How to Calculate Public Interest Score for CIPC

South African businesses, as per the Companies Act of 2008, are required to calculate a Public Interest Score (PI Score) and submit it alongside their financial statements to the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). This PI Score acts like a public spotlight on your company, indicating the level of public interest it generates. It has a real impact, influencing whether your financial statements need a full audit or a less rigorous independent review. The PI Score also plays a role in determining the applicable financial reporting standards. Additionally, companies with a high PI Score may be required to establish a Social and Ethics Committee to ensure responsible business practices.

The primary issue to address is – How to calculate PI score? Let’s find out. 

Calculating the PI Score for Your Company

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A company’s PI Score is calculated with the help of a point system. Various financial parameters are given points that are added to find the overall Public interest score regulation 26 score of the company. These structural and financial parameters include:-

  • Number of Employees

The first parameter used in calculating the PI Score is the number of employees in a company. However, if this number varies every year, the average number of employees is taken into consideration. After arriving at the average number of employees in the company, one point is allotted per employee. 

  • Third-Party Liabilities PI Score

At the financial year-end, the total amount of third-party liabilities is calculated. After which, one point is assigned for every R1 million (or portion thereof) in the third-party liabilities of the company. 

  • Turnover

A company’s total turnover is the next parameter for calculating the total PIS Score. One point is allotted for every R1 million (or portion thereof) in a company’s total turnover during the financial year. 

  • Number of Stakeholders

At the end of the financial year, companies calculate the total number of stakeholders. For a profit company, these can be the individuals who have a direct or indirect beneficial interest in the company’s issued securities. On the other hand, for a non-profit company, these individuals can be members of the company. One point is assigned per individual having a beneficial interest in the company. 

The points mentioned above are added to arrive at the total PIS Score of the company during the 12 months making up a financial year. The higher the PIS Score, the higher the requirement for regulating financial statements through review and audit. 

These requirements are also dependent on various other factors. For instance, a non-owner-managed company with a PI Score of 100-349, having an internal FS compilation, must be audited. However, a non-owner-managed company with an independent compilation can review its FS independently. Similarly, with a PI Score of 350, it becomes mandatory for private businesses to get audited.

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The PI Score acts as an indicator of a company’s public interest. Calculating the PI Score is essential as it identifies the reporting regulations and requirements for a company. Therefore, it becomes crucial to calculate this score with sound judgment and knowledge. Enter DataTracks South Africa…

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