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Statement of changes in equity

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A statement of changes in equity and similarly the statement of changes in owner's equity for a sole trader, statement of changes in partners' equity for a partnership, statement of changes in shareholders' equity for a company or statement of changes in taxpayers' equity[1] for government financial statements is one of the four basic financial statements.

The statement explains the changes in a company's share capital, accumulated reserves and retained earnings over the reporting period. It breaks down changes in the owners' interest in the organization, and in the application of retained profit or surplus from one accounting period to the next. Line items typically include profits or losses from operations, dividends paid, issue or redemption of shares, revaluation reserve and any other items charged or credited to accumulated other comprehensive income. It also includes the non-controlling interest attributable to other individuals and organisations.

The statement is expected under the generally accepted accounting principles and explains the owners' equity shown on the balance sheet, where:

owners' equity = assets − liabilities

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Requirements of the U.S. GAAP

In the United States this is called a statement of retained earnings and it is required under the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) whenever comparative balance sheets and income statements are presented. It may appear in the balance sheet, in a combined income statement and changes in retained earnings statement, or as a separate schedule.

Therefore, the statement of retained earnings uses information from the income statement and provides information to the balance sheet.

Retained earnings are part of the balance sheet (another basic financial statement) under "stockholders equity (shareholders' equity)" and is mostly affected by net income earned during a period of time by the company less any dividends paid to the company's owners / stockholders. The retained earnings account on the balance sheet is said to represent an "accumulation of earnings" since net profits and losses are added/subtracted from the account from period to period.

Retained Earnings are part of the "Statement of Changes in Equity". The general equation can be expressed as following:

Ending Retained Earnings = Beginning Retained Earnings − Dividends Paid + Net Income

This equation is necessary to use to find the Profit Before Tax to use in the Cash Flow Statement under Operating Activities when using the indirect method. This is used whenever a comprehensive income statement is not given but only the balance sheet is given.

Requirements of IFRS

IAS 1 requires a business entity to present a separate statement of changes in equity (SOCE) as one of the components of financial statements.

The statement shall show: (IAS1.106)

  1. total comprehensive income for the period, showing separately amounts attributable to owners of the parent and to non-controlling interests
  2. the effects of retrospective application, when applicable, for each component
  3. reconciliations between the carrying amounts at the beginning and the end of the period for each component of equity, separately disclosing:

However, the amount of dividends recognised as distributions, and the related amount per share, may be presented in the notes instead of presenting in the statement of changes in equity. (IAS1.107)

For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the statement of changes in equity should show all changes in equity including:

  • total comprehensive income
  • owners' investments
  • dividends
  • owners' withdrawals of capital
  • treasury share transactions

They can omit the statement of changes in equity if the entity has no owner investments or withdrawals other than dividends, and elects to present a combined statement of comprehensive income and retained earnings.

Example statement

The following statement of changes in equity is a very brief example prepared in accordance with IFRS. It does not show all possible kinds of items, but it shows the most usual ones for a company. Because it shows Non-Controlling Interest, it's a consolidated statement.

Statement of Changes in Equity of XYZ, Ltd.
As of 31 December 2015
Share Capital Share Premium Treasury Shares Retained Earnings Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income Total shareholders funds Non-Controlling Interest Total
Foreign-exchange reserves Pensions Reserve Revaluation Reserve
At 1 January 2014 1,000 100 0 2,500 750 800 56 5,206 600 5,806
Profit/(Loss) for the year 300 300 30 330
Other Comprehensive Income 10 35 45 90 9 99
Dividends to Shareholders @50% (150) (150) (15) (165)
Purchase of own shares (250) (250) (250)
At 1 January 2015 1,000 100 (250) 2,650 760 835 101 5,196 624 5,820
Profit/(loss) for the year 400 400 40 440
Other Comprehensive Income 40 30 (10) 60 6 66
Dividends to Shareholders @50% (200) (200) (20) (220)
Issue of Shares 150 87 220 (50) 407 407
At 30 December 2015 1,150 187 (30) 2,800 800 865 91 5,863 650 6,513

See also


  1. ^ "Whole of Government Accounts 2013 to 2014" (web). UK Government.
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