Panel Concludes Enquiry on Royal Bank of Scotland Accounting for Joint Venture
FRRP PN 84
08 Jun 2005
The Financial Reporting Review Panel (the Panel) has had under consideration the report and accounts of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the five years ended 31 December 2004.
The matter at issue was the accounting for Tesco Personal Finance Group Limited (TPFG) which RBS fully consolidated in its group accounts as a subsidiary throughout the period under review.
The Panel is of the view that, although RBS owns the majority of the voting shares, TPFG fulfills the definition of a joint venture as set out in Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 9, ‘Associates and joint ventures’ and should therefore have been accounted for using the gross equity method throughout the period under review.
International financial reporting standards will apply to RBS for future accounting periods and as TPFG qualifies as a joint venture under IFRS, the company will be accounted for as such, using proportionate consolidation, in future sets of accounts.
In the light of RBS’ announcement today, showing the effect of accounting for TPFG for 2004 under the gross equity method and under proportionate consolidation the Panel considers its enquiry, which commenced on 6 July 2004, as concluded.
Notes to Editors
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