(b) Prepare a consolidated statement of financial position of the Ribby Group at 31 May 2008 in accordance
with International Financial Reporting Standards. (35 marks)
(c) On 1 May 2007 Sirus acquired another company, Marne plc. The directors of Marne, who were the onlyshareholders, were offered an increased profit share in the enlarged business for a period of two years after thedate of acquisition as an incentive to accept the purchase offer. After this period, normal remuneration levels willbe resumed. Sirus estimated that this would cost them $5 million at 30 April 2008, and a further $6 million at30 April 2009. These amounts will be paid in cash shortly after the respective year ends. (5 marks)Required:Draft a report to the directors of Sirus which discusses the principles and nature of the accounting treatment ofthe above elements under International Financial Reporting Standards in the financial statements for the yearended 30 April 2008.
(d) Sirus raised a loan with a bank of $2 million on 1 May 2007. The market interest rate of 8% per annum is tobe paid annually in arrears and the principal is to be repaid in 10 years time. The terms of the loan allow Sirusto redeem the loan after seven years by paying the full amount of the interest to be charged over the ten yearperiod, plus a penalty of $200,000 and the principal of $2 million. The effective interest rate of the repaymentoption is 9·1%. The directors of Sirus are currently restructuring the funding of the company and are in initialdiscussions with the bank about the possibility of repaying the loan within the next financial year. Sirus isuncertain about the accounting treatment for the current loan agreement and whether the loan can be shown asa current liability because of the discussions with the bank. (6 marks)Appropriateness of the format and presentation of the report and quality of discussion (2 marks)Required:Draft a report to the directors of Sirus which discusses the principles and nature of the accounting treatment ofthe above elements under International Financial Reporting Standards in the financial statements for the yearended 30 April 2008.
4 The transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) involves major change for companies as IFRSsintroduce significant changes in accounting practices that were often not required by national generally acceptedaccounting practice. It is important that the interpretation and application of IFRSs is consistent from country tocountry. IFRSs are partly based on rules, and partly on principles and management’s judgement. Judgement is morelikely to be better used when it is based on experience of IFRSs within a sound financial reporting infrastructure. It ishoped that national differences in accounting will be eliminated and financial statements will be consistent andcomparable worldwide.Required:(a) Discuss how the changes in accounting practices on transition to IFRSs and choice in the application ofindividual IFRSs could lead to inconsistency between the financial statements of companies. (17 marks)