IASB deliberations on draft amendments to IFRS 9 and IFRS 7

At its meeting on 23 January 2024, following its first deliberations, the IASB continued its analysis of the feedbacks received to the Exposure Draft on Amendments to IFRS 9 and IFRS 7 on the classification and Measurement of financial instruments.

Keywords: Mazars, Thailand, IFRS, IASB, SPPI, CLI, IFRS 7, IFRS 9 


General requirements As a reminder, at the IASB meeting on 25 October 2023, the staff papers initially suggested that the SPPI nature of a contingent loan compensation clause could be indicated analysing whether or not the fair value of the clause was insignificant at initial recognition. The IASB has now tentatively decided to: 

  • clarify, in paragraph B4.1.8A of the Exposure Draft, that the quantitative aspect of the adjustment linked to the compensation clause shall be taken into account in the SPPI analysis, in addition to the qualitative analysis linked to the nature of the clause; 
  • clarify, in paragraph B4.1.10A of the Exposure Draft, that, when the nature of a contingent event is not directly related to a change in basic lending risks or costs, a financial asset has contractual cash flows that are SPPI: 
  • when, irrespective of the probability that the contingent event will occur, the contractual cash flows before and after any contingent event(s), considered in isolation, are solely payments of principal and interest; and 
  • when the contractual cash flows arising from a contingent event are not significantly different from the cash flows on a similar financial asset without such a contingent event and do not represent an investment in particular assets or cash flows; 
  • delete from paragraph B4.1.10A of the Exposure Draft the notion of investment “specific to the debtor”, which had received mixed feedback from stakeholders. 

Financial assets with non-recourse features and contractually linked instruments  

Many stakeholders who commented on the Exposure Draft expressed reservations about the existence of alternative structures to avoid applying requirements of the standard for contractually linked instruments (CLIs). This would be the case, for example, where the junior debt instrument is held by the sponsor on initial recognition and subsequently transferred to a third party, with no possible reassessment of the instrument as a CLI. 

The IASB tentatively decided to finalise the proposed amendments in the Exposure Draft, subject to a requirement, under paragraph B4.1.20A, that the junior debt instrument be held by the debtor (the sponsoring entity) throughout the life of the transaction. 

Minor drafting suggestions will also be made to clarify the proposed amendments. The staff papers suggest, in particular: 

  • For assets with non-recourse features: removing the reference to non-recourse feature “throughout the life of the instrument” in paragraph B4.1.16A of the Exposure Draft, to retain only the case of default of the debtor;  
  • For contractually linked instruments: clarifying, in paragraph B4.1.23 of the Exposure Draft, the existence of a rebuttable presumption of SPPI nature when a group of underlying assets includes lease receivables.