Commerce Commission’s view of Telecom’s regulatory financial reporting

Friday, December 18, 2009

Telecom New Zealand Limited today released its first set of audited regulatory financial statements for the financial year ending 30 June 2009.

Under the Telecommunications Act Telecom must publish financial and other information about its retail, wholesale and network business activities. The regulatory financial statements are intended to provide useful information to industry stakeholders about the operation and behaviour of Telecom under operational separation.

“Telecom has worked hard to meet the tight timeframes in implementing regulatory accounting,” said Dr Ross Patterson , Telecommunications Commissioner. “However, it has been difficult for Telecom to provide information to the Commission in sufficient time for the Commission to complete its planned review work in relation to whether Telecom’s assets have been properly allocated into the relevant operationally separated unit.”
“For the same reason the Commission has not been able to review the appropriateness of the asset revaluation used in the 2009 current cost regulatory financial statements. Consequently material changes may occur to the valuation and allocation of Telecom’s fixed assets between the 2009 and 2010 regulatory financial statements,” said Dr Patterson. “As a result, the Commission’s preliminary view is that limited reliance should be placed on these 2009 regulatory financial statements.”
“The audit report on the 2009 regulatory financial statements is limited to a view on whether Telecom has produced its regulatory financial statements in accordance with Telecom’s Regulatory Manuals,” said Dr Patterson. “The Commission’s review is focused on assessing whether, in its regulatory financial statements, Telecom’s revaluation of its assets and allocation of its income and costs into each of its retail, wholesale or network units is reasonable under generally accepted accounting principles.”

Early in 2010 the Commission will publish a full summary and analysis report of the 2009 regulatory financial statements, and will consult on any amendments to the 2010 Requirements.
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