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
Corporate finance decisions involving mergers and acquisitions and capital markets have come under increasing scrutiny. Boards of directors and management are looking for objective guidance to help them avoid the ire of shareholders, activist investors, and regulators regarding corporate finance decisions. What qualities should boards and management look for when seeking independent corporate finance advice?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
PwC's latest summary of recent developments at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) including links to, and abstracts of, items such as news releases, action alerts, proposed rules, PwC comment letters, final rules, and meeting minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The IASB will hold educational, non-decision-making sessions on September 18-19, 2014, to discuss topics that are anticipated to be discussed at a future Board meeting. (No decisions are made at education sessions.)
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.
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 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.
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).
PwC's Energy practice invites you to join us for a webcast to discuss Technology trends in land management: Geographic Information Systems. Join PwC's land management team for a discussion on our point of view on the benefits of Geographic Information Systems and why land is a great place to start.
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.
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: PwC guide: Revenue from contracts with customers — 2014 global edition... In depth: IFRS 9, Financial Instruments - Classification and measurement and Expected credit losses... Save the date: Q3 2014 Current Accounting and Reporting Developments webcast — Wednesday, September 17... and more
Join us for part 3 of PwC’s National Professional Services Group’s Accessing the capital markets series featuring Beth Paul, U.S. Strategic Thought Leader, Ravi Rao, National Office SEC Services Partner, and Neil Dhar, National Capital Markets Leader. The panel will focus on carve-out transactions and will discuss trends in the divestiture market as well as how to manage the divestiture process. The panel will also outline key issues and accounting considerations, explore SEC reporting requirements, and provide key takeaways for participants.
Our quarterly webcast is designed to keep you informed about emerging accounting, regulatory, and market developments impacting financial reporting. Register for our Q3 webcast on September 17, or watch our on-demand (CPE-eigible) webcast replays of previous quarters.
The IASB published the complete version of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, which replaces most of the guidance in IAS 39. This In depth considers the changes to classification and measurement of financial assets in IFRS 9.
An uptick in mega deals and the ongoing interest in divested assets and private equity backed businesses, propelled aerospace & defense M&A second quarter value to the highest quarterly total in three years.
Retail and consumer goods companies are experiencing greater levels of economic crime. Nearly half of respondents say their company has experienced this type of event in the last two years. By far the most commonly reported type of economic crime for the sector is asset misappropriation, while other common types of fraud included bribery and corruption, accounting fraud and cybercrime.
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.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IFRS 9 - the IASB's new standard on financial instruments, (2) Revenue Transition Resource Group (TRG) starts discussion on IFRS 15, (3) ESMA reports on accounting for business combinations under IFRS 3, (4) IAS 41 and IAS 16 amendments on bearer plants, (5) EU endorses IFRIC 21, (6) leasing redeliberations, (7) disclosure initiative, (8) conceptual framework discussions, and (9) Q&As: related parties.
Our global accounting and financial reporting revenue recognition guide describes the accounting for revenue from contracts with customers under the converged U.S GAAP and IFRS revenue standard (ASC 606) issued in May 2014. It has been prepared to support entities as they identify the implications of the new revenue recognition standard, evaluate its impact (on business strategies, processes, systems, controls, financial statement recognition and required disclosures) and prepare for implementation.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In depth: Consolidation—a new standard is imminent—Highlights of the expected changes... Insights from the Investment Community: Non-GAAP financial measures—Investor and analyst perspectives... FASB issues final guidance on measuring financial assets and financial liabilities of a consolidated collateralized financing entity... and more
Extending the positive momentum from the second half of 2013, equity markets set new highs, IPO markets reached activity levels not seen in years, VC investments harkened back to 2000 levels, and economic outlooks remained modestly optimistic across sectors. Private equity (PE) continued to play an active role in technology, though challenged by strategic buyers who are able to leverage healthy valuations and substantial amounts of cash on hand.
As part of our continued effort to help organizations navigate through the complexity of today's tax accounting issues, we've assembled a compilation of our Tax Accounting Services' publications released between January 2014 and June 2014.
Global companies investing in the United States face unique opportunities and challenges. Doing business in the US reviews the key tax issues and provides insights to help investors navigate the US business environment.
Companies often use non-GAAP financial measures to provide insights into their business. Investment professionals share their perspectives on the value to investors, their effect on transparency, and perceptions on management.
PwC's Energy practice invites you to join us for a webcast to discuss Transforming your Security Posture with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Learn how to leverage the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to objectively assess your current as well as target security states provided the recent Havex malware attacks on the energy sector in order to drive communication with business leadership to convey strengths, weaknesses, and strategic goals.
Health care organizations today find themselves amid transformation on numerous fronts: everything from merging provider organizations to converging providers and payors to changing compensation models. Many of these changes are starting to reflect an Affordable Care Act America, along with more general shifts in the US healthcare industry—all of which yield implications for stakeholders across the board, including executives, employees, and physicians.
As companies look to maintain market competitiveness and to meet the demands of increasingly sophisticated customers while also managing their profitability, many are implementing a deals desk function as a key business enabler.
The FASB expects to issue a final standard amending the current consolidation guidance in the coming months. The new consolidation standard will make targeted changes to the current consolidation guidance and end the deferral granted to investment companies from applying the variable interest entity (VIE) guidance.
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.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Point of view: Accounting for income taxes - A case for simplification... IASB issues IFRS 9 - Financial instruments... New technology industry supplement to In depth on final revenue recognition standard... and more
The passage of the General Data Protection Regulation that is proceeding through the European legislature is likely to raise significant challenges in regard to data protection compliance for all businesses that operate or provide goods and services within the European Union. With passage likely, proactive companies are taking steps today that will help them prepare to comply with future requirements.
Cybersecurity is more than just a technology issue in the back office; it's a critical business issue that can dramatically impact a company's competitive position. Learn what leading practices are available to investors to determine if a company is reasonably prepared to weather the storm of a cyberattack.
PwC's Investor Resource Institute invites you to join us for a webcast on Wednesday, August 20 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET. During this webcast we will be discussing enterprise security and how the new cybersecurity landscape impacts company performance as well as the challenges investors may want to consider.
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 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.
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 technology companies as they transition to the new standard.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Private company reporter: PCC makes progress on intangible assets... Global Tax Accounting Services Newsletter (April - July 2014)... SEC seeks comments on PCAOB's auditing standard on related parties... and more
Ever wonder why some companies consistently deliver while others disappoint? Faced with the same market, stocked with similar talent, one organization flourishes, while the other flounders. By understanding what makes your organization tick and where there might be breakdowns to address, you and your employees can truly deliver on your strategic intent.
Important megatrends, such as shifting global economic power, technological advances, and demographic changes, are identified as top-of-mind issues for global airline CEOs, according to our latest report, the 2014 Global Airline CEO Survey. As the changing balance of economic power is expected to have a drastic effect on the industry in the next five years, the report highlights three key areas in which CEOs are planning to respond: organizational structure, technology, and talent.
The deliberation is over: On May 28, 2014, the FASB and the IASB released their new standard for revenue recognition, to take effect in 2017 for public companies. The new guidance may constitute the biggest accounting change the world has seen in over a decade, because revenue recognition informs a wide array of business decisions. Technology companies that start preparing for the change now will be in the best position to seize the opportunities that will come with the change—while also surmounting the challenges.
This webcast will cover FASB standard setting developments that have occurred since the April webcast. Among other matters, developments related to the FASB/IASB convergence projects will be addressed, with a concentration on the new revenue recognition standard issued in May, as well as an update on FASB projects impacting not-for-profit entities, including the not-for-profit financial statement project. As always, the emphasis is on not-for-profit organizations that apply FASB standards, with an emphasis on healthcare and higher education institutions.
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.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Point of view: Non-GAAP financial measures - Enhancing their usefulness... In depth: Private company VIE relief for certain common control leasing arrangements... FASB issues proposals to simplify inventory measurement and eliminate requirements for extraordinary items... and more
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 highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for aerospace and defense entities as they transition to the new standard.
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.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In the loop: EU audit reform – the impact beyond Europe... Save the date: Revenue recognition industry webcasts... Save the date: ProxyPulse webcast — July 17... PwC comments on PCAOB's proposed framework to reorganize audit standards... and more
Watch our webcast replay to learn what specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Aerospace & Defense industry, and download our industry supplement for examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard.
PwC's Center for Board Governance invites you to attend a special ProxyPulse webcast, presented in conjunction with Broadridge, looking at developments in the 2014 proxy season. Speakers include Leader of the Center for Board Governance, Mary Ann Cloyd, Center for Board Governance director, Paul DeNicola, and Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at Broadridge, Michelle Jackson.
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. PwC has assisted many clients who have analyzed and/or implemented the lump sum strategy. Please join our webcast on July 23rd, where we will share insights into the strategy Plan Sponsors utilized.
The results are in from the 114 major multi-nationals that responded to our global pension survey. It is time to present the results and understand what this means for the US market. Please join our webcast on July 16, 2014 at 2PM EDT to learn of findings and discuss the trends and implications of the survey as well as share the perspectives on the future state of retirement plans as provided by these global trend setters. We'll cover what companies are saying is next and if 'New Paternalism' is the answer.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In depth: FASB revises consolidation accounting... BoardroomDirect - June 2014... BoardroomDirect Special Edition (ProxyPulse, second edition 2014)... FASB meetings and project updates... and more
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the influence of activist shareholders and the role they play today in forcing change. There is also news about a Delaware bill that would prohibit fee-shifting bylaws, environmental groups warning boards of fossil fuel companies about climate-change litigation, the new converged revenue recognition standard, and the first round of conflict minerals disclosures.
This edition of ProxyPulse makes the following observations: there was decreased support for say-on-pay at mid-cap, small-cap, and micro-cap companies while average support at large-cap companies rose to 91%.
PwC is pleased to announce the availability of our 2014 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey results. The 2014 survey data contains detailed benefits information provided by approximately 1,200 participating companies in 35 different industries across the nation.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Participate in the PwC/FEI revenue recognition survey... New entertainment and media industry supplement to In depth on final revenue recognition standard... The quarter close – Directors edition... Family Business Corporate Governance Series... and more
PwC, along with Financial Executives International and their Financial Executives Research Foundation, are conducting a survey to gauge the impact of the new standard on companies’ financials and operations. The survey will also attempt to gauge any concerns companies have with the new standard and / or the transition timeline.
The story of 2015 is a nuanced one. At first glance, the health sector appears to be reverting to historical patterns of bouncing back as the nation recovers from the economic doldrums. Whether spending more freely because of the improved economy or shopping with insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act, consumers triggered the first bump in growth in the first quarter of 2014. We expect that to continue through next year.
The IASB will hold educational, non-decision-making sessions on July 17-18, 2014, to discuss topics that are anticipated to be discussed at a future Board meeting. (No decisions are made at education sessions.)
Economic obsolescence can become a significant issue when a company has or is acquiring assets – such as store or restaurant locations – that generate separate identifiable streams of cash flows. This publication discusses factors that typically cause economic obsolescence and the potential impact, including illustrative examples and case studies.
The most experienced dealmakers say they know what to do — and are reporting success. Successful integration needs to happen quickly and systematically as the period of time between deal announcement and deal close and the initial period post-close are critical to realizing quick wins and setting the course to deliver deal value over the long-term.
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 first in a series about family business corporate governance.
PwC invites you to join a panel of our Tax Accounting Services (TAS) specialists for a discussion of relevant tax accounting matters including the indefinite reinvestment assertion, the recently issued revenue standard, as well as regulatory and legislative development updates.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes:The quarter close — Second quarter 2014... Revenue recognition standard – New industry-specific supplements and upcoming webcasts... FASB amends accounting for repurchase agreements and enhances disclosures... FAF President discusses comparability of FASB and GASB standards... and more
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 Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences companies as they transition to the new revenue standard.
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 highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for automotive entities as they transition to the new standard.
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 highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for engineering and construction entities as they transition to the new standard.
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 highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for retail and consumer entities as they transition to the new standard.
In this webcast discussion we will review the important lessons on how Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) solutions can drive innovations to market, and how it should integrate with your current business model and infrastructure.
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 Q2 publication and view our new video perspectives.
Join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Technology industry. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Technology companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Assessing Tax 2014 provides a detailed analysis of tax rate metrics for 324 companies and highlights tax trends for aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing and metals, and transportation and logistics companies. This issue includes a special report on the surge in international tax controversy.
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Introducing “In depth” (formerly Dataline): A look at financial reporting issues... In depth: The standard is final–A comprehensive look at the new revenue model... Upcoming webcasts on the new revenue standard... and more
Manufacturers are observing how 3D printing (3DP) could disrupt manufacturing processes, impact the traditional supply chain, and increase the demand for the talent needed to apply the technology to their operations.
What customers want in tomorrow’s grocer isn’t all that different from what they want today. Based on the more than 1,000 customers we surveyed, the grocery industry’s future is centered around a simple yet targeted shopping experience that’s tailored to their needs. And while technology will play a more important role than it has historically, it will be just one component of connecting with clients. The grocery shoppers of tomorrow will want a shopping experience that’s tailored to their needs with custom coupons, convenience, and a selection of organic and ethnic foods, according to our new survey.
The webcast will provide PwC insights and survey highlights related to emerging trends and future benefits strategies as well as provide benchmark information. Topics to be covered include: health, welfare and retirement benefits design, costs, contributions and funding, and benefits delivery (e.g. private exchanges) as well as related strategies around health and cost management, fringe benefits and broader well-being.
Technology companies have long relied on M&A to pursue innovation, gain top talent and build competitive advantage. In this webcast, we explore how leaders in other industry sectors can learn from technology company successes in acquiring innovation.
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? Accompanying this comprehensive In depth are the following industry-specific supplements with examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard: (1) aerospace & defense, (2) automotive, (3) communications, (4) engineering & construction, (5) entertainment & media, (6) industrial products/manufacturing, (7) pharmaceuticals, (8) retail & consumer, and (9) technology.
A lot has changed since our Dataline publication series was first introduced many years ago. We’ve recently reevaluated its overall purpose, content, and name. We’ve renamed our Dataline publication series to In depth going forward.
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 the Entertainment & Media sector. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Entertainment & Media companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Join us for an expanded discussion on the specific impacts the new revenue recognition standard will have on the Communications industry. While the new standard will impact companies broadly, there are particular implications to Communications companies that deserve focus as companies plan for implementation.
Our benchmarking of some of the largest companies' conflict minerals filings provides insight into industry trends. We looked at 10 filings for each of the following industries: Aerospace & defense, Automotive, Industrial products, Retail, and Technology.
Sustainability issues are a priority for today’s investors and will continue to become increasingly relevant as institutions seek to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns in both current and future investment decisions. How prepared is your company to present a clear narrative to investors supported by good data?
This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: In the loop: Reporting revenue — new model, new strategy?... Dataline: Revised standard significantly changes criteria for discontinued operations and disclosures for disposals... Webcast reminders: Revenue, EPS and IPOs webcasts next week... and more
GRC Technology has become an increasingly critical factor for driving value (i.e., recovering profitability, increasing efficiency, detecting fraud, etc.) and automating manual compliance and risk management activity in the enterprise. Organizations have increased their adoption of Oracle Advanced Control (“AC”) to improve the oversight of corporate governance, including financial reporting compliance, enterprise risk management (ERM), and related audits. To better understand organizations’ awareness and how organizations are using (or considering using) Advanced Controls technology to drive value in an enterprise, PwC conducted an Oracle Advanced Controls study.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the meaning of risk appetite and the role the board and management play. There is also news about a Delaware court decision on fee-shifting bylaws, the new Venezuelan foreign currency exchange regime and an update on the 2014 shareholder proposals, the proposals for Audit Quality Indicators and the conflict minerals disclosure rule.
Risk oversight continues to be top-of-mind for directors. One area that’s particularly important for boards to better understand is the company’s risk appetite. This publication defines risk appetite as it pertains to the board's oversight of risk management.
Companies often begin their preparations for going public well before they launch the IPO process. There are a number of common accounting and reporting issues that a company will face as part of the IPO process and related areas that are often the focus of SEC reviews. Watch a replay or participate in the on demand (CPE-eligible) version of this webcast.
On May 9, 2014, the IRS released proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) which are intended to clarify the definition of “real property” for purposes of the asset tests applicable to real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). The IRS’s expectation is that taxpayers will be able to utilize the additional guidance in the proposed regulations to analyze whether their assets qualify as real property in lieu of seeking private letter rulings.
Oil and gas company land departments must manage increasing volumes of land data from which they must derive intelligence. Leading companies streamline the integration of land assets, have efficient land services functions, and generate business insight from land data.
In the new norm, leak survey is no longer viewed simply as a compliance activity—it is integrated with risk assessment, work identification, and investment planning to transform integrity management and enhance pipeline safety.
This edition discusses the importance of press releases covering preliminary results, considerations for audit committees before releasing results, and tips for reviewing actual filings. It also includes audit committee considerations regarding financial reporting oversight.
The reporting implications of three legal exchange mechanisms in Venezuela, each with a different exchange rate, are discussed by PwC's Stephanie Stewart, John Bishop and John Horan in a Special Edition of The quarter close.
What are the latest comparable statistics for mergers and acquisitions and active trades in the financial services industry? Check out PwC's quarterly valuation summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors. Insights include: trends in market multiples, related transactions, and transaction benchmarking analysis.
Technology deals for the first quarter of 2014 started strong, continuing the momentum of the second-half surge of 2013. Equity markets remained near record highs and IPO activity remained robust in an improving economy. Software and Internet deals continue to dominate as cloud, mobile and data drive much of the industry focus today.
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.
In the loop is an executive-level series addressing important financial reporting and regulatory issues. Our first edition discusses how changes in private company accounting could affect future deal or financing strategies.
PwC's National Professional Services Group invites you to attend a webcast on Earnings Per Share where we will highlight several current and recurring hot topics related to the calculation of earnings per share (EPS).
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.
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.
This publication provides perspectives on the latest market and economic trends, regulatory activities and legislative changes affecting the real estate industry as well as informed views of the most current developments in operations, business strategy, taxation, compliance and financing.
The planned 2015 FCC auction of spectrum currently used for television broadcast across the United States presents a potential opportunity for broadcasters to monetize a valuable asset – their wireless spectrum – in a new way. Despite this opportunity, multiple concerns surrounding the auction exist including the costs, potential for business disruption, efficiency and effectiveness of such a broad initiative, and the potential impact to channel brand recognition.
The entertainment, media and communications (EMC) deal market is off to a strong start with a few high dollar deals announced in the first quarter. We cover the landscape of deals including private equity and cross-border deals, and dive deep into the emergence of Multi-Channel Networks (MCN) as the new hot property in the digital video space. We recap recent deal activity in the most active sectors, including: Broadcasting, Communications, Internet Related/Information Services, Recreation & Leisure and Film/Content.
Deal activity is off to a good start led by numerous large deals, and confirms our positive outlook for 2014. Core retail trade sales improved in March which may give some rise in optimism for the remainder of the year after a slow start. IPO activity moderates in the first quarter after coming off a strong performance in 2013. However, the R&C pipeline is the strongest the sector has seen in recent years.
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.
5/12/14 | US Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services
Unexpected expenditures and accounting adjustments – like those arising from environmental obligations – can dramatically impact capital budgeting and future earnings. Companies have found that practices vary widely across sectors and both engineering and accounting expertise are critical in assessing environmental obligations.
Sustainability has been on the executive agenda for years and it’s now one of the fastest-growing supply chain management trends. More than two-thirds of 500 supply chain executives say it will play an important role in how they manage their supply chains through 2015. When PwC and APICS Foundation decided to explore what the people responsible for executing on these strategies would say about the topic, an interesting picture emerged. Thirty-nine percent of APICS members, the leading association for supply chain and operations, say company leadership is not providing the mandate, incentives, and resources to turn supply chain sustainability into action. Read this report to find out more.
Did you miss our Mergers & Acquisitions webcast on Tuesday, May 20th? If so, you still have an opportunity to view the webcast and earn CPE credit through our on-demand version. This webcast features Beth Paul, PwC Strategic Thought Leader, Ravi Rao, National Office SEC Services Partner, and Dimitri Drone and Matt Sabatini, both Partners in our Transaction Services group. It covers accounting, financial reporting and valuation considerations in connection with the acquisition of a business.
This issue of IFRS news looks at (1) IASB’s discussion paper on accounting for macro hedging, (2) integrated reporting, (3) IFRS in the US, (4) foreign exchange - a moving target, (5) revenue standard expected in second half of May, (6) IASB’s research programme, (7) leasing deliberations, and (8) Q&As: perpetual debt.
The first 2014 edition of ProxyPulse, a special publication from PwC’s Center for Board Governance and Broadridge Financial Solutions, covers 1,066 shareholder meetings held during the “mini-season” between July 1 and December 31, 2013. It looks at several areas including public company ownership composition, director elections, say-on-pay, proxy material distribution, the mechanics of shareholder voting, and the 2014 proxy season currently underway.
Our US benchmarking service recently published hundreds of metrics that reinforce the business improvement opportunity available to HR departments today - if they can align workforce performance to business strategy, supported by effective data.
On this webcast we will share the results of PwC’s Business Continuity Management Insights Survey, "Business Continuity Beyond Company Walls". A PwC panel of business continuity and vendor risk management leaders will discuss the survey results and provide insight into how companies can gain, manage and integrate vendor resiliency as part of their resiliency and recovery program.
The use of cloud is strategic – it drives business agility and employee productivity. At the same time, organizations are concerned about the risks arising from utilizing cloud based services, but the drive to the cloud is accelerating. Please join PwC’s Cloud Assurance team along with CEO and Co-Founder of Skyhigh Networks, Rajiv Gupta, for this webcast.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on coverage of the PCAOB’s public meeting on its proposed changes to the auditor’s reporting model. The newsletter also contains an analysis of the federal government’s cybersecurity framework, a call by some to raise the shareholder proposal threshold, and the possibility that the SEC may weigh actions on proxy advisory firms. There is some news for audit committees: comments by the CAQ on the EU audit market changes, PwC’s 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study, and a federal court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners held its Spring National Meeting in Orlando, FL from March 27 to April 1. This newsletter contains information on activities that occurred in some of the committees, task forces and working groups that met there.
Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.
Deal activity in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry was off to a slow start in 2014. While aerospace-focused deals are expected to continue at high valuations, the defense mergers & acquisitions (M&A) market remains sluggish. Unless long-term defense priorities become clearer, a sustained increase in the overall pace of A&D M&A is unlikely.
Large deals continue to drive engineering and construction industry mergers and acquisitions, especially in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. Risk aversion is impacting deal activity in emerging markets.
Industrial manufacturing mergers and acquisitions activity rose in the second half of the year, with oil and gas end-markets driving deals in the industrial machinery sector. Deal strategies are expected to shift to growth-oriented transactions in 2014.
Chemical industry mergers and acquisitions increased in advanced economies, with shale gas opportunities playing a major factor in the United States. Chemicals industry companies are pursuing a variety of deal strategies, including joint ventures, spin-offs, and complete divestitures.