptions... Annual Corporate Directors Survey: Trends shaping governance and the board of the future — 2014... and more
Watch or participate in our on-demand CPE-eligible two-part webcast series where we discuss the new Revenue Recognition standard in detail, and help you understand the pervasive business implications, as well as what companies can do to prepare for implementation of the new standard. Additionally, we expand our discussion with a series of industry-specific webcasts that look at the impact the new revenue recognition standard will have on various sectors.
The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015 is a worldwide study by PwC, CIO, and CSO. Security breaches are on the rise, and it is no surprise to find that as the number of information security incidents continues to mount, so do financial losses. Survey respondents in 2014 report that the number of detected incidents soared to a total of 42.8 million, a 48% leap over 2013. This increase comes at great cost: Total financial losses attributed to security compromises increased 34% over 2013.
PwC's National Professional Services Group invites you to attend a webcast which will provide a refresher on current derivatives and hedge accounting guidance and practices with a focus on hedging foreign currency risk and interest rate risk.
Successful investors continually look around the corner to anticipate the next challenge and the next opportunity, both today and tomorrow. And investors expect the companies they invest in to be similarly forward thinking. So what’s important to investors, and what do they expect of corporate directors? Our second annual survey takes a look.
Many multinational companies have been dealing with the complex and ever changing regulatory environment in China for several years, but still struggle to keep informed of changes in tax bureaus' positions or the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) requirements.
What does the corporate board of the future look like? Diversity, shareholder relations, communication with management, effective IT governance, fair executive compensation, and agile risk response are cited in PwC's Annual Corporate Directors Survey.
PwC's publication will help you develop a broad understanding of the major differences between IFRS and US GAAP. It also contains insight on recent and proposed guidance, including developments pertaining to the overall convergence agenda.
The FASB and IASB have been jointly deliberating insurance contract accounting with a goal of issuing a single, high-quality global standard on insurance contract accounting. CFOdirect offers a roundup of PwC’s reports and insights on the insurance contracts project.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Get all our revenue recognition insights on the 365 app... M&A snapshot — Companies in distress: A successful turnaround requires decisive action... 'IFRS adoption by country' publication now available... and more
More than 20 senior power and utilities (P&U) executives and experts from the US and Canada joined us in May 2014 in Chicago to discuss the challenges they’re facing managing their physical asset portfolios and operations. The group came together at a roundtable to share their approaches to Enterprise Asset Management and to discuss leading practices, challenges and lessons learned Participants were drawn from across the gas and electricity sectors, including generation, storage, transmission, and distribution.
PwC’s Seed Capital Program Survey collates data from 16 participating asset management firms regarding their seed capital program strategies. This article summarizes several of the survey’s key findings.
In this issue, we cover several timely and insightful topics, including the expanding trend of non-traditional REIT conversions, Sovereign Wealth Fund investment strategies for US property markets, and the positive trends impacting the vibrant office sector.
This webcast will cover FASB standard setting developments that have occurred since our July webcast. Among other matters, we will cover developments related to the FASB/IASB convergence projects, including information related to the new revenue recognition standard, and an update on FASB projects impacting not-for-profit entities, including the not-for-profit financial statement project. As always, the focus is on not-for-profit organizations that apply FASB standards, with an emphasis on healthcare and higher education institutions.
The proposed General Data Protection Regulation, which is currently proceeding through the European legislature, would introduce widespread data protection changes and greatly increase financial sanctions for noncompliance. These changes are likely to raise significant challenges in regard to data protection compliance for all businesses (regardless of the location of their establishments) that operate or provide goods and services within the European Union (EU). During the webcast, Jay, Stewart and James will discuss the changes the new law would introduce, its current status and how US companies can prepare.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Webcast: IASB and PwC perspectives on how the new revenue standard will change your business – October 23... IFRS news – October 2014... FASB meeting recap - Decisions reached to simplify accounting for stock-based compensation... and more
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IASB takes debt versus equity off the table, and (2) IASB continues to hold line on a single model for leases, (3) Hilary Eastman discusses why it’s time to stop talking and start doing, (4) consultation on IFRS in the EU, (5) IFRS 10 and IAS 28 amendments, (6) Annual Improvements 2012-14, (7) ED on fair value – price times quantity, (8) Rate regulated activities DP, (9) Disclosure initiative, (10) Insurance redeliberations, and (11) Q&As: ‘T’ is for translation of foreign currencies.
PwC is pleased to share with you our Stock Compensation 2014 Assumption and Disclosure Study. This study presents our analysis of the 2013 year-end assumptions and disclosures for large US public companies as well as separately for high tech companies.
PwC’s Sports Outlook focuses on recent results and potential opportunities and challenges to future industry growth. This edition for North America provides revenue projections over five years through 2018 within four key segments of the sports market.
BoardroomDirect – September 2014... Family Business Corporate Governance Series: Building or renewing your board... PwC comments on FASB's proposals to simplify inventory measurement and eliminate extraordinary items... FASB Action Alert and Project Updates... and more
The PwC Rx Marketplace Quarterly features a wide range of financial reporting developments, accounting and tax developments, regulatory updates and general industry trends impacting the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.
Join us on for a discussion on Rethinking Integration. We will review several IT trends, including data lakes, silo elimination, microservices and application portability that many are exploring to alleviate the integration burden and speed integration success.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes a summary and link to the latest edition of our Audit Committee Excellence Series (Achieving excellence: Overseeing external auditors.) There is also news about efforts by two large institutional investors to boost the number of female board members, what makes for an effective board self-evaluation, an update on Dodd-Frank rulemaking, and the FASB and PCAOB decisions regarding going concern disclosures
As leading internal audit functions have transformed to meet increasing expectations, metrics have become a critical tool for Internal Audit to demonstrate its value to the organization and drive its performance against stakeholder expectations. Building on key findings from PwC’s 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession study, this paper explores how internal audit functions can leverage metrics to both communicate the value they are providing as well as drive results.
The rise of trade-based money laundering presents direct financial, reputational, and compliance risk to the financial services companies, banks, and global trade organizations that provide and utilize trade finance. Financial firms can address these increased AML challenges by leveraging analytics and statistical transaction monitoring techniques to identify information, trends, connections, and anomalies indicative of trade-based money laundering schemes.
We spoke to over 200 private-company leaders about what they envision for the year ahead. They told us they're more optimistic about the economy, have ambitious revenue goals, and plan to hire new workers in 2014. Read our report to hear what else they're planning for the year ahead.
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the second in a series about family business corporate governance.
At the present time, no two developments in the insurance sector seem more entwined than risk and regulation, and nowhere is this interaction more evident than in developing regulatory expectations for insurers’ boards of directors. While regulators still seem far apart in their search for a single global capital regime, they are much closer to a consensus on terms of governance.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners held its Summer National Meeting in Louisville from August 16 to 19. This newsletter contains information on activities that occurred in some of the committees, task forces and working groups that met there.
In depth: FASB defines management’s going concern assessment and disclosure responsibilities... Private company reporter: PCC votes to simplify the accounting for certain intangible assets... In the loop: Selling part of your business? New rules for reporting disposals... Regulatory and standard-setting developments – September 2014... and more
Being aware of risks is one thing; taking specific action to address them head on is another. Many companies have tended to look at risk management as something they should react to, rather than something that they should build into the company culture.
The event features a panel discussion of business decisions that private companies should consider in light of key economic indicators revealed in the quarterly Trendsetter Barometer report. The panel will include Ken Esch, Private Company Services partner who oversees the PCS Trendsetter program, Fentress Seagroves, PwC Transaction Services partner focused on M&A, David Ekizian, General Manager of Mitsui & Co (USA) and Jeff Prosinski, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for J.M. Huber Corporation.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for Asset management companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
What are the technical and reporting issues impacting retail and consumer products companies? PwC's Retail & Consumer KnowledgeBrief provides insights and summaries on two standards recently issued by the FASB, considerations and insights on the SEC’s continued focus on segment reporting, and more.
The quarter close—Third quarter 2014... PwC guide: Business combinations and noncontrolling interests—2014 global edition... Tax accounting insights: FASB discusses income tax accounting for stock compensation... FASB issues exposure draft on Technical corrections and improvements... and more
As health insurance becomes more consumer centric, employers must decide about exchanges: public, private, or none of the above. Early tremors in the market suggest a coming paradigm shift from a business-to-business model toward a business-to-consumer model of purchasing healthcare.
Organizational Conflicts of Interest pose reputational, legal, regulatory and financial risks - and they are very difficult to detect. Without resorting to overly intrusive procedures, how can organizations manage the risks posed by Conflicts? This white paper discusses some of those risk-mitigation techniques, and how they might apply in your organization.
This PwC guide explains the principles of accounting and financial reporting for business combinations and noncontrolling interests (ASC 805) under both U.S. GAAP and IFRS. This guide includes our perspectives on the application of those principles, and our insights on the challenges of accounting for intangible assets and goodwill in the post-combination period.
Please join PwC for a complimentary Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Tax Technical Hot Topics webcast: Federal Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET); including a Legislative Update, IRS Audit Program and Planning Opportunities on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (US ET).
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q3 publication and view our new video perspectives.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: The quarter close, third quarter video perspectives... Audit Committee Excellence Series: Achieving excellence — Overseeing external auditors... Reminder: Corporate divestitures webcast — September 15... SEC releases draft 2015 Taxonomy... and more
This edition addresses communications with the external auditor, the audit committee chair’s working relationship with the lead audit partner, auditor independence, and the preapproval process for auditor services. The publication also discusses the external auditor relationship with internal audit; the influence of other parties, such as the PCAOB, Center for Audit Quality and proxy advisory firms; and evaluating the auditor, among other topics.
Biotech soars to record high: Investment in biotechnology was the highest since the start of the MoneyTree data series in 1995. Biotech and medical devices industries both see year-over-year double-digit growth in investments.
The world of computing has changed, and executives have begun to realize that shadow cloud activity cannot be ignored. At the same time, realizing the benefits of the cloud with more confidence about the risks and rewards depends on knowing how to prudently say “yes” to the cloud.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) alternative performance measures, (2) discussion of IFRIC agenda rejections also known as "Not-an-IFRIC," (3) IASB spotlight on IASB member Amaro Gomes, (4) IAS 27 narrow scope amendment, (5) exposure draft on IAS 12 narrow scope amendment, (6) IASB workplan, and (7) Q&As: service concession arrangements.
Spin-off transactions are increasing in the marketplace. Is there one in your future? PwC's Neil Dhar, Ravi Rao and Beth Paul discuss the current market trends, key considerations for carve-out financial statements, and how to be successful both during and after a spin-off.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition. How will you be affected? This industry-specific supplement to our In depth publication highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for Real Estate companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In the loop: Spin-off transactions – creating a new public entity... BoardroomDirect – August 2014... Reminder: On the horizon at the FASB webcast... FASB meetings and project updates...and more
The FASB's framework for Accounting for Fair Value Measurement (ASC 820) continues to challenge preparers, particularly with regards to the latest disclosure requirements from the 2011 amendment. PwC provides helpful publications and guides to assist users in this challenging area.
Spin-offs represent a growing trend in recent years. Is there one in your future? Gain insight into the spin-off process including developing carve-out financial statements and creating a sustainable stand-alone entity.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In brief: PCAOB seeks comments on auditing accounting estimates and fair value measurements... FASB issues final guidance to improve financial reporting of going concern uncertainties... FASB meetings and project updates... and more
We see a steady pace in the volume of deals for the health services sectors from the first to second quarters with 143 and 138 announced deals (281 total deals), respectively. This volume is also consistent on a year to date basis with 2013 and its 289 announced deals. However, we also note that on a quarterly basis, the second quarter of 2014’s deal volume (138 deals) has declined almost 13% from the same period in 2013 (158 deals).
The Mexico government is currently attempting to implement reforms intended to transform the country to make it one of the most vibrant and dynamic economies in the next decade. Many economists, politicians, and businessmen, however, have different views on what these reforms actually mean for Mexican businesses, foreign investment, and the average Mexican citizen and how issues such as security concerns, income inequality and corruption will affect Mexico’s ability to unlock its potential.
This document summarizes fund of fund tax considerations as discussed during a webcast by a panel of asset management, state and local tax, and technology specialists within PwC’s Asset Management Tax practice.
With growth opportunities for hedge fund administrative services decreasing, where will new demand come from? The answer lies in competitive forces now shaping the asset management industry. Learn which four key industry trends could drive new growth in hedge fund administration, and how these emerging changes could affect your business.
Single family homes and student housing are two areas that are gaining popularity with real estate investors. In this issue, we also provide our perspective on the latest market and economic trends, regulatory activities and legislative changes affecting the real estate industry.
What impact did the economy have on the financial results of retailers and consumer packaged goods companies? This report from PwC's Retail and Consumer Insights series provides financial benchmarks and discusses company strategies on operational efficiency, human capital, health and wellness, innovation, and brand management.
Starting to prepare for your year-end filings? PwC's Technology Institute publication, Stay informed: 2014 technology financial reporting trends, provides information on key disclosures made by companies in the technology sector. We invite you to read our benchmarking study to gain useful and thought-provoking insights that will aid you in the preparation of your upcoming filings.
As customer expectations evolve, customer service has emerged as the next critical differentiator. Forward-thinking companies understand that the future of customer service is proactive, integrated and omnipresent.
Technology companies are in a unique position when it comes to digital. Not only should they invest and innovate to transform their own businesses, but their customers are looking to them for help in getting a digital edge. Find out how the Tech industry rates when it comes to Digital IQ—their ability to understand and weave technology throughout the business—and what they can do to reap more value.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an analysis of the audit committee's oversight of internal audit. There is also news about the SEC staff issuing proxy advisory firm guidance, ISS 2015 proxy voting policy survey, and more.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Tax accounting insights: FASB adds income tax accounting topics to its agenda... Webcast: On the horizon at the FASB — Thursday, September 11... FASB proposal to shed some light on the accounting for the Cloud... and more
Michele Weldon, PwC's National Employee Benefit Plan Practice Leader, will provide an overview of current developments related to Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, and Health & Welfare employee benefit plans. This will include an update on recent changes in accounting, auditing and regulatory requirements impacting employee benefit plans.
The value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the engineering and construction (E&C) sector in 2Q14 surged to $67 billion from $15 billion in the prior quarter. As a result of the transactions that were involved, the average deal size rose to among the highest levels on record.
Industrial manufacturing mergers and acquisitions activity surged in the second quarter, driven by large deals. Dealmakers seeking strategic assets represented the overwhelming majority of all transactions.
Chemicals M&A activity in the second quarter of 2014 more than doubled in value and volume when compared to the same period last year. Mid-market transactions accounted for 68% of total deal activity and over 20% of value.
The pace of transportation and logistics transactions accelerated during the second quarter, as measured by both announced value and volume. However, 2014 is not expected to set records for mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
In this webcast, Jean Connolly will summarize the recent developments of the short and long-term projects of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) with a focus on decisions reached at the 2014 NAIC Summer National Meeting (August 16-19).