News June 2018 Investor perspectives on the reporting of performance metrics

Investor perspectives on the reporting of performance metrics

22 June 2018

Investors are calling on companies to reassess how they report their performance metrics, according to a new report from the Financial Reporting Lab (the Lab). The metrics chosen by companies to report their performance should be clearly aligned to the company’s strategic goals, be transparent on how they are calculated and provide sufficient information that allows comparisons to be made to previous years’ performance.

The report, ‘Performance metrics – an investor perspective’, sets out investors’ views on the reporting of performance metrics, which were presented yesterday (Thursday 21 June 2018) at its conference, ‘Reporting Now’.  It is the outcome of the first phase of the Lab’s project on performance metrics.  It includes a framework and set of questions for companies and their boards to consider when deciding on how they report their performance.

The report supplements the current regulatory focus on the reporting of performance following the guidance on Alternative Performance Measures issued by the European Securities and Markets Authority and the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) reviews on the application of that guidance.

The next phase of the project will seek to identify examples of how these principles can be put into practice. Investors and company representatives should contact to take part in the next phase of the project.  

Phil Fitz-Gerald, Director of the Financial Reporting Lab, said,

“The Lab’s report highlights the importance of ensuring that there is a clear link between the metrics reported by a company and what the company is trying to achieve. The Lab’s report sets out the questions that companies should ask themselves to ensure that the metrics they choose are of most help to investors.”

The Lab’s report ‘Performance metrics – an investor perspective’ can be found here.

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