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As a timely and important topic of discussion relevant for these turbulent times, PwC recently held a webinar on Hyperinflationary Accounting Implications for Financial Reporting.
Hyperinflation is very high and typically accelerating inflation that erodes the real value of the local currency, as the prices of goods and services increase. Hyperinflation sees rapid and continuing increase in nominal prices, nominal cost of goods and in the supply of currency. General price levels rise even more as the general public try to rid themselves of a devaluing currency as quickly as possible. Government budget deficit financed by currency creation are attributed to this phenomenon as well as uncertain and unprecedented events, sociopolitical upheavals, wars and their adverse impacts.
The core consideration of the discussion was whether Sri Lanka meets the accounting definition of a hyperinflation economy consequent to the pandemic effects exacerbated by the sheer magnitude of economic turbulence. It was noted that the financial year ending December 2022, cannot be termed as a hyperinflationary economy whereas the financial years ending March 2023 and beyond, will need to be viewed through this lens and decided. As such, close monitoring of the economy is needed to understand whether Sri Lanka is moving towards hyperinflationary status.
It was further presented that the regulatory bodies should prepare in advance and assess the impact LKAS 29 Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies will have on various areas of regulatory supervision. They also should take cognizant of certain qualitative factors that need to be evaluated in making a final decision on whether the economy has moved into hyperinflation. The panel highlighted that the corporate management and Boards of Directors need to be aware of the impact of rising inflation have on the budgets, targets and performance evaluation within the entities. The panel also emphasized that decisions taken disregarding extreme levels of inflation could lead to wrong conclusions and business failures.
Aimed at Chairmen, CEOs, MDs, Finance Controllers, Board Directors, Audit Committees and Finance Managers, the webinar overall focused on how corporates should be prepared to apply LKAS29 within a very short period, if Sri Lanka is determined to be hyperinflationary and plan ahead, train the staff and embed LKAS 29 in the organization.
The webinar was facilitated by a qualified and experienced panel, consisting of Malinda Boyagoda, Partner PwC, Sri Lanka; Flavia Maslaton and Sergio Cravero, Partners of PwC Argentina while Thivanka Jayasinghe, Partner, PwC Sri Lanka and Maldives moderated the session.
Speaking at the event, Flavia Maslaton said, “It is important to consider the adjustments needed for internal reports such as budgets and KPIs in a hyperinflationary situation and focus on early awareness and training of staff. Further, it is critical to start preparing with the detailed information early and quantify the effects of applying LKAS 29 for the first time. Companies should also consider enhancements needed to their IT and accounting systems to facilitate some of the complex calculations needed.
Sergio Cravero was of the view that, “At board level, it is crucial to understand the pervasive impact of macroeconomic variables including inflation that may have on an organization’s businesses and its governance”.
“It is important for the corporates to engage early with the tax authorities through their respective trade associations or Chambers to have consensus on how inflationary accounting adjustments will be treated in tax computations. Further, entities operating in regulated industries such as Banking, Insurance should engage with the Regulators to assess regulatory impacts including regulatory reporting implications”, added Malinda Boyagoda
The webinar overall empowered top-tier management and financial experts to weather the headwinds they may experience in the financial reporting for the year ending March 2023. Financial professionals wishing to access the webinar content to further understand the topic can contact PwC.
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