Note 1 Significant accounting and
valuation principles
The Group
From 1 January 2005 ASSA ABLOY applies International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union (EU), the Swedish Annual Accounts Act and standard RR 30 of the Financial Accounting Standards Council. The accounting principles are based on IFRS as endorsed by 31 December 2005 and have been applied to all years presented, unless stated otherwise. This Note describes the most significant accounting principles that have been applied in the preparation of the financial reports, which comprise the information appearing on pages 42–94.
Basis of preparation
ASSA ABLOY's consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. The preparation of financial statements is based on estimates and assumptions made for accounting purposes. The management also makes judgments about the application of the Group's accounting principles. Estimates and assumptions may affect the income statement and balance sheet as well as the supplementary information that appears in the financial reports. Thus changes in estimates and assumptions may lead to changes in the financial statements.
For example, estimates and assumptions play an important part in the valuation of items such as identifiable assets and liabilities in acquisitions, impairment testing of goodwill and other assets, the fixing of actuarial assumptions for calculating employee benefits and other types of provisions. Estimates and assumptions are continually reassessed and are based on a combination of historical experience and reasonable expectations about the future.
The Group considers that estimates and assumptions relating to impairment testing of goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite useful life are of significant importance to the consolidated financial statements. The Group tests carrying amounts for impairment on an annual basis. The recoverable amounts of Cash-Generating Units are established by calculating their values in use. The calculations are based on certain assumptions about the future which, for the Group, are associated with risks of material adjustments in reported amounts during the next financial year. Major assumptions and the effects of likely changes to them are described in Note 15.
Also see Note 38 about the transition to, and adoption of, IFRS and the effects on the consolidated financial statements.
New and amended standards not yet effective
The following new standards and amendments to current standards have been published but are not yet effective, and have not been applied in the preparation of the financial reports:
  • IAS 1 Amendment, Presentation of Financial Statements: Capital Disclosures, 1 January 2007 1, 2)
  • IAS 19 Amendment, Actuarial Gains and Losses, Group Plans and Disclosures, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IAS 21 Amendment, The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates, Net Investment in a Foreign Operation, 1 January
    2006 1, 2)
  • IAS 39 Amendment, Cash Flow Hedge Accounting of Forecast Intragroup Transactions, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IAS 39 Amendment, The Fair Value Option, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IAS 39 and IFRS 4 Amendment, Financial Guarantee Contracts, 1 January 2006 1, 2)
  • IFRS 1 and IFRS 6 Amendment, before 1 January 2006 2)
  • IFRS 6, Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IFRS 7, Financial Instruments: Disclosures, 1 January 2007 1, 2)
  • IFRIC 4, Determining whether an Arrangement contains a Lease, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IFRIC 5, Rights to Interests arising from Decommissioning, Restoration and Environmental Rehabilitation Funds, 1 January 2006 1)
  • IFRIC 6, Liabilities arising from Participating in a Specific Market: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, 1 December 2005 2)
  • IFRIC 7, Applying the Restatement Approach under IAS 29, Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies, 1 March 2006 1, 2)
  • IFRIC 8, Scope of IFRS 2, 1 March 2006 1, 2)
Of the new and amended standards listed above, it is assessed that the amendment to IAS 19 could have the most significant effect on the consolidated financial statements. The amendment means that the Group can choose to recognize actuarial gains and losses directly in equity instead of distributing them over the expected average remaining working lives of the employees as under the present principle. The potential effect of the amendment to IAS 19 and the possible effects of other new and amended standards are being assessed.
Consolidated financial statements
The consolidated financial statements cover ASSA ABLOY AB (the Parent company) and companies in which the Parent company held, directly or indirectly, more than 50 percent of the voting rights at the end of the period, as well as companies in which the Parent company exercises control by some other means. Companies acquired during the year are included in the consolidated financial statements with effect from the date when control was obtained. Companies sold during the year are included in the consolidated financial statements up to the date when control ceased.
The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the purchase method, which means that the cost of acquisition of shares in subsidiaries is eliminated against their equity at the time of acquisition. In this context, equity in subsidiaries is determined on the basis of the fair value of assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities at the date of acquisition. Thus only that part of subsidiaries' equity that has arisen after the acquisition is included in the Group's equity. A positive difference between the cost of acquisition and the fair value of the Group's share of acquired net assets is reported as goodwill.
Intra-group transactions and balance sheet items and unrealized profits on transactions between Group companies are eliminated in the Group financial statements.
1 Earlier adoption is encouraged.
2 Not endorsed by the EU at 31 December 2005.
Minority interests
Minority interests are based on subsidiaries' accounts with application of fair-value adjustments resulting from completed acquisition analysis. Minority participations in subsidiaries' income are reported in the income statement with net income divided between the Parent company's shareholders and minority interests. Minority participations in subsidiaries' equity are reported as a separate item in the Group's equity.
Associates
Associates are defined as companies which are not subsidiaries but in which the Group has a significant, but not a controlling, interest. This is usually taken to be companies where the Group's shareholding represents between 20 percent and 50 percent of the voting rights. Participations in associates are accounted for in accordance with the equity method. In the consolidated balance sheet, shareholdings in associates are reported at cost, adjusted for participation in income after the date of acquisition. Dividends from associates are reported as a reduction in the carrying amount of the investment. Participations in the income of associates are reported in the consolidated income statement as part of operating income as the investments are related to business operations.
Segment reporting
The Group's business operations are split organizationally into four divisions. Three divisions are based on products sold in local markets in the respective division: EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. Global Technologies' products are sold worldwide. The divisions reflect a partition of the Group's operations according to major risks and returns. The divisions form the operational structure for internal control and reporting and also constitute the Group's segments for external financial reporting. There are no secondary segments.
Foreign currency translation
Functional currency corresponds to local currency in each country where Group companies operate.
Transactions in foreign currencies are translated to functional currency by application of the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses arising from the settlement of such transactions are normally reported in the income statement, as are those arising from translation of monetary balances in foreign currencies at the closing-day rate. Exceptions are transactions relating to qualifying cash flow hedges or net investment hedges, which are reported in equity. Receivables and liabilities are valued at the closing-day rate.
The Group applies the current method to translate the accounts of foreign subsidiaries prepared in functional currencies other than the Group's presentation currency. The current method means that all balance sheet items except net income are translated at the closing-day rate, net income being translated at the average rate. The income statement is translated at the average rate for the period. Exchange-rate differences arising from the translation of foreign subsidiaries are reported in the translation reserve in equity.
The rates for currencies used in the Group, relative to the Group's presentation currency (SEK), were as follows – the weighted average for the year, and the closing-day rate:
        Closing-
    Average rate day rate
Country Currency 2005 2004 2005 2004
Argentina ARS 2.54 2.49 2.62 2.22
Australia AUD 5.68 5.39 5.83 5.15
Brazil BRL 3.09 2.51 3.42 2.49
Canada CAD 6.17 5.65 6.84 5.50
Switzerland CHF 6.00 5.90 6.06 5.85
Chile CLP 0.013 0.012 0.015 0.012
China CNY 0.91 0.88 0.98 0.80
Czech Republic CZK 0.31 0.29 0.32 0.30
Denmark DKK 1.25 1.23 1.26 1.21
Estonia EEK 0.59 0.58 0.60 0.58
Euro zone EUR 9.28 9.12 9.43 9.02
United Kingdom GBP 13.54 13.38 13.73 12.74
Hong Kong HKD 0.96 0.94 1.03 0.85
Hungary HUF 0.037 0.036 0.037 0.037
Israel ILS 1.66 1.64 1.74 1.53
Kenya KES 0.099 0.093 0.110 0.08
South Korea KRW 0.00729 0.00791
Lithuania LTL 2.69 2.64 2.73 2.61
Mexico MXN 0.68 0.65 0.75 0.59
Malaysia MYR 1.97 1.93 2.10 1.74
Norway NOK 1.16 1.09 1.18 1.09
New Zealand NZD 5.25 4.85 5.43 4.75
Poland PLN 2.31 2.02 2.44 2.21
Romania ROL 0.0003 0.0002 0.0003 0.0002
Russia RUR 0.26 0.25 0.28 0.24
Singapore SGD 4.48 4.34 4.78 4.05
Slovenia SIT 0.039 0.038 0.039 0.038
Slovakia SKK 0.24 0.23 0.25 0.23
Thailand THB 0.18 0.18 0.19 0.17
USA USD 7.45 7.33 7.95 6.62
South Africa ZAR 1.18 1.15 1.26 1.17
Revenue
Revenue comprises the fair value of goods sold, excluding VAT and discounts and after eliminating intra-group sales. The Group's sales revenue arises principally from sales of products. Service related to products sold makes up a very limited fraction of revenue. Revenue from sales of the Group's products is recognized when all significant risks and rewards associated with ownership are transferred to the purchaser in accordance with applicable conditions of sale, which is normally upon delivery. If the product requires installation at the customer's premises, revenue is recognized when installation is completed. Revenue from service contracts is recognized through distribution over the contract period.