Significant accounting policies

Basis of preparation

The 2012 statutory financial statements represent the separate financial statements of the parent company, Fiat S.p.A., and have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) and adopted by the European Union, in addition to provisions implementing Article 9 of Legislative Decree 38/2005. The designation IFRS also includes all valid International Accounting Standards (“IAS”), as well as all interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (“IFRIC”), formerly the Standing Interpretations Committee (“SIC”).

In compliance with European Regulation 1606 of 19 July 2002, beginning in 2005 the Fiat Group adopted the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), for the preparation of its consolidated financial statements. On the basis of national legislation implementing that Regulation, those accounting standards were also used to prepare the separate financial statements of the Parent Company, Fiat S.p.A., for the first time for the year ended 31 December 2006. The information required by IFRS 1 – First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards relating to the effects of the transition to IFRS was provided in an Appendix to the 2006 separate financial statements.

The financial statements are prepared under the historical cost convention (modified where applicable for the valuation of certain financial instruments), as well as on the going concern assumption. Fiat Group’s assessment is that no material uncertainty exists (as defined in paragraph 25 of IAS 1) as to its ability to continue as a going concern. That assessment takes into consideration the ongoing integration with Chrysler Group and the Group’s industrial and financial flexibility.

Format of the financial statements

In consideration of the activities carried out by Fiat S.p.A., presentation of the Statutory Income Statement is based on the nature of revenues and expenses. The Consolidated Income Statement for Fiat Group is classified according to function, which is considered more representative of the format used for internal reporting and management purposes and is in line with international practice in the automotive sector. For the Statement of Financial Position, Fiat S.p.A. has elected the “current and non-current” classification for the presentation of assets and liabilities. For the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, a mixed presentation has been elected (as permitted under IAS 1) with the current/non-current classification applied to assets only. The consolidated financial statements include both industrial companies and financial services companies. The financing portfolios of financial services companies are included under current assets, as those assets will be realized in the course of the normal operating cycle. In addition, the financial services companies only obtain a portion of their funding directly from the market. The remainder of their funding is obtained through Group treasury companies (included under industrial activities), which provide funding to both industrial companies and financial services companies within the Group, on the basis of their individual requirements. The distribution of financial services activities within the Group has no impact on the presentation of financial liabilities for Fiat S.p.A. However, for the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, the distribution of those activities means that a classification of financial liabilities between current and non-current would not be meaningful.

The Statement of Cash Flows is presented using the indirect method.

With regard to the requirements of Consob Resolution 15519 of 27 July 2006 relating to the format of the financial statements, supplementary Statements of Income, Financial Position and Cash Flows with a breakdown of related-party transactions have been provided separately so that the overall reading of the principal statements is not compromised.

Intangible assets

Goodwill

Goodwill arising from the acquisition of a company or a business unit is recognized at cost at the acquisition date. Goodwill is not amortized, but is tested for impairment annually or more frequently if specific events indicate that an impairment loss has occurred. After initial recognition, goodwill is measured at cost less any impairment losses.

Other intangible assets

Purchased or internally-generated intangible assets are recognized in accordance with IAS 38 – Intangible Assets, where it is probable that the use of the asset will generate future economic benefits and where the cost of the asset can be determined reliably.

Intangible assets are measured at purchase or manufacturing cost and, for those with a finite useful life, amortized over their estimated useful life.

Property, plant and equipment

Cost

Property, plant and equipment are stated at acquisition or production cost, net of accumulated depreciation and impairment losses, and are not revalued.

Subsequent expenditures are only capitalized where they increase the future economic benefits of the asset to which they relate. All other expenditures are expensed as incurred.

The method and rates used for depreciating assets are provided below.

Leases where the lessor retains substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the assets are classified as operating leases. Costs related to operating leases are recognized on a straight-line basis over the duration of the lease.

Depreciation

Depreciation is calculated on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of an asset as follows:

  Annual depreciation rate
Buildings 3%
Plants 10%
Furniture 12%
Fixtures 20%
Vehicles 25%

Land is not depreciated.

Impairment

At least annually, the Company evaluates recoverability of the value of intangible assets, tangible assets and investments in subsidiaries and associates, in order to determine whether those assets have suffered a loss in value. If there are indications of impairment, the carrying amount of the asset is reduced to its recoverable amount.

For investments in subsidiaries and associates that have distributed a dividend, the following are also considered indicators of impairment:

  • if the carrying amount of the investee in the separate financial statements exceeds the book value of equity (including any associated goodwill) as recognized in the consolidated financial statements
  • if dividends exceed the comprehensive income of the investee for the period to which the dividend relates

The recoverable amount of an asset is the higher of fair value less disposal costs and its value in use.

When testing for impairment of investments whose market value (fair value less disposal costs) cannot be reliably measured, the recoverable amount is based on value in use, which – in line with the requirements of paragraph 33 of IAS 28 – is determined by estimating the present value of future cash flows and a theoretical terminal value.

Where impairment of an asset subsequently reverses, the carrying amount of that asset is increased to the revised estimate of its recoverable amount, not to exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined had no impairment loss been recognized. A reversal of an impairment loss is recognized immediately in the income statement.

Financial instruments

Presentation

Financial instruments held by the Company are classified in the financial statements as follows:

  • Non-current assets: investments, other financial assets, other non-current assets
  • Current assets: trade receivables, current financial receivables, other current receivables, cash and cash equivalents
  • Non-current liabilities: non-current debt, other non-current liabilities
  • Current liabilities: trade payables, current debt (including asset-backed financing), other debt

Cash and cash equivalents includes bank deposits, units in liquidity funds and other money market securities that are readily convertible into cash and for which the risk of changes in value is insignificant.

Non-current debt includes liabilities related to financial guarantees. Financial guarantees are contracts where the Company undertakes to make specific payments to a counterparty for losses incurred as a result of the failure of a borrower to meet its payment obligations for a given debt instrument. The present value of any related fees receivable is recognized under other non-current financial assets.

Measurement

Investments in subsidiaries and associates are recognized at cost and adjusted for any impairment losses.

Any positive difference, arising on acquisition, between the purchase cost and fair value of net assets acquired in an investee company is included in the carrying amount of the investment.

Investments in subsidiaries and associates are tested annually for impairment, or more frequently if evidence of impairment exists. Where an impairment loss exists, it is recognized immediately through the income statement. If the Company’s share of losses of the investee exceeds the carrying amount of the investment and if the Company has an obligation or intention to cover those losses, the investment is written down to zero and a liability is recognized for the Company’s share of any additional losses. If an impairment loss is subsequently reversed, the increase in carrying amount (up to a maximum of purchase cost) is recognized through the income statement.

Investments in other companies, which consists of non-current financial assets that are not held for trading (i.e., available-for-sale financial assets), are initially measured at fair value. Any subsequent gains or losses resulting from changes in fair value determined by the market price are recognized directly in equity until the investment is sold or an impairment loss is recognized. If an investment is sold, cumulative gains or losses previously recognized in equity are recycled through profit and loss. If an impairment loss is recognized on the investment, any accumulated losses recognized in equity are recycled through profit and loss. Investments in companies for which a market price is not available are measured at cost and adjusted for any impairment losses.

The Fiat Industrial ordinary shares allocated to servicing the stock option and stock grant plans are linked to the liability recognized for share-based compensation (i.e., provisions for stock options and stock grants) and, as such, are measured at fair value through profit or loss consistent with the valuation of the associated liability.

Other financial assets, which the Company intends to hold to maturity, are initially recognized on the settlement date at purchase cost (considered representative of their fair value) which, with the exception of held-for-trading financial assets, is inclusive of transaction costs. Subsequent measurement is at amortized cost using the effective interest method.

Other non-current assets, trade receivables, current financial receivables and other current receivables, excluding those based on a derivative financial instrument, as well as all other unquoted financial assets whose fair value cannot be reliably determined, are measured at amortized cost using the effective interest method, if they have a fixed term, or at cost, if they have no fixed term. Receivables with maturities of over one year which bear no interest or an interest rate significantly lower than market rates are discounted using market rates.

Regular assessments are made to determine whether there is objective evidence that financial assets, separately or within a group of assets, have been impaired. Where such evidence exists, an impairment loss is recognized in the income statement for the period.

Non-current debt, other non-current liabilities, trade payables, current debt and other debt are initially recognized at fair value (normally represented by the cost of the transaction from which the liability arises), in addition to any transaction costs.

With the exception of derivative instruments and liabilities arising from financial guarantees, financial liabilities are subsequently measured at amortized cost using the effective interest method. Measurement of financial liabilities hedged by derivative instruments follows the principles of hedge accounting for fair value hedges. Gains and losses arising from subsequent measurement at fair value, caused by fluctuations in interest rates, are recognized through the income statement and are offset by the effective portion of the gain or loss arising from subsequent measurement at fair value of the hedging instrument.

Liabilities arising from financial guarantees are measured at the higher of the estimate of the contingent liability (determined in accordance with IAS 37 - Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets) and the amount initially recognized less any amounts already released to profit and loss.

Derivative financial instruments

Derivative financial instruments are used for hedging purposes, in order to reduce currency, interest rate and market price risks.

In accordance with IAS 39, derivative financial instruments qualify for hedge accounting only when at the inception of the hedge there is formal designation and documentation of the hedging relationship, the hedge is expected to be highly effective, its effectiveness can be reliably measured and it is highly effective throughout the financial reporting periods for which the hedge is designated.

All derivative financial instruments are measured at fair value in accordance with IAS 39.

When derivative financial instruments qualify for hedge accounting, the following treatment applies:

  • Fair value hedge – Where a derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge of the exposure to changes in fair value of a recognized asset or liability that is attributable to a particular risk and could affect the income statement, the gain or loss from remeasuring the hedging instrument at fair value is recognized in the income statement. The gain or loss on the hedged item attributable to the hedged risk adjusts the carrying amount of the hedged item and is recognized in the income statement
  • Cash flow hedge – Where a derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge against variability in future cash flows of an existing asset or liability or a transaction considered highly probable that could impact the income statement, the effective portion of the gain or loss on the hedging instrument is recognized directly in equity. Any cumulative gain or loss is reversed from equity and recognized in the income statement in the same period in which the hedged transaction is recognized. The gain or loss associated with a hedge or part of a hedge that has become ineffective is recognized in the income statement immediately. When a hedging instrument or hedge relationship is terminated, but the hedged transaction has not yet occurred, any gain or loss previously recognized in equity is recognized through profit and loss at the time the hedged transaction occurs. If the hedged transaction is no longer probable, the cumulative unrealized gain or loss recognized in equity is immediately transferred to the income statement

If hedge accounting cannot be applied, the gains or losses from the fair value measurement of derivative financial instruments are recognized immediately in the income statement.

Inventory

Inventory consists of contract work in progress related, in particular, to long-term construction contracts between Fiat S.p.A. and Treno Alta Velocità – T.A.V. S.p.A. (merged into Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A. from 31 December 2010) under which Fiat S.p.A. as general contractor coordinates, organizes and manages the work.

Work in progress refers to activities carried out directly and is recognized through measurement of the total contract income on a percentage completion basis, with the incremental portion of the work performed to date being recognized in the period. The cost-to-cost method is used to determine the percentage of completion of a contract (by dividing the costs incurred by the total costs forecast for the whole construction).

Any losses expected to be incurred on contracts are fully recognized in the income statement and as a reduction in contract work in progress when they become known.

Any advances received from customers for services performed are presented as a reduction in inventory. If the value of advances received exceeds inventory, any excess is recognized as advances under other debt.

Transfer of receivables

The Company derecognizes receivables when, and only when, it no longer has the contractual right to the cash flows from an asset, or the receivable is transferred. When the Company transfers a receivable:

  • if it transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership, it derecognizes the receivable and recognizes any rights and obligations created or retained in the transfer separately as assets or liabilities
  • if it retains substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the receivable, it continues to recognize the receivable
  • if it neither transfers nor retains substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the receivable, it determines whether it has retained control of the receivable. In this case:
    • if the Company has not maintained control, it derecognizes the receivable and recognizes separately as assets and liabilities any rights and obligations created or retained in the transfer
    • if the Company has retained control, it continues to recognize the receivable to the extent of its continuing involvement in the receivable

On derecognition of a receivable, the difference between the carrying amount of the receivable and the consideration received or receivable for the transfer of the receivable is recognized in profit or loss.

Assets held for sale

This item includes non-current assets (or assets included in disposal groups) whose carrying amount will be recovered principally through a sale transaction rather than through continuing use. Assets held for sale (or disposal groups) are measured at the lower of their carrying amount and fair value less disposal costs.

Employee benefits

Post-employment benefit plans

The Company provides pension plans and other post-employment benefit plans to its employees. Pension plans in which the Company is obliged to participate under Italian law are defined contribution plans, while other post-employment benefit plans, in which the Company’s participation is generally subject to collective bargaining agreements, are defined benefit plans. Costs associated with payments to defined contribution plans are recognized in the income statement when incurred. Defined benefit plans are based on an employee’s working life and on the salary or wage received by the employee over a predetermined period of service.

Until 31 December 2006, the leaving entitlement payable to employees of Group companies in Italy (Trattamento di Fine Rapporto or “TFR”) qualified as a defined benefit plan. Legislation relating to TFR was amended by Law 296 of 27 December 2006 and subsequent decrees and regulations issued in the first half of 2007. As a result of those changes, and specifically with regard to companies with 50 employees or more, TFR is only considered a defined benefit plan for benefits accrued prior to 1 January 2007 (and not yet paid out as at the balance sheet date), while benefits accruing after that date are classified as defined contributions.

The Company’s obligation to fund defined benefit plans and the associated annual cost recognized in the income statement are determined on an actuarial basis using the projected unit credit method. The portion of net cumulative actuarial gains and losses which exceeds the greater of 10% of the present value of the defined benefit obligation and 10% of the fair value of the plan assets at the end of the previous year is amortized over the average remaining service lives of employees (the “corridor approach”). The portion of actuarial gains and losses that does not exceed this threshold is deferred.

Upon first-time adoption of IFRS, the Company elected to recognize all cumulative actuarial gains and losses existing at 1 January 2004, despite having elected the corridor approach for recognition of subsequent actuarial gains and losses.

For defined benefit plans, any costs associated with the increase in present value of the liability nearer to the payment date are recognized under financial expense.

Liabilities associated with defined benefit plans are recognized in the statement of financial position at their present value adjusted for unrecognized actuarial gains and losses, arising from application of the corridor approach, and unrecognized past service costs.

Other long-term employee benefits

The accounting treatment for other long-term benefits is the same as for post-employment benefit plans except that actuarial gains and losses and past service costs are fully recognized in the income statement in the year in which they arise and the corridor approach is not applied.

Equity-based compensation

Share-based compensation plans settled by the delivery of Fiat S.p.A. shares are measured at fair value at the grant date. That fair value is expensed over the vesting period of the benefit with a corresponding increase in equity. Periodically, the Company reviews its estimate of the benefits expected to vest through the plan and recognizes any difference in estimate in profit or loss, with a corresponding increase or decrease in equity.

Share-based compensation plans settled through delivery of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. shares are recognized as a liability and measured at fair value at the end of each reporting period until settled. Any subsequent changes in fair value are recognized in profit or loss.

The compensation component from stock option plans based on Fiat S.p.A. shares relating to employees of other Group companies is recognized as a capital contribution to the subsidiaries which employ beneficiaries of the stock option plans, in accordance with IFRIC 11 and, as a result, is recorded as an increase in the carrying amount of the investment, with a balancing entry recognized directly in equity.

Provisions

The Company recognizes provisions when it has a legal or constructive obligation to third parties, when it is probable that an outflow of resources will be required to satisfy that obligation and when a reliable estimate of the amount can be made.

Changes in estimates are reflected in the income statement in the period in which they occur.

Own shares

Own shares are recognized as a deduction from equity. The original cost of own shares, proceeds of any subsequent sale and other changes are presented as movements in equity.

Dividends received

Dividends from investees are recognized in the income statement when the right to receive the dividend is established.

Revenue recognition

Revenue is recognized when it is probable that economic benefits associated with a transaction will flow to the Company and the amount can be reliably measured. Revenue is presented net of any adjusting items.

Revenue from services and from construction contracts are recognized using the percentage completion method described under inventory.

Financial income and expense

Financial income and expense are recognized in the income statement in the period in which they are earned or incurred.

Finance costs related to investments in qualifying assets that require a substantial period of time to prepare for their intended future use or sale are capitalized and amortized over the useful life of the asset.

Income taxes

The tax charge for the period is determined on the basis of existing law. Taxes on income are recognized in profit and loss, except where they relate to items charged or credited directly to equity, in which case the tax effect is also recognized directly in equity.

For deferred tax assets and liabilities, determination is based on the temporary differences existing between the carrying amount of an asset or liability in the statement of financial position and its corresponding tax basis. Deferred tax assets resulting from unused tax losses and temporary differences are recognized to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available against which they can be utilized.

Current and deferred income taxes and liabilities are offset when there is a legal right to do so. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured at the tax rates that are expected to apply to the period when the temporary difference is reversed.

Fiat S.p.A. and almost all its Italian subsidiaries elected to take part in the domestic tax consolidation program pursuant to Articles 117/129 of Presidential Decree 917/1986 for a three-year period beginning in 2004. The election was renewed in 2007 and again in 2010, on both occasions for a minimum three-year period.

Under the program, Fiat S.p.A. is the consolidating company and calculates a single taxable base for the group of companies taking part, enabling benefits from offsetting taxable income and tax losses in a combined tax return. Each company participating in the consolidation transfers its taxable income or tax loss to the consolidating company. Fiat S.p.A. recognizes a receivable for companies contributing taxable income, corresponding to the amount of IRES (corporate income tax) payable on their behalf. For companies contributing a tax loss, Fiat S.p.A. recognizes a payable for the amount of the loss actually set off at group level.

Dividends payable

Dividends payable are recognized as changes in equity in the period in which they are approved by Shareholders.

Use of estimates

The stand-alone company financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS which require the use of estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the carrying amount of assets and liabilities, the disclosures relating to contingent assets and liabilities and the amounts of income and expense reported for the period.

The estimates and associated assumptions are based on elements that are known when the financial statements are prepared, on historical experience and on any other factors that are considered to be relevant.

In this respect, the situation caused by the persisting difficulties of the economic and financial environment in the Euro-zone led to the need to make assumptions regarding future performance which are characterized by significant levels of uncertainty; as a consequence, therefore, it cannot be excluded that actual future results may differ from these estimates, and therefore give rise to adjustments to book values in future periods, which may be significant, and which at the present moment can clearly neither be estimated nor predicted. The line item most impacted by the use of estimates is “Investments in subsidiaries and associates” (non-current assets), where estimates are used in determining impairment losses and reversals. No particular reliance was placed on the use of estimates and no future significant issues are expected regarding the recognition of employee benefits, taxes or provisions, also taking into account their relatively minor book values.

The use of estimates had a significant impact in the determination of the carrying amount of Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. (FGA) which represents a substantial portion of the total “Investments in subsidiaries and associates”. For this purpose, measurement was based on FGA’s estimated “value in use”, which took into consideration the expected performance for 2013 and 2014 consistent with the updated financial plan communicated on 30 October 2012. The assumptions and results are also consistent with information provided in “Subsequent Events and Outlook” (Report on Operations). For the forecasts for subsequent years, prudent assumptions have been made considering the persistent difficult and uncertain trading environment. Future expected results also consider the effects of the process for the continuing strategic realignment of the manufacturing and commercial activities of Fiat with those of Chrysler, which accelerated from 2011 following the acquisition of the control of Chrysler, and which is progressing in line with expectations. Given the strategy announced on 30 October 2012, to redeploy the industrial assets in EMEA to produce a renewed product portfolio focused on upper-end segments and international brands, it was considered reasonable to use cash flow projections for the period up to 2018. Given its current negative equity position and loan covenants restricting dividend distributions, the contribution from Chrysler was taken into account only from 2017.   

The normalized cash flow used for calculation of the terminal value was based on a weighted average of the expected contributions from each geographic market, which take into account the cyclicality and maturity of the auto business in each market. The estimate of terminal value assumes a long-term growth rate of zero.

As the cash flows are assumed equivalent to expected net profit, the discount rates applied are based on the estimated cost of equity. Different and increasing rates were applied over the specific cash flow projection period (2013-2018) to reflect the level of risk associated with achieving targets and with the geographic distribution of earnings. The weighted average discount rate for the projection period ranged from 10.0-13.0% for EMEA, 14.7-17.7% for LATAM, and 12.2-14.7% for Chrysler. For the terminal value, the weighted average discount rate was 13.7%, which prudently includes a 3% premium to reflect the execution risks associated with achieving targets. A change of 50 basis points in the discount rate would impact the value in use of the investment by approximately €500 million.

The estimates and assumptions made, in addition to the analysis based on historic and prospective P/E multiples for comparable listed companies used as a control, provide reasonable support for maintaining the carrying amounts recognized for the investment in FGA unchanged at 31 December 2012.

Accounting standards, amendments and interpretations adopted from 1 January 2012 

On 7 October 2010, the IASB issued amendments to IFRS 7 – Financial Instruments: Disclosures that were adopted by the Company from 1 January 2012. The amendments allow users of financial statements to improve their understanding of transfers of financial assets (“derecognition”), including understanding the possible effects of any risks that may remain with the entity that transferred the assets. The amendments also require additional disclosures if a disproportionate amount of transfer transactions are undertaken at the end of a reporting period. Application of these amendments had no significant effect on either the disclosures in the financial statements or measurement of the related items. For further details see Note 24 (Current debt).

Accounting standards, amendments and interpretations effective from 1 January 2012 but not applicable to the Company

The following amendment, effective from 1 January 2012, relates to matters that were not applicable to the Company at the date of this Annual Report, but could affect the accounting treatment of future transactions or arrangements:

  • On 20 December 2010, the IASB issued a minor amendment to IAS 12 – Income Taxes, which clarifies the accounting for deferred tax on investment properties measured at fair value. The amendment introduces the presumption that the carrying amount of deferred taxes relating to investment properties measured at fair value under IAS 40 will be recovered through sale. As a result of the amendments, SIC-21 Income Taxes – Recovery of Revalued Non-Depreciable Assets no longer applies. These amendments are effective retrospectively for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2012

Accounting standards and amendments not yet applicable and not early adopted by the Company

On 12 May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements replacing SIC-12 – Consolidation: Special Purpose Entities and parts of IAS 27 – Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements (subsequently reissued as IAS 27 – Separate Financial Statements which addresses the accounting treatment of investments in separate financial statements). The new standard builds on existing principles by identifying the concept of control as the determining factor in whether an entity should be included in the consolidated financial statements of the parent company. The new IAS 27 confirms that investments in subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates are accounted either at cost or, alternatively, in accordance with IFRS 9. The same accounting treatment is to be applied for each category of investments. Additionally, if an entity elects to measure its investments in associates or joint ventures at fair value in its consolidated accounts (applying IFRS 9), it should also use the same method for the separate financial statements. The standard is effective retrospectively, for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 at the latest. Based on current analyses, adoption of the reissued IAS 27 is not expected to have any significant effect on the valuation of investments held by the Company.

On 12 May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 11 – Joint Arrangements superseding IAS 31 – Interests in Joint Ventures and SIC-13 – Jointly Controlled Entities: Non-Monetary Contributions by Venturers. The new standard provides the criteria for identifying joint arrangements by focusing on the rights and obligations of the arrangement, rather than its legal form and requires a single method to account for interests in jointly-controlled entities, the equity method. The standard is effective retrospectively, at the latest for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014. Following the issue of the new standard, IAS 28 – Investments in Associates has been amended to include accounting for investments in jointly-controlled entities in its scope of application (from the effective date of the standard).

On 12 May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 12 – Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities, a new and comprehensive standard on disclosure requirements for all forms of interests in other entities, including subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates, special purpose vehicles and other unconsolidated vehicles. The standard is effective at the latest for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014.

On 12 May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 13 – Fair Value Measurement, clarifying the determination of the fair value for the purpose of the financial statements and applying to all IFRS standards permitting or requiring a fair value measurement or the presentation of disclosures based on fair value. The standard is effective prospectively from 1 January 2013. The application of this new standard is not expected to have any significant effects on the Company’s financial statement.

On 16 June 2011, the IASB issued an amendment to IAS 1 – Presentation of Financial Statements requiring companies to group together items within other comprehensive income that may be reclassified to the profit or loss section of the income statement. The amendment is applicable for periods beginning on or after 1 July 2012. The application of this amendment is not expected to have any significant effects on the measurement of items in the Group’s financial statement.

On 16 June 2011, the IASB issued an amendment to IAS 19 – Employee Benefits applicable retrospectively for the year beginning 1 January 2013. The amendment modifies the requirements for recognizing defined benefit plans and termination benefits. The main changes concerning defined benefit plans regard the recognition of the plan deficit or surplus in the balance sheet, the introduction of net interest expense and the classification of net interest expense arising from defined benefit plans. In details:

  • Recognition of the plan deficit or surplus: the amendment removes the previous option of being able to defer actuarial gains and losses under the off-balance sheet “corridor method”, requiring these to be recognized directly in other comprehensive income. In addition, the amendment requires the immediate recognition of past service costs in profit or loss
  • Net interest expense: the concepts of interest expense and expected return on defined benefit plans are replaced by the concept of net interest expense on defined benefit plans, which consists of:
    • the interest expense calculated on the present value of the liability for defined benefit plans
    • the interest income arising from the valuation of the plan assets, and
    • the interest expense or income arising from any limits to the recognition of the plan surplus

Net interest expense is calculated for all components by using the discount rate applied for valuing the obligation for defined benefit plans at the beginning of the period. In accordance with the present version of IAS 19, the expected return on assets is calculated by using a long-term expected rate of return.

  • Classification of net interest expense: in accordance with the new definition of net interest expense set out in the standard, net interest expense on defined benefit plans will be recognized as financial income/(expense) in the income statement

In accordance with the transitional rules included in paragraph 173 of IAS 19, the Company will apply the standard retrospectively from 1 January 2013, adjusting the opening balance sheet at 1 January 2012 and the income statement for 2012 as if the amendments to IAS 19 had already been applied. At the reporting date, the Company estimated that adoption of the revised standard from 1 January 2012 would lead to an increase in the liability for employee benefits of approximately €0.4 million and €1.1 million at 31 December 2011 and 2012, respectively, and decreases in net equity (other comprehensive gains and losses) of the same amounts. The estimated impact on the income statement for 2012 is a reduction in costs of approximately €0.1 million.

On 16 December 2011, the IASB issued certain amendments to IAS 32 – Financial Instruments: Presentation to clarify the application of certain offsetting criteria for financial assets and financial liabilities in IAS 32. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 and are required to be applied retrospectively.

On 16 December 2011, the IASB issued certain amendments to IFRS 7 – Financial Instruments: Disclosures. The amendments require information about the effect or potential effect of netting arrangements for financial assets and liabilities on an entity’s financial position. Entities are required to apply the amendments for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods. The required disclosures should be provided retrospectively. The application of this interpretation is not expected to have any significant effects on the Company’s financial statement.

In addition, at the reporting date, the European Union had not yet completed its endorsement process for these standards and amendments:

  • On 12 November 2009, the IASB issued a new standard IFRS 9 – Financial Instruments that was subsequently amended. The standard, having an effective date for mandatory adoption of 1 January 2015 retrospectively, represents the completion of the first part of a project to replace IAS 39 and introduces new requirements for the classification and measurement of financial assets and financial liabilities. The new standard uses a single approach to determine whether a financial asset is measured at amortized cost or fair value, replacing the many different rules in IAS 39. The approach in IFRS 9 is based on how an entity manages its financial instruments and the contractual cash flow characteristics of the financial assets. The most significant effect of the standard regarding the classification and measurement of financial liabilities relates to the accounting for changes in fair value attributable to changes in the credit risk of financial liabilities designated as at fair value through profit or loss. Under the new standard these changes are recognized in Other comprehensive income and are not subsequently reclassified to the income statement
  • On 17 May 2012, the IASB issued a set of amendments to IFRSs (“Improvements to IFRSs – 2009-2011”) that are applicable retrospectively from 1 January 2013. Set out below are those amendments that could lead to changes in the presentation, recognition or measurement of financial statement items, excluding those that only regard changes in terminology or editorial changes having a limited accounting effect and those that affect standards or interpretations that are not applicable to the Company
    • IAS 1 – Presentation of Financial Statements: the amendment clarifies the way in which comparative information should be presented when an entity changes accounting policies or retrospectively restates or reclassifies items in its financial statements and when an entity provides comparative information in addition to the minimum comparative financial statements
    • IAS 16 – Property, plant and equipment: the amendment clarifies that items such as spare parts, stand-by equipment and servicing equipment, shall be recognized in accordance with IAS 16 when they meet the definition of Property, plant and equipment, otherwise such items shall be classified as Inventory
    • IAS 32 – Financial instruments: Presentation: the amendment eliminates an inconsistency between IAS 12 – Income Taxes and IAS 32 concerning the recognition of taxation arising from distributions to shareholders, establishing that these shall be recognized in profit or loss to the extent the distribution refers to income generated by transactions originally recognized in profit or loss

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