A. Accounting principles
The present financial statements were prepared in accordance with the provisions of Swiss financial reporting law (Title Thirty-Two of the Code of Obligations).
B. Accounting and valuation principles
The main items are recognised as follows:
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash holdings and bank and postal account balances, and are recognised on the balance sheet at nominal value.
CURRENT ASSETS WITH A STOCK EXCHANGE PRICE
Derivative financial instruments held for trading with a directly observable market price or directly observable input parameters are recognised at fair value. Fluctuation reserves are not created.
Future cash flows in foreign currencies can be hedged. The corresponding derivative is recognised in profit or loss on the occurrence of the underlying transaction.
TRADE ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
Trade accounts receivable are recognised at nominal value and impaired if necessary. The amount at the end of the period may be subjected to a flat rate impairment at a rate accepted for tax purposes.
Other receivables are measured at nominal values. Any counterparty risks are accounted for by means of necessary impairment.
Provided the conditions for large orders are met, long-term construction contracts are valued in accordance with the percentage of completion (PoC) method. Following the consolidated financial statements, these are recognised in other receivables. Under the PoC method, in addition to acquisition or production costs a portion of profits corresponding to the percentage of completion of the order is recognised, provided that the order’s realisation is reasonably certain. The percentage of completion is calculated on the basis of the accrued costs in relation to the anticipated total costs (cost to cost). If the conditions for applying the PoC method are not met, recognition is under non-invoiced services.
INVENTORIES AND NON-INVOICED SERVICES
Inventories and non-invoiced services are recognised at acquisition or production cost taking account of economically necessary impairments. Otherwise impairment may be done at a rate accepted for tax purposes.
PREPAID EXPENSES AND ACCRUED INCOME/DEFERRED INCOME AND ACCRUED EXPENSES
Prepaid expenses and accrued income/deferred income and accrued expenses comprise the asset and liability items resulting from the accrual and deferral of individual items of expense and income in accordance with the accrual and matching principle. The origination costs of interest-bearing liabilities are capitalised under prepaid expenses and accrued income. Prepaid expenses and accrued income/deferred income and accrued expenses are recognised at nominal values.
FINANCIAL ASSETS AND SHAREHOLDINGS
Financial assets and shareholdings are recognised at cost taking account of necessary impairment. Financial assets and shareholdings are measured on a unit of account basis.
In the 2019 financial year Repower AG corrected an accounting error versus the prior year. Accruals and deferrals for goods and services delivered or received but not yet invoiced, previously recognised in trade accounts receivable and payable, are now recognised in prepaid expenses and accrued income/deferred income and accrued expenses. Prepaid expenses and accrued income contains accruals and deferrals for CHF 347,789 thousand, while deferred income and accrued expenses contains accruals and deferrals for CHF 354,174 thousand. From this financial year the accounting method used for the individual financial statements will follow the disclosure method used in the consolidated financial statements.
Investments where Repower AG holds an interest of less than 20 per cent were until now recognised under investments. From the 2019 financial year, such minority interests are recognised as financial assets as prescribed by the Swiss Code of Obligations. Minority interests totalled CHF 15,935 thousand (prior year: CHF 13,122 thousand).
Tangible assets are recognised at acquisition or production cost less accumulated depreciation and any impairment losses. Amortisation is done on a straight-line basis over the subsequent intangible assets.
Intangible assets are amortised on a straight-line basis. If there are indications of overvaluation, necessary impairments are taken into account.
Current liabilities are recognised at nominal value.
Non-current liabilities comprise a) long-term, interest-bearing financial liabilities at nominal value and b) other non-interest-bearing long-term liabilities.
A provision is a probable liability deriving from a past event; the amount of the liability and/or the date on which it will fall due is uncertain but can be estimated. The amount of provisions is based on the management’s assessment, and reflects the future outflows of funds that can be anticipated as of the balance sheet date.
Treasury shares are recognised as a negative item in shareholders’ equity on the date of acquisition, without any subsequent measurement. On resale the profit or loss is booked directly to free reserves from earnings under the other reserves.