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Companies are not only responding to the lasting impacts of COVID-19 but also adapting to handle similar disruptions in the future. These changes include repositioning themselves and shifting to digital channels, products and services with speed and agility to retain existing customers as well as capture new opportunities.
As companies navigate through this environment, including changes in market strategy and organizational realignment, investors are seeking transparency on the impact of these shifts. Management has the opportunity to better align their segment reporting with their dynamic strategies. Evaluating performance at a more granular level can also help prioritize resources.
Trend analysis for the last two years shows that companies with changes to business segments had positive excess returns after one year compared to companies that did not change their segments.
Purpose driven performance measures explain the value created from new strategies. External stakeholders need this information to accurately value individual businesses.
Segment Disclosures: Investor Perspectives, a study published by the CFA Institute,1 shows that investors rate segment disclosures as important as, or more important than, enterprise-wide disclosures. It allows management to communicate the performance impact from changes in business strategy by providing:
Reassessing segmentation can occur for many reasons, including:
Management determines the discrete financial information required in its internal reporting package to effectively allocate resources and drive its strategy. This information serves as the basis for external segment reporting.
PwC has a team of experienced professionals who can help you navigate through a holistic solution, including:
Linking the company’s performance measures to implement its market strategy and determine discrete information required for its internal reporting package.
Determining communication strategy for timing of disclosures, additional performance metrics and KPIs.
Recasting budgets, projections and cash flow targets for new segments.
Aligning internal controls over financial reporting in light of changes to underlying data, systems and processes.
Evaluating changes to data, systems and processes to capture new segment information, evaluate changes in a test environment and go live.
Governance structure, timeline and roadmap to define milestones, team structure and responsibilities, status reporting and incorporation of digital accelerators.
Developing segmentation methodology, recasting prior periods, drafting technical memos, assessing goodwill implications (i.e., impairment analysis).
Extracting, reconciling and validating data from financial reporting systems including sub-ledgers. Recasting prior periods into financial environment for comparability.
As companies evaluate their business strategy, segment reporting can be a complex and time consuming part of the process. Consider the challenges to implement and operationalize any changes early to prevent surprises and delays.
Contact your PwC advisor or one of our segmentation professionals to discuss the details of your business and reporting strategy.
“Observations from the front lines” provides PwC’s insight on current economic issues, our perspective regarding the financial reporting complexities and what companies should be thinking about to effectively address those issues. For more information, visit www.pwc.com/us/cmaas.