1. Accounting principles
With the exception of the changes described in the section titled “Changes in major accounting policies” (page 103), the Group applied the following accounting policies consistently to all periods presented in these consolidated financial statements.
2. Consolidation principles
If the Group has obtained control, it accounts for business combinations in line with the acquisition method. The consideration transferred for the acquisition and the identifiable net assets acquired are measured at fair value. All goodwill arising is tested for impairment annually. Any profit from an acquisition at a price below market value is recognised directly in profit or loss. Transaction costs are recognised as expenses immediately.
The consideration transferred includes no amounts associated with the fulfilment of pre-existing relationships. Such amounts are generally recognised in profit or loss.
Any contingent obligation to pay consideration is measured at fair value as of the acquisition date. If the contingent consideration is classified as equity, it is not remeasured, and a settlement is accounted for within equity. Otherwise, later changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration are recognised in profit or loss.
Non-controlling interests are measured as at the acquisition date with their proportionate share in the identifiable net assets of the acquired entity.
Changes in the Group’s share in a subsidiary that do not result in a loss of control are recognised directly in equity as equity transactions with non-controlling interests.
Subsidiaries are entities controlled by the Group. The Group controls a company if
- the Group is able to exercise power over the company in which investments are held
- it is exposed to fluctuating returns from its participation and
- it is able to influence the amount of the returns as a result of its power.
The financial statements of subsidiaries are included in the consolidated financial statements from the date control begins until the date control ends.
Loss of control
If the Group loses control of a subsidiary, it derecognises the subsidiary’s assets and liabilities and all associated non-controlling interests and other equity components. Any resulting profit or loss is recognised in the profit for the year. Any retained interest in the former subsidiary is measured at fair value as of the date of the loss of control.
Investment in associates that are equity-accounted
Associates are entities over which the Group has significant influence, but not control or joint control, as regards financial and operating policies. This is generally provided once there is a voting share of between 20 and 50 per cent or a comparable crucial influence is guaranteed via other contractual regulations.
Investments in associates are equity-accounted. They are initially recognised at cost, which also includes transaction costs. After the first-time recognition, the consolidated financial statements include the Group’s share in the comprehensive income of the financial investments recognised using the equity method until the date the significant influence or joint control ends.
Transactions eliminated on consolidation
Intragroup balances and transactions and all unrealised income and expenses from intragroup transactions are eliminated in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements.
A discontinued operation is a part of the Group whose operations and cash flows can be clearly distinguished from the rest of the Group and which
- represents a separate, major line of business or geographical area of operations,
- is part of a single coordinated plan to dispose of a separate, major line of business or geographical area of operations, or
- is a subsidiary acquired exclusively with a view to resale.
An operation is classified as discontinued when it is disposed of or as soon as the criteria for classification as “held for sale” are met, whichever is earlier.
If an operation is classified as a discontinued operation, the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the comparative year is adjusted so that it were as if the operation had been discontinued from the start of the comparative year.
Assets held for sale
Non-current assets or disposal groups that include assets and liabilities are classified as held for sale if it is highly probably that they will be realised through sale rather than continued use.
In general, these assets or disposal groups are recognised at the lower of their carrying amounts or fair values less costs to sell. Any impairment loss of a disposal group is firstly attributed to goodwill and then to the remaining assets and liabilities on a proportional basis – with the exception that no loss is attributed to financial assets, deferred tax assets, assets in connection with employee benefits or investment property that continues to be measured based on the Group’s other accounting policies. Impairment losses on the first-time classification as held for sale and future profit or loss on remeasurement are recognised in the profit for the year.
As soon as they are classified as held for sale, intangible assets and property, plant and equipment are no longer amortised or depreciated and any investees recognised using the equity method are no longer equity-accounted.
3. Currency translation
Transactions in foreign currencies
Transactions in foreign currencies are translated into the functional currency of the Group entity at the spot exchange rate on the date of the transaction.
Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency on the reporting date are translated into the functional currency at the closing rate. Non-monetary assets and liabilities measured at fair value in a foreign currency are translated at the rate valid on the date the fair value is calculated. Currency translation differences are recognised in profit or loss for the period. Non-monetary items measured at historical cost in a foreign currency are not trans-lated.
For the following items, currency translation differences are recognised in other comprehensive income in deviation from the policy:
- Available-for-sale equity instruments (except in the case of impairment, for which currency translation differences are reclassified from other comprehensive income into profit or loss),
- Financial liabilities designated as a hedge of a net investment in a foreign operation, provided the hedge is effective,
- Qualified cash flow hedges, provided they are effective.
Assets and liabilities from foreign operations, including the goodwill and fair value adjustments that result from the acquisition, are translated into euros at the closing rate on the reporting date. Income and expenses from foreign operations are translated at the average rate for the year.
Currency translation differences are reported in other comprehensive income and recognised in the foreign currency translation as a part of the retained earnings in equity if the foreign exchange difference is not attributable to non-controlling interests.
On the disposal of a foreign operation that results in loss of control, joint control or significant influence, the corresponding cumulative amount recognised in the currency translation reserve up to this date is reclassified to profit or loss as part of the result on disposal. In the case of only partial disposal without loss of control over a subsidiary that includes a foreign operation, the corresponding portion of the cumulative exchange difference is attributed to the non-controlling interests. If the Group partially disposes of an associated or jointly controlled company that includes a foreign operation, but retains significant influence or joint control respectively, the corresponding portion of the cumulative currency translation difference is reclassified to profit or loss.
If the settlement of monetary items in the form of receivables or liabilities from or to a foreign operation is neither planned nor probable in the foreseeable future, the resulting foreign currency gains and losses are considered part of the net investment in the foreign operation. The foreign currency gains and losses are then reported in other comprehensive income and recognised in the currency translation reserve in equity.
Major exchange rates
EUR closing rates
Swiss franc CHF
Czech koruna CZK
Hungarian forint HUF
Croatian kuna HRK
Polish zloty PLN
Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark BAM
Romanian leu RON
Bulgarian lev BGN
Ukranian hryvnia UAH
Serbian dinar RSD
Russian rouble RUB
Albanian lek ALL
Macedonian denar MKD
4. Insurance items
UNIQA Insurance Group AG has applied IFRS 4 published in 2004 for insurance contracts since 1 January 2005. This standard demands that the accounting policies be largely unaltered with regard to the actuarial items.
The IFRSs contain no specific regulations that comprehensively govern the recognition and measurement of insurance and reinsurance policies and investment contracts with a discretionary participation feature. Therefore, in accordance with IAS 8, the provisions of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) in the version applicable on 1 January 2005 were applied to all cases for which IFRS 4 contains no specific regulations. For balancing the accounts and evaluation of the insurance-specific entries of life insurance with profit sharing, FAS 120 was observed; FAS 60 was applied for specific items in health, property and casualty insurance and FAS 113 for reinsurance. Unit-linked life insurance, where the policyholder bears the entire investment risk, was accounted for in accordance with FAS 97.
Based on the regulations, technical items must be covered using suitable assets (cover funds). As is standard in the insurance industry, values dedicated to the cover funds are subject to a limitation as regards availability in the group.
Insurance and investment contracts
Insurance contracts, i.e. contracts through which significant insurance risk is assumed, and investment contracts with a discretionary participation feature are treated in accordance with IFRS 4, i.e. under application of US GAAP. Investment contracts, i.e. contracts that do not transfer a significant insurance risk and that do not include a discretionary participation feature, fall under the scope of IAS 39 (Financial Instruments).
Ceded reinsurance is also subject to the application of IFRS 4 and is presented in a separate item under assets in accordance with IFRS 4. The profit and loss items (premiums and payments) are deducted openly from the corresponding items in the gross account, while commission income is reported separately as its own item.
Deferred acquisition costs
Deferred acquisition costs are accounted for in accordance with IFRS 4 in conjunction with US GAAP. In the case of property and casualty insurance contracts, costs directly attributable to the acquisition are deferred and distributed over the expected contract term or according to the unearned premiums. In life insurance, the deferred acquisition costs are amortised in line with the pattern of expected gross profits or margins.
For short-term insurance contracts, such as most property and casualty insurance policies, the premiums relating to future years are reported as unearned premiums in line with the applicable regulations of US GAAP. The amount of these unearned premiums corresponds to the insurance cover granted proportionally in future periods.
Premiums levied upon entering into certain long-term contracts (e.g. upfront fees) are recognised as unearned premiums. In line with the applicable regulations of US GAAP, these fees are recorded in the same manner as the amortisation of deferred acquisition costs.
Unearned premiums are in principle calculated for each individual policy and exactly to the day. If they are attributable to life insurance, they are included in the insurance provision.
Insurance provisions are established in the casualty, life and health insurance lines. Their carrying amount is determined based on actuarial principles on the basis of the present value of future benefits to be paid by the insurer less the present value of future net premiums the insurer expects to receive. The insurance provision of the life insurer is calculated by taking into account prudent and contractually agreed calculation principles.
For policies of a mainly investment character (e.g. unit-linked life insurance), the provisions of FAS 97 are used to measure the insurance provision. The insurance provision is arrived at by combining the invested amounts, the change in value of the underlying investments and the withdrawals under the policy. For unit-linked insurance policies in which the policyholder carries the sole risk of the value of the investment rising or falling, the insurance provision is listed as a separate liability entry under “Technical provisions for unit-linked and index-linked life insurance”.
The insurance provisions for health insurance are determined based on calculation prin-ciples that correspond to the “best estimate”, taking into account safety margins. Once calculation principles have been determined, they have to be applied to the corresponding partial portfolio for the whole duration (locked-in principle).
Provisions for losses and unsettled claims
The provision for outstanding claims in the property and casualty insurance lines contains the actual and the expected amounts of future financial obligations, including the direct claims settlement expenses appertaining thereto, based on accepted statistical methods. This applies to claims already reported as well as for claims incurred but not yet reported (IBNR). In insurance lines in which past experience does not allow the application of statistical methods, individual loss provisions are set aside.
Life insurance is calculated on an individual loss basis with the exception of the provision for unreported claims.
As for health insurance, the provisions for outstanding claims are estimated on the basis of past experience, taking into consideration the known arrears in claim payments.
The provision for the assumed reinsurance business generally complies with the figures of the cedents.
Provision for premium refunds and profit sharing
The provision for premium refunds includes the amounts for profit-related and non-profit related profit sharing to which the policyholders are entitled on the basis of statutory or contractual provisions.
In life insurance policies with a discretionary participation feature, differences between local measurement and measurement in accordance with IFRSs are presented with deferred profit participation taken into account, whereby this is also reported in profit or loss or in the statement of comprehensive income depending on the recognition of the change in the under-lying measurement differences. The amount of the provision for deferred profit participation generally comes to 85 per cent of the measurement differentials before tax.
Other technical provisions
This item basically contains the provision for contingent losses for acquired reinsurance portfolios as well as a provision for expected cancellations and premium defaults.
Technical provisions for unit- and index-linked life insurance
This item relates to the insurance provisions and the remaining technical provisions for obligations from life insurance policies where the value or income is determined by investments for which the policyholder bears the risk or for which the benefit is index-linked. As a general rule, the valuation corresponds with the unit-linked and index-linked life insurance investments written at current market values.
5. Employee benefits
Short-term employee benefits
Obligations from short-term employee benefits are recognised as expenses as soon as the associated work is performed. A liability must be recognised for the expected amount to be paid if the Group currently has a legal or de facto obligation to pay this amount on the basis of work performed by the employee and the obligation can be reliably estimated.
Defined contribution plans
Obligations for contributions to defined contribution plans are recognised as expenses as soon as the associated work is performed. Prepaid contributions are recognised as assets if an en-titlement to refund or reduction of future payments arises.
Defined benefit plans
The Group’s net obligation with regard to defined benefit plans is calculated separately for each plan by estimating the future benefits that the employees have earned in the current and in earlier periods. This amount is discounted and the fair value of any plan assets is deducted.
The calculation of defined benefit obligations is carried out annually by a qualified actuary using the projected unit credit method. If the calculation results in a potential asset for the Group, the asset recognised is limited to the present value of any economic benefit available in the form of future refunds from the plan or reductions in future contributions to the plan. Any valid minimum funding requirements are included in the calculation of the present value of the economic benefit.
Remeasurements of the net liability from defined benefit plans are recognised directly in other comprehensive income. The remeasurement includes the actuarial gains and losses, the income from plan assets (not including interest) and the effect of any asset ceiling (not including interest). The Group calculates net interest expenses (income) on the net liability (asset) from defined benefit plans for the reporting period by applying the discount rate used to measure the defined benefit obligation at the start of the annual reporting period. This discount rate is applied to net liabilities (assets) from defined benefit plans on this date. Any changes in the net liabilities (assets) from defined benefit plans resulting from contribution and benefit payments over the course of the reporting period are taken into account. Net interest expenses and other expenses for defined benefit plans are recognised in profit or loss.
If a plan’s benefits are changed or a plan is curtailed, the resulting change in the benefit relating to past service or the gain or loss on the curtailment is recognised directly in net profit for the year. The Group recognises gains and losses from the settlement of a defined benefit plan at the date of the settlement.
Other long-term employee benefits
The Group’s net obligation with regard to long-term employee benefits comprises the future benefits that the employees have earned in return for work performed in the current and in earlier periods. These benefits are discounted to determine their present value. Remeasurements are recognised in profit or loss in the period in which they arise.
Post-employment benefits are recognised as expenses on the earlier of the following dates: when the Group can no longer withdraw the offer of such benefits or when the Group recognises costs for restructuring. If benefits are not expected to be settled within twelve months of the end of the reporting period, they are discounted.
Share-based payments with cash settlement (share appreciation rights)
The fair value on the date share-based payment awards are granted to employees is recognised as expense over the period in which the employees become unconditionally entitled to the awards. The amount recognised as expense is adjusted in order to reflect the number of awards expected to fulfil the corresponding service conditions and non-market performance conditions, so that the expense recognised is ultimately based on the number of awards that fulfil the corresponding service conditions and non-market performance conditions at the end of the vesting period. Changes in measurement assumptions likewise result in an adjustment of the recognised provision amounts through profit or loss.
6. Income taxes
Tax expense includes actual and deferred tax. Actual tax and deferred tax is recognised in profit or loss, with the exception of any amount associated with a business combination or with an item recognised directly in equity or other comprehensive income.
Actual tax is the expected tax liability or tax receivable on taxable income for the financial year or the tax loss on the basis of interest rates that apply on the reporting date or will soon apply, plus all adjustments of the tax liability relating to previous years. Actual tax liabilities include all tax liabilities resulting from the determination of dividends.
Deferred taxes are recognised with regard to temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for Group financial accounting purposes and the amounts used for tax purposes. Deferred taxes are not recognised for:
- Temporary differences on the first-time recognition of assets or liabilities in the event of a transaction that is not a business combination and that affects neither net profit before taxes nor taxable income,
- Temporary differences in connection with shares in subsidiaries, associates and jointly controlled entities, provided the Group is able to control the timing of the reversal of the temporary differences and it is probable that they will not reverse in the foreseeable future,
- Taxable temporary differences on the first-time recognition of goodwill.
A deferred tax asset is recognised for unused tax losses, unused tax credits and deductible temporary differences to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available for which they can be used. Deferred tax assets are reviewed on every reporting date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that the associated tax advantage will be realised.
Deferred taxes are measured on the basis of the tax rates expected to be applied to temporary differences as soon as they reverse, and using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the end of the reporting period.
The measurement of deferred taxes reflects the tax consequences arising from the Group’s expectation of the manner in which it will recover the carrying amounts of its assets or settle its liabilities on the reporting date. For investment property measured at fair value, the presumption that the carrying amount will be recovered through sale was not rebutted.
Deferred tax assets and debts are netted out if the conditions for a legal claim to offsetting are met and the deferred tax claims and liabilities relate to income tax that is levied by the same tax authority, either for the same taxable item or different taxable items, aimed at achieving a settlement on a net basis.
7. Property, plant and equipment
Recognition and measurement
Property, plant and equipment are measured at cost less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses.
If parts of an item of property, plant and equipment have different useful lives, they are recognised as separate items (main components) of property, plant and equipment.
Any gain or loss from the disposal of an item of property, plant and equipment is recognised in the net profit for the year.
Reclassification as investment property
If the use of a property changes and an owner-occupied property becomes an investment property, the property is reclassified as investment property with the carrying amount as at the date of the change.
Subsequent costs are only capitalised when it is probable that the future economic benefit associated with the expense will flow to the Group. Ongoing repairs and maintenance are recognised as expenses immediately.
The depreciation is calculated in order to write down the costs of property, plant and equipment less their estimated residual values on a straight-line basis over the period of their estimated useful lives. The depreciation is recognised in profit or loss. Land is not depreciated.
The estimated useful lives of significant property, plant and equipment for the current year and comparative years are as follows:
• Plant and equipment:
• Fixtures and fittings:
Depreciation methods, useful lives and residual values are reviewed on every reporting date and adjusted if necessary.
8. Intangible assets
Deferred acquisition costs
Deferred acquisition costs for insurance activities that are directly related to new business and/or to extensions of existing policies and that vary in line with that business are capitalised and amortised over the term of the insurance contracts they relate to. If they are attributable to property and casualty insurance, they are amortised over the probable contractual term, with a maximum of five years. In life insurance, the acquisition costs are amortised over the duration of the contract at the same proportion as the actuarial profit margin of each individual year is realised in comparison to the total margin to be expected from the contracts. For long-term health insurance contracts, the amortisation of acquisition costs is measured in line with the proportionate share of earned premiums in the present value of expected future premium income. The changes in deferred acquisition costs are shown as operating expenses.
The goodwill arising in the context of business combinations is measured at cost less accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill arises upon acquisition of subsidiaries and represents the surplus of the consideration transferred for acquisition of the company above the fair value of the Group’s share in the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, contingent liabil-ities and all non-controlling shares in the acquired company at the time of the acquisition.
Value of insurance contracts
Values of life, property and casualty insurance policies relate to expected future margins from purchased operations and are recognised at the fair value at the acquisition date.
With regard to life insurance business acquired, the amortisation of the current value follows the progression of the estimated gross margins.
Other intangible assets
Other intangible assets include both purchased and internally-developed software, which is depreciated on a straight-line basis over its useful economic life of 2 to 5 years.
9. Investment property
Land and buildings, including buildings on third-party land, held as long-term investments to generate rental income and/or for the purpose of capital appreciation are measured at cost when they are acquired. Subsequent measurement follows the cost model in accordance with IAS 40.56.
10. Financial instruments
The Group classifies non-derivative financial assets to the following categories: Financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss, loans and receivables, and financial assets available for sale.
The Group categorises non-derivative financial liabilities as other financial liabilities.
With the exception of the mortgages and other loans, investments are listed at the current fair value, which is established by determining a market value or stock market price. In the case of investments for which no market value can be determined, the fair value is determined through internal valuation models or on the basis of estimates of what amounts could be achieved under current market conditions in event of proper liquidation.
Investments held for trade (trading portfolio)
Derivatives are used within the limits permitted under the Austrian Insurance Supervisory Act for hedging investments and for increasing earnings. All fluctuations in value are recognised in the income statement.
Investments at fair value through profit or loss (fair value option)
Structured products are not split between the underlying transaction and derivative, but are accounted for as a unit. All the structured products can therefore be found in the “Financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss” item of the statement of financial position. Unrealised profits and losses are recognised in the income statement. In accordance with IAS 39 (11A), ABS bonds, structured bonds, hedge funds and a special annuity fund with a high share of derivatives are also recognised under the items for securities at fair value through profit or loss.
Unit-linked and index-linked life insurance investments
These investments concern life insurance contracts whose value or profit is determined by investments for which the policyholder carries the risk, i.e. the unit-linked or index-linked life insurance contracts. The investments in question are collected in asset pools, recognised at their current market value and kept separately from the remaining investments of the Com-pany. The policyholders are entitled to all income from these investments. The amount of the recognised investments strictly corresponds to the insurance provisions (before reinsurance business ceded) for life insurance, to the extent that the investment risk is borne by the policyholders. The unrealised profits and losses from fluctuations in the current values of the investment pools are thus offset by the appropriate changes in these provisions.
Non-derivative financial assets and liabilities – recognition and derecognition
The Group recognises loans, receivables and issued debt securities from the date on which they arise. All other financial assets and liabilities are recognised for the first time on the trade date. The Group derecognises a financial asset when the contractual rights to cash flows from an asset expire or it transfers the rights to receive the cash flows in a transaction in which all major risks and opportunities connected with the ownership of the financial asset are transferred. Derecognition also occurs when the Group neither transfers nor retains all major risks and oppor-tunities connected with ownership and does not retain control over the transferred asset. Every share in such transferred financial assets that arise or remain in the Group is recognised as a separate asset or separate liability.
Financial liabilities are derecognised when the contractual obligation is fulfilled, extinguished or expired.
Financial assets and liabilities are set off and recognised in net amounts in the statement of financial position if the Group has a legal right to set off the reported amounts against each other and intends either to settle on a net basis, or to realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously.
Loans and receivables
When first recognised, such assets are measured at their fair value plus directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequently, they are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.
Cash and cash equivalents
In the consolidated cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents includes bank balances available upon demand, which are a central component of the management of the Group’s payment transactions.
Available-for-sale financial assets
Available-for-sale financial assets are initially measured at fair value plus directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequently, available-for-sale financial assets are measured at fair value and corresponding value changes are, with the exception of impairment and foreign exchange differences in the case of available-for-sale debt securities, recognised in other comprehensive income and in the revaluation reserve in equity. When an asset is derecognised, the accumulated other comprehensive income is reclassified to profit or loss.
Non-derivative financial liabilities – measurement
When first recognised, non-derivative financial liabilities are measured at fair value less directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequently, these financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.
Non-derivative financial assets
Financial assets not designated as at fair value through profit or loss, including interests in entities accounted for using the equity method, are tested on every reporting date to determine whether there is any objective indication of impairment.
Objective indications that financial assets are impaired are:
- The default or delay of a debtor,
- The restructuring of an amount owed to the Group at conditions that the Group would other-wise not consider,
- Indications that a debtor or issuer will become insolvent,
- Adverse changes in the payment status of borrowers or issuers,
- The disappearance of an active market for a security,
- Observable data that indicate a significant decrease in the expected payments from a group of financial assets.
In the case of an investment in an equity instrument, a significant or prolonged decline in the fair value below its cost is also objective evidence of impairment. The Group considers a decline of 20 per cent as significant and a period of nine months as prolonged.
Financial assets measured at amortised cost
The Group considers indications of impairment for these financial assets both at the level of the individual assets and collectively. All assets significant in themselves are tested for specific impairment. Those that prove not to be specifically impaired are then collectively tested for impairment that has occurred but not yet been identified. Assets not significant in themselves are collectively tested for impairment by pooling assets with similar risk characteristics in one group.
When testing for collective impairment, the Group uses historical information on the timing of payments and the value of the incurred losses, adjusted by a judgement on the part of the Management Board on whether the current economic conditions and credit conditions are such that the actual losses are probably higher or lower than the losses to be expected on the basis of historical trends.
Impairment is calculated as the difference between the carrying amount and the present value of the estimated future cash flows, discounted at the original effective interest rate of the asset. Losses are recognised in profit or loss. If the Group has no realistic hope of recovering the asset, the amounts are written off. If an event occurring after the recognition of impairment reduces the level of impairment, the reduction is recognised in profit or loss.
Available-for-sale financial assets
Impairment of available-for-sale financial assets is recognised by reclassifying the losses accumulated in the revaluation reserve accumulated in equity to profit or loss. The accumulated loss that is reclassified from equity to profit or loss is the difference between the acquisition cost, net of any redemptions, and current fair value, less any impairment loss previously recognised in profit or loss. If the fair value of an impaired, available-for-sale debt instrument increases in a subsequent period and the increase can be objectively related to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, the impairment is reversed, with the amount of the reversal recognised in profit or loss. In other cases, impairment reversal is recognised in other comprehensive income.
Associates accounted for using the equity method
An impairment loss relating to an associate accounted for using the equity method is measured by comparing the recoverable amount of the shares with their carrying amount. An impairment loss is recognised in profit or loss. An impairment loss is reversed in the event of an advantageous change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount.
The carrying amounts of the Group’s non-financial assets – excluding inventories and deferred tax assets – are tested on every reporting date to determine whether there is an indication of impairment. If this is the case, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated. The goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are tested for impairment annually.
In order to test for impairment, assets are grouped into the smallest groups of assets whose continued use generates cash flows that are to the greatest possible extent independent of cash flows from other assets or cash-generating units (CGUs). Goodwill acquired in a business combination is allocated to the CGUs or groups of CGUs expected to benefit from the synergies of the combination.
The recoverable amount of an asset or a CGU is the higher of its value in use or its fair value less costs to sell. When calculating value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value, whereby a pre-tax discount rate is used that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset or CGU.
An impairment loss is recognised when the carrying amount of an asset or a CGU exceeds it recoverable amount.
Impairment losses are recognised in profit or loss. Impairment recognised for CGUs is first allocated to any goodwill allocated to the CGU and then allocated to the carrying amount of the other assets of the CGU (group of CGUs) on a proportional basis.
An impairment loss on goodwill is not reversed. In the case of other assets, an impairment loss is reversed only to the extent that it does not increase the carrying amount of the asset above the carrying amount that would have been determined net of depreciation or amortisation had no impairment loss been recognised.
12. Other provisions
The level of the provisions is calculated by discounting the expected future cash flows at a pre-tax interest rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the liability. The unwinding of the discount is recognised as a finance cost.
13. Determination of fair value
A range of Group accounting policies and disclosures require the determination of the fair value of financial and non-financial assets and liabilities. The Group has defined a control framework with regard to the determination of fair value. This includes a measurement team, which bears general responsibility for monitoring all major measurements of fair value, including Level 3 fair values, and reports directly to the Management Board.
The measurement team carries out a regular review of the major unobservable input factors and the measurement adjustments. If information from third parties (e.g. price quotations from brokers or price information services) is used to determine fair values, the measurement team examines the evidence obtained from the third parties for the conclusion that such measurements meet the requirements of IFRS, including the level in the fair value hierarchy to which these measurements are attributable. Major items in the measurement are reported to the Audit Committee.
As far as possible, the Group uses data that are observable on the market when determining the fair value of an asset or a liability. On the basis of the input factors used in the valuation techniques, the fair values are assigned to different levels in the fair value hierarchy:
- Level 1: Quoted prices (unadjusted) on active markets for identical assets and liabilities.
- Level 2: Measurement parameters that are not quoted prices included in level 1 but which can be observed for the asset or liability either directly (i.e. as a price) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices).
- Level 3: Measurement parameters for assets or liabilities that are not based on observable market data.
If the input factors used to determine the fair value of an asset or a liability can be assigned to different levels of the fair value hierarchy, the entire fair value measurement is assigned to the level of the fair value hierarchy that corresponds to the lowest input factor significant for the measurement overall.
The Group recognises reclassifications between different levels of the fair value hierarchy at the end of the reporting period in which the change occurred.
Further information on the assumptions used in the determination of fair values is included in the following notes:
14. Operating segments
The Management Board of the UNIQA Insurance Group controls the Group based on the reporting for the following five operating segments:
- UNIQA Austria – this segment includes UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG, Salzburger Landesversicherung AG and 50 per cent of FINANCE LIFE Lebensversicherung AG.
- Raiffeisen Versicherung – this includes the remaining 50% of FINANCELIFE Lebensversicherung AG together with Raiffeisen Versicherung AG.
- UNIQA International – includes the Austrian holding companies UNIQA International AG and UNIQA Internationale Beteiligungs-Verwaltungs GmbH in addition to all foreign insurance companies (with the exception of UNIQA RE). This segment is divided into the following main areas on a regional basis:
- Western Europe (WE – Switzerland, Italy and Liechtenstein)
- Central Europe (CE – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
- Eastern Europe (EE – Romania and Ukraine)
- Southeastern Europe (SEE – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo)
- Russia (RU)
- Administration (the Austrian holding companies)
- Reinsurance – includes UNIQA Re (Switzerland) and the reinsurance company of UNIQA Insurance Group AG
- Group functions and consolidation – this segment includes the remaining items for UNIQA Insurance Group AG (investment result and administrative costs) as well as all other remaining Austrian and foreign service companies.