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3 IAS Consolidated financial statements stage. D4. Foreign currency . would give a net book value of 2,, ÷ 70 = $29,? (b) Should the rate of. About. An entity may carry on foreign activities in two ways. It may have transactions in foreign currencies or it may have foreign operations. IAS 21 prescribes. IAS International Accounting Standard The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates. This version includes amendments resulting from IFRSs.


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This Standard does not apply to hedge accounting for foreign currency items, including the hedging of a net investment in a foreign operation. IAS 39 applies to . ♢Describe the definitions as per IAS ♢Examine and Assess how foreign .. Are any other journal entries required? download: 20 books at Euro 10 per book. IAS 21 The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates outlines how to account for foreign currency trans­ac­tions and op­er­a­tions in financial state­ments, and also how to translate financial state­ments into a pre­sen­ta­tion currency. SIC Reporting Currency.

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Acquisitions or mergers of companies that are located in other countries are daily business and shareholders of companies are located all over the world. Hence, due to international activities, companies hold many items that are denominated in foreign currencies. Thus, due to fluctuating exchange rates, companies face risks. These risks have to be systematized to be able to develop techniques, which can diminish risks arising from fluctuating exchange rates.

To protect themselves against these kinds of risks or to limit them, companies have various possibilities; mainly these possibilities involve the use of financial instruments.

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Limitation or protection against risks arising from fluctuating exchange rates is known as foreign currency hedging. Not any kind of hedging activity really limits risks. Depending on the kind of risk that shall be hedged, the respective hedging instruments and strategies have to be implemented. Fluctuating exchange rates result in several kinds of risks and thus, hedging foreign currency risks requires the use of several instruments and hedging strategies.

Hence, the kinds of risks have to be identified before hedging strategies are developed. As this paper focuses accounting aspects of foreign currency translation and —hedging, hedging strategies are not discussed here. The valuation of options requires comprehensive knowledge of capital market theory and option-pricing models. Hedges using options as the hedging instruments cannot be discussed here, as option pricing is not an accounting problem. Various translation methods have been created in the last years, but the main question when doing so is which exchange rate shall be used for the translation process.

This leads to the question, whether currency translation shall be a process of translating one currency into another, or if it also is a method to remesurement. To answer this question, it has to be found out, which economical effects on cash flow, income, balance sheet etc. When translating an item using different exchange rates, exchange differences arise.

These exchange differences could be treated in different ways.

They could either be recognized in the income statement, although gains or losses arising from items denominated in foreign currencies might not be realized yet, or exchange differences could initially be realized in equity and be transferred to profit or loss when they are realized.

As well as in the case mentioned above, the economical effects have to be regarded to make sure, that exchange differences are treated in a way, which insures fair presentation and decision usefulness of financial statements. Thus, all financial statements have to be translated into one currency single currency in order to create consolidated financial statements, which contain useful information for the readers.

As the recognition of exchange differences for the calculation of income tax might differ from the treatment required by accounting-standards, the recognition of deferred taxes might be necessary.

In order to limit or even to eliminate the risks companies face due to fluctuating exchange rates they implement foreign currency hedges. In the majority of the cases, financial instruments are used as the hedging instruments. Specific accounting rules for hedge accounting have to be established, because using hedges may request other accounting procedures to ensure fair presentation of the financial statements.

Especially multinational groups broadly use foreign currency hedging to limit or even to eliminate the currency risk they face in their consolidated financial statements.

With a continually increasing international activity of most companies, questions of currency translation processes and hedging activities become more and more important. In this paper, several possibilities of installing hedges and their accounting are demonstrated in examples. These examples are mainly easy-structured to make easy understanding possible and to show and to explain several effects isolated.

A comprehensive real case study is also included in this thesis. In this case study, the before mentioned and explained hedging and accounting possibilities are shown on the real example of a big Chilean company. As not to impede the reading flow and in order to give the case study a compact format without needing theoretical explanations, this part is provided in appendix A.

This risk is defined as the uncertainty of volatility of the economic value of a company, arising from economic and financial exposures[7].

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However, a currency is not at risk because its devaluation is likely. The important point is that devaluations mostly are not certain. If they were certain, there would be no risk at all.

As a matter of course, the risk just arises if the underlying contracts are denominated in a foreign currency, i. Thus, the extend of foreign risk will vary from company to company and also the items effected may vary. To develop instruments for analyzing and managing the foreign currency risks, the exposures are divided into three groups: the translation exposure, the transaction exposure, and the economic exposure. Risks arising from exposures are mostly measured by models as the value-at-risk-concept.

This model makes it possible to calculate the probability that a certain amount of loss is not exceeded. Hence, only multinational companies that prepare consolidated financial statements face translation exposures.

It has been argued that the translation exposure neither affects cash flows, nor supports the risk-reducing-planning processes and therefore it can be ignored for practical purposes.

A company whose local currency is the euro, for example, sells a machine to a customer in the United States. Transaction exposure not only arises from selling or downloading processes, but also always arises whenever future cash flows appear in a foreign currency. Thus, whenever there is a time difference of contract date and payment date, and payments are settled in a foreign currency, transaction exposure occurs.

In contrast to the translation exposure, future cash flows and profits and loses are directly affected. Neither the exact price, nor the payment date are fixed yet and it is very likely that the exchange will differ from the exchange rate, which was the base for the price calculation.

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Thus, the arising exposure is known as contingent exposure. However, only regarding translation exposures and transaction exposures disregards other exposures that may occur in the future. The concept of transaction exposure only deals with foreign currency cash flows arising from already committed contracts or contracts that are likely to be committed in the near future, but transactions, that are neither committed yet, nor will be committed in the near future may also be influenced by currency risk.

The concept of economic exposure deals with the influences of future changes on the market value of the company by considering changes in future cash flows, which arise from fluctuating exchange rates. Hence, the marked value of the company faces economic exposure. Unlike the concept of transaction exposure and translation exposure, the economic exposure regards current impacts as well as future impacts of exchange rate movements.

The exposure of a company that funds most parts of its cash flows in foreign currencies will be higher than the exposure of a company, which primarily funds its cash flows in the local currency.

Furthermore, exposures depend on the number of different currencies, which form part of the cash flow. As transaction exposure regards currency effects on cash flows, it could be considered to be subset of the economic exposure,[25] though the effects of transaction exposures are insignificant compared to the effects of economic exposure, because of the unlimited lifetime of the company, which is assumed in this model.

The concepts should be regarded separately, because they have conduct to different objectives. Whereas the transaction exposure deals with very detailed and short term facts, the economic exposure is used for less detailed issues, which make it necessary to use different instruments of risk analyzing and risk management.

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Cash flows are made up by selling prices, selling quantities and costs and all of those determinants face foreign currency risk. For an exporting company, a devaluating foreign currency may not only lead to declining selling prices measured in local currency but also in declining selling quantities, because the relative prices have changed. This may result in declining selling quantities accompanied by declining cash flows.

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When measuring the economic exposure, various determinants have to be identified, considered and assumed. In theory, it is appropriate to be the base of all management decisions, because it considers influences to the main target, namely the market value of the company, i. If using it as a base for decisions, it has to be regarded that some determinants are estimated and others cannot even be considered because their estimation is impossible. Using this model may help recognizing risks and may provide guidance for avoiding them, but it does not show the total exposure the company faces, because a model including all determinants would be too complex to be handled.

Therefore, companies should take a close look at their foreign currency risk management. Shareholders are also interested in an efficient risk management, because - if done well - it adds value to the company.

Furthermore, the objectives should be examined on their influence to shareholder value. For the above mentioned exposure concepts, various hedging strategies were developed and a short overview will be provided in the following chapters. If the devaluation of a currency is likely, the basic hedging process will be as follows: delay accounts payable, convert foreign currency cash into local currency cash, change local currency borrowings to foreign currency borrowings etc.

But those activities are not necessarily valuable, because the market may already have recognized the devaluation, and therefore the recognition is already reflected in the exchange rates and hedging costs.

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Furthermore, the effects that the translation exposure has on transaction exposure shall be recognized to ensure an efficient hedging strategy. Hedging unrealized gains and losses does not make sense, if the influence of the hedging activities on realized gains and losses is disregarded, because that would mean that effects on the liquidity situations would not be regarded.

The mentioned techniques can be accomplished by means of cash flow adjustment techniques, which means that effects of fluctuation exchange rates on cash flows are controlled by the company. In order to reduce translation exposure. This can be done by altering either the amounts of currencies of planned cash flow of the parent or its foreign operations.

Cash denominated in local currency can be invested in securities denominated in foreign currencies and local accounts receivables can be sold against foreign currency e. Multinational groups may move assets and liabilities denominated in local currency to foreign operations, transfer prices can be adjusted, payment of dividends can be accelerated etc.

By doing this, the translation exposure can be reduced, because the number of items assets denominated in a devaluating currency that face translation exposure was reduced. By immediately selling the asset, which is denominated in a devaluating currency, the translation exposure has been eliminated, because foreign currency has been changed into local currency at the exchange rate of the day, when the initial transaction took place.

The example also illustrates that cash-flows are not influenced. Even if the transaction had not taken place and the value of the land had had to be depreciated, cash flows would not have changed. Just unrealized losses had had to be recognized. Hence, hedging strategies dealing with translation exposure, only regard accounting effects.

However, it is rational to manage translation exposure, as they influence the reported income, which may influence bankruptcy and other costs such as taxes, credit costs etc. To manage the influences of fluctuating exchange rates on cash flows, hedging instruments that deal with transaction risks have to be used.

Therefore, those activities can only be realized long term. The related instruments will be discussed in chapter 2. Thus, there are no short term possibilities to hedge risks arising from transaction exposure by using operative activities. So if such hedge shall be installed, financial instruments have to be used.

Financial instruments can only be used to reduce risks arising from items that face transaction exposure. For example, a forward contract locks in the exchange rate for any transaction denominated in a foreign currency anticipated on a specific future date, which eliminates risks arising from fluctuating exchange rates.

In general, transaction exposure can be eliminated by entering a foreign currency transaction whose cash flows exactly offset the cash flows of the transaction exposure. Trying to avoid transaction exposure by shifting it to suppliers or customers respectively is known as risk shifting.

Transaction exposure does not disappear, it is just shifted to another party. Thus, this method should not be used without having estimated future exchange rates before. Hence, if a company assumes that a foreign currency will devaluate, it will delay lag the payment of a foreign currency denominated account payable.

In what currency are the labor, material and other costs denominated and settled? In what currency are funds from financing activities generated loans, issued equity instruments? And other factors, too. Sometimes, sales prices, labor and material costs and other items might be denominated in various currencies and therefore, the functional currency is not obvious.

In this case, management must use its judgment to determine the functional currency that most faithfully represents the economic effects of the underlying transactions, events and conditions. How to report transactions in Functional Currency Initial recognition Initially, all foreign currency transactions shall be translated to functional currency by applying the spot exchange rate between the functional currency and the foreign currency at the date of the transaction.

The date of transaction is the date when the conditions for the initial recognition of an asset or liability are met in line with IFRS. Subsequently, at the end of each reporting period, you should translate: All monetary items in foreign currency using the closing rate; All non-monetary items measured in terms of historical cost using the exchange rate at the date of transaction historical rate ; All non-monetary items measured at fair value using the exchange rate at the date when the fair value was measured.

How to report foreign exchange differences All exchange rate differences shall be recognized in profit or loss, with the following exceptions: Exchange rate gains or losses on non-monetary items are recognized consistently with the recognition of gains or losses on an item itself.

For example, when an item is revalued with the changes recognized in other comprehensive income, then also exchange rate component of that gain or loss is recognized in OCI, too.

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Change in functional currency When there is a change in a functional currency, then the entity applies the translation procedures related to the new functional currency prospectively from the date of the change. How to translate financial statements into a Presentation Currency When an entity presents its financial in the presentation currency different from its functional currency, then the rules depend on whether the entity operates in a non-hyperinflationary economy or not.

Here, this rule applies for goodwill and fair value adjustments, too. All income and expenses and other comprehensive income items including comparatives using the exchange rates at the date of transactions.

Standard IAS 21 permits using some period average rates for the practical reasons, but if the exchange rates fluctuate a lot during the reporting period, then the use of averages is not appropriate. All resulting exchange differences shall be recognized in other comprehensive income as a separate component of equity. However, when an entity disposes the foreign operation, then the cumulative amount of exchange differences relating to that foreign operation shall be reclassified from equity to profit or loss when the gain or loss on disposal is recognized.

Only then, the same procedures as described above are applied. IAS 21 prescribes the number of disclosures, too. Please watch the following video with the summary of IAS 21 here: Have you ever been unsure what foreign exchange rate to use?