Accounting policies


The company financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the statutory provisions of Title 9, Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, exercising the option in Section 2:362(8) of the Dutch Civil Code to apply the same accounting policies for the company. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union (EU).

The accounting policies for the company financial statements are the same as those for the consolidated financial statements. Where no specific policies are mentioned, see the accounting policies for the consolidated financial statements. Royal Schiphol Group N.V. is registered at the Chamber of Commerce under number 34029174.

Correction of an accounting error

In the preparation of the company financial statements for 2018, an error was found in the composition of the shareholders' equity. The balance of the Statutory reserve for participating interests (part of the Other statutory reserves) is understated, and the balance of Retained profits is overstated. The total of the Shareholders' equity is presented correctly. This error was adjusted by means of a correction per 1 January 2017 of 245 million euros from the Retained profits to the Other statutory reserves. Except for the composition of the Shareholders' equity, this inaccuracy does not have any impact on the company and consolidated financial statements, the earnings per share and the dividend per share established and distributed in the past.

Furthermore it was concluded that, given the legal obligation to recognise a Revaluation reserve and Other Statutory reserves, any additions to and withdrawals from these reserves should be recorded in the financial year itself, instead of in the following year as a part of the profit appropriation. Therefore an amount of 58 million euros was subtracted from the Retained profits and added to the Revaluation reserve and Other Statutory reserves in the opening balance of 1 January 2017.

Subsidiaries

Companies over which Royal Schiphol Group N.V. is able to exercise control or which Royal Schiphol Group N.V. effectively manages are stated at net asset value determined by measuring the assets, provisions and liabilities and results according to the policies applied in preparing the consolidated financial statements. If the share of losses attributable to Royal Schiphol Group N.V. exceeds the carrying amount of a subsidiary, losses over and above that amount are not recognised unless Royal Schiphol Group N.V. has given guarantees to the entity concerned or other commitments have been entered into or payments have been made on behalf of that entity. In that case, a provision is made for the consequent liabilities. Results on transactions with subsidiaries are eliminated in proportion to the interest in the entities concerned, except where the results arise on transactions with third parties. Losses are not eliminated if there are indications of impairment of the assets concerned.

Elements of equity 

Various statutory reserves are maintained in the company balance sheet and form part of the retained profits in the consolidated balance sheet. These reserves restrict the ability to distribute the equity. They are the reserve for property revaluations and the reserves for intangible assets and for investments in associates. The latter two reserves have been combined under other statutory reserves.

The revaluation reserve (Section 2:390(1) of the Dutch Civil Code) is maintained for unrealised fair value gains on individual items of investment property (land and buildings) held by companies forming part of Schiphol Group. Additions to this reserve are made through the profit appropriation, after allowing for corporate income tax. On the sale of investment property, the amount of the revaluation reserve for the property in question is transferred to other reserves.

The other statutary reserves comprise the reserve for intangible assets and the reserve for investments in associates.

The reserve for intangible assets (Section 2:365(2) of the Dutch Civil Code) is maintained in connection with research and development costs (software) capitalised by companies forming part of Schiphol Group.

The legal reserve for participating interests (Section 2:389(6) of the Dutch Civil Code) is formed for the share in the positive results of the entities concerned and in fair value gains recognised directly in equity. Amounts are not recognised in respect of entities whose cumulative results are not positive. The reserve is reduced by the amount of dividend distributions, fair value losses recognised directly in equity and any distributions which Schiphol Group would be able to effect without restriction.

Equity in the consolidated balance sheet comprises an exchange differences reserve, an other financial interests reserve and a hedging transactions reserve. These reserves (recognised collectively in the company financial statements under ‘Other reserves’) are also presented as part of company equity since they similarly restrict the ability to distribute the reserves.

Notes to the company balance sheet and income statement

Where the notes to the company balance sheet and income statement are not materially different from the notes to the consolidated balance sheet and income statement, they have not been repeated. See the notes to the consolidated balance sheet and statement of income for the items concerned.

Fiscal unity

Together with part of the subsidiaries, Royal Schiphol Group N.V. forms a fiscal unity for corporate income tax and VAT purposes. As such, each of the entities within the fiscal unity is jointly and severally liable for the tax debt of the fiscal unity.

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