IFRS 16 Leases

Assisting you with adoption and implementation.


IFRS 16 Leases fundamentally changes the financial reporting landscape for how lessees account for operating leases. The new standard effectively removes the operating leases classification and requires all lessees to show a lease liability and a corresponding right-of-use asset for all leases (with some limited exceptions).

Entities need to ascertain what actions need to be taken so as to allow them to prepare their financial statements using this new accounting standard. The changes can be complex and have effects beyond just the accounting treatment.

As the choices made will affect the way the performance of the business is measured and reported, it is vital to consider not only the commercial and practical issues, but also the tax implications of these changes.

Our experts in this area can help you establish the impact of these issues and advise on what actions you should be taking.


Impacts of IFRS 16 Adoption

The effect of adopting the new leases standard raises many questions such as:

  • How will reported earnings be impacted?
  • How will the balance sheet be impacted?
  • Which processes and systems will need changing ?
  • Which wider business planning activities will be affected?
  • What staff training will be required?
  • How will current agreements be affected?


Steps to Implementation

Adoption of IFRS 16 will involve judgement and the making of various choices as to how to apply the standard, including deciding which transition route to employ – entities need to consider the commercial and practical implications of a change to reported earnings, EBITDA and the presentation of their balance sheets.


IFRS 16 – Industry Heat Map

As a guide the heat map below considers the relative level of impact and complexity when adopting IFRS 16.

Red denotes a high level of potential impact and complexity.
amber circleAmber denotes a medium level of potential impact and complexity.
green circleDark teal denotes a low level of potential impact and complexity.




Property Leases

Leases of transport / logistics

Leases of heavy items of equipment

Leases of infrastructure

Leases of equipment


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Building and construction

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Residential real estate construction

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Professional Services

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More information on IFRS 16 can be found under Accounting Standards Training and IFRS Publications.

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