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CAQ Issues Auditing Request for Proposals for 2018

The Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) has issued a request for proposals (“RFPs”) to finance auditing projects for academic research. This marks the tenth annual request by the CAQ, which is asking for applicants to submit RFPs concerning critical policy issues and topics of interest such as auditor risk assessment, cybersecurity, non-GAAP measures, and professional skepticism. Proposals must be submitted via the CAQ online submission form by March 15, 2018. The CAQ’s Research Advisory Board will review all proposals, and the CAQ will award grants to the selected projects in June 2018.

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Non-GAAP Guidance Updated by Corp Fin Staff

Staff members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) have revised the Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation, Non-GAAP Financial Measures . The update includes guidance concerning business combination transactions and adds the following two questions: Are financial measures included in forecasts provided to a financial advisor and used in connection with a business combination transaction non-GAAP financial measures? Does the exemption from Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K for non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in communications relating to a business combination transaction extend to the same non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in registration statements, proxy statements and tender offer statements? The Compliance and. Read More.

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SEC Chief Accountant Credits Interpretive Guidance for Curbed Misuse of Non-GAAP Measures

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker is crediting the reduced misuse of non-GAAP measures to the Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&Dis”) issued in May 2016. Bricker said the interpretive guidance for Regulation G, regulation covering non-GAAP financial information, has helped companies become better disciplined and disclose to investors the use of non-GAAP measurements. Bricker spoke on the C&DIs in October at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Board Leader’s Summit. He remarked that since the C&DIs were issued, public companies have quit highlighting non-GAAP measures more predominately than their audited results. Companies have also established policies. Read More.

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Investor Advisory Group Seeks Audit Standards for Non-GAAP Measures

Regulators searching for a reliable way to evaluate non-GAAP financial measures so that they aren’t misleading to investors should define their standards based on key performance indicators (“KPIs”) for specific industries.  This guidance is the latest recommendation to come from a working group of the Investor Advisory Group (“IAG”), which is part of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”).   Many public companies feel that U.S. GAAP metrics don’t reflect how they manage their businesses as well as some non-GAAP metrics do. However, non-GAAP measures pose an issue for auditors.   The IAG’s working group is trying to balance. Read More.

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FASB Chairman Wants to Improve Financial Performance Reporting

In a letter this month to constituents, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Russell Golden said the board is considering a project that would improve financial performance reporting to potentially restrict non-GAAP measures. The project, which is in the research stage, gives attention to companies possibly disclosing more descriptive information in their income statements or requiring additional subtotals. The FASB chairman’s letter reflected his opinion that an improved performance or income statement can reduce the amount of nonstandard numbers reported by companies. Golden stressed the importance of studying commonly used non-GAAP measures, commenting that the FASB’s mission is to create. Read More.

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