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Introduction: Ind AS 16 offers a comprehensive framework for accounting treatment of property, plant, and equipment (PPE), aiming to enhance transparency and consistency in financial reporting. This standard is pivotal for stakeholders to gauge the scale of an entity’s investments in tangible assets and understand the subsequent changes. By outlining criteria for recognition, measurement strategies, and methods for depreciation and impairment, Ind AS 16 ensures that financial statements accurately reflect an entity’s investment in its physical assets.

Objective: Ind AS 16 aims to guide the accounting treatment for property, plant, and equipment, ensuring financial statement users can understand an entity’s investment and changes in such assets. It addresses recognition, determination of carrying amounts, and accounting for depreciation and impairment.

Definition and Recognition Criteria:

1. Tangible Nature: Property, plant, and equipment are tangible items.

Example: Machinery, buildings, and vehicles.

2. Usage Expectation: Assets held for production, services, rental, or administrative purposes, expected for multi-period use.

Example: An office building used for administrative purposes.

3. Recognition Conditions: An item is recognized as an asset when:

  • Future economic benefits are probable.
  • The item’s cost can be reliably measured.

Example: Recognizing the cost of machinery if its future benefits are likely and can be measured reliably.

Ind AS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment

4. Investment Property Distinction: If an entity accounts for investment property under Ind AS 40, it must use the cost model for property, plant, and equipment.

Example: An entity owns a building for rental income, treating it as investment property under Ind AS 40.

5. Spare Parts and Servicing Equipment: Recognized as property, plant, and equipment if they meet the definition; otherwise, treated as inventory.

Example: Spare parts for machinery recognized as property, plant, and equipment.

Measurement at Recognition:

1. Cost Calculation: The cost of an asset at recognition includes:

  • Purchase price, net of discounts and rebates.
  • Directly attributable costs for asset readiness.
  • Initial estimates of dismantling, removing, and restoring costs.

Example: Purchasing machinery involves considering all associated costs, including transportation and installation.

2. Cash Price Equivalent: The cost is the cash price equivalent at the recognition date. If payment is deferred, the difference is recognized as interest over the credit period, unless capitalized as per Ind AS 23.

Example: If machinery payment is deferred, the interest on the deferred amount is recognized over the credit

3. Measurement Policy: Entities must adopt either the cost model or the revaluation model for an entire class of property, plant, and equipment.

Example: A company decides to use the cost model for all machinery and equipment.

4. Cost Model:  Under the cost model:

  • Assets are carried at their cost less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses.

Example: A machine purchased for $50,000, with accumulated depreciation of $10,000, is carried at $40,000.

5. Revaluation Model:  Under the revaluation model:

  • Assets with reliably measurable fair values are carried at revalued amounts.
  • Revaluations must be regular to prevent material differences from fair value at the reporting period end.

Example: A building’s fair value increases from $1 million to $1.2 million; it is revalued to $1.2 million.

6. Revaluation Surplus:  Increase in asset’s carrying amount:

  • If due to revaluation, recognized in other comprehensive income and accumulated in equity as revaluation surplus.
  • Recognized in profit or loss to reverse any prior revaluation decrease in profit or loss.

Example: A machine’s fair value increases, and the revaluation surplus is added to equity.

  • Decrease in asset’s carrying amount:
  • If due to revaluation, recognized in profit or loss.
  • Recognized in other comprehensive income to offset credit balances in revaluation surplus.

Example: Revaluation of a building results in a decrease, impacting profit or loss.


1. Componentization:

  • Significant parts of an asset should be depreciated separately if their costs are substantial.
  • Recognize the depreciation charge in profit or loss unless included in another asset’s carrying amount.

Example: A machine with separate components, each with significant costs, is depreciated individually.

2. Depreciable Amount Allocation:

  • Allocate the depreciable amount systematically over the asset’s useful life.
  • Determine the depreciable amount by deducting the residual value.
  • Choose a depreciation method reflecting the expected pattern of asset’s future economic benefits consumption.

Example: Allocating the cost of a vehicle over its useful life using the straight-line depreciation method.

3. Review of Residual Value and Useful Life:

  • Periodically review residual value and useful life, making adjustments when expectations differ.
  • Changes treated as a change in accounting estimate in accordance with Ind AS 8.

Example: Revised estimates indicate a longer useful life for machinery, impacting the depreciation period.

4. Separate Accounting for Land and Buildings:

  • Treat land and buildings as separate assets.
  • Land, with an unlimited useful life, is not depreciated. Buildings are depreciable.

Example: Purchase of a property involves allocating costs between land (non-depreciable) and building (depreciable).

5. Impairment: Assessment via Ind AS 36:  To determine impairment, apply Ind AS 36, Impairment of Assets.

Example: Regular assessments using indicators outlined in Ind AS 36 to identify if an asset is impaired.

6. Derecognition: Carrying Amount Derecognition: Derecognize an asset when disposed of or when no future economic benefits are expected.

Example: Sale of machinery leads to derecognition of its carrying amount.

7. Appendix B – Stripping Activity:  Recognition of Stripping Activity Asset:

  • Recognize if probable future economic benefits (improved access to ore body) will flow to the entity.
  • Identify the ore body component and reliably measure costs.

Example: Recognizing a stripping activity asset when improved ore access is probable.

8. Initial and Subsequent Measurement: Initially measure at cost, then carry at cost or revalued amount less depreciation, amortization, and impairment.

Example: Recognizing production stripping costs as an asset, with subsequent adjustments based on ongoing measurements.

Conclusion: Ind AS 16 plays a crucial role in financial accounting, ensuring that entities report their investment in property, plant, and equipment with accuracy and transparency. By adhering to its guidelines, entities not only provide stakeholders with a clear picture of their tangible asset investments but also maintain consistency and comparability in financial reporting. This standard, with its detailed provisions on recognition, measurement, depreciation, and impairment, facilitates a comprehensive understanding of an entity’s asset utilization and management, thus serving as an indispensable tool for informed decision-making in the financial landscape.

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