Syllabus B. Planning And Risk Assessment B6. Audit planning and documentation

Bd/Be/B6f. Difference between Interim and Final audit 4 / 7

Specimen exam

Q19 Section B

This scenario relates to 4 requirements.
Milla Cola Co (Milla Co) manufactures fizzy drinks such as cola and lemonade as well as other soft drinks and its year end is 30 September 20X5. You are an audit manager of Totti & Co and are currently planning the audit of Milla Co.

You attended the planning meeting with the audit engagement partner and finance director last week and the minutes from the meeting are shown below. You are reviewing these as part of the process of preparing the audit strategy document.

Minutes of planning meeting for Milla Co
Milla Co's trading results have been strong this year and the company is forecasting revenue of $85m, which is an increase from the previous year.

The company has invested significantly in the cola and fizzy drinks production process at the factory. This resulted in expenditure of $5m on updating, repairing and replacing a significant amount of the machinery used in the production process.

As the level of production has increased, the company has expanded the number of warehouses it uses to store inventory.

It now utilises 15 warehouses; some are owned by Milla Co and some are rented from third parties. There will be inventory counts taking place at all 15 of these sites at the year end.

A new accounting general ledger has been introduced at the beginning of the year, with the old and new systems being run in parallel for a period of two months.

In addition, Milla Co has incurred expenditure of $4·5m on developing a new brand of fizzy soft drinks. The company started this process in July 20X4 and is close to launching their new product into the market place.

As a result of the increase in revenue, Milla Co has recently recruited a new credit controller to chase outstanding receivables.

The finance director thinks it is not necessary to continue to maintain an allowance for receivables and so has released the opening allowance of $1·5m.

The finance director stated that there was a problem in April in the mixing of raw materials within the production process which resulted in a large batch of cola products tasting different.

A number of these products were sold; however, due to complaints by customers about the flavour, no further sales of these goods have been made.

No adjustment has been made to the valuation of the damaged inventory, which will still be held at cost of $1m at the year end.

As in previous years, the management of Milla Co is due to be paid a significant annual bonus based on the value of year-end total assets

The finance director has requested that the deadline for the 20X6 audit be shortened by a month and has asked the audit engagement partner to consider if this will be possible.

The partner has suggested that in order to meet this new tighter deadline the firm may carry out both an interim and final audit for the audit of Milla Co to 30 September 20X6.

(d) Explain the difference between an interim and a final audit. (3 marks)

(e) Explain the procedures which are likely to be performed during an interim audit of Milla Co and the impact which it would have on the final audit. (4 marks)

(30 marks)