In last week’s blog we looked at some of the key implications that may impact on the work of auditors. In the previous week’s blog we looked at the implications in circumstances where audit clients are not directly impacted. This week we conclude with some final matters for auditors to consider.
Management of affected entities, especially those with operations in Ukraine, will need to evaluate the impact on the going concern assessment and revisit this. The auditor will also need to show increased professional scepticism when making going concern judgements to verify that management has taken all the relevant factors into account. Some of these factors are highlighted below.
Supply chain issues
Some companies have stopped trading with Russia and therefore there will be an unavoidable impact on supply chains. We have already seen higher fuel prices which are likely to affect many companies’ cost base, and cause transport disruption. Auditors will need to document their assessment of the impact on clients’ business models, cash flows, and their ability to continue as a going concern. electronic
Sanctions have triggered a devaluation of the Russian Rouble and there are consequent implications for the Belarussian Rouble. Translation of Roubles to other reporting currencies may lead to material exchange rate losses for affected companies.
In some circumstances insurance cover for companies may be restricted, especially if insurance policy exclusion clauses state that a loss event is considered to be an ‘Act of War’.
These circumstances may not be restricted to the use of conventional weaponry, but also retaliatory cyber-attacks. Trade credit insurance may also be more difficult to obtain and companies/ their auditors need to take this into account.
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