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SIC-17 — Equity – Costs of an Equity Transaction


  • IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation


  • Issued January 2000
  • Effective date: Annual financial periods beginning on or after 30 January 2000
  • Superseded by, and incorporated into, IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation (Revised 2003, later renamed) effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005.

Summary of SIC-17

SIC-17 states that transaction costs, defined as incremental external costs directly attributable to an equity transaction, should be accounted for as a deduction from equity. The Interpretation applies to transactions involving the issuance or acquisition of instruments of the reporting enterprise that are classified by that enterprise as equity and result in a net increase or decrease to equity.

Typical examples of equity transactions subject to the Interpretation would include the issuance of common shares for cash and the acquisition by an enterprise of its own equity instruments. Costs of a stock exchange listing of shares already outstanding, a secondary offering of shares (e.g. one or more stockholders in a company selling all or a portion of their holdings), a share split, or a stock dividend would not be considered costs of an equity transaction subject to the Interpretation.