Applying the Latest SFRS(I)16: Leases – Including COVID-19 Exceptions


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Under the latest SFRS(I) 16 Leases, a lessee will now have to recognise all leases in the Balance Sheet. Implementing this standard will therefore require significant judgements, changes and modifications. Companies will now have to identify and review all lease contracts, identify the lease, determine the lease term, determine the present value of the right-of-use (ROU) asset and liability and prepare the new disclosures. In addition, the new FRS requires re-measurement of lease liabilities arising from modifications to the lease agreement.

This programme is designed specifically for accountants and finance leaders. This technical workshop will use practical and numerical examples to discuss best practices in handling the new requirements, avoiding the pitfalls and how to implement the latest SFRS(I) 16.

Programme Outline

The Rationale behind SFRS(I) 16 Leases

  • The IASB’s Leases Project
  • Comparison between current and new standard:
    • Similarities
      •  Lessees to recognize ROU assets and lease liabilities,
      •  Definition of a lease
    • Differences
      • Single lessee model instead of a dual model
      • Additional recognition exemption for lessees
      • Option for lessees to account bundled arrangement as a single lease and use estimates to separate lease components and service components in bundled arrangements
        • Simplified measurement for inflation-linked and variable lease payments as well as simplified reassessment requirements for variable lease payments and optional lease payments
        •  Different disclosure requirements
        •  Transition options
        • Additional disclosure requirements for lessors
        • Divergence between IFRS & US GAAP on lease accounting 

Key changes – what does this mean for businesses?

  • Analyse and review the impact on companies’ financial statements:
    • Statement of financial position
    • Statement of comprehensive income
    • Statement of cash flows

 Numerical illustrations and Practical examples

  • Illustrative approach to the application of the new accounting treatment of lease contracts:
    • Prepare journal entries for financial statements
    • Examine the types of presentation disclosure requirements
    • Find out the impact on financial ratios

 Transitional Provisions

  • How has the accounting treatment changed?
  • What are the transitional provisions?

 Next Steps in Preparing and Implementing the New Standard

  • Broad recommendations on requirements for businesses transiting from the current to adopting the new standard

 Recent COVID-19 related amendments to SFRS (I) 16

What you will learn

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Examine the significant differences between the new and the current leasing standard
  • Explore the link between the new revenue standard (FRS 115) and SFRS(I) 16
  • Identify and combat the implementation challenges of the new standard
  • Learn how the new requirements will be accounted for in practice
  • Enhance your understanding on the key concepts in the accounting treatment of leases
  • Recent COVID-19 related amendments to SFRS(I) 16

Target Audience

Anyone who needs to be aware of the recent changes and updates in the Singapore Financial Reporting Standards   

  • Finance Directors
  • Financial Controllers      
  • Finance Managers          
  • Accountants
  • Auditors

Expert Speaker

Low Kin Yew is an Associate Professor of Accounting (Practice) at the Nanyang Business School of Nanyang Technological University and the School’s Associate Dean (Undergraduate Academic). He has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 Since joining the Nanyang Business School, he has taught accounting and auditing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate (MSc, MBA and EMBA) levels. He has won the Researcher, Teacher and Teacher of the Year Award of the Division (Accounting), and the Nanyang Excellence Award in Teaching. Prior to joining Nanyang Technological University, he worked in the Singapore office and Sydney (Australia) office of a Big 4 accounting firm. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) and Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He is currently a member of SAC Learning and Assessment Committee, and AGD’s Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards for Statutory Boards. He is a co-author of two accounting textbooks: A Practical Guide to Financial Reporting Standards (Singapore), 5th edition, 2013, CCH, and Intermediate Accounting IFRS Edition, Global edition 2, 2019, McGraw Hill.

This is a face-to-face event to be conducted on 13th October 2021.

  • Oct 13
    • Early Bird 15% Discount - Apply Promotional Code: EBF15 $454.75 incl. GST (7%)
    • $535.00 incl. GST (7%)
    Wed, 9:00 AM - Wed, 5:00 PM Hotel Venue to be Advised
    • Early Bird 15% Discount - Apply Promotional Code: EBF15 $454.75 incl. GST (7%)
    • $535.00 incl. GST (7%)
    • PD hours: 7

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