Financial statements and disclosures

Year ended March 31, 2017

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Canadian Internet Registration Authority

INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

To the Members of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which comprise the statement of financial position as at March 31, 2017, the statements of operations, changes in net assets and cash flows for the year then ended, and notes, comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditors’ Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on our judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, we consider internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.

Opinion

In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority as at March 31, 2017 and its results of operations, changes in net assets and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations

KPMG LLP

Chartered Professional Accountants, Licensed Public Accountants
July 26, 2017
Ottawa, Canada


Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Statement of Financial Position

March 31, 2017, with comparative information for 2016

Assets

Table 1: A table reporting CIRA's Current assets
Current assets 2017 2016
Total of Current assets $ 6,507,775 $ 5,399,862
Cash $ 3,175,297 $ 2,198,108
Accounts receivable (note 3) $ 1,749,699 $ 1,555,403
Prepaid expenses $ 1,582,779 $ 1,646,351

Table 2: A table reporting CIRA's Restricted investments
Restricted investments 2017 2016
Restricted investments (note 4) $ 22,570,624 $ 21,529,640

Table 3: A table reporting CIRA's Capital assets
Capital assets: 2017 2016
Property and equipment (note 5) $ 4,338,551 $ 4,236,782
Intangible assets (note 6) $ 271,925 $ 325,872
Total of Capital assets $ 4,610,476 $ 4,562,654

Table 4: A table reporting CIRA's Total Assets
Total Assets 2017 2016
Total Assets $ 33,688,875 $ 31,492,156

Liabilities and Net Assets

Table 5: A table reporting CIRA's Current liabilities
Current liabilities: 2017 2016
Total of current liabilities $ 17,545,750 $ 15,597,635
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (note 7) $ 3,169,370 $ 2,331,648
Customer deposits $ 597,428 $ 615,929
Current portion of deferred revenue $ 13,745,877 $ 12,616,983
Current portion of lease inducement (note 8) $ 33,075 $ 33,075

Table 6: A table listing CIRA's Long-term liabilities
Long-term liabilities 2017 2016
Deferred revenue $ 6,833,287 $ 6,847,778
Lease inducement (note 8) $ 573,300 $ 606,375

Table 7: A table reporting CIRA's Net assets
Net assets: 2017 2016
Internally restricted (note 9) $ 4,126,062 $ 3,877,714
Invested in capital assets (note 9) $ 4,610,476 $ 4,562,654
Total of Net assets $ 8,736,538 $ 8,440,368

 

 

Table 8: A table reporting the total of CIRA's Liabilites and Net assets
Total sum of Liabilities and Net assets 2017 2016
Total Liabilities and Net assets $ 33,688,875 $ 31,492,156

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

On behalf of the Board:

Rowena Liang,
Chair, CIRA Audit Committee

Susan Mehinagic,
Chair, CIRA Board of Directors


Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Statement of Operations

Year ended March 31, 2017, with comparative information for 2016

Table 9: A table reporting CIRA's Revenue
Revenue: 2017 2016
Total revenue $ 21,567,670 $ 20,207,211
Registration $ 20,860,784 $ 19,902,833
Certification and application $ 180,000 $ 200,000
Sponsorship and other revenue $ 526,886 $ 104,378

Table 10: A table reporting CIRA's Expenses
Expenses: 2017 2016
Total expenses $ 22,228,346 $ 21,046,417
Salaries and benefits $ 10,647,724 $ 9,988,025
Computer operations and networking $ 3,090,201 $ 2,917,632
Amortization of property and equipment $ 1,598,076 $ 1,639,420
Consulting $ 1,462,908 $ 1,408,121
Community investment programs $ 1,373,656 $ 1,326,341
Communications awareness and education $ 1,332,137 $ 918,434
Office and general administration (note 8) $ 1,282,947 $ 1,230,667
Travel $ 583,721 $ 626,182
Staff training and development $ 398,688 $ 319,500
Industry memberships $ 257,241 $ 266,074
Amortization of intangible assets $ 201,047 $ 406,021

Table 11: A table reporting CIRA's Deficiency of revenue over expenses before the undernoted
Deficiency of revenue over expenses before the undernoted 2017 2016
Total deficiency of revenue over expenses before the undernoted (660,676) (839,206)

Table 12: A table reporting CIRA's Other income
Other: Investment income, net 2017 2016
Total investment income, net (note 10) $ 956,846 $ 291,732

Table 13: A table reporting CIRA's total Excess (Deficiency) of revenue over expenses
Excess (Deficiency) of revenue over expenses 2017 2016
Total Excess (Deficiency) of revenue of expenses $ 296,170 $ (547,474)

See accompanying notes to financial statements.


Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Statement of Changes in Net Assets

Year ended March 31, 2017, with comparative information for 2016

Table 14: A table reporting Changes in Net Assets
Unrestricted Internally restricted Invested in capital assets 2017 Total 2016 Total
Net assets, end of year $ – $ 4,126,062 $ 4,610,476 $ 8,736,538 $ 8,440,368
Net assets, beginning of year $ – $ 3,877,714 $ 4,562,654 $ 8,440,368 $ 8,987,842
Excess of revenue over expenses for the year $ 296,170 $ – $ – $ 296,170 $ (547,474)
Net investment in capital assets $ (1,846,945) $ – $ 1,846,945 $ – $ –
Amortization of capital assets $ 1,799,123 $ – $ (1,799,123) $ – $ –
Interfund transfer $ (248,348) $ 248,348 $ – $ – $ –

See accompanying notes to financial statements.


Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Statement of Cash Flows

Year ended March 31, 2017, with comparative information for 2016

Cash provided by (used in).

Table 15: A table reporting Operating activities
Operating activities: 2017 2016
Total Operating activities $ 3,865,118 $ 1,071,433
Cash receipts from customers $ 22,682,073 $ 20,919,946
Investment and interest received $ 748,460 $ 1,040,902
Cash paid to suppliers and employees $ (19,565,415) $ (20,889,415)

Table 16: A table reporting Investing activities
Investing activities: 2017 2016
Investing activities $ (2,887,929) $ (2,919,313)
Purchase of property and equipment $ (1,699,845) $ (2,950,018)
Purchase of intangible assets $ (147,100) $ (214,508)
Proceeds on sale of restricted investments $ 17,998,392 $ 1,769,511
Purchases of restricted investments $ (19,039,376) $ (1,524,298)

Table 17: A table reporting CIRA's net change in cash for the year
Net change in cash for the year 2017 2016
Total net change in cash for the year $ 977,189 $ (1,847,880)

Table 18: A table reporting CIRA's cash, beginning of year
Cash, beginning of year 2017 2016
Total cash, beginning of year $ 2,198,108 $ 4,045,988

Table 19: A table reporting CIRA's cash, end of year
Cash, end of year 2017 2016
Total cash, end of year $ 3,175,297 $ 2,198,108

See accompanying notes to financial statements.


Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Notes to Financial Statements

1. Purpose of the Organization:

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) is a not-for-profit entity incorporated on December 30, 1998 under the Canada Corporations Act. On October 3, 2012, CIRA received its Certificate of Continuance from Industry Canada to continue under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act as required by the legislation. CIRA is responsible for operating the .CA Internet country code Top Level Domain (“ccTLD”) as a key public resource for all Canadians in an innovative, open and efficient manner. CIRA may carry out other Internet-related activities for the Canadian Internet community in a similar manner.

CIRA is registered as a not-for-profit entity under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and accordingly is exempt from income taxes.

2. Significant accounting policies:

The financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations in Part III of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting. Outlined below are those policies considered particularly significant.

3. Accounts receivable:

Table 21: A table reporting Accounts receivable
Accounts receivable: 2017 2016
Total Accounts receivable $ 1,749,699 $ 1,555,403
Trade receivables $ 1,671,461 $ 1,444,783
Investment and interest receivable $ 49,452 $ 46,763
Other receivables $ 28,786 $ 63,857

4. Restricted investments:

Investments are restricted by the Board of Directors to fund ongoing and future operations in accordance with the Restricted Investments Policy, as approved by the Board.

Table 22: A table reporting Restricted investments
Cost Fair market value 2017 Unrealized gain 2016 Fair market value
Total $ 22,181,076 $ 22,570,624 $ 389,548 $ 21,529,640
Cash and cash equivalents $ – $ – $ – $ 2
Guaranteed investment certificates $ 750,000 $ 796,125 $ 46,125 $ 1,243,588
PH&N Bond Fund Series O $ – $ – $ – $ 16,079,295
PH&N Enhanced Total Return Bond Fund O $ 13,336,057 $ 13,284,518 $ (51,539) $ –
PH&N Short Term Bond and Mortgage Fund O $ 1,525,541 $ 1,517,567 $ (7,974) $ –
PH&N Canadian Equity Value Fund Series O $ 3,183,784 $ 3,400,474 $ 216,690 $ 2,124,764
RBC Global Equity Focus O $ 1,599,260 $ 1,793,518 $ 194,258 $ 2,081,991
RBC QUBE Low Volatility Global Equity Fund O $ 1,786,434 $ 1,778,422 $ (8,012) $ –

Cost and unrealized gain/(loss) as at and for the period ending March 31, 2016 amounted to $22,208,620 and $(678,980) respectively.

Income from investments measured at fair value as recorded on the statement of operations is the net change in the closing unrealized gain balance from the prior year to the current year.

CIRA will invest its restricted investments and any funds in excess of normal daily operating requirements in vehicles that management believes will maximize yield while minimizing exposure to undue risk (note 14). The Board of Directors approves the investment objectives and guidelines of the organization under the Statement of Investment Policy and Procedures (SIPP) and evaluates the results of the investment activities.

Following the limitations and restrictions defined within the SIPP, CIRA may invest in a mixed asset portfolio of pooled funds including Canadian Fixed Income and Mortgages, Canadian and Global Equities under a discretionary investment management mandate. Under a non-discretionary mandate, CIRA may also invest in government-backed securities, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) secured investments and what management believes are high quality corporate bonds. Fair value is determined primarily by quoted market prices. Cost is determined based on the amortized cost using the effective interest rate method.

The guaranteed investment certificates have an interest rate of 2.10% to 2.55% (2016 - 1.75% to 2.55%) and have maturity dates ranging between 2018 and 2020.

5. Property and equipment:

Table 23: A table reporting Property and equipment
Cost Accumulated amortization 2017 Net book value 2016 Net book value
Total $ 14,878,730 $ 10,540,179 $ 4,338,551 $ 4,236,782
Computer hardware $ 11,574,798 $ 9,489,878 $ 2,084,920 $ 1,805,815
Furniture and fixtures $ 1,428,633 $ 572,967 $ 855,666 $ 875,219
Office equipment $ 230,757 $ 179,017 $ 51,740 $ 49,936
Leasehold improvements $ 1,644,542 $ 298,317 $ 1,346,225 $ 1,505,812

Cost and accumulated amortization at March 31, 2016 amounted to $13,178,887 and $8,942,105, respectively.

6. Intangible assets:

Table 24: A table reporting Intangible assets
Cost Accumulated amortization 2017 Net book value 2016 Net book value
Total $ 4,699,358 $ 4,427,433 $ 271,925 $ 325,872
Computer software $ 3,361,001 $ 3,089,076 $ 271,925 $ 325,872
Finite life .CA registry $ 1,338,357 $ 1,338,357 $ - $ -

Cost and accumulated amortization at March 31, 2016 amounted to $4,552,258 and $4,226,386, respectively.

7. Accounts payable and accrued liabilities:

Included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities are government remittances payable of $110,101 (2016 - $73,794), which includes amounts payable for harmonized sales tax and payroll-related remittances.

8. Lease inducement:

Under its current office lease agreement CIRA was paid $661,500 as a lease inducement; this will be amortized over the term of the lease. Lease inducements recorded as a reduction of rent expense during the year totalled $33,075 (2016 - $75,597).

9. Net assets:
10. Investment income, net:

Investment income, net earned and recorded in the statement of operations is calculated as follows:

Table 25: A table reporting Investment income, net
2017 2016
Total Investment income, net $ 956,846 $ 291,732
Income earned on restricted investments $ 733,427 $ 1,023,261
Change in fair value of restricted investments $ 205,698 $ (745,622)
Income earned on cash $ 17,721 $ 14,093

11. Related party transactions:

The financial statements include Directors’ fees paid to CIRA's 12 Directors of $252,505 (2016 - $230,850). These services were provided in the normal course of business and have been recorded at the exchange amount, which is the amount of consideration established and agreed to by the related parties.

In the normal course of operations, CIRA interacts with Registrars whose principal shareholders, directors or executive members may also be Directors of CIRA. In 2017, CIRA provided services to such Registrars at the normal exchange amount for such registration fees of $1,904,602 (2016 - $1,921,742). Included in accounts receivable are balances from these Registrars for $105,612 (2016 - $22,951).

Included in accounts payable are amounts owed to executive members and Directors of CIRA for re-imbursement of expenses that total $8,309 (2016 - $4,061).

12. Commitments:
13. Contingencies:

In the normal course of business it is common for CIRA to be involved in claims regarding domain name registrations. Though the outcome of these claims is uncertain, management believes they will not materially affect the financial position of the organization. As the financial impact cannot currently be estimated, no provision has been made in the accounts for the claims.

14. Financial instruments and related risks:

15. Guarantees:

In the normal course of business, CIRA entered into an insurance agreement that meets the definition of a guarantee.

An indemnity has been provided to all directors and/or officers of CIRA for various items including, but not limited, all costs to settle suits or actions due to their involvement with CIRA, subject to certain restrictions. CIRA has purchased directors' and officers' liability insurance to mitigate the cost of any potential future suits or actions. The term of the indemnification is not explicitly defined, but is limited to the period over which the indemnified party served as a trustee, director or officer of CIRA. The maximum amount of any potential future payment cannot be reasonably estimated.

16. Capital management:

CIRA defines capital as net assets.

CIRA’s objective with respect to internally restricted net assets is to safeguard CIRA’s financial position and ensure the capability of operations in the event of unexpected circumstances.

CIRA manages its net assets in a way to meet its objectives to maintain funds for operating purposes and to finance the acquisition of property and equipment and intangible assets as operationally required. The objectives are set by the Board of Directors during its annual corporate plan and budget review.

CIRA is not subject to any externally imposed requirements on capital and there has been no change in capital management practices from the previous year.

17. Comparative information:

Certain prior year comparative information has been reclassified to conform to current year financial statement presentation.

18. Subsequent events:

CIRA has been provided Board approval to continue negotiations towards a Research & Development Partnership Agreement with another world-class ccTLD Registry operator with which CIRA has signed a letter of intent to explore partnership opportunities. The purpose of the Research & Development Partnership Agreement is to jointly further develop the underlying intellectual property associated with the CIRA third generation Fury Registry platform.

Subject to the closing of the transaction and over a minimum term of three years, each party will make various individual and joint contributions to the endeavor in the form of intellectual property, knowledge-transfer, know-how, in-kind contributions of product management, development, IT and administrative staff and cash consideration.