The consolidated balance sheet also includes foreign subsidiaries.However, it is sometimes difficult to convert the financial statements of a foreign subsidiary back into the parent company's currency.I recently started working for a company that has a Mexican Mequilladora operation and they have not been correctly implementing FAS 52 as it applies to financial statement translation, so when I translated the Mexican operation's financial statements from Pesos to Dollars and went to record the translation loss to equity, I realized I had a one-sided adjustment that was needed in order to bring the Mexican dollar statements back into balance, which I guess means that the foreign currency translation adjustment must only be cumulative translation adjustments for reporting purposes and that it doesn't get recorded in the accounts; or am I doing something wrong?Hi Stephen, The cumulative translation adjustment(CTA) for a foreign currency translation adjustmetn arises as the all of the monetary assets (cash, financial assets, etc.) are translated at the current rate, but the non-monetary assets are translated at the historical rate.Organizing Your Information Setting Up a Worksheet Combining Financial Statements Eliminating Duplicate Values Community Q&A Many large companies are partially or entirely made up of smaller companies that they've acquired throughout the years.After their acquisitions, these smaller companies, or subsidiaries, may have remained legally separate from the large corporation, or parent company.Please read our cookie notice for more information on the cookies we use and how to delete or block them.
Best regards, Sunil Sunil: Thank you for answering my question and for making the offer to contact you with additional questions, I appreciate the assistance.
What really has me curious is that as you state "the CTA amount is the balancing amount so you can consolidate and report the Mexican operations in US$" but as I think through the statement translation process the CTA by definition seems to be a one-sided balancing amount and therefore by deduction I think only an amount used for reporting purposes "a balancing amount to make the consolidation process work" and therefore it doesn't get recorded in any GL accounts. Hi Stephen - This is the same email I had sent you last night - posting it here as it might be helpful for the others in the group.
The CTA is recorded in consolidated financial statements. The double entry is will be as follows: Assume you invested an amount of US0 million in the foreign (Mexican) operation - a separate legal entity.
The objective of IAS 21 is to prescribe how to include foreign currency transactions and foreign operations in the financial statements of an entity and how to translate financial statements into a presentation currency.
[IAS 21.1] The principal issues are which exchange rate(s) to use and how to report the effects of changes in exchange rates in the financial statements.