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4.5: Notes to Financial Statements

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    • Henry Dauderis and David Annand
    • Athabasca University via Lyryx Learning
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    LO3 – Explain the purpose and content of notes to financial statements.

    As an integral part of its financial statements, a company provides notes to the financial statements. In accordance with the disclosure principle, notes to the financial statements provide relevant details that are not included in the body of the financial statements. For instance, details about property, plant, and equipment are shown in Note 4 in the following sample notes to the financial statements. The notes help external users understand and analyze the financial statements.

    Although a detailed discussion of disclosures that might be included as part of the notes is beyond the scope of an introductory financial accounting course, a simplified example of note disclosure is shown below for Big Dog Carworks Corp.

    Big Dog Carworks Corp.
    Notes to the Financial Statements
    For the Year Ended December 31, 2018

    1. Nature of operations
      The principal activity of Big Dog Carworks Corp. is the servicing and repair of vehicles.
    2. General information and statement of compliance with IFRS
      Big Dog Carworks Corp. is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in Canada. Its registered office and principal place of business is 123 Fox Street, Owlseye, Alberta, T1K 0L1, Canada. Big Dog Carworks Corp.'s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

      The financial statements of Big Dog Carworks Inc. have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued the International Accounting Standards Boards (IASB).

      The financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 were approved and authorised for issue by the board of directors on March 17, 2019.

    3. Summary of accounting policies
      The financial statements have been prepared using the significant accounting policies and measurement bases summarized below.
      1. Revenue

        Revenue arises from the rendering of service. It is measured by reference to the fair value of consideration received or receivable.

      2. Operating expenses

        Operating expenses are recognized in the income statement upon utilization of the service or at the date of their origin.

      3. Borrowing costs

        Borrowing costs directly attributable to the acquisition, construction, or production of property, plant, and equipment are capitalized during the period of time that is necessary to complete and prepare the asset for its intended use or sale. Other borrowing costs are expensed in the period in which they are incurred and reported as interest expense.

      4. Property, plant, and equipment

        Land held for use in production or administration is stated at cost. Other property, plant, and equipment are initially recognized at acquisition cost plus any costs directly attributable to bringing the assets to the locations and conditions necessary to be employed in operations. They are subsequently measured using the cost model: cost less subsequent depreciation.

        Depreciation is recognized on a straight-line basis to write down the cost, net of estimated residual value. The following useful lives are applied:

        • Buildings: 25 years
        • Equipment: 10 years
        • Truck: 5 years

        Residual value estimates and estimates of useful life are updated at least annually.

      5. Income taxes

        Current income tax liabilities comprise those obligations to fiscal authorities relating to the current or prior reporting periods that are unpaid at the reporting date. Calculation of current taxes is based on tax rates and tax laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the end of the reporting period.

      6. Share capital

        Share capital represents the nominal value of shares that have been issued.

      7. Estimation uncertainty

        When preparing the financial statements, management undertakes a number of judgments, estimates, and assumptions about the recognition and measurement of assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. Information about estimates and assumptions that have the most significant effect on recognition and measurement of assets, liabilities, income, and expenses is provided below. Actual results may be substantially different.

    4. Property, plant, and equipment

      Details of the company's property, plant, and equipment and their carrying amounts at December 31 are as follows:


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    5. Borrowings

    Borrowings include the following financial liabilities measured at cost:

    Current Non-Current
    2018 2017 2018 2017
    Demand bank loan $ 20,000 $ 52,250 $ -0- $ -0-
    Subordinated shareholder loan 13,762 30,000 -0- -0-
    Mortgage 5,238 -0- 163,145 -0-

    Total carrying amount




    $ -0-

    The bank loan is due on demand and bears interest at 6% per year. It is secured by accounts receivable and inventories of the company.

    The shareholder loan is due on demand, non-interest bearing, and unsecured.

    The mortgage is payable to First Bank of Capitalville. It bears interest at 5% per year and is amortized over 25 years. Monthly payments including interest are $960. It is secured by land and buildings owned by the company. The terms of the mortgage will be re-negotiated in 2021.

    6. Share capital

    The share capital of Big Dog Carworks Corp. consists of fully-paid common shares with a stated value of $1 each. All shares are eligible to receive dividends, have their capital repaid, and represent one vote at the annual shareholders' meeting. There were no shares issued during 2017 or 2018.

    This page titled 4.5: Notes to Financial Statements is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Henry Dauderis and David Annand (Lyryx Learning) .

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