Parent company’s accounting principles, 31 Dec 2014
Lemminkäinen Corporation’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with Finnish accounting standards (FAS).
Foreign currency items
Transactions denominated in foreign currencies are translated into the functional currency at the exchange rates prevailing on the date of the transaction. Receivables and liabilities are translated at the exchange rates prevailing on the balance sheet date.
Financial securities are measured at fair value and the changes in fair values are recognised in fair value reserve in equity. Fair values are calculated by discounting future cash flows to present value. When financial securities are sold, accumulated fair value changes are transferred from fair value reserve to financial items in the income statement.
Derivative financial instruments and hedge accounting
The derivatives are used in order to reduce business risks and to hedge balance sheet items denominated in foreign currencies. Derivative financial instruments are measured at fair value.
Foreign exchange derivatives are used to hedge against changes in forecasted foreign currency-denominated cash flows and changes in value of receivables and liabilities in foreign currencies. The company has used foreign exchange forward contracts which are re-measured at the balance sheet date by using the foreign exchange forward rates prevailing on the balance sheet date.
Interest rate derivatives are used to hedge against changes affecting the result, balance sheet and cash flows due to interest rate fluctuations. The company has used interest rate swaps which are re-measured by discounting the contractual future cash flows to the present value.
The Company has applied cash flow hedge accounting to some variable-rate loans. The change in fair value of the interest rate swap agreements used as hedging instrument is recognised in the fair value reserve in equity as the hedging relationship is effective. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value is recognised in financial items in the income statement. Changes in fair value accumulated in equity are transferred from equity and recognised in financial items for the accounting period in which the hedged item affects the result.
Fair value changes from derivative financial instruments which are not used for hedge accounting are recognised in financial items in the income statement. Fair value changes are presented on section 6 of the notes to the financial statements.
Valuation and depreciation of fixed assets
Fixed assets are shown on the balance sheet at their original acquisition costs less planned depreciation over their expected economic lifetimes. In addition, the values of some land, buildings and shareholdings include revaluations, against which no depreciation is charged. The depreciation periods are as follows:
- Buildings and structures 10–40 years
- Machinery and equipment 4–10 years
- Other fixed assets 3–10 years
The pension security of employees, inclusive of additional benefits, is covered by policies taken out from a pension insurance company.
Research and development expenses
R&D expenditure is expensed in the year during which it occurs.
Taxes calculated on the basis of the result for the financial year, adjustments to the taxes of earlier financial years, and the change in the deferred tax liability and asset are recorded as direct taxes on the income statement.