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Cost of investment in a subsidiary

Cost of an investment in a subsidiary, jointly controlled entity or associate


 

This project has been completed.  In May 2008 the IASB issued Amendments to IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards and IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements - Cost of an Investment in a Subsidiary, Jointly Controlled Entity or Associate.

The new requirements will apply for annual periods beginning on 1 January 2009, with earlier application permitted.

The amendments are available on our subscriber Website. Printed copies can be purchased from our Publications Department.

Effect of the Amendments


The amendments to IFRS 1 allow first-time adopters, in their separate financial statements, to use a deemed cost option for determining the cost (in accordance with paragraph 38(a) of IAS 27) of an investment in a subsidiary, jointly controlled entity or associate.

The deemed cost of such an investment shall be its :

  • fair value (determined in accordance with IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement) at the entity�s date of transition to IFRSs; or
  • previous GAAP carrying amount at that date

A first-time adopter may choose either deemed cost option to measure its investment in each subsidiary, jointly controlled entity or associate that it elects to measure using a deemed cost.

The amendments to IAS 27 remove the definition of the �cost method� from paragraph 4 of that standard.

Additionally, when an entity reorganises the structure of its group by establishing a new entity as its parent (subject to specific criteria), the amendments require the new parent to measure cost (for the purpose of paragraph 38(a) of IAS 27) as the carrying amount of its share of the equity items shown in the separate financial statements of the original parent at the date of the reorganisation.

Related information

  • Download the full project report[PDF]
  • View the December 2007 Exposure Draft and Comment Letters received
  • View the January 2007 Exposure Draft and Comment Letters received

Project contact

Amy Schmidt
Project Manager
email:  aschmidt@iasb.org