Annual report 2014

Consolidation principles

Subsidiaries directly or indirectly controlled by Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in accordance with IFRS 10 are fully consolidated in the consolidated financial statements. Control exists if Haniel has power over another entity, is exposed to variable returns from its involvement, such as interest or profit sharing, and can use its power to affect these returns.

Joint ventures as defined by IFRS 11 and associates as defined by IAS 28 are accounted for using the equity method. In the case of joint ventures, the Haniel Group exercises joint control with partners and has an interest in the net assets and/or profits of the joint venture. Associates are companies on which significant influence is exercised. This is normally assumed to be the case with an equity investment of between 20 and 50 per cent. To the extent the Haniel Group has an interest in a joint operation as a joint operator, the joint operation’s assets and liabilities as well as income and expenses that relate to Haniel’s interest are recognised in Haniel’s consolidated financial statements.

The reporting date for the separate financial statements of the consolidated subsidiaries is identical with the date for the consolidated financial statements, namely 31 December 2014. The separate financial statements of the consolidated domestic and foreign subsidiaries are prepared according to uniform accounting policies.

Acquisitions are accounted for using the acquisition method on the basis of the fair values as at the date control was obtained (IFRS 3). The portion of the consideration that was transferred in expectation of future positive cash flows from the acquisition and that cannot be allocated to identified or identifiable assets as part of their remeasurement to fair value is reported as goodwill under intangible assets. The full goodwill method was not applied. Non-controlling interests are therefore measured at the proportionate fair value of the identifiable net assets.

In accordance with IFRS 3, goodwill is not amortised. Depending on the outcome of annual or, if there are indications of impairment, interim impairment tests, goodwill is written down if necessary to the lower recoverable amount, which is equal to the higher of the value in use and the fair value less costs of disposal. Any goodwill impairment loss is recognised in profit or loss.

Transactions that change the ownership interest in a subsidiary without resulting in a loss of control are accounted for as equity transactions. Transactions that result in a loss of control are recognised in profit or loss as a gain or loss on disposal. If shares continue to be held after the loss of control, the remaining equity interest is measured at fair value. Any difference between the existing carrying amount of those shares and their fair value is included in the gain or loss on disposal.

Intragroup profits and losses, sales, income and expenses as well as receivables and payables between companies included in the consolidated financial statements are eliminated. Intercompany profits and losses contained in non-current assets and inventories from intragroup transactions are adjusted to the extent that they are not of minor significance.