ANNUAL REPORT 2013

FINANCIALS

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. Accounting principles for the consolidated financial statements, IFRS

Fiskars Corporation is a Finnish public limited liability company listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki and domiciled in Raasepori, Finland. The registered address of Fiskars Corporation is Hämeentie 135 A, Helsinki, Finland. Fiskars Corporation is the parent company of the Group. The Group manufactures and markets branded consumer products globally. Fiskars’ operating segments are EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific), Americas, the associated company Wärtsilä and Other. The operations are divided to Business Areas Home, Garden and Outdoor. In addition the Group has Real Estate operations and a strategic shareholding in Wärtsilä Oyj Abp qualifying as an investment in an associate. The Group’s international main brands are Fiskars, Iittala, and Gerber.

The financial statements are authorized for issue by the Board of Directors of Fiskars Corporation. According to the Finnish Limited Liability Companies’ Act, the shareholders have a possibility to approve or reject or make a decision on altering the financial statements in the Annual General Meeting to be held after the publication of the financial statements.

Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements of Fiskars Corporation (“Fiskars” or “the Group”) are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in force at December 31, 2013 as adopted by the European Union. International Financial Reporting Standards, referred to in the Finnish Accounting Act and in ordinances issued based on the provisions of this Act, are standards and their interpretations adopted in accordance with the procedure laid down in regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The notes to the consolidated financial statements also comply with the Finnish accounting and corporate legislation.

The consolidated financial statements are prepared on historical cost basis except for financial assets and financial liabilities which are presented at fair value through profit or loss, and biological assets as well as assets and liabilities related to defined benefit pension plans that are measured at fair value.

Items included in the financial statements of each of the Group’s entity are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (‘the functional currency’). The consolidated financial statements are presented in euro, which is the parent company’s functional currency. The presentation is in millions of euro with one decimal.


Use of estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the management to make judgments and assumptions that affect the recognition and measurement of financial statement items. These estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other justified assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances at the end of the reporting period. These estimates form the basis for judgments of the items in the financial statements. Development of markets and general economic situation may affect the variables underlying the estimates and actual results may differ significantly from these estimates. Such estimates mainly relate to the assumptions made in impairment testing, amount of obsolete inventory, recognition of impairment losses on trade receivables, provisions, determination of defined benefit pension obligations, value appraisement of biological assets and the probability of deferred tax assets being recovered against future taxable profits.

Consolidated financial statements

The consolidated financial statements include the parent company, Fiskars Corporation, and all the subsidiaries in which it holds, directly or indirectly, over 50% of the voting rights or over which it otherwise has control. Acquired or established subsidiaries are included in the consolidated financial statements from the date control commences until the date that control ceases.

Subsidiaries are consolidated using the acquisition method. Intra-group transactions, profit distribution, receivables, liabilities and unrealized gains between Group companies are eliminated in consolidation. The profit or loss for the financial year attributable to the owners and non-controlling interest is presented in the income statement and the total comprehensive income for the financial year attributable to the owners and non-controlling interest is presented in the statement of comprehensive income. The non-controlling interest in equity is presented within equity, separately from the equity of the owners of the parent.

Investments in associates in which Fiskars has a significant influence but not control are accounted for using the equity method. Significant influence usually exists when the Group holds over 20% of the voting power of the entity or when the Group otherwise has significant influence but not control.

Joint ventures are consolidated using the proportionate consolidation method, in which the share of joint venture’s assets, liabilities, income and expenses owned by the Group is combined line by line in the consolidated financial statements.

Translation of foreign currency items

Transactions in foreign currencies

Foreign currency transactions are translated using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. At the end of the reporting period monetary assets and liabilities are translated using the exchange rate prevailing at the end of the reporting period. Exchange differences arising from translation are recognized in the income statement and presented under financial items, except for exchange differences relating to trade receivables and trade payables that are presented within operating profit. Non-monetary items denominated in foreign currencies are translated using the exchange rate at the date of the transaction, except for those items carried at fair value that are translated using at the rates prevailing at the date when the fair value was determined.


Translation of financial statements of foreign subsidiaries

In the consolidated financial statements income statements, statements of comprehensive income and cash flows of foreign subsidiaries are translated into parent company’s currency at the average exchange rates for the period. Their balance sheet items are translated at exchange rates prevailing at the end of the reporting period. The resulting exchange differences are recognized in other comprehensive income and presented under translation differences in equity. Exchange differences resulting from the translation of profit or loss and comprehensive income at the average rate in the income statement and in the statement of comprehensive income, and the balance sheet at the closing rate, are recognized in other comprehensive income and they are included under translation differences in equity. The effective portions of the gains or losses on those financial instruments hedging net investments in foreign operations are recognized similarly. When the Group disposes of all, or part of, that subsidiary, the translation differences accumulated in equity are transferred to profit or loss as part of the gain or loss on disposal.

Net sales and revenue recognition principles

Net sales are shown net of indirect taxes, rebates, and exchange differences on trade receivables denominated in foreign currencies. Revenue from the sale of goods is recognized when all significant risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred to the buyer, i.e. when a product has been delivered to the client in accordance with the terms of delivery. There are no such long-term projects in the Group for which the revenue would be recognized using the percentage-of-completion (POC) method.

Pension obligations

Group companies have various pension plans in accordance with local conditions and practices in the countries in which they operate. The plans are classified as either defined contribution plans or defined benefit plans. Under a defined contribution plan the Group pays fixed contributions into a separate entity. If the entity does not hold sufficient assets to pay all employees the benefits in question, the Group will have no legal or constructive obligation to pay further contributions. All other plans not meeting the above criteria are classified as defined benefit plans. Most of plans Group companies have are classified as defined contribution plans and related contributions are charged to the income statement in the year in which the payment obligation has arisen.

The costs for defined benefit pension plans are calculated and recognized under the terms of the plan based on actuarial calculations. Pension costs are recognized as expenses over the employees’ service period. The pension obligation is measured as the present value of the estimated future contributions deducted by the fair value of plan assets at the end of the reporting period. Changes in the estimates in the actuarial calculations may influence the reported pension obligations and pension costs.

Fiskars applies the accounting treatment for the recognition of actuarial gains and losses in other comprehensive income that was allowed as an alternative according to the previous IAS 19 and is now the requisite according to the revised IAS 19.


Operating profit

IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements does not give a definition for operating profit. In Fiskars the operating profit (EBIT) is the net of revenues and other operating income, material purchases and change of inventories, production for own use, employee benefits, depreciations, amortizations and possible impairments and other operating expenses. The operating profit includes operating results of Fiskars’ operating segments EMEA, Americas, and Others. The share of profit or loss of the associate Wärtsilä and the change in fair value of biological assets are presented as separate line items below EBIT in the income statement.

Intangible assets

An intangible asset is initially capitalized in the balance sheet at cost if the cost can be measured reliably and it is probable that the expected future economic benefits that are attributable to the asset will flow to the Group. Residual values and expected useful lives and are reassessed at least at each financial year-end and, if necessary, are adjusted to reflect changes in the expected future economic benefits.

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the Group’s share of difference between the cost of the acquisition and the fair value of the net identifiable assets, liabilities, and contingent liabilities acquired measured at the acquisition date. Goodwill is stated at historical cost less any accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill is not amortized but is tested for impairment at least annually. For this purpose goodwill has been allocated to cash-generating units or, in case of an associate, the goodwill is included within the carrying amount of the associate in question. The recoverable amount of the unit is compared annually or more often if there are indications of impairment, with its carrying amount to determine potential impairment.

Contingent consideration will be measured at fair value and subsequently re-measured through profit or loss. All acquisition-related costs, such as experts’ fees, will be expensed instead of capitalization. There is a choice on an acquisition-by-acquisition basis to measure the non-controlling interest in the acquiree either at fair value or at the non-controlling interest’s proportionate share of the acquiree’s net assets.

Research and development costs

Research and development costs are expensed as they are incurred, except for those development costs that are capitalized if the Group can reliably demonstrate that they will generate probable future economic benefits for the Group and also other criteria in IAS 38 are met as the product is regarded technically and commercially feasible. Capitalized development costs consisting of mainly direct labor costs and external services are recognized as intangible assets.

Intangible assets not yet available for use are tested annually for impairment. Subsequent to initial recognition capitalized development costs are measured at cost less accumulated amortization and accumulated impairment losses. They are amortized on a straight-line basis over their useful lives, from 3 to 6 years.


Other intangible assets

Other intangible assets include among other patents, capitalized development costs, software, as well as trademarks and customer relationships acquired in business combinations. Intangible assets are stated at cost less accumulated amortization and any accumulated impairment. Intangible assets in this class are amortized on a straight-line basis over their known or expected useful lives. Residual values and expected useful lives and are reassessed at least at each financial year-end and, if necessary, are adjusted to reflect changes in the expected future economic benefits. The estimated useful lives are as follows:

  • Software
3–10 years
  • Customer relationships
5–15 years
  • Other
3–10 years

Intangible assets with an indefinite useful life such as trademarks or brand names acquired in business combinations are not amortized but they are tested at least annually for impairment.

Property, plant and equipment

Property, plant, and equipment are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses, if applicable. Those borrowing costs directly attributable to the acquisition, construction or production of a qualifying asset are capitalized as part of the cost of that asset.

Depreciation is charged to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Residual values and expected useful lives are reassessed at least at each financial year-end and, if necessary, are adjusted to reflect changes in the expected future economic benefits. The estimated useful lives are as follows:

  • Buildings
20–40 years
  • Machinery and equipment
3–10 years
  • Land and water 
No depreciation

Gains and losses on sales and disposals of items of property, plant, and equipment are presented under other operating income and other operating expenses.

Leases

Leases in terms of which the Group substantially takes over from the lessor all the risks and rewards of ownership are classified as finance leases. Assets leased under finance leases are recognized under property, plant, and equipment at amounts equal to the fair value of the leased assets or, if lower, the present value of the minimum lease payments at the commencement of the lease term. The associated obligations are recognized in interest-bearing financial liabilities. The lease payments are divided into finance cost and amortization of the lease liability.

Leases in which a significant portion of the risks and rewards of ownership are retained by the lessor are accounted for as operating leases. Lease payments made under an operating lease are recognized as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term.


Investment property

The properties that are not used in the Group’s operations or which are held to earn rental revenue or increase in value are classified as investment property. These properties are measured at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment. The leasing properties that are not in Group’s operational use are depreciated over 20–40 years. Land is not depreciated.

Impairment of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

The Group operations have been divided into cash-generating units (CGU) that are smaller than operating segments. The carrying amounts of the assets relating to these CGUs are reviewed for impairment indicators annually at the end of the reporting period. The recoverable amounts of the following assets are also estimated annually irrespective whether there is any indication for impairment: goodwill, intangible assets with indefinite useful lives and unfinished intangible assets.

To determine a potential impairment the carrying amount of the asset is compared or the carrying amounts of the CGU’s net assets are compared against the recoverable amount of that asset or CGU. The recoverable amount is the higher of the present value of the future cash flows (value in use) and the fair value less costs to sell. An impairment loss is recognized for an asset when its carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. An impairment loss previously recognized for items of property, plant, and equipment as well as for intangible assets other than goodwill is reversed subsequently only if there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the asset’s recoverable amount since the last impairment loss was recognised. An impairment loss is reversed only to the extent that the asset’s carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined, net of amortization or depreciation, if no impairment loss had been recognized for the asset in prior years. An impairment loss recognized for goodwill is not reversed.

Biological assets

Biological assets consist of standing timber in Group’s forests in Finland. These assets are measured at fair value less estimated point-of-sale costs. The fair value resulting from both net growth and change in the market value of standing timber is presented as a separate line item in the income statement after operating profit (EBIT). The revenue from the sale of standing timber is presented in the income statement within the operating profit.

For valuing biological assets Fiskars applies a three year rolling average price of standing timber, based on the statistics provided by the Finnish Forest Research Institute, and multiplied by the estimated volume of standing timber, taking into account the costs and risks relating to sales.


Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations

A non-current asset (or a disposal group) as well as assets and liabilities associated with a discontinued operation are classified as held for sale if their carrying amount will be recovered principally through a sale transaction rather than through continuing use. The recognition criteria are regarded to be met when: a sale is highly probable, the asset (or a disposal group) is available for immediate sale in its present condition subject only to terms that are usual and customary, the management is committed to the plan to sell the asset and the sale is expected to take place within one year from the date of classification.

As from classification date a non-current asset (or a disposal group) held for sale is measured at the lower of its carrying amount and fair value less costs to sell, and it is not depreciated or amortized any more. Assets classified as held for sale, disposal groups, items recognized in other comprehensive income associated with the assets classified as held for sale as well as liabilities included in the disposal group are presented separately in the balance sheet.

A discontinued operation is a component of the Group’s business that has been disposed of or will be disposed of in accordance with a coordinated plan. It represents a separate major line of business or geographical area of operations. The profit or loss of a discontinued operation is reported separately from the continuing operations in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

Fiskars had no non-current assets held for sale or discontinued operations neither in the financial year 2013 nor 2012.

Inventories

Inventories are carried at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Cost is determined using the first-in first-out (FIFO) method. The cost of finished goods and work-in-progress comprise direct purchase and manufacturing cost, other direct costs and a proportion of the related production overheads based on normal operating capacity. Net realizable value is the estimated amount that can be realized from the sale in normal course of business less the estimated costs of completion and the estimated costs necessary to make the sale. Inventories are presented net of an impairment loss recognized for obsolete and slow-moving inventories.

Financial instruments

Financial assets

Fiskars classifies its financial assets in the following categories: financial assets at fair value through profit or loss, loans and receivables and available-for-sale financial assets. Financial assets are classified at initial recognition based on their purpose of use. For investments not at fair value through profit or loss, the directly attributable transaction costs are included in the original costs of the financial assets. All purchases or sales of financial assets are recognized or derecognized using trade date accounting. The Group derecognizes financial assets when it has lost its right to receive the cash flows or when it has transferred substantially all the risks and rewards to an external party.


Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

In this category are classified such financial assets that are held for trading or are designated as financial assets at fair value through profit or loss upon initial recognition (the fair value option). In Fiskars this category comprises the investments in listed securities and those derivative instruments that do not meet the hedge accounting criteria or for which hedge accounting is not applied.

These financial assets are measured at fair value both at initial recognition and subsequently. The fair values of the listed securities are based on quoted rates at the end of the reporting period and fair value changes, both realized and unrealized gains and losses are recognized in the income statement under financial items. The fair value measurement principles of the derivative instruments that do not meet the hedge accounting criteria are described below under Derivatives and hedge accounting.

Loans and other receivables

Loans and other receivables are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. The Group does not hold them for trading or designate them as available for sale upon initial recognition. This category comprises trade receivables and other receivables under current receivables as well as non-current loan receivables that are presented under the item Other investments in the consolidated balance sheet.

Loans and other receivables are measured at amortized cost. The estimate made for doubtful receivables is based on the risks of individual items. Resulting from this assessment the carrying amounts of receivables are adjusted to measure their probable value. Loans and receivables are included in current or non-current assets based on their nature; in the latter class for maturities greater than 12 months after the end of the reporting period.

Available-for-sale financial assets

Available-for-sale financial assets are those non-derivative financial assets that are designated as available for sale or are not classified as either loans and receivables, held-to-maturity investments or financial assets at fair value through profit or loss. In Fiskars this category comprises the investments in unlisted securities. If their fair values cannot be determined reliably, they are measured at cost. Available-for-sale financial assets are included in non-current assets unless the Group intends to dispose of them within 12 months of the end of the reporting period in which case they are included in current assets.

Cash and cash equivalents

The balance sheet item Cash and cash equivalents includes cash, i.e. cash in hand and deposits held at call with banks, and cash equivalents. Cash equivalents comprise highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to a known amount of cash and subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value. The items included in cash equivalents have original maturities of maximum three months from the date of acquisition. Bank overdrafts are included within current interest-bearing financial liabilities.


Financial liabilities

Fiskars classifies its financial liabilities in the following categories: financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss (includes derivative liabilities) and financial liabilities measured at amortized cost. A financial liability is recognized initially at fair value. For financial liabilities measured at amortized cost, the directly attributable transaction costs are included in the original cost. Subsequently financial liabilities are carried at amortized cost using the effective interest method, except for derivative liabilities that are measured at fair value. Financial liabilities are classified as non-current or current; the latter group comprises all those financial liabilities for which the Group does not have an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least 12 months after the end of the reporting period. The Group removes a financial liability (or a part of it) from its balance sheet only when it is extinguished, i.e. when the obligation specified in the contract is discharged or cancelled or expires.

Derivatives and hedge accounting

Derivative financial instruments are classified as financial instruments at fair value through profit and loss. Derivatives are recognized initially at cost and subsequently at fair value determined at the end of each reporting period. The fair value of derivatives is based on prevailing market rates or rates derived from the prevailing market rates at the end of the reporting period. Fair value changes are recognized in financial items. Fiskars has applied hedge accounting to changes in the fair value of derivatives designated, qualifying, and effective as cash flow hedges. The changes are recognized in Other comprehensive income.

Fair value categories

Hierarchy level 1 includes financial assets that are publicly quoted in an active market. This category includes listed shares. Level 2 includes financial assets and liabilities measured using directly observable market inputs. All interest bearing debts and derivatives fall within this category. Level 3 includes financial assets and liabilities measured using non-market observable inputs. The asset classes in this category are unlisted equity investments and funds.

Provisions and contingent liabilities

A provision is recognized when the Group as a result of a past event has a present legal or constructive obligation, it is probable that the obligation will be realized and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation. A provision for restructuring is recognized when a detailed formal plan has been prepared and when there is a valid expectation relating those affected that the plan will be carried out. The amount recognized as a provision is the best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the end of the reporting period. If it is possible to receive compensation for part of the obligation from a third party, the compensation is recognized as a separate asset, but only when receipt of the compensation is virtually certain.

The Group is party to lawsuits and legal processes concerning Group’s business operations. A related provision is recognized in the financial statements when the amount of the expenditure can be estimated reliably and it is more likely than not that they will be realized. Otherwise these contingent liabilities are disclosed in the notes.


Income taxes

The Group’s tax expense comprises current tax based on Group companies’ taxable profit for the period and the change of deferred taxes. The current tax charge is calculated using the tax rate enacted or substantively enacted at the end of the reporting period. Deferred tax liabilities or deferred tax assets are provided for temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for taxation purposes using tax rates enacted or substantively enacted at the end of the reporting period. Temporary differences arise, inter alia, from tax loss carry-forwards, depreciation differences, provisions, defined benefit pension plans, fair value measurement of derivative financial instruments, biological assets, and eliminated intra-group inventory margins as well as from the fair value adjustments made to assets and liabilities in business combinations. A deferred tax liability is recognized on the undistributed profits of subsidiaries and associates if the distribution of profit is probable and it will result in tax consequences. A deferred tax liability is recorded to its full amount and a deferred tax asset is recognized at the amount of the estimated probable tax benefit. Income tax is recognized in profit or loss, unless it relates to items recognized in other comprehensive income. In such case any related tax effects are also recognized similarly.

Dividends

Dividends proposed by the Board of Directors are not recorded in the financial statements until they have been approved by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting.

New and amended standards applied in financial year ended

As from January 1, 2013 the Group has applied the following new or amended standards that have come into effect:

  • Amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements. The major change is the requirement to group items of other comprehensive income as to whether or not they will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss when specific conditions are met. The amendments only had an impact on the presentation of Group’s other comprehensive income.
  • Amendment to IAS 19 Employee Benefits. The major changes are as follows: all actuarial gains and losses are immediately recognized in other comprehensive income, i.e. the corridor approach is no longer applied, and finance costs are calculated on a net funding basis. Fiskars has applied the accounting treatment for the recognition of actuarial gains and losses in other comprehensive income that was allowed as an alternative according to the previous IAS 19 and is now the requisite according to the revised IAS 19. The comparative figures have not been restated as the other amendments to the standard had no material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement. IFRS 13 establishes a single source for all fair value measurements and disclosure requirements for use across IFRSs. The new standard also provides a precise definition of fair value. IFRS 13 does not extend the use of fair value accounting, but it provides guidance on how to measure fair value under IFRSs when fair value is required or permitted. IFRS 13 has expanded some notes to the consolidated financial statements.
  • Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2009–2011 (May 2012). The annual improvements process provides a mechanism for minor and non-urgent amendments to IFRSs to be grouped together and issued in one package annually. The amendments cover in total five standards. Their impact has not been significant.
  • Amendments to IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures. The amendments clarify disclosure requirements for financial assets and liabilities that are offset in the consolidated balance sheet or subject to master netting arrangements or similar agreements. The amendments had no significant impact on the notes to the consolidated financial statements.

Other new or amended standards or interpretations had no impact on the consolidated financial statements.

Adoption of new and amended standards and interpretations applicable in future financial years

Fiskars has not yet adopted the following new and amended standards and interpretations already issued by the IASB. The Group will adopt them as of the effective date or, if the date is other than the first day of the financial year, from the beginning of the subsequent financial year.

  • IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements and subsequent amendments (in the EU effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). IFRS 10 builds on existing principles by identifying the concept of control as the determining factor when deciding whether an entity should be incorporated within the consolidated financial statements. The standard also provides additional guidance to assist in the determination of control where this is difficult to assess. The new standard is not assessed to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements and subsequent amendments (in the EU effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). In the accounting of joint arrangements IFRS 11 focuses on the rights and obligations of the arrangement rather than its legal form. There are two types of joint arrangements: joint operations and joint ventures. In future jointly controlled entities are to be accounted for using only one method, equity method, and the other alternative, proportional consolidation is no longer allowed. The new standard is not assessed to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRS 12 Disclosures of Interests in Other Entities and subsequent amendments (in the EU effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). IFRS 12 includes the disclosure requirements for all forms of interests in other entities, including associates, joint arrangements, structured entities and other off-balance sheet vehicles. The new standard will expand the notes the Group provides for its interests in other entities. The new standard is not assessed to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IAS 27 Separate Financial Statements (revised 2011) and subsequent amendments (in the EU effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). The revised standard includes the provisions on separate IFRS financial statements that were left after the control provisions were included in the new IFRS 10. The revised standard will not have an impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures (revised 2011) and subsequent amendments (in the EU effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). Following the issue of IFRS 11 the revised IAS 28 includes the requirements for joint ventures, as well as associates, to be equity accounted. The revised standard is not assessed to have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Amendments to IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation (effective for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014). The amendments provide clarifications on the application of presentation requirements for offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities on the statement of financial position and give more related application guidance. The amendments are not assessed to have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Amendments to IAS 36 Impairment of Assets (effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2014). The objective of the amendments is to clarify that the scope of the disclosures of information about the recoverable amount of assets, where that amount is based on fair value less costs of disposal, is limited to impaired assets. The amended standard is not assessed to have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Amendments to IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement (effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2014). The amendments made to IAS 39 provide an exception to the requirement to discontinue hedge accounting in certain circumstances where a derivative, which has been designated as a hedging instrument, is novated from one counterparty to a central counterparty as a consequence of laws or regulations. The amendments are not assessed to have an impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRIC 21 Levies* (effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2014). The interpretation clarifies the accounting treatment of levies. A liability for a levy is recognised when the activity that triggers payment, as identified by the relevant legislation, occurs. The interpretation is applicable to all levies other than income taxes, fines, penalties and outflows that are in scope of other standards. The interpretation is not assessed to have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Amendments to IAS 19 Employee Benefits - Defined Benefit Plans: Employee Contributions* (effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 July 2014). The amendments clarify the accounting treatment under IAS 19 in respect of defined benefit plans that involve contributions from employees or third parties towards the cost of benefits. The amendments are not assessed to have an impact on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Annual Improvements to IFRSs (2011–2013 cycle* and 2010–2012 cycle*, December 2013) (effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 July 2014). The annual improvements process provides a mechanism for minor and non-urgent amendments to IFRSs to be grouped together and issued in one package annually. The amendments cover in total four (2011–2013 cycle) and seven (2010–2012 cycle) standards. Their impacts vary standard by standard but are not significant.
  • IFRS 9 Financial Instruments* and subsequent amendments (the effective date (previously 1 January 2015) has been postponed and will be determined in due course). IFRS 9 is the first step of the IASB’s originally three-phase project to replace the current IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The amendments resulting from the first phase (published in November 2009) address the classification and measurement of financial assets. Based on measurement, financial assets are classified into two main groups: financial assets at amortized cost and financial assets at fair value. Classification depends on a company’s business model and the characteristics of contractual cash flows. The amendments published in October 2010 deal with the classification and measurement of financial liabilities and the standard retains most of the related IAS 39 requirements. Amendments dealing with general hedge accounting were issued in November 2013. The unfinished part of IFRS 9, impairment of financial assets, is still a work in progress. Furthermore, the IASB is also considering limited amendments regarding the classification and measurement of financial assets. The macro hedge accounting phase has been taken apart from the IFRS 9 project as a separate project. As the IFRS 9 project is incomplete, the impacts of the standard on the consolidated financial statements cannot yet be assessed.

* Not yet endorsed for use by the European Union