Leases Discount rates

´╗┐Leases Discount rates

What's the correct rate?


September 2017 ifrs



Determining the correct rate


1 At a glance


1.1 Key facts


1.2 Key impacts


2 Lessor discount rate


2.1 Rate implicit in the lease


2.2 Practical issues for lessors


3 Lessee discount rates


3.1 Implicit vs incremental borrowing rate


3.2 Implicit rate ? Lessee issues


3.3 Incremental borrowing rate


4 Specific scenarios


4.1 Property leases


4.2 Group situations


4.3 Reassessments and modifications


4.4 Transition


5 Next steps


5.1 Transition considerations


5.2 Practical steps for the lessee


5.3 Pre-adoption disclosures


Appendix I ? IFRS 16 at a glance


Appendix II ? Transition example


Keeping in touch


About this publication




Determining the correct rate

IFRS 16 Leases requires lessees to bring most leases onto the balance sheet. The new assets and liabilities are initially measured at the present value of the lease payments. But discounted at what rate? This question will be at the heart of many transition projects particularly for lessees. The discount rate affects the amount of the lessee's lease liabilities ? and a host of key financial ratios. The new standard brings forward definitions of discount rates from the current leases standard. But applying these old definitions in the new world of on-balance sheet lease accounting will be tough, especially for lessees. They now need to determine discount rates for most leases previously classified as operating leases. Determining the appropriate discount rate will be particularly demanding at transition. Identifying appropriate discount rates and documenting the basis for these determinations will be a major task ? particularly for a company brave enough to adopt the new standard retrospectively. This publication provides an overview of how to determine the appropriate discount rate and how this will affect your financial statements. We hope it will help you as you prepare to adopt the new standard.

Kimber Bascom Ramon Jubels Sylvie Leger Brian O'Donovan KPMG's global IFRS leases leadership team KPMG International Standards Group

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IFRS 16.63(d), 68 IFRS 16.A

IFRS 16.26 IFRS 16.A IFRS 16.BC161

IFRS 16.5

At a glance

Determining the appropriate discount rate is a key area of judgement.

Key facts


A lessor uses the interest rate implicit in the lease for the purposes of lease classification and to measure the net investment in a finance lease. The interest rate `implicit' in the lease is the discount rate at which: ? the sum of the present value of (i) the lease payments and (ii) the unguaranteed

residual value equals

? the sum of (i) the fair value of the underlying asset and (ii) any initial direct costs of the lessor.


A lessee discounts the lease payments using the interest rate implicit in the lease if this can be readily determined. Otherwise, the lessee uses its incremental borrowing rate. The lessee's `incremental borrowing rate' is the rate of interest that a lessee would have to pay to borrow over a similar term, and with a similar security, the funds necessary to obtain an asset of a similar value to the right-of-use asset in a similar economic environment. That is, the lessee's incremental borrowing rate is specific to: ? the lessee: it is a company-specific rate;

? the term of the arrangement: this will typically be the lease term, unless the lease payments are paid up-front;

? the amount of the funds `borrowed';

? the `security' granted to the lessor: i.e. the nature and quality of the underlying asset; and

? the economic environment: i.e. the jurisdiction and the time at which the lease is entered into, and the currency in which the lease payments are denominated.

A lessee is required to identify a discount rate for all leases other than those for which it elects to apply the recognition exemptions for short-term leases and leases in which the underlying item is of low value.

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1 At a glance 3 1.2 Key impacts

Key impacts

Increased focus on determining the appropriate discount rate. Lessees will need to identify discount rates for most leases, including those previously classified as operating leases under IAS 17 Leases. The exceptions are leases for which the lessee applies the recognition exemptions.

Many lessee financial ratios will be sensitive to the discount rate. While not a free choice, using a higher discount rate will reduce reported liabilities, but other financial ratios will also be affected.


Impact of a higher discount rate for a given lease


Lower, due to lower lease liabilities

Asset turnover Current ratio

Higher, because the right-of-use asset and therefore total assets will be lower

Higher, because the current portion of the lease liability will be lower

Operating profit/earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)

Interest cover

Higher, because depreciation will be lower

Unchanged, because depreciation and interest are both excluded in calculating EBITDA

Lower, because interest expense will be higher

For a single lease, a higher discount rate will accentuate the front-loading of total lease expense impacting, for example, the profile of profit before tax (PBT) and earnings per share (EPS) over the lease term. This is because a higher discount rate reduces total depreciation expense (typically recognised on a straight-line basis) and increases total interest expense (recognised on a front-loaded basis).

New systems and processes. Systems and process changes may be required to capture and assess the data necessary to comply with the new requirements. New calculations and review processes will be needed to determine the discount rate.

Estimates may need to be revised. A lessee will determine a discount rate on lease commencement and may be required to revise it ? e.g. if the lease is modified. This will require ongoing monitoring and increase accounting volatility.

Choice of transition approach will be key. The extent of discount rate information required in 2019 will depend on the transition approach chosen ? e.g. under a retrospective approach, historical discount rates must be determined.

Sufficient documentation. The judgements and assumptions applied in determining the appropriate discount rate will need to be documented.

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