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Classification of loans with covenants

Our 'IFRS Viewpoint' series provides insights from our global IFRS team on applying IFRSs in challenging situations. Each issue will focus on an area where the Standards have proved difficult to apply or lack guidance. This issue considers how the existence of covenants can impact the presentation of debt on the balance sheet.

Loan agreements often include covenants that, if breached by the borrower, permit the lender to demand repayment before the loan's normal maturity date. In response to a borrower's request, lenders may decide to voluntarily waive some or all of the rights they acquire as a result of a breach.

This IFRS Viewpoint provides guidance on the classification
of long-term loans payable as either current or non-current
when covenants are present.