IFRS 16 adopted, modified retrospective method, certain paras 51-60 lessee disclosures, policies

GlaxoSmithKline plc – Annual report – 31 December 2019

Industry: pharmaceuticals

1. Presentation of the financial statements (extract)
Implementation of IFRS 16 ‘Leases’
The Group has applied IFRS 16 ‘Leases’ with effect from 1 January 2019. IFRS 16 introduces new requirements for the definition of a lease, lessee accounting and lessor accounting as well as a number of new disclosures.

In general, all leases within the scope of IFRS 16 are required to be brought on to the balance sheet by lessees, recognising a ‘right-of-use’ asset and a related lease liability at the commencement of the lease. The subsequent accounting is similar to the finance lease model set out in IAS 17. IFRS 16 establishes a control model for the identification of leases, distinguishing between leases and service contracts on the basis of whether there is an identified asset controlled by the customer.

GSK has adopted IFRS 16 applying the modified retrospective approach, and accordingly prior year results have not been restated. For larger leases (leases with annual payments of £1 million or more), the right of use asset at 1 January 2019 was calculated based on the original lease inception date and for smaller leases (leases with annual payments of less than £1 million) the right of use asset was set equal to the lease liability at 1 January 2019, adjusted for any prepaid or accrued lease payments, onerous lease provisions and business combination fair value adjustments. Any difference between the previous carrying amount and the revised carrying amount at 1 January 2019 has been recognised as an adjustment to opening retained earnings at 1 January 2019.

The Group has applied the definition of a lease and related guidance set out in IFRS 16 to all lease contracts entered into either before the date of initial application or after. There have been no significant changes as a result for the vast majority of contracts.

The following permitted practical expedients were applied at transition:
– The right-of-use asset at the date of transition was adjusted by the amount of the existing onerous lease provision at 31 December 2018, without re-assessment.
– Leases ending within 12 months of the transition date were treated as short-term leases on a lease-by-lease basis.
– Initial direct costs were excluded from the measurement of the right of use asset at the transition date on a lease-by-lease basis.
– Hindsight was applied, such as in determining the lease term where contracts contained options to extend or terminate the lease.

The weighted average incremental borrowing rate applied to lease liabilities recognised on 1 January 2019 was 3.13%.

Impact of IFRS 16 on each balance sheet line item
The table below shows the amount of adjustment for each financial statement line item affected by the application of IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019.


The £98 million reduction in property, plant and equipment arose from the transfer of asset retirement obligations and existing finance leases to right of use assets. The £160 million adjustment to other non-current liabilities arose from business combination fair value adjustments which were derecognised on the transition to IFRS 16 with a corresponding adjustment to right of use assets.

The application of IFRS 16 has had no material impact on the Group’s income statement and earnings per share, or on overall cash flows for the Group. However, the presentation of the lease payments in the cash flow statement has changed, resulting in an increase to the net cash inflow from operating activities, and hence free cash flow, and a corresponding increase in the net cash outflow from financing items (split between interest paid and repayment of lease liabilities).

The reconciliation between operating lease commitments previously reported for the year ended 31 December 2018, discounted at the Group’s incremental borrowing rate, and the lease liabilities recognised in the balance sheet on initial application of IFRS 16 is as follows:


2. Accounting principles and policies (extracts)
Leases (applicable from 1 January 2019)
The Group recognises right of use assets under lease arrangements in which it is the lessee. Rights to use assets owned by third parties under lease agreements are capitalised at the inception of the lease and recognised on the consolidated balance sheet. The corresponding liability to the lessor is recognised as a lease obligation within short and long-term borrowings. The carrying amount is subsequently increased to reflect interest on the lease liability and reduced by lease payments made.

For calculating the discounted lease liability on leases with annual payments of £2 million or more, the implicit rate in the lease is used. If this is not available, the incremental borrowing rate with a lease specific adjustment is used. If neither of these is available, and for leases with annual payments of less than £2 million, the incremental borrowing rate is used. The incremental borrowing rate is calculated at the rate of interest at which GSK would have been able to borrow for a similar term and with a similar security the funds necessary to obtain a similar asset in a similar market.

Finance costs are charged to the income statement so as to produce a constant periodic rate of charge on the remaining balance of the obligations for each accounting period.

Variable rents are not part of the lease liability and the right of use asset. These payments are charged to the income statement as incurred. Short-term and low-value leases are not capitalised and lease rentals are also charged to the income statement as incurred.

Non-lease components are accounted for separately from the lease components in plant and equipment leases but are not separately accounted for in land and buildings or vehicle leases.

If modifications or reassessments occur, the lease liability and right of use asset are re-measured.

Right of use assets where title is expected to pass to GSK at a point in the future are depreciated on a basis consistent with similar owned assets. In other cases, right of use assets are depreciated over the shorter of the useful life of the asset or the lease term.

Leases (applicable up to 31 December 2018)
Leasing agreements which transfer to the Group substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership of an asset are treated as finance leases, as if the asset had been purchased outright. The assets are included in PP&E or computer software and the capital elements of the leasing commitments are shown as obligations under finance leases. Assets held under finance leases are depreciated on a basis consistent with similar owned assets or the lease term, if shorter. The interest element of the lease rental is included in the income statement. All other leases are operating leases and the rental costs are charged to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

8. Operating profit (extract)


12. Finance expense


All derivatives accounted for at fair value through profit or loss, other than designated and effective hedging instruments (see Note 43, ‘Financial instruments and related disclosures’), are classified as held-for-trading financial instruments. Finance expense arising on derivatives at fair value through profit or loss relates to swap interest expense. The prior year figures in finance expense arising on lease liabilities related to interest arising on finance leases under the previous leasing standard, IAS 17, which was originally reported in ‘Other finance expense’. In 2018, other finance expense included a £39 million charge for interest relating to historical income tax settlements.

18. Right of use assets


The total cash outflow for leases amounted to £214 million. There were no significant lease commitments for leases not commenced at year-end.

An analysis of lease liabilities is set out in Note 29, ‘Net debt’.

29. Net debt (extract)


Lease liabilities
The maturity analysis of discounted lease liabilities recognised on the Group balance sheet is as follows:


43. Financial instruments and related disclosures (extract)
(h) Contractual cash flows for non-derivative financial liabilities and derivative instruments
The following tables provide an analysis of the anticipated contractual cash flows including interest payable for the Group’s non-derivative financial liabilities on an undiscounted basis. For the purpose of this table, debt is defined as all classes of borrowings except for lease liabilities. Interest is calculated based on debt held at 31 December without taking account of future issuance. Floating rate interest is estimated using the prevailing interest rate at the balance sheet date. Cash flows in foreign currencies are translated using spot rates at 31 December.


Contractual cash flows in respect of operating lease vacant space provisions at 31 December 2018 are excluded from the table below.


Anticipated contractual cash flows for the repayment of debt and debt interest have increased by £2.8 billion over the year primarily due to funding of the acquisition of Tesaro.