This excerpt taken from the SLH 8-K filed Mar 6, 2009.
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Revenue recognition Revenue represents income from the sale of vehicle provenance data on a transactional basis with income recorded upon provision of the service. Subscription revenue is recognised evenly over the subscription term. Any income received in advance is treated as deferred income and included in other liabilities.
Income taxes The current tax expense is based on taxable profits for the applicable year, after any adjustments in respect of prior years. Tax, including tax relief for losses, if applicable, is allocated over profits before taxation and amounts charged or credited to reserves as appropriate.
Provision is made for deferred tax liabilities, or credit taken for deferred tax assets, using the liability method on all material temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts in the financial statements.
The principal temporary differences arise from provisions and other temporary differences. The rates enacted or substantively enacted at the balance sheet date are used to determine the deferred tax.
Deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available against which the temporary differences can be utilised.
Deferred tax related to fair value re-measurement of owner-occupied properties and other amounts taken directly to equity is recognised in the balance sheet as a deferred tax asset or liability.
Provisions and contingent liabilities Provisions are recognised when the Company has a present or legal or constructive obligation as a result of past events, it is probable that an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation, and a reliable estimate of the amount of the obligation can be made. Where the Company expects a provision to be reimbursed, for example for environmental restoration, restructuring costs or legal claims, the reimbursement is recognised as a separate asset but only when the reimbursement is more probable than not.
The Company offers customers a warranty against potential losses arising from errors in the accuracy and quality of data provided to the customer. The Company bears the risk of warranty claim itself. The provision at the end of each accounting period is expected to be utilised within the next two years.
Contingent liabilities are disclosed if there is a possible future obligation as a result of past event, or if there is a present obligation as a result of a past event but either a payment is not probable or the amount cannot be reliably estimated.
Dividends Interim dividends on ordinary shares are recognised in equity in the period in which they are paid. Final dividends on these shares are recognised when they have been approved by shareholders.
This excerpt taken from the SLH 10-Q filed May 13, 2008.
2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Soleras significant accounting policies were described in Note 2 to the Companys audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, included in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K. As of May 12, 2008 these accounting policies have not significantly changed.
Recent Accounting PronouncementsIn June 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109 (FIN 48). FIN 48 clarifies the accounting for income taxes by prescribing a minimum recognition threshold a tax position is required to meet before being recognized in the financial statements and also provides guidance on derecognition, measurement, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition. Effective the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, the Company adopted FIN 48 which required a $1,027 cumulative credit adjustment to decrease accumulated deficit.
In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 157, Fair Value Measurements (SFAS No. 157). This statement clarifies the definition of fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands the disclosures on fair value measurements. SFAS No. 157 is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of SFAS No. 157 will have, if any, on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.
In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (SFAS No. 159). SFAS No. 159 permits companies to choose to measure certain financial instruments and certain other items at fair value. The standard requires that unrealized gains and losses on items for which the fair value option has been elected be reported in earnings. SFAS No. 159 is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009, although earlier adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact that SFAS No. 159 will have on its consolidated financial statements.
In March 2007, the FASB ratified Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) Issue No. 06-11, Accounting for Income Tax Benefits of Dividends on Share-Based Payment Awards (EITF No. 06-11). EITF No. 06-11 requires companies to recognize the income tax benefit realized from dividends or dividend equivalents that are charged to retained earnings and paid to employees for non-vested equity-classified employee stock-based payment awards as an increase to additional paid-in capital. EITF No. 06-11 is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The Company does not expect that EITF No. 06-11 will have a material impact on its results of operations or cash flows.
In June 2007, the FASB ratified EITF Issue No. 07-3, Accounting for Nonrefundable Advance Payments for Goods or Services Received for Use in Future Research and Development Activities (EITF No. 07-3). EITF No. 07-3 requires that nonrefundable advance payments for goods or services that will be used or rendered for future research and development activities be deferred and capitalized and recognized as an expense as the goods are delivered or the related services are performed. EITF No. 07-3 is effective, on a prospective basis, for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the adoption of EITF No. 07-3 will have on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.
In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 160, Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements, an amendment of ARB 51 (SFAS No. 160), which changes the accounting and reporting for minority interests. Minority interests will be recharacterized as noncontrolling interests and will be reported as a component of equity separate from the parents equity, and purchases or sales of equity interests that do not result in a change in control will be accounted for as equity transactions. In addition, net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest will be included in consolidated net income on the face of the income statement and, upon a loss of control, the interest sold, as well as any interest retained, will be recorded at fair value with any gain or loss recognized in earnings. SFAS No. 160 is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 and will apply prospectively, except for the presentation and disclosure requirements, which will apply retrospectively. The Company is currently assessing the potential impact that adoption of SFAS No. 160 will have on its consolidated financial statements.
In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 141 (revised 2007), Business Combinations (SFAS No. 141(R)). SFAS No. 141(R) expands the definition of a business combination and requires the fair value of the purchase price of an acquisition, including the issuance of equity securities, to be determined on the acquisition date. SFAS No. 141(R) also requires that all assets, liabilities, contingent considerations, and contingencies of an acquired business be recorded at fair value at the acquisition date. In addition, SFAS No. 141(R) requires that acquisition costs generally be expensed as incurred, restructuring costs generally be expensed in periods subsequent to the acquisition date, and changes in accounting for deferred tax asset valuation allowances and acquired income tax uncertainties after the measurement period impact income tax expense. SFAS No. 141 (R) is effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 with early adoption prohibited. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that the implementation of SFAS No. 141(R) will have on its consolidated financial statements on future acquisitions.
In March 2008, the FASB issued SFAS No. 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, an amendment of FASB Statement No. 133 (SFAS 161). This statement is intended to improve transparency in financial reporting by requiring enhanced disclosures of an entitys derivative instruments and hedging activities and their effects on the entitys financial position, financial performance, and cash flows. SFAS 161 applies to all derivative instruments within the scope of SFAS 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities (SFAS 133), as well as related hedged items, bifurcated derivatives, and nonderivative instruments that are designated and qualify as hedging instruments. Entities with instruments subject to SFAS 161 must provide more robust qualitative disclosures and expanded quantitative disclosures. SFAS 161 is effective prospectively for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods beginning with the Companys fiscal year 2010, with early application permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the disclosure implications of this statement.