The SID Audit Committee Chapter



AC Chapter Pit Stops

The first AC Chapter Committee has organized a series of “pit stop” sessions to specially help AC Chapter members deep dive into specific areas of significance to ACs in 2017.

Date     :   8 January 2018, 0900 to 1100
Partner:   Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP and PwC LLP

Topic:  Financial Reporting and Audit Considerations for 2018
Rapid changes are taking place in Singapore’s audit and financial reporting landscape. 2017 saw the implementation of the enhanced auditor’s reports (EARs), which provided investors with greater transparency over the audit process. 2018 will see the next wave of accounting changes. Two major new accounting standards will be effective: FRS 109 Financial Instruments and FRS 115 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. At the same time, Singapore listed companies will apply a new financial reporting framework identical to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).


    Held on 16 November 2017, 0900 to 1100
    Partner:   EY

    Topic:  Demystifying Sustainability Reporting and Integrated Reporting
    The SGX has made sustainability reporting a requirement on a “comply or explain” basis with effect from financial year 2017 onwards. Over time, annual reports are expected to evolve beyond reporting of statutory financial performance to disclosing fully the value created by the enterprise and how it will be sustained in the future.
    The session will:

    • Address the rationale for non-financial reporting and help participants on their journey of non-financial reporting.
    • Discuss the principles and requirements of both sustainability reporting and integrated reporting.
    • Provide participants with an understanding of the key differences between the two reporting frameworks, and the suitability of each reporting framework to their companies.

    Held on 3 November 2017, 0900 to 1100
    Partner:   Deloitte & Touche

    Topic:  The Critical Role of ACs in Valuation and Impairment of Assets
    Many board members often lament that the capital markets undervalue their companies due to the lack of appreciation for their businesses. Yet in many cases, companies have not developed their own rigorous, detailed perspective on what value lies within their companies. An honest assessment of a company’s value lies at the heart of this issue.

      Held on 7 September 2017, 0900 to 1100
      Partner:   PwC

      Topic:  Practical Implications of FRS 109 Accounting for Financial Instruments
      The new Standard introduces significant changes in the accounting for financial instruments, particularly in the areas of classification and measurement, impairment and hedge accounting. In this seminar, you will learn how FRS 109 affects various balance sheet items including trade receivables, intercompany loans, investments, contract assets and the profitability of the company using practical examples. We will also share key governance questions to ask your management to ensure FRS 109 had been applied appropriately.

      Course Objectives

      • High level overview of the key requirements of FRS 109 and differences with FRS 39 from a corporate perspective.
      • Key impact of the Standard to a company’s financial performance and systems, process and data requirements.
      • Key implementation challenges and typical timeline with examples from companies undergoing the implementation process.
      • Key governance questions directors should be asking in relation to the Standard.

      Held on 27 July 2017, 0900 to 1100
      Partner:   KPMG

      Topic:  Practical Implications of FRS 115 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
      ACRA and ASC have issued reminders to directors to pay attention to the significance of and changes in FRS 115. The session will focus on the most common issues faced by companies when implementing the new standard:

      • How should a company approach the analysis?
      • Who needs to be involved in such a project and how to drive the change?
      • What IT implications arise from these changes? 
      • What process and control measures should be taken to maintain the high level of control effectiveness?
      • What are the lessons learnt from the experience of companies that have early adopted the standard?

      Held on 12 April 2017, 0900 to 1100
      Partner:   ACRA

      Topic:  FRSP and AQIs
      This Pit Stop will cover two of ACRA’s key regulatory programmes, the FRSP and the AQIs Disclosure Framework,  targeted  at  helping  audit  committees  raise  the  quality  bar  of  financial  reporting  and  audit  in Singapore.

      • Case studies developed from real-life cases with practical tips on how audit committees could detect red flags and pick up potential irregularities in financial statements; and
      • “Restatements-first” policy and other revised FRSP processes taking place from 1 April 2017 geared towards involving more stakeholders in the review process.

      Held on 16 February 2017, 0900 to 1100
      Partner:   Deloitte

      Topic:  Relevance of the Enhanced Auditor’s Report to Directors, ACs and Management
      The enhanced auditor’s report is effective for audits of financial statements for periods ending on or after 15 December 2016. The session covered what the changes are from the conventional audit report, with particular emphasis on:

      • Key audit matters (KAM) and the role of the ACs and management in relation to them.
      • Going concern, especially in “close-call” situations.
      • “Other Information” which is usually the annual report (other than the financial statement) and the added importance attached to it in the enhanced audit report. 

      The session also discussed how ACs should prepare for the AGM in the light of the enhanced auditor’s report.

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