Note 1 - Accounting Principles

1.1 General

Siem Offshore owns and operates a fleet of offshore support vessels, including Platform Supply Vessels, Offshore Subsea Construction Vessels, Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels and Well-Intervention Vessels. Siem Offshore Inc. commenced operations 1 July 2005, and is an exempted company under the laws of the Cayman Islands and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The Company’s headquarters is located in Kristiansand, Norway and the Company is tax domiciled in Norway. All references to “Siem Offshore Inc.”, “Consolidated” and “Company” shall mean Siem Offshore Inc. and its subsidiaries and associates unless the context indicates otherwise. All references to “Parent” or “Parent Company” shall mean Siem Offshore Inc. as a parent company only.

The principal accounting policies applied in preparation of these consolidated and parent company financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years presented, unless otherwise stated. The financial statements were authorized by the Board of Directors on 18 April 2018.

1.2 Basis of preparation

The consolidated and parent company financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union.

The financial statements also include any additional applicable disclosures as required by Norwegian law and Oslo Stock Exchange regulations. The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by specific financial assets and financial liabilities, namely derivative instruments, at fair value through profit or loss and derivative instruments designated as hedges, which are at fair value through other comprehensive income (OCI). The financial statements have been prepared under the assumption of going-concern.

All figures are in USD thousands, unless otherwise stated.
Management is required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities. In addition, the preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgment in the process of applying the Company’s accounting policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgment or complexity or areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the consolidated financial statements are disclosed in note 3 Critical accounting estimates and judgments.

(a) New and amended standards that have been adopted

The following new or amendments to standards and interpretations have been issued and become effective during the current period. These include:

The above pronouncements are not all relevant for the Group. Beyond disclosures there has been no material impact on the financial statements.

(b) New standards and interpretations not yet adopted

Certain new accounting standards and interpretations have been published that are not mandatory for 31 December 2017 reporting periods and have not been early adopted by the group. The Group is evaluating the impact of these changes on its financial statements:

1.3 Changes in accounting policy and disclosures

(a) Subsidiaries

Subsidiaries are entities over which the Parent has control. The Parent controls an entity when the Parent is exposed to, or has rights to, variable returns from its involvement with the entity and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the entity. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Company. They are deconsolidated from the date that control ceases.

Intercompany transactions, balances, and unrealized gains on transactions between companies are eliminated. Unrealized losses are also eliminated. When necessary, amounts reported by subsidiaries have been adjusted to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Company.

Non-controlling interests in the results and equity of subsidiaries are shown separately in the consolidated income statements, statement of financial position and statement of changes in equity respectively.

(b) Business combinations

The Company applies the acquisition method to account for business combinations. The consideration transferred for the acquisition of a subsidiary is the fair values of the assets transferred and the liabilities assumed to the former owners of the acquirer and the equity interests issued by the Company. The consideration transferred includes the fair value of any asset or liability resulting from a contingent consideration arrangement. Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date. The Company recognizes any non-controlling interest in the acquired entity on an acquisition-by-acquisition basis, either at fair value or at the non-controlling interest’s proportionate share of the recognized amounts of acquired entity’s identifiable net assets. Acquisition-related costs are expensed as incurred.

If the business combination is achieved in stages, fair value of the acquirer’s previously held equity interest in the acquired entity is re-measured to fair value at the acquisition date through profit or loss. Any contingent consideration to be transferred by the Company is recognized at fair value at the acquisition date. Subsequent changes to the fair value of the contingent consideration of an asset or liability are recognized in profit or loss. Contingent consideration that is classified as equity is not re-measured and its subsequent settlement is accounted for within equity.

(c) Associated companies

Associates are entities over which the Company has significant influence but not control, generally accompanying a shareholding of between 20% and 50% of the voting rights. Investments in associates are accounted for using the equity method of accounting and are initially recognized at cost. The Company’s investment in associates includes goodwill identified on acquisition. The share of profit or loss recorded in the consolidated financial statements is based on the after-tax earnings of the associate.

The Company’s share of post-acquisition profit or loss is recognized in the income statement, and its share of post-acquisition movements in other comprehensive income is recognized in other comprehensive income with a corresponding adjustment to the carrying amount of the investment. When the Company’s share of losses in an associate equals or exceeds its interest in the associate, including any other unsecured receivables, the Company does not recognize further losses unless it has incurred legal or constructive obligations or made payments on behalf of the associate.

Unrealized gains on transactions between the Company and its associates are eliminated to the extent of the Company’s interest in the associates. Unrealized losses are eliminated unless the transaction provides evidence of an impairment of the asset transferred. Accounting policies of associates have been changed where necessary to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Company.

1.4 Classification of items in the financial statements

Assets designated for long-term ownership or use and receivables due later than one year after drawdown are classified as non-current assets. Other assets are classified as current assets. Liabilities due later than one year after the end of the reporting period are classified as non-current liabilities. Other liabilities are classified as current liabilities. All derivative financial instruments are classified as current assets or current liabilities.

1.5 Segment reporting

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker.

The chief operating decision-maker, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments,has been identified as the executive management team consisting of the CEO, CFO, COO and CHRO.

The Company is organized into two main segments, the OSV segment and the Industrial segment. The OSV segment has six sub-segments: platform supply vessels (“PSVs”), offshore subsea construction vessels (“OSCVs”), anchor-handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS Vessels”), Other Vessels in Brazil (consisting of fast crew vessels (“FCVs”), fast supply vessels (“FSVs”) and oil spill recovery vessels (“OSRVs”), and Other. The Industrial Segment has five sub-segments: Combat Management Systems (“CMS”), Submarine Power Cable Installation, Scientific Core-Drilling, Siem WIS and Other.

1.6 Foreign currency translation

(a) Functional and presentation currency

Items included in the financial statements of each of the Company’s entities are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (the “functional currency”). The consolidated financial statements are presented in USD, which is the Company’s presentation currency.

(b) Transactions and balances

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at year-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognized in the income statement line item Net currency gain/loss.

(c) Group companies

The results and financial position of all the Group companies (none of which have the currency of a hyperinflationary economy) that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentation currency as follows:

(i) assets and liabilities for each statement of financial position presented are translated at the closing rate at the date of that statement of financial position;

(ii) income and expenses for each income statement are translated at average exchange rates (unless this average is not a reasonable approximation of the cumulative effect of the rates prevailing on the transaction dates, in which case income and expenses are translated at the dates of the transactions); and

(iii) all resulting exchange differences are recognized in other comprehensive income.

As part of the consolidation process, exchange differences arising from the translation of the net investment in foreign operations is recognized directly in Other Comprehensive Income (OCI). When a foreign operation is sold, exchange differences previously recognized in OCI are reclassified to profit or loss and included in the gain or loss on sale.

Goodwill and fair value adjustments arising on the acquisition of a foreign entity are treated as assets and liabilities of the foreign entity and translated at the closing rate. Exchange differences arising are recognized in OCI.

1.7 Non-current tangible assets and maintenance costs

Land and Buildings and Vessels are stated at their historical cost less accumulated depreciation and net of any impairment losses. All non-current tangible assets (excluding Land and Vessels un- der construction) are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the estimated remaining useful economic life of the asset. The vessel residual value is the estimated future sales price for steel less the estimated costs associated with scrapping a vessel. The residual value and expected useful life for all non-current tangible assets is reviewed annually and, where they differ significantly from previous estimates, the rate of depreciation charges is changed accordingly. The vessels presently owned by the Company have an estimated economic life of 30 years. Some components of the vessels have a shorter economic life than 30 years. Such components are depreciated over their individual useful lives. Each part of a vessel that is significant to the total cost of the vessel is separately identified and depreciated over that component’s useful life. Components with similar useful lives are included in one component. The Company has identified nine significant components relating to its different types of vessels. See note 5 for additional information.

In accordance with IAS 16 and the cost model, dry-docking costs is a separate component of the vessel’s cost at purchase with a different pattern of benefits and are therefore initially recognized as a separate depreciable asset. Subsequently, the cost of major renovations and periodic maintenance costs are capitalized as a dry-docking asset and depreciated over the useful life of the parts replaced. The useful life of the dry-docking costs will be the period until the next docking, normally between two to three years. Day- to-day maintenance costs are immediately expensed during the reporting period in which they are incurred.

Capitalized project cost - Certain vessel contracts require an investment prior to commencing the contract to fulfil requirements set by the charterer. These investments are capitalized and amortized over the term of the specific charter contract.

Gains and losses on the sale of assets and disposals are determined by comparing the sales or disposal proceeds with the net carrying amount and are included in operating profit.

1.8 Newbuild contracts and borrowing costs

Instalments on newbuild contracts are classified as non-current tangible assets. Direct costs related to the on-site supervision and other pre-delivery construction costs are capitalized per vessel. General and specific borrowing costs directly related to the acquisition, construction or production of qualifying vessels are added to the cost of those vessels, until such time as the vessels are substantially ready for their intended use or sale. All other borrowing costs are recognized in the profit or loss in the period in which they are incurred.

Interest expense eligible for capitalization is only adjusted for the effect of interest rate or cross-currency interest rate swaps that are designated and qualify as an accounting hedge under IAS 39. Currently the Company does not have any interest rate or cross- currency swap contracts designated as hedges.

1.9 Impairment of non-financial assets

Intangible assets that have an indefinite useful life or intangible assets not ready to use are not subject to amortization and are tested annually for impairment.

Assets that are subject to amortization are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. An impairment loss is recognized for the amount by which the asset’s carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount is the higher of an asset’s fair value less costs of disposal and value in use. The recverable amount is established individually for all as- sets. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time and the risk specific to the asset that is considered impaired.

Prior impairments of non-financial assets (other than goodwill) are reviewed for possible reversal at each reporting date. A previously recognized impairment loss is reversed if there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount. Reversal of a previously recognized impairment is limited to an amount that would make the carrying value of the asset equal to what it would have been had the initial impairment charge not occurred.

1.10 Intangible assets

Intangible assets that are acquired separately are measured on initial recognition at cost. The cost of intangible assets acquired in a business combination is recognized at fair value at the date of acquisition. Following initial recognition, intangible assets are carried at cost less any accumulated amortization and any accumulated impairment losses. Internally-generated intangible assets, excluding capitalized development costs, are not capitalized and expenditure is charged against profits in the year in which the expenditure is incurred. The useful lives of intangible assets are assessed to be either finite or indefinite. Intangible assets with finite lives are amortized over the useful economic life and assessed for impairment whenever there is an indication that the intangible asset may be impaired. The amortization period and the amortization method are reviewed annually. Changes in the expected useful life or the expected pattern of consumption of future economic benefits embodied in the asset is accounted for by changing the amortization period or method, as appropriate, and treated as a change in accounting estimate. The amortization expense on intangible assets with finite lives is recognized in the income statement in the expense category consistent with the function of the intangible asset.

Intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are tested for impairment annually either individually or at the cash-generating unit level. Such intangibles are not amortized. The useful life of an intangible asset with an indefinite life is reviewed annually to determine whether the indefinite life assessment continues to be supportable. If not, the change in the useful life assessment from indefinite to finite is made on a prospective basis.

Goodwill - Goodwill arises on the acquisition of subsidiaries and represents the excess of the consideration transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the acquisition- date fair value of any previous equity interest in the acquiree over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired. If the total of consideration transferred, non-controlling interest recognized and previously held interest measured at fair value is less than the fair value of the net assets of the subsidiary acquired, in the case of a bargain purchase, the difference is recognized directly in the income statement.

For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill acquired in a business combination is allocated to each of the CGUs, or groups of CGUs, that is expected to benefit from the synergies of the combination. Each unit or group of units to which the goodwill is allocated represents the lowest level within the entity at which the goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes. Goodwill is monitored at the operating segment level.

Goodwill impairment reviews are undertaken annually or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate a potential impairment. The carrying value of goodwill is compared to the recoverable amount, which is the higher of value in use and the fair value less costs to sell. Any impairment is recognized immediately as an expense and is not subsequently reversed. Trademarks and licenses - Separately acquired trademarks and licenses are shown at historical cost. Trademarks and licenses acquired in a business combination are recognized at fair value at the acquisition date. Trademarks and licenses have a finite useful life and are measured at cost less accumulated amortization. Amortization is calculated using the straight-line method to allocate the cost of trademarks and licenses over their estimated useful lives of three to seven years. Research and development - Research and Development (R&D) relates to the development of a production method for drilling process; this R&D is part of the Other Segment.

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1.11 Financial assets

1.11.1 Classification

The Company classifies its financial assets in the following two categories: Financial assets at fair value through profit or lossand Loans and receivables. The classification depends on the purpose for which the financial assets were acquired. Management determines the classification of its financial assets at initial recognition and re-evaluates this designation at every reporting date.

a) Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss.
Assets at fair value through profit or loss are financial assets held for trading. The only financial assets in this category are derivative contracts, which are categorized as held for trading unless designated as hedges. Derivatives in this category are classified as current assets.

b) Loans and receivables

Loans and receivables are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. They are included in current assets, except for assets with maturities greater than 12 months after the reporting date. These are classified as non-current financial assets. The Company’s loans and receivables include accounts receivable, cash, short and long-term financial receivables and the CIRR loan deposit.

1.11.2 Recognition and measurement

Regular purchases and sales of financial assets are recognized on the trade-date – the date on which the Company commits to purchase or sell the asset. Investments are initially recognized at fair value plus transaction costs for all financial assets not carried at fair value through profit or loss. Financial assets carried at fair value through profit or loss are initially recognized at fair value, and transaction costs are expensed in the income statement. Financial assets are derecognized when the rights to receive cash flows from the investments have expired or have been transferred and the Company has transferred substantially all risks and rewards of ownership. Loans and receivables are subsequently carried at amortized cost using the effective interest method.

Gains or losses arising from changes in the fair value of the ‘financial assets at fair value through profit or loss’ category are presented in the income statement within Operating profit as Impairment from Current assets or within Net financial items if the gain or loss is arising from Non-current financial items. See for note 21 for additional information.

1.12 Offsetting financial instruments

Financial assets and liabilities are offset and the net amount reported in the balance sheet when there is a legally enforceable right to offset the recognized amounts and there is an intention to settle on a net basis or realize the asset and settle the liability simultaneously. The legally enforceable right must not be contingent on future events and must be enforceable in the normal course of business and in the event of default, insolvency or bankruptcy of the company or the counterparty. The Company has evaluated all of their derivative contract positions and does not currently have the right to offset the contracts, and therefore reports all derivative positions at gross amounts.

1.13 Inventories

Lubricating oil and bunkers inventories are valued at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Cost is determined using the weighted average cost method. Bunkers and lubricating oil inventories are an integral part of the vessel, and not sold separately. Net realizable value is estimated based on commodity market prices.

1.14 Cash and cash equivalents

In the statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents includes cash in hand and bank deposits.

1.15 Accounts receivable

Accounts receivable are recognized initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortized cost, less provision for impairment. The interest factor for accounts receivable is considered to be insignificant and therefore not included in the measurement of amortized cost. In the case of an objective evidence of impairment, the difference between reported value and the present value of the expected net future cash flows is reported as a loss.
Provisions for losses are recognized when there are objective indicators that the Company will not receive settlement in accordance with the original contract terms. Significant financial problems facing the customer, probability that the customer will go bankrupt or undergo financial restructuring, postponements and non-payment are regarded as indicators that the customer receivable may be impaired.

1.16 Share capital

Ordinary shares are classified as equity. Incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares or options are shown in equity as a deduction, net of tax, from the proceeds. When any Company entity purchases its own shares, the consideration paid, including any directly attributable incremental costs (net of income taxes), is deducted as appropriate from share capital and share premium reserve and the shares are cancelled.

1.17 Borrowings

Borrowings are recognized initially at fair value, net of transaction costs incurred and are subsequently stated at amortized cost. Any difference between the proceeds (net of transaction costs) and the redemption value is recognized in the income statement over the period of the borrowings using the effective interest method.

Borrowings are classified as current liabilities unless the Company has an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least 12 months after the reporting date.

1.18 Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR) loan

The Company has applied for three Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR) loans from the Norwegian Export Credit Agency. The duration of the loans is 12 years and the cash proceeds from the loans have been deposited in a fixed deposit account with a Norwegian bank at the same interest rate as the loans. The agreed periods of the deposits are identical with the periods of the loans. The cash gain due to the interest rate differential between the current market interest rate and the rate agreed for the deposit is deferred over the duration of the loans.

1.19 Taxation

The tax expense for the period comprises current and deferred tax. Tax is recognized in the income statement, except to the extent that it relates to items recognized in other comprehensive income or directly in equity. In this case, the tax is also recognized in other comprehensive income or directly in equity, respectively.

Tax expense/benefit includes current taxes and the change in deferred taxes.

For companies under the Norwegian tax regime, the Company applies a tax rate of 23%. The tax expense consists of taxes payable and changes in deferred tax assets/liabilities.

Deferred income tax is recognized on temporary differences arising between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts in the consolidated financial statements. Deferred income tax is determined using tax rates (and laws) that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the balance sheet date and are expected to apply when the related deferred income tax asset is realized or the deferred income tax liability is settled.

Deferred income tax assets are recognized only to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available against which the temporary differences can be utilized.

Deferred income tax liabilities are provided on taxable temporary differences arising from investments in subsidiaries and associates, except for deferred income tax liability where the timing of the reversal of the temporary difference is controlled by the Company and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future. Generally the Company is unable to control the reversal of the temporary difference for associates.

Deferred income tax assets are recognized on deductible temporary differences arising from investments in subsidiaries and associates only to the extent that it is probable the temporary difference will reverse in the future and there is sufficient taxable profit available against which the temporary difference can be utilized.

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when the deferred income taxes assets and liabilities relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority on either the same taxable entity or different taxable entities where there is an intention to settle the balances on a net basis.

1.20 Pension costs and obligations

The Company has a defined benefit plan for its employees in Norway. The pension scheme is financed through contributions to insurance companies or pension funds. A defined benefit plan defines the amount of pension benefit that an employee will receive on retirement, usually dependent on one or more factors such as age, years of service and compensation.

The liability recognized in the statement of financial position relating to defined benefit plans is the present value of the defined benefit obligation at the end of the reporting period less the fair value of the pension fund assets. The defined benefit obligation is calculated annually by an independent actuary on the basis of a linear model. The present value of the defined benefit obligation is determined by discounting the estimated future cash outflows based on the interest rate for covered bonds. Since Covered bonds are not issued for terms exceeding 10 years, a supplement to this bond rate is calculated by means of estimation techniques to establish a discount rate that is approximately the same as the term of the pension obligation.

Past service costs are recognized immediately in income.Actuarial gains and losses arising from experience adjustments and changes in actuarial assumptions are charged or credited to equity in other comprehensive income in the period in which they arise.

For defined contribution plans, the group pays contributions to publicly or privately administered pension insurance plans on a mandatory, contractual or voluntary basis. The group has no further payment obligations once the contributions have been paid. The contributions are recognized as employee benefit expense when they are due. Prepaid contributions are recognized as an asset to the extent that a cash refund or a reduction in the future payments is available.

1.21 Derivatives

The Company enters into derivative instruments, primarily foreign currency contracts and interest rate swaps, to hedge foreign currency exposures, for example related to operating expenses and vessel purchase commitments, and interest rate exposures primarily related to long-term borrowings.

Derivatives are initially recognized at fair value on the date a derivative contract is entered into and are subsequently re-measured at their fair value.

1.22 Revenue recognition

The Company’s activity is to employ different types of offshore support vessels, including PSVs, OSCVs, AHTS vessels, WIVs, OSRVs, standby- and crew-vessels and one scientific core-drilling vessel. In addition, the Company holds interest in one limited liability partnership with ownership in one well-stimulation vessel. In one of the subsidiaries of the Company, revenues are partly generated from income from construction contracts. Revenue comprises the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for the sale of goods and services in the ordinary course of the Company’s activities. Revenue is shown net of value-added tax, withholding tax, returns, rebates and discounts and after elimination of sales within the Company. Revenue is recognized as follows:

Charter rate contracts

Charter contracts are classified as operating leases under IAS 17. Revenue derived from charter contracts is recognized in the period over the lease term on a straight-line basis. Related services are recognized as revenue in accordance with the services being rendered. 
Certain contracts include mobilization fees payable at the start of the contract. In cases where the fee covers specific upgrades or equipment specific to the contract, the mobilization fees are recognized as revenue over the estimated contract period. The related investment is depreciated over the estimated contract period. In cases where the fee covers specific operating expenses at the start of the contract, the fees are recognized in the same period as the expenses. Vessels without signed contracts in place at discharge have no revenue until the signing of a new contract. Operating expenses for vessels during idle time are expensed as incurred.

Construction contracts

The Company accounts for long-term construction, engineering and project management contracts on the percentage-of-completion basis as costs are incurred. See note 3 for additional information.

Interest income

Interest income is recognized using the effective interest method. When a receivable is impaired, the Company reduces the carrying amount to its recoverable amount, which is determined as the estimated future cash flow discounted at original effective interest rate of the instrument and continues unwinding the discount as interest income. Interest income on impaired loans and receivables is recognized using the original effective interest rate.

Dividend income

Dividend income is recognized when the right to receive payment is established.

Rendering of services
Service revenue is generally recognized when a signed contract or other persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, the service has been provided, the fee is fixed or determinable and collection of resulting receivables is reasonably assured. Other services are recognized on a percentage-of-completion basis.

1.23 Accounts payable

Accounts payables are obligations to pay for goods or services that have been acquired in the ordinary course of business from suppliers. Accounts payable are classified as current liabilities if payment is due within one year or less (or in the normal operating cycle of the business if longer). If not, they are presented as non-current liabilities. Accounts payable are recognized initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortized cost using the effective interest method.

1.24 Earnings per share

Earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit/loss for shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of outstanding shares over the reporting period. Diluted earnings per share include the effect of the assumed conversion of potentially dilutive instruments such as employee stock options. The impact of share equivalents is computed using the treasury stock method for stock options.

1.25 Statement of Cash Flows

The Statements of cash flows are prepared in accordance with the indirect method.

1.26 Related party transactions

All transactions, agreements and business activities with related parties are determined on an arm’s length basis in a manner similar to transactions with third parties.

1.27 Government grants

Grants related to net wages arrangement in Norway are recognized as a reduction of wage cost.

1.28 Operating leases

Leases in which a significant portion of the risks and rewards of ownership still remains with the lessor are classified as operating leases. Payments made under operating lease agreements are classified in the income statement as operating expenses and areexpensed as incurred.

1.29 Share-based payments

The Company has a share-based compensation plan in place for executive management. The plan is equity-settled, under which the entity receives services from ten top management employees as consideration for equity instruments (share-options) of the Company. The fair value of the employee services received in exchange for the grant of the options is recognized as an Operating Expense. For additional information see note 31 Share-based payments.

The total amount to be expensed is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted at grant date, as determined using a Black-Scholes model. Exercise price is the stock price at date of the grant. The total expense is recognized over the vesting period, which is the period over which all of the specified vesting conditions are to be satisfied. The only condition for vesting is employment with the Company; options vest over a five-year period after grant date. At the end of each reporting period, the Company revises its estimates of the number of options that are expected to vest based on the non-market vesting conditions. It recognizes the impact of the revision to original estimates, if any, in the income statement, with a corresponding adjustment to equity. Each option gives the holder the right, but not the obligation, to acquire one share at the exercise price on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Stock Option Plan.

When the options are exercised, the Parent issues new shares or re-issues treasury shares. The proceeds received net of any directly attributable transaction costs are credited to share capital (nominal value) and share premium.

The grant by the Company of options over its equity instruments to the employees of subsidiary undertakings in the Company is treated as a capital contribution. The fair value of employee services received, measured by reference to the grant date fair value, is recognized over the vesting period as an increase to investment in subsidiary undertakings, with a corresponding credit to equity in the parent entity accounts.

The social security contributions payable in connection with the grant of the share options is considered an integral part of the grant itself, and the charge will be treated as a cash-settled transaction.

1.30 Other claims and obligations

Provisions for legal claims, service warranties and make good obligations are recognized when the Company has a present legal or constructive obligation as a result of past events, it is probable that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation and the amount can be reliably estimated. Provisions are not recognized for future operating losses. Where there are a number of similar obligations, the likelihood that an outflow will be required in settlement is determined by considering the class of obligations as a whole. A provision is recognized even if the likelihood of an outflow with respect to any one item included in the same class of obligations may be small. Provisions are measured at the present value of management’s best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the end of the reporting period.

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