The company HZPC Holland B.V. changed its name to HZPC Holding B.V. as of 1 July 2016.
Relationship with parent company and principal activities
The Company, having its legal address in Joure at Edisonweg 5, with Dutch Chamber of Commerce number 807807928, is a private limited liability company under Dutch law, with 100% of its shares held by the Association HZPC (Vereniging HZPC).
The group is primarily involved in selling seed potatoes and related products and services.
The associated growers deliver the seed potatoes they have grown to the company and receive a payment for this. The Company sells the delivered seed potatoes grown by them and receives a commission. Seed potatoes are grown by a pool-mechanism; in addition, separate agreements are made with growers.
Financial reporting period
These financial statements have been prepared for a reporting period of one year. The financial year of the company runs from 1 July up to and including 30 June of the following year.
As of July 1, 2016, a split of assets and liabilities of HZPC Holland B.V. took place. Prior to the split, the name HZPC Holland B.V. was changed to HZPC Holding B.V. by means of a change in the articles of association.
As a result of splitting the company HZPC Holding B.V. (formerly HZPC Holland B.V.) the assets and liabilities were split up. The values assigned to the respective assets and liabilities are determined using valuation methods considered to be acceptable in the Netherlands.
The split created the companies HZPC Research B.V. and HZPC Holland B.V. Operational activities with the associated assets and liabilities were placed in the new company, HZPC Holland B.V. The activities related to research and development of varieties with the associated assets and liabilities were placed in the company HZPC Research B.V. Within the Holding, the property has remained in the company, and predominantly, the development of the software and the management activities take place.
There has also been a split of the assets and liabilities of Participatie Maatschappij Buitenland B.V. as of 1 July 2016. At the time of the split, the company HZPC SBA Europe B.V. was established. At the same time, the name of PMB was changed to HZPC SBDA B.V. At the time of the split, the activities and affiliates in Europe became part of HZPC SBA Europe B.V. and the activities and associations outside Europe, together with the innovation activities (other than variety development), were brought under HZPC SBDA B.V.
The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Title 9, Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code. The applied accounting policies are based on the historical cost convention.
Application of Section 402, Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code
The financial information of the company is recorded in the consolidated financial statements. For this reason, in accordance with Section 402, Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code, the separate profit and loss account of the company exclusively states the share of the result of participating interests after tax and the general result after tax.
These financial statements have been prepared on the supposition of continuity.
Unless stated otherwise, assets and liabilities are shown at nominal value.
For comparability of last year’s figures, reclassifications were made between trade receivables, other receivables and overdue assets, debts to suppliers, and other debts and accrued liabilities.
An asset is recognised in the balance sheet when it is probable that the expected future economic benefits that are attributable to the asset will flow to the entity and the cost of the asset can be reliably determined. A liability is recognised in the balance sheet when it is expected to result in an outflow from the entity of resources embodying economic benefits and the amount of the obligation can be determined with sufficient reliability.
Income is recognised in the profit and loss account when an increase in future economic potential related to an increase in an asset or a decrease of a liability has arisen, the size of which can be reliably determined. Expenses are recorded when a decrease in the economic potential related to a decrease in an asset or an increase of a liability has arisen, the size of which can be determined with sufficient reliability.
If a transaction results in a transfer of future economic benefits and or when all risks relating to assets or liabilities transfer to a third party, the asset or liability is no longer included in the balance sheet Assets and liabilities are not included in the balance sheet from the date upon which economic benefits are not probable and/or cannot be determined with sufficient reliability.
Revenues and expenses are allocated to the period to which they relate. Revenues are recorded when the company has transferred the significant risks and rewards of ownership of the seed potatoes and ware potatoes to the buyer.
Licences are considered as income when third parties have exercised the right of use of the company’s assets.
The financial statements are presented in euros, the company’s functional currency. All financial information in euros has been rounded to the nearest thousand, unless indicated otherwise.
Use of estimates
The preparation of the financial statements requires the management to form opinions and to make estimates and assumptions that influence the application of principles and the reported values of assets and liabilities and of income and expenditure. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The estimates and the underlying assumptions are constantly assessed. Revisions of estimates are included in the period in which the estimate is revised and in future periods for which the revision has consequences.
The accounting policy on trade receivables is, in the opinion of the management, the most critical for the purpose of presenting the financial position and requires estimates and assumptions related to customer credit risk, which is dependent on the customer, the geographic region and economic circumstances.
The consolidated financial statements include the financial data of the company, its group companies and other companies over which the company has control. Control exists when the company has the power, directly or indirectly, to govern the financial and operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. Group companies are participating interests in which the company has a direct or indirect controlling interest.
The items in the consolidated financial statement are drawn up in accordance with uniform principles for accounting and determination of the result for the group.
Newly acquired participating interests are included in the consolidation from the point in time at which a controlling interest can be exercised. Participating interests which have been disposed of are included in the consolidation up to the point in time when this interest ended. Joint ventures are not consolidated but valued at net asset value.
In preparing the consolidated financial statements, inter-company payables, receivables and transactions are eliminated together with the profits made within the group. If transactions occur with a non-consolidated participating interest, which does not qualify as a group company and which is valued in accordance with the equity method, the profit or loss resulting from this transfer is recorded pro-rata on the basis of the relative interest that third parties have (proportional determination of results). A loss which emanates from the transfer of current assets or a particular reduction in value of fixed assets is processed completely.
The Group companies are consolidated in full with minority interest presented within the Group equity as separate from shareholders’ equity. If losses to be assigned to the minority interest of third parties exceed the minority interest in the shareholders’ equity of the consolidated company, the difference and any additional losses are charged completely to the majority shareholder. The share of third parties in the result is placed separately as the final item in the consolidated profit and loss account set against the group result.
Participating interests (direct and indirect) as of 30 June 2017
HZPC Holding B.V. in Joure, is the parent company of a group with the following participations:
|HZPC SBA Europe B.V. with its participations:|
|HZPC SBA Europe B.V. in Joure, the Netherlands||100%|
|HZPC Holland B.V., in Joure, the Netherlands||100%|
|Bonna Terra B.V., in Emmeloord, the Netherlands||100%|
|ZOS B.V. in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands with its participation:||100%|
|ZOS WEHE B.V., in Wehe-den Hoorn, the Netherlands||100%|
|HZPC France SAS, in La Chapelle d’Armentieres, France
with its participation:
|Fleur de Lys - SARL, in La Chapelle d’Armentieres, France||100%|
|Patatas HZPC España S.L., in Torrent, Spain||100%|
|HZPC Portugal Lda, in Mira, Portugal||100%|
|HZPC UK Ltd., in Crowle Scunthorpe, United Kingdom||100%|
|HZPC Deutschland GmbH, te Eydelstedt, Germany||100%|
|HZPC Polska Sp. z o.o., in Poznan, Poland||100%|
|HZPC Kantaperuna Oy, in Tyrnävä, Finland||100%|
|HZPC Sverige AB, te Lidkoping, Sweden||100%|
|HZPC Sadokas Oy, te Tyrnävä Finland, with its participation:|
|AO HZPC Sadokas, in Saint Petersburg, Russia||100%|
|HZPC SBDA B.V. with its participations:|
|HZPC SBDA B.V. in Joure, the Netherlands||100%|
|HZPC Americas Corp., in Charlottetown, Canada||100%|
|HZPC América Latina S.A., in Buenos Aires, Argentina||80%|
|HZPC China Ltd, in Hongkong, China
with its participations:
|Beijing HZPC Agricultural consultancy Co. Ltd., Beijing, China||100%|
|HZPC Ltd, in Hongkong, China||100%|
|Solentum B.V., in Joure, the Netherlands||100%|
|Semillas SZ S.A., in Santiago, Chile||20%|
|La Flor Limitada S.A., in Santiago, Chile||20%|
|El Mainten Limitada S.A., in Santiago, Chile||20%|
|Mahindra HZPC Ltd., in Chandigarh, India||40%|
|Fries4all B.V., in Joure, the Netherlands||33%|
|HZPC IPR B.V., in Joure, the Netherlands (consolidated)||100%|
|HZPC Research B.V., in Metslawier, the Netherlands (consolidated)||100%|
|Stet Holland B.V. with its participations:|
|Stet Holland B.V., in Emmeloord, the Netherlands||100%|
|Stet Potato UK Ltd., in Lincoln, United Kingdom||100%|
|Stet France SARL, in Bapaume, France||100%|
|Stet Russia, in Moskou, Russia||100%|
|D.S.S. Opslag B.V., in Dronten, the Netherlands||50%|
|N.V. Breeders Trust, in Brussels, Belgium (not consolidated)||23,75%|
Principles for the conversion of foreign currency
Transactions in foreign currencies
Transactions denominated in foreign currency are converted into the relevant functional currency of the group companies at the exchange rate prevailing on the transaction date. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency are converted at the balance sheet date into the functional currency at the exchange rate prevailing on that date.
The fluctuations in currency exchange rates that occur during the conversion and processing are recorded in the period in which they occur with the exception of the fluctuations in exchange rates on monetary items that form part of the net investment in a foreign operation. Non-monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency that are stated at historical cost are converted into euros at the prevailing exchange rates on the transaction date. Fluctuations that occur in the foreign currency rates during conversion are recorded as expenditure in the profit and loss account.
The assets and liabilities of foreign operations, including goodwill and fair value adjustments arising on consolidation, are converted into euros at exchange rates applying on the balance sheet date. Income and expenses of foreign operations are converted into euros at the exchange rate applying on the transaction date.
Conversion gains and losses are processed in the reserve for conversion differences. If a foreign operation is fully or partially sold, the respective amount is transferred from the reserve for conversion differences to the profit and loss account.
Developments of most important foreign exchange currencies
The development of the foreign exchange rate of the most important currencies:
|Exchange rate||Average||Exchange rate|
|EUR 1 to foreign currency||30-06-17||exchange rate||30-06-16|
|South African rand||14.920||14.824||16.357|
Financial instruments include investments in shares, trade and other receivables, cash items, loans and other financing commitments, derivative financial instruments (derivatives), trade payables and other amounts payable. These financial statements contain the following financial instruments: financial instruments held for trading (financial assets and liabilities), loans and receivables (both purchased and issued), equity instruments, other financial liabilities and derivatives. Financial instruments also include derivative financial instruments embedded in contracts. These derivatives are not separated from the basic contract and they are therefore recorded in accordance with the basic contract. Following initial recording, derivative financial instruments are valued at cost price or lower market value.
Financial instruments are initially processed at fair value, including discount or premium and directly attributable transaction costs. However, if financial instruments are subsequently measured at fair value with value changes processed in the profit and loss account, then directly attributable transaction costs are processed directly in the profit and loss account.
The fair value of a financial instrument is the amount for which an asset could be traded or a liability could be settled between two well-informed parties that are independent of each other and willing to enter into a transaction. The fair value of unlisted financial instruments is determined by discounting the expected cash flows at a discount rate equal to the prevailing risk-free market interest rate for the remaining term, plus credit and liquidity spreads. Given the nature and the short-term nature of the ‘financial instruments’, the book value does not differ significantly from the fair value. After initial recognition, financial instruments are valued in the manner described below.
Financial instruments held for trading
If the company has acquired financial instruments or has entered into them with the aim of selling the instrument in the short term, these form part of the trading portfolio and following initial recording these are valued against fair value with processing of value changes in the profit and loss account.
Loans and other receivables
Loans granted and other receivables are valued against the amortised cost price following initial recording on the basis of the effective interest rate method reduced, less impairment losses.
Current liabilities and other financial obligations
Current liabilities and other financial obligations are carried at amortised cost on the basis of the effective interest method following initial recording.
Impairment of financial assets
A financial asset that is not stated at (1) fair value with value changes reflected in the profit and loss account, or at amortised cost or lower market value, is assessed at each reporting date to determine whether there is objective evidence that it is impaired. A financial asset is regarded as being impaired if there is objective evidence of impairment as a result of one or more events that occurred after the initial recording of the asset, with negative impact on the expected future cash flows of that asset, which can be estimated reliably.
Objective evidence that financial assets are impaired includes default or non-payment by a debtor, indications that a debtor or issuer will enter bankruptcy, adverse changes in the payment status of borrowers or issuers, indications that a debtor or issuer is approaching bankruptcy, or the disappearance of an active market for a security.
An impairment loss in respect of a financial asset valued at amortised cost is calculated as the difference between its book value and the present value of the estimated future cash flows discounted at the asset’s original effective interest rate. Losses are recorded in the profit and loss account. Interest on an asset subject to impairment will continue to be accounted for via addition of interest from the asset at the original effective interest of the asset.
When, in a subsequent period, the amount of an impairment loss decreases, and the decrease can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, the decrease in impairment loss is included in the profit or loss account (up to the amount of the original cost).
Intangible fixed assets
The intangible fixed assets are valued against acquisition price or production price with reductions applied due to cumulative depreciations and impairment losses.
The outlays following initial recording of an intangible fixed asset that has been purchased or produced are added to the acquisition or production price if it is probable that the outlays will lead to an increase in the future economic benefits and the outlays and the allocation to the asset can be reliably determined. If the conditions cannot be met, the outlays are recorded as costs in the profit and loss account.
Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of the acquisition over the company’s interest in the net realisable value of the assets acquired and the ‘conditional’ liabilities assumed at the transfer date, less cumulative amortisation and impairment losses.
Goodwill paid upon the acquisition of foreign group companies and subsidiaries is converted at the exchange rates on the dateof the transaction. The capitalized goodwill is amortised on a linear basis over an estimated economic useful life of five years.
Development costs are capitalised to the extent that they relate to projects deemed commercially viable (software). The development of an intangible asset is deemed commercially viable if it is technically feasible to complete the asset, the company intends to complete the asset and then use it or sell it (including the availability of adequate technical, financial and other means of achieving this), the company has the ability to use or sell it actively, it is likely to generate future economic benefits and the expenditures during the development can be reliably determined. Development costs are valued at production cost, less accumulated amortisation and impairment losses. The manufacturing price mainly comprises the employee’s salary costs. The capitalised costs are depreciated after the completion of the development phase (actively ready for commissioning) over the estimated useful life, which is 3 years. Depreciation takes place according to the linear method. The costs for development and other costs for research have been fully charged to the result in the period in which they are incurred.
For the part of the capitalised development costs not yet written off, a legal reserve is created.
Concessions, licences and intellectual property
The intellectual property rights are valued at the amount of realised costs less reductions applied due to cumulative depreciations and impairment losses where applicable. The annual depreciation amounts to a fixed percentage of the realised costs. The economic lifespan of seven years and the depreciation method are re-assessed at the end of each financial year.
Tangible fixed assets
Company land and buildings, plant and equipment and other fixed operating assets are valued at cost, less accumulated depreciation and impairment losses. The cost consists of the price of acquisition or manufacture, plus other costs that are necessary to get the assets to their location and condition for their intended use. The cost of self-constructed assets includes the purchase cost of materials and consumables and other costs that can be directly attributed to the manufacturing.
Investment government grants are deducted from the cost price of the assets to which the government grants relate.
Depreciation is calculated as a percentage of the purchase value in accordance with the linear method on the basis of the economic lifespan while taking residual value into account. Land is not depreciated.
Depreciation starts at the moment that an asset is available for the intended use and it ends at the time of putting out of use or disposal.
The following depreciation percentages are applied:
|• Company buildings:||4% - 20%|
|• Plant and equipment:||10% - 33 1/3%|
|• Other fixed operating assets:||10% - 33 1/3%|
Maintenance expenditures are only capitalised when the maintenance leads to extension of the useful life of the asset. Assets that are taken out of service are stated at the lower of book value or lower realisable value.
Financial fixed assets
Participating interests where significant influence is exercised over the business and financial policy are valued according to the equity method on the basis of net asset value. If valuation on the basis of the net asset value cannot take place as the information necessary for this cannot be obtained, the participation is valued according to the visible shareholders’ equity.
Participating interests where the company exercises joint control along with other participants, such as in joint ventures, are valued in the same way.
The net asset value is calculated on the basis of the Company’s accounting policies. If the participating legal entity transfers an asset or a liability to a participation that is valued according to the equity method, the profit or loss resulting from this transfer is recorded pro-rata on the basis of the relative interest that third parties have in the participations (proportional determination of results). A loss that results from the transfer of current assets or a particular reduction in value of fixed assets is recorded completely. Results on transactions involving transfer of assets and liabilities between the Company and its participating interests and mutually between participating interests are eliminated to the extent that these cannot be regarded as having been realised.
Participations with a negative net asset value are valued at zero and a share in the profit of the participation in later years in only processed if and to the extent that the cumulative share which has not been processed is entered in the loss. However, if the Company fully or partially guarantees the debts of the relevant participating interest, or it has the constructive obligation to enable the participating interest to pay its debts (for its share therein), then a provision is recognised accordingly to the amount of the estimated payments by the company on behalf of the participating interest. This provision is recognised primarily to the debit of the receivables on the respective participating interest and for the remainder, is presented under provisions.
Participations over which no meaningful control is exercised are valued on the basis of the acquisition price or lower recoverable value. If the situation involves a firm intention to sell, valuation occurs against the possible lower expected sale value. If a legal entity transfers an asset or a liability to a participation that is valued at the acquisition price or current value, the profit or loss emanating from this transfer is recorded in the consolidated profit and loss account fully and directly unless the profit on the transfer is not realised in essence.
The loans to non-consolidated participations are initially valued on the basis of the fair value, with directly imputable transaction costs added. These receivables are valued at amortised cost using the effective interest method, less impairment losses. The accounting policies for other financial fixed assets are included under the heading ‘Financial instruments’.
Dividends from participations which are valued on the basis of the acquisition price are recorded in the period in which they are declared as income from participations. Any profit or loss is recorded under financial income or expenses.
For tangible and intangible fixed assets, an assessment is made as of each balance sheet date as to whether there are indications that these assets are subject to impairment. If there are such indications, then the recoverable value of the asset is estimated. The recoverable value is the higher of the value in use and the net realisable value. If it is not possible to determine the recoverable value of an individual asset, then the recoverable value of the cash flow generating unit to which the asset belongs is estimated.
If the carrying value of an asset (or a cash flow generating unit) is higher than the recoverable value, an impairment loss is recorded for the difference between the carrying value and the recoverable value. In case of an impairment loss of a cash flow generating unit, the loss is first allocated to goodwill that has been allocated to the cash flow generating unit. Any remaining loss is allocated to the other assets of the unit in proportion to their carrying values.
In addition, an assessment is made on each balance sheet date as to whether there is any indication that an impairment loss that was recorded in previous years has decreased. If there is such indication, then the recoverable value of the related asset (or cash flow generating unit) is estimated.
Reversal of an impairment loss that was recorded in the past only takes place in the event of a change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable value since the recording of the last impairment loss. In such case, the book value of the asset (or cash flow generating unit) is increased up to the amount of the estimated recoverable value, but not higher than the carrying value that would have applied (after depreciation) if no impairment loss had been recorded in prior years for the asset (or cash flow generating unit).
An impairment loss for goodwill is not reversed in a subsequent period, unless the previous impairment loss was caused by an extraordinary specific external event that is not expected to recur and if there are successive external events that undo the effect of the earlier event.
Losses are recorded in the profit and loss account. Interest on a particular asset subject to impairment will continue to be accounted for via addition of interest from the asset with the original effective interest of the asset.
Disposal of fixed assets
Fixed assets available for sale are stated at the lower of their book value and net realisable value.
Inventories are valued at cost or lower realisable value. The cost price is made up of the acquisition price or production price with the addition of other costs connected with keeping the inventories at their present level and in their present condition.
The realisable value is based on the most reliable estimate of the amount that the inventories are expected to yield. Raw materials and consumables are carried at the lower of cost, determined in accordance with the first-in, first-out (FIFO) principle, and market value.
The inventory of finished product and mini-tubers which have been grown by the Company itself, is stated at cost directly attributable to production. The main part of this is personnel expenses.
The valuation of inventories includes possible impairments that arise on the balance sheet date.
Receivables and securities
The accounting policies applied for the valuation of trade and other receivables and securities are described under the heading ‘Financial instruments’.
Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents are valued on the basis of nominal value. If cash and cash equivalents are not freely available, this is taken into account during the valuation.
Cash and cash equivalents in foreign currency are converted based on the balance sheet date indicated in the reporting currency at the exchange rate applying on that date. Reference is made to the pricing principles for foreign currency.
Financial instruments that are designated as equity instruments by virtue of the economic reality are presented under shareholders’ equity. Payments to holders of these instruments are deducted from the shareholders’ equity as part of the profit distribution.
Financial instruments that are designated as a financial liability by virtue of the economic reality are presented under liabilities Interest, dividends, income and expenditure with respect to these financial instruments are recorded in the profit and loss as financial income or expense.
A provision is recorded in the balance sheet if the following applies:
- the Company has a legal or constructive obligation, arising from a past event;
- the amount can be estimated reliably; and
- it is probable that an outflow of funds will be required to settle the obligation.
If all or part of the payments that are necessary to settle a provision are likely to be fully or partially compensated by a third party upon settlement of the provision, then the compensation amount is presented as a separate asset.
Provisions are stated at the present value of the expenditures that are expected to be required to settle the liabilities and losses.
Pension provision and long service
A provision for pension and for long service is included for the obligations based on pension administration regulations or similar commitments. The long-service provision is the provision for future long-service awards. The provision is recognised for the present value of the future long-service awards, which is calculated on the basis of the commitments made, the likelihood of the staff concerned remaining with the Company, and their age. See also the accounting principles wages and salaries and note 11 to the consolidated balance sheet.
The valuation of current liabilities is explained under the heading ‘Financial instruments’.
Sales of seed potatoes and ware potatoes Revenue from the sale of goods is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable, net of returns and allowances, trade discounts and volume rebates.
Revenues from the sale of potatoes are recorded in the profit and loss account when the significant risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred to the buyer, recovery of the payment due is probable, the associated costs and possible return of the potatoes can be estimated reliably, and there is no continuing involvement with the potatoes.
The transfer of risks and benefits varies according to the conditions of the relevant sales contract.
Rendering of services
Revenue from the rendering of services is recorded in the net turnover at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable following deduction of concessions and reductions. These revenues are recorded in the profit and loss account when the revenue amount can be determined in a reliable manner, collection of the related compensation to be received is probable, the extent to which the services have been performed on the balance sheet date can be reliably determined and the costs already incurred and (possibly) yet to be incurred to complete the service can be reliably determined.
Licences are paid when third parties have exercised the right to use the Company’s assets, such as varieties developed by the company. If the group acts on behalf of varieties developed by third parties, the net operating income is included after the deduction of the payments to these third parties as the Company does not bear the customer credit risk on these licences.
Turnover is recorded if the scope of the payment to be received can be reliably determined and the collection of it is probable.
Government grants are initially recorded in the balance sheet as deferred income when there is reasonable assurance that they will be received and there will be full compliance with the conditions associated with the grant. Grants which provide compensation for expenses incurred are recorded as income in the profit and loss account on a systematic basis in the same period in which the expenses are incurred. Grants for compensation of the costs of an asset are deducted from the cost price of the asset and therefore systematically recorded in the profit and loss account for the period that the asset is in use.
Costs of outsourced work and other external costs
This concerns costs that are directly attributable to net turnover such as cost of trade goods, services, transport, loading and packaging. The costs for development and other costs for research are fully charged to the result in the period in which they are incurred.
Share in result of participating interests
The share in the result of participating interests consists of the share of the group in the results of these participating interests, determined on the basis of the accounting principles of the group. Gains or losses on transactions involving the transfer of assets and liabilities between the company and its non-consolidated participating interests or between non-consolidated participating interests themselves have not been recorded to the extent that they cannot be regarded as realised.
The results of participating interests acquired or sold during the financial year are recorded in the group result from the date of acquisition or until the date of sale respectively.
The rewards of the personnel as an expense are recognised in the profit and loss account in the period in which the services are provided and, to the extent not already paid, recorded as a liability on the balance sheet. If the amounts already paid exceed the compensation payable, the excess is recorded as a current asset to the extent that there will be a reimbursement by the staff or set-off against future payments by the Company.
An expected compensation due to profit sharing and bonus payments will be recorded if the obligation to pay that compensation has arisen on or before the balance sheet date and a reliable estimate of the liabilities can be made.
For rewards based on rights, profit sharing and bonuses, the projected costs are taken into account during the service. A liability is recorded on the balance sheet date. The recognised obligation relates to the best estimate of the amounts required to settle the obligation at the balance sheet date. The best estimate is based on contractual agreements with employees (collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts). Additions to and releases of liabilities are charged or credited to the profit and loss account.
Dutch Pension scheme
The pension commitments are placed with a pension insurer until 1 January 2017. The pension scheme is of such a nature that the actuarial risks are covered by the pension insurer. In the financial statement, the premiums payable are included as costs in the profit and loss account; they are included as a liability on the balance sheet to the extent that the premiums due for the period have not been paid. The main principle is that the pension charge to be recorded for the reporting period should be equal to the pension contributions payable to the pension fund over the period. Insofar as the payable contributions have not yet been paid as of the balance sheet date, a liability is recorded. If the contributions already paid exceed the payable contributions as at balance sheet date, a receivable is recorded to account for any repayment by the fund or settlement with contributions payable in future.
As of January 1, the transfer from the pension insurer to a pension fund was realised. This scheme is financed under the Dutch pension scheme by payments to a branch pension fund.
The pension obligations are valued according to the ‘obligation to the pension provider approach’. In this approach, the premium payable to the pension provider is accounted for as a liability in the profit and loss account.
Based on the implementation agreement, it is assessed whether and, if so, what obligations exist in addition to the payment of the annual pension payable to the pension provider on the balance sheet date. These additional obligations, including any obligations arising from the pension provider’s recovery plans, result in charges for the group and are recorded in the balance sheet in a provision. The recorded liability relates to the best estimate of the amounts required to settle it by the balance sheet date. If the effect of the time value of money is material, the liability is valued at the present value. Discounting takes place on the basis of interest rates of high-quality corporate bonds. Additions to, and releases of, liabilities are charged or credited to the profit and loss account.
At the end of the financial year 2016/2017 there were no pension claims and no liabilities for the group in addition to the payment of the annual pension payable to the pension provider.
The accrual of pension entitlements is always financed by means of (as a minimum) cost-cutting premium payments in the relevant calendar year. The pension scheme is a middleman scheme for both active and inactive participants (deferred pensioners and pensioners) – conditional supplement. The supplement depends on the investment return. The annual accrual of pension entitlements amounts to 1.875% of the pensionable salary based on the gross salary minus a franchise (EUR 13,252).
The pensionable salary is maximised (at EUR 53,701). The annual premium payable to the employer amounts to 100% of the pensionable salary. The amount of the premium is determined annually by the board of the branch pension fund on the basis of coverage and expected returns. At the end of 2016/2017, the coverage rate of the industry-funded pension fund concerned will be 95.3% according to the fund’s statement. Based on the implementing regulation, the group has no obligation to meet additional contributions other than by higher future premiums in case of a shortfall in the fund.
Foreign pension plans
Pension plans that are comparable in design and functioning to the Dutch pension system, having a strict segregation of the responsibilities of the parties involved and risk sharing between the said parties (company, fund and members), are recorded and measured in accordance with Dutch pension plans (see previous section).
For foreign pension plans that are not comparable in structure and function to the Dutch pension system, a best estimate is made of the commitment as of the balance sheet date. This commitment should then be stated on the basis of an actuarial valuation principle generally accepted in the Netherlands.
The Company may enter into financial and operating leases. A lease contract where the risks and rewards associated with ownership of the leased property are transferred substantially or wholly to the lessee, is referred to as a financial lease. All other lease contracts are classified as operational leases. In classifying leases, the economic reality of the transaction is decisive rather than its legal form. If the Company acts as lessee in an operating lease, then the leased property is not capitalised. Lease payments regarding operating leases are charged to the profit and loss account on a linear basis over the lease period. The Company has only operational lease agreements.
Interest income and charges Interest income is recorded in the profit and loss account on an accrual basis, using the effective interest rate method. Interest charges and similar charges are recorded in the period to which they refer.
Corporate income tax
Corporate income tax comprises the current and deferred corporate income tax payable and deductible for the reporting period. Corporate income tax is recognized in the profit and loss account except to the extent that it relates to items recognized directly to equity, in which case it is recognized in equity.
Current tax comprises the expected tax payable or receivable on the taxable profit or loss for the financial year, using tax rates enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting date, and any adjustment to the tax payable in respect of previous years.
If the carrying values of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes differ from their values for tax purposes, this results in temporary differences.
A provision for deferred tax liabilities is recognised for taxable temporary differences.
For deductible temporary differences, unused loss carry forwards and unused tax credits, a deferred tax asset is recognised, but only in so far as it is probable that taxable profits will be available in the future for offset or compensation. Deferred tax assets are reviewed on each reporting date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that the related tax benefit will be realised.
For taxable temporary differences related to group companies, foreign branches, associates and interests in joint ventures, a deferred tax asset is recognised unless the Company is able to control the timing of the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.
For deductible temporary differences regarding group companies, foreign branches, associates and interests in joint ventures, a deferred tax asset is only recognised in so far as it is probable that the temporary difference will reverse in the foreseeable future and that taxable profit will be available to offset the temporary difference. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recorded at nominal value.
Cash flow statement
The cash flow statement is prepared using the indirect method. Cash flows in foreign currency are translated into euros using the weighted average exchange rates at the dates of the transactions.