Significant accounting policies

Principles of valuation and determination of results

The financial statements are prepared in accordance with the financial reporting requirements as included in Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code with the allowed application of the accounting policies (EU-IFRS) as set forth in the consolidated financial statements. The principles of valuation and determination of results stated in the consolidated statement of financial position and statement of profit or loss are also applicable to the company statement of financial position and statement of profit or loss. Investments in group companies are initially recognized at cost and subsequently accounted for by the equity method.

Intercompany accounts with subsidiaries consist of current accounts. These current accounts can be freely disposed of. Low credit risk exemption is applied due to limited credit risk and expected credit loss is not calculated. 

Reference to the consolidated financial statements

As mentioned above, the accounting policies applied in the financial statements correspond with the consolidated financial statements. Furthermore, the consolidated financial statements have a limited consolidation scope and accordingly the notes to the statement of financial position and statement of profit or loss are almost similar in both the company financial statements and the consolidated financial statements. Please refer to the disclosure notes and information provided in the consolidated financial statements for details. For the mandatory disclosure notes and notes with larger discrepancies, information is included in the notes to the company’s financial statements.

Estimates and assumptions

In preparing the financial statements, management is required to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported income, expenses, assets, liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Use of available information and application of judgment are inherent in the formation of estimates. Although these estimates are based on management’s best knowledge of current events and actions, actual results could differ from such estimates and the differences may be material to the financial statements. The most relevant estimates and assumptions relate to the determination of the fair value of financial instruments based on generally accepted modeled valuation techniques and the determination of specific and portfolio-level value adjustments. Estimates and assumptions are also used for the pension liabilities, determination of tax and depreciation of PP&E assets and others.