SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. – Annual report – 31 December 2018
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (extracts)
B) NEW STANDARDS, AMENDMENTS AND AN INTERPRETATION ADOPTED IN 2018 (extract)
ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO IFRS 2
The impact from the adoption of amendments to IFRS 2 relate to share-based payment transactions that are unvested at the date that an entity first applies the amendments, i.e., January 1, 2018 for SNC-Lavalin, and to share-based payment transactions with a grant date on or after that date. As per the amendments to IFRS 2, vesting conditions, other than market conditions, are to be taken into account by adjusting the number of awards included in the measurement of the liability arising from the transaction. The amount of the liability has to be based on the best available estimate of the number of awards that are expected to vest.
As at January 1, 2018, the Company estimated the number of its unvested share units that will eventually vest and recognized the effect of the remeasurement in the opening retained earnings of $4.2 million ($3.0 million net of taxes), with a corresponding decrease to the share unit plans’ liabilities.
The Company adopted the amendments to IFRS 2 in accordance with its transitional provisions and did not restate comparative figures.
X) SHARE-BASED PAYMENTS
Stock options granted to employees are measured at their fair value at the grant date. The estimated fair value of the stock options is determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model.
The fair value determined at the grant date of the stock options is expensed on a straight-line basis over the shorter of the vesting period or the term over which an employee becomes eligible to retire, based on the Company’s estimate of stock options that will eventually vest. At the end of each reporting period, the Company revises its estimate of the number of stock options expected to vest and the impact of such revision, if any, is recognized in net income.
The 2017 Performance Share Unit plan (“2017 PSU plan”), 2014 Performance Share Unit plan (“2014 PSU plan”), Restricted Share Unit plan (“RSU plan”), 2009 Deferred Share Unit plan (“2009 DSU plan”), and Deferred Share Unit plan (“DSU plan”) are collectively referred as “share unit plans”. For share units granted to employees under the share unit plans, a liability is recognized and measured at the fair value of the liability, which is based on the Company’s share price. At the end of each reporting period until the liability is settled, and at the date of settlement, the fair value of the liability is remeasured, with any changes in fair value recognized in net income for the period. From January 1, 2018, the fair value of the grants of share units is expensed in the income statement on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on the Company’s estimate of share units that will eventually vest (see note 2B).