Analysts call for better pensions disclosure

Analysts are calling on companies to provide better disclosures on their
pensions after new research revealed that pension deficits can vary by as much
as 20%, depending on company assumptions on life expectancy.

The corporate reporting users forum – a loose grouping of the leading
investment banks, analysts and fund managers – said in the FT
that liability figures must be made more meaningful with additional disclosure.

‘Without these additional disclosures we find it hard to see how users can
undertake such evaluations,’ the forum said.

Wide gaps in reported numbers have appeared between companies using the most
conservative assumptions and those using less conservative forecasts. Better
disclosures on assumptions would provide explanations for these variances and
provide better comparability.

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Fiona Westwood of Smith and Williamson.