This financial statements bulletin is prepared in accordance with IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting) using the same accounting policies and methods of computation as in the annual financial statements for 2012, except for the IFRS amendments stated below. All figures in the accounts have been rounded and consequently the sum of individual figures can deviate from the presented sum figure.
Use of estimates
The preparation of the financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the valuation of the reported assets and liabilities and other information, such as contingent liabilities and the recognition of income and expenses in the statement of income. Although the estimates are based on the management’s best knowledge of current events and actions, actual results may differ from the estimates.
Of the amended International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and interpretations mandatory as of 1 January 2013 the following are applicable to the Group reporting:
- Amendment to IAS 19 Employee benefits: The amendment eliminates the possibility to use the corridor approach in recognising the actuarial gains and losses from defined benefit plans. In the corridor approach the actuarial gains and losses had to be recognised only when they exceeded by more than 10% the greater of the present value of the defined benefit obligation and the fair value of the plan assets. The excess was recognised in the statement of income over the expected average remaining working lives of employees participating in the plan.
The revised IAS 19 standard requires the actuarial gains and losses to be recognised immediately in the statement of other comprehensive income. This change in accounting principles leads to faster recognition of actuarial gains and losses than the corridor approach. As a result of the change the Group now determines the net interest expense on the net defined benefit plan by applying the discount rate used to measure the defined benefit obligation. Previously the Group applied a long-term rate of expected return on the plan assets. The Group reports the service cost in employee benefit expenses and the net interest in financial expenses.
The amendments to IAS 19 have been applied retrospectively. The impact on comparison figures presented in the condensed statement of financial position, the condensed statement of income and the statement of other comprehensive income in this interim report, are the following. The impact on the equity in the opening balance 2012 was EUR -33 million. Pension obligations increased by EUR 43 million and working capital reduced by EUR 43 million. The impact on profit for the reporting period 2012 was EUR 0 million. A table showing the impact is included in the Interim Report January-June 2013.
- IFRS 13 Fair value measurement: The standard defines fair value. It sets out in a single standard a framework for measuring fair value and the requirement for disclosures about fair value measurements. The standard does not introduce any new requirements to measure at fair value. It provides guidance for fair value measurement when other standards require or permit that.
The annual figures in this financial statements bulletin are audited.