We requested further information about the write-down of inventories in the year including the specific circumstances giving rise to this adjustment. To the extent the write-down related to inventory brought forward from the prior year, we asked for the rationale for treating the adjustment as a change in accounting estimate rather than a prior period error in accordance with IAS 8 ‘Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors’. We were satisfied by the company’s response.
Acquisition of DRI
In relation to the acquisition of Dynamic Research Incorporated (“DRI”) in 2019, we sought an explanation for the adjustment to the provisional fair value of goodwill following finalisation of the deferred tax position. We were satisfied with the company’s explanation and its undertaking to disclose, in the 2021 accounts, why no deferred tax liability arose on the assets acquired.
Impairment testing of goodwill
We asked the company to explain how the pre-tax discount of 6%, used to determine the value in use of the principal cash generating units, was calculated, including how it was derived from the company’s post-tax weighted average cost of capital, which was also 6%. The company provided the information requested, indicating in its response that there had been no adjustment to the post-tax weighted average cost of capital to reflect a pre-tax rate. In this instance, we considered that this issue was unlikely to have a significant impact on the company’s accounts. In closing the matter, we requested that the company apply paragraph A20 of IAS 36 ‘Impairment of Assets’ in the future, which states that when the basis used to estimate the discount rate is post-tax, that basis is adjusted to reflect a pre-tax rate.
Policy for leases
We asked the company to describe its accounting policy for leases which it provided together with an undertaking to disclose the policy in its next accounts.
Short term deposits
We queried whether the maturity threshold of short-term deposits included in cash and cash equivalents related to three months or less remaining from the date of acquisition or the reporting date and, where relevant, requested details of those deposits with a maturity greater than three months from the date of acquisition. The company clarified that short term deposits included an amount of £5m with a maturity date of more than three months from the date of acquisition. As, on reflection, the company did not consider the £5m deposit to meet the definition of cash equivalents in paragraph 7 of IAS 7 ‘Statement of Cash Flows’, it undertook to reclassify retrospectively those deposits from cash and cash equivalents to short term investments in its 2021 accounts.
Other finance expense
We asked for an explanation of other finance expense of £0.6m included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income. The company provided the information requested and undertook to make clear the nature of this expense in the comparative information to the 2021 accounts.