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Ind-AS pulls down listed cos' profit 6.2%, says Grant Thornton

Companies in construction, engineering and infra sectors were hit the most with profit down 117.5%

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai 

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Adoption of the new (IndAS) resulted in a 6.2 per cent decline in the reported net profit of 500-plus listed for the financial year ended March 2016.

The decline of Rs 13,680 crore, on average, over the reported numbers for the same year under the earlier accounting standard, Indian GAAP, is shown in a study by accountants The net worth of these has, however, improved by 1.7 per cent, on average, said to reflect the net result of certain accounting policy choices made by these upon transition to Ind-AS.

"Though different sectors of the economy have reported varied impacts due to transition to Ind-AS, it is important to read the message underlying these reported numbers. What is important is the accounting policy choices made, the reasons behind these choices and important judgment and estimates applied by their management," said Siddharth Talwar, partner,

in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors were hit the most, with profit down 117.5 per cent. Profit in the manufacturing sector, a little more than 40 per cent of the 500-plus covered, dipped 42 per cent. Entities in logistics, telecom and real estate, however, showed a positive impact on profit.

While fair valuation of financial instruments and property, plant and equipment (PPE), and intangible assets had increased the net worth substantially, the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers in line with IndAS had a negative impact. Adjustments in the area of financial instruments have positively impacted the net worth by 1.8 per cent. For PPE and intangible assets, the adjustments upon IndAS transition boosted the net worth for these by 4.1 per cent.

Financial instruments, PPE and intangible assets are also the areas where have experienced the highest negative impact on their total income under Ind-AS vis-à-vis the reported I-GAAP profitability. The former resulted in a negative impact of 4.7 per cent, while the latter resulted in a decline of  8.3 per cent.                     

"If one goes deeper into these numbers, there are a few common threads across most sectors -– the areas of financial instruments, property, plant & equipment and revenue recognition have had a considerable impact on profitability and net worth of all sectors, warranting several decision-making points by financial statement preparers to reflect the true commercial substance and business rationale," said Talwar.

First Published: Thu, September 07 2017. 19:30 IST