Ind AS 29, Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies

Ind AS 29

Ind AS 29, Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies: Ind AS 29 shall be applied to the financial statements, including the consolidated financial statements, of any entity whose functional currency is the currency of a hyperinflationary economy.

Ind AS 29

The Standard does not establish an absolute rate at which hyperinflation is deemed to arise. It is a matter of judgement when restatement of financial statements in accordance with this Standard becomes necessary. Hyperinflation is indicated by  characteristics of  the economic environment of  a country which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the general population prefers to keep its wealth in non-monetary assets or in a relatively stable foreign currency. Amounts of local currency held are immediately invested to maintain purchasing power;
  • the general population regards monetary amounts not in terms of the local currency but in terms of a relatively stable foreign    Prices may be quoted in that currency;
  • sales and purchases on credit take place at prices that compensate for the expected loss of purchasing power during the credit period, even if the period is short;
  • interest rates, wages and prices are linked to a price index; and
  • the cumulative inflation rate over three years is approaching, or exceeds, 100%.

The financial statements of an entity whose functional currency is  the  currency of a hyperinflationary economy, whether they are based on a historical cost approach or a current cost approach shall be stated in terms of the   measuring   unit   current   at   the   end    of    the    reporting    period. The corresponding figures for the previous period required by Ind AS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements, and any information  in  respect  of earlier periods shall also be stated in terms  of  the measuring unit  current at the end of the reporting period. For the purpose of presenting comparative amounts in a different presentation currency, paragraphs 42(b) and 43 of Ind AS 21, The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates, apply.

The gain or loss on the net monetary position shall be  included in  profit or  loss and separately disclosed.

The restatement of financial statements in accordance with this Standard requires the application of certain procedures as well as judgement. The consistent application of these procedures and judgements from period to period is more important than the precise accuracy of the resulting amount s included in the restated financial statements.

The restatement of financial statements in accordance  with  this  Standard may give rise to differences between the carrying amount of individual assets and liabilities in the balance sheet and their tax bases. These differences are accounted for in accordance with Ind AS 12, Income Taxes.

The restatement of financial statements in accordance with this Standard requires the use of a general price index that reflects changes in general purchasing power. It is preferable that all entities  that report in the currency  of the same economy use the same index.

When an economy ceases to be hyperinflationary and an entity discontinues the preparation and presentation of financial statements prepared in accordance with this Standard, it shall treat the amounts expressed in the measuring unit current at the end of the previous reporting  period  as  the basis for the carrying amounts in its subsequent financial statements.

Appendix A of Ind AS 29 provides guidance on  how  to  apply  the requirements of Ind AS 29 in a reporting period in which  an  entity identifies  the existence of hyperinflation in the economy of  its  functional  currency,  when that economy was not hyperinflationary in the prior period,  and  the entity therefore restates its financial statements in accordance with Ind AS

29. The Appendix prescribes that in the reporting period in which an entity identifies the existence of hyperinflation in the economy of its functional currency, not having been hyperinflationary in the  prior  period,  the  entity shall apply the requirements of Ind AS 29 as if the economy had always been hyperinflationary. At the end of the reporting period, deferred tax items are recognised and measured in accordance with Ind AS 12.

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