From Ratos interim report January-March 2018
Ratos’s consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and associated interpretations (IFRIC), as endorsed by the EU. This interim report was prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and applicable provisions in the Swedish Annual Accounts Act. The parent company also applies RFR 2 Accounting for Legal Entities.
Changed accounting principles due to new IFRS
As of 2018, Ratos applies IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and IFRS 9 Financial Instruments. The following changes have been made with respect to the application of the new standards. In all other respects, reporting and measurement principles are unchanged compared with those applied in Ratos’s 2017 Annual Report
IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
IFRS 15 is to be applied from 2018 and addresses the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers and the sale of certain non-financial assets. It has replaced IAS 11 Construction Contracts, IAS 18 Revenue and related interpretations. The new standard introduces a new model for revenue recognition based on the core principle that revenue is to be recognised when control over goods or services has been passed to the customer and in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the company is entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The transition to IFRS 15 has not had any material impact on the Ratos Group’s financial earnings or position.
Ratos has chosen to apply the full retrospective approach during the transition, using the practical solutions provided in the standard. All of Ratos’s portfolio companies concluded that the application of IFRS 15 will not have any material impact on revenue recognition in the individual company and thus will not have any material impact on Ratos’s consolidated financial statements. Since the transition to IFRS 15 has not had any material impact on the Ratos Group, no comparative figures have been restated and the Group has therefore not presented any disclosures regarding the transition.
Ratos is an investment company whose business comprises the acquisition, development and divestment of unlisted enterprises. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the portfolio comprises 11 subsidiaries and 2 associated companies. The portfolio companies are active in different sectors, and operate strategically, operationally and financially independent of each other. Since the operations of Ratos’s subsidiaries are so varied, the most relevant basis for revenue classification is considered to be by portfolio company and the industries in which the companies operate. These two categories provide information about the Ratos Group’s primary analysis requirement and give the reader an opportunity to gain an understanding of the various industries in which Ratos is involved in order to assess the Group’s sensitivity to market trends and other economic factors that could impact revenue.
Revenue classification according to the aforementioned categories is in line with IFRS 8 Operating Segments, where segment reporting is based on recognition and measurement in accordance with IFRS 15.
IFRS 9 Financial Instruments
IFRS 9 is to be applied from 2018 and has replaced IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. For the Ratos Group, IFRS 9 does not entail any changes with respect to recognition in and derecognition from the Statement of financial position. However, changes will occur with respect to the classification and measurement of financial instruments. On initial recognition, all financial instruments are to be measured at fair value, which complies with IAS 39. After initial recognition, financial assets are measured at amortised cost, fair value through profit or loss, or fair value through other comprehensive income. The classification of financial assets is determined based on the company’s business model and the contractual cash flows the company will receive from the financial asset.
The category of amortised cost includes trade receivables, financial receivables and cash and cash equivalents. The category of fair value through profit or loss includes derivatives not used as hedging instruments, synthetic options, contingent considerations and other securities held as non-current assets. The Ratos Group has no financial assets in the category of fair value through other comprehensive income. The measurement of financial liabilities is largely unchanged compared with IAS 39.
Under IFRS 9, the impairment requirement for receivables is to be determined based on expected credit losses, which for the Ratos Group mainly impacts the recognition of bad debts. The Group’s bad debts have been non-material, and remain so after the transition to the new standard. Each portfolio company applies its own impairment model for trade receivables based on assumptions and historical information. Most portfolio companies have chosen to apply a simplified impairment model. Three portfolio companies apply factoring for invoices to a small number of customers, which are regarded as separate business models since they can be distinguished from the other receivables.
With respect to hedge accounting, IFRS 9 has had no impact on the Ratos Group’s financial position and earnings. The comparative figures for 2017 are based on earlier principles and have not been restated. The transition to IFRS 9 has not had any impact on opening balance.
Refer to Note 16 Financial instruments and Note 26 Financial risks and risk policy in Ratos’s 2017 Annual Report for a description of the hedges within the Ratos Group.
New IFRS that have not yet come into force
IFRS 16 Leases replaces IAS 17 Leases, IFRIC 4 Determining Whether an Arrangement Contains a Lease and related rules. The standard is effective from 2019. Under the new standard, the lessee is required to recognise all contracts that meet the definition of a lease (except leases of 12 months or less and leases of low-value assets) as a right-of-use asset and liability in the statement of financial position. Leases that currently comprise operating leases will subsequently be recognised in the balance sheet, which entails that the current operating expense, corresponding to the leasing charges for the period, will be replaced by amortisation and interest expense in the income statement. Ratos’s financial statements will largely be impacted as follows: improved operating profit, increased total assets, cash flow from leases moved from operating activities to financing activities (amortisation and interest paid).
IFRS 16 will impact Ratos’s portfolio companies to varying degrees and at year-end 2017, each company had developed a transition plan, including an inventory and analysis of existing leases and other factors concerning materiality, discount rates and the need for system support.
Alternative performance measures 2017
Alternative performance measures 2016