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ESMA publishes new Q&A on alternative performance measures guidelines


The European Securities Markets Authority ('ESMA') has today published four new questions in its Questions and Answers (Q&A) document, on the implementation of the ESMA Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs') for listed issuers.
The new questions provide information on:
(a) the definition of APMs in the context of interim financial statements;
(b) the prominence of APMs, i.e. the way they are presented compared to IFRS figures outside financial statements; and
(c) the use of the “compliance by reference” principle as set out in the Guidelines.
An alternative performance measure is a financial measure of historical or future financial performance, financial position, or cash flows, other than a financial measure defined or specified in the applicable financial reporting framework. The Guidelines apply to APMs disclosed by issuers or persons responsible for drawing up a prospectus.
The purpose of this Q&A is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the implementation of these guidelines.
The Q&A may be accessed at here
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