The Securities and Exchange Commission published Financial Reporting Bulletin No. 14, dated January 24, 2013 to give guidance on the presentation of the retained earnings available for dividend declaration.
Financial Reporting Bulletin No. 14 prescribes a format for the on the presentation of reconciliation of retained earnings available for declaration for uniformity and consistency. It is noted that some items in the previous format contained in the SRC Rule 68, As Amended are no longer presented in this reconciliation format. It was als clarified that the reconciliation shall be based on the retained earnings of the parent/stand alone financial statements of the Company, not the consolidated retained earnings.
Please see full text of Financial Reporting Bulletin No. 14 below:
Under paragraph 4(C) of SRC Rule 68, as amended, issuers of securities to the public, and stock corporations with unrestricted retained earnings in excess of 100% of paid-in capital stock, are mandated to submit with their audited financial statements a Reconciliation of Retained Earnings Available for Dividend Declaration which should present the prescribed adjustments as indicated in Annex 68-C of the Rule.
The amount of retained earnings of a company should be based on its separate (“stand alone”) financial statements and not on its consolidated financial statements if it is a parent company. This is because the retained earnings based on the consolidated financial statements include surplus of the subsidiaries which are not yet actual earnings of the parent unless released by the subsidiaries in the form of dividends. The reconciliation of retained earnings of the parent company shall however, be submitted with the consolidated financial statements pursuant to SRC Rule 68, as amended.
To avoid inconsistencies in the balances, the Reconciliation should be presented as follows:
|Unappropriated Retained Earnings, beginning|
P x x x
|Adjustments:(see adjustments in previous year’s Reconciliation)|
x x x
|Unappropriated Retained Earnings, as adjusted, beginning|
P x x x
|Net Income based on the face of AFSLess: Non-actual/unrealized income net of tax|
Add: Non-actual losses
Loss on fair value adjustment of investment property (after tax)
Net Income Actual/Realized
|Unappropriated Retained Earnings, as adjusted, ending|
P x x x
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