XBRL 2.0

Digital financial reporting that actually works

XBRL And Private Company Financials

XBRLogic (formerly AsReported.com) has automated the conversion of private company financial statements to standardized XBRL-based financials. For a short demo of this process, go here…


Private companies are not required by the SEC to produce XBRL financial data. But they may have an interest in producing a standardized version of their financial results, both for internal and external purposes. Lenders, private equity firms, potential partners, vendors extending credit, insurance companies and taxing authorities, to name a few, may look favorably on, if not require, financial data that is in a familiar format and standardized against a common taxonomy. For most purposes, standardizing only the primary statements is needed, along with relevant footnote detail and segment data, not a complete SEC-style filing. And creating XML transmission files isn’t necessary, although that’s not hard. A simple JSON feed or spreadsheet is sufficient to transmit this more limited data set along with metadata.

Banks already standardize the financial results of companies in their portfolios, although they likely use proprietary taxonomies instead of XBRL. That will change. Increasing acceptance of XBRL worldwide will cause a migration to a single taxonomy for a given jurisdiction. Even data aggregators like S&P, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Factset will be forced by the market to adopt the XBRL taxonomies rather than leave their users stranded with outdated formats and nomenclatures. The XBRL taxonomies (US GAAP, IFRS, etc.) are granular, comprehensive, multi-dimensional and structurally coherent. They’re public, transparent and freely available. They’re just better and that will become more apparent over time. Spoken languages coalesce and so will financial reporting languages.