Seacrest Company is a U.S.–based company that develops its financial statements under GAAP. The total amount of the company’s assets shown on its December 31, 2012, balance sheet was approximately $225 million. The president of Seacrest is considering the possibility of relocating the company to a country that practices accounting under IFRS. The president has hired an international accounting firm to determine what the company’s statements would look like if they were prepared under IFRS. One striking difference is that under IFRS the assets shown on the balance sheet would be valued at approximately $275 million.
a. Would Seacrest’s assets really be worth $50 million more if it moves its headquarters?
b. Discuss the underlying conceptual differences between U.S. GAAP and IFRS that cause the difference in the reported asset values.