Tecnotree Corporation’s Auditor’s Report
Stock Exchange Release
27 April, 2018 at 15:30
To the Annual General Meeting of Tecnotree Corporation
Report on the Audit of the Financial Statements
We have audited the financial statements of Tecnotree Corporation (business identity code 1651577-0) for the year ended 31 December, 2017. The financial statements comprise the consolidated balance sheet, income statement, statement of comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity, statement of cash flows and notes, including a summary of significant accounting policies, as well as the parent company’s balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows and notes.
In our opinion
— the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the group’s financial position, financial performance and cash flows in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU,
— the financial statements give a true and fair view of the parent company’s financial performance and financial position in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial statements in Finland and comply with statutory requirements.
Our opinion is consistent with the additional report submitted to the Board of Directors.
Basis for Opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with good auditing practice in Finland. Our responsibilities under good auditing practice are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report.
We are independent of the parent company and of the group companies in accordance with the ethical requirements that are applicable in Finland and are relevant to our audit, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements.
In our best knowledge and understanding, the non-audit services that we have provided to the parent company and group companies are in compliance with laws and regulations applicable in Finland regarding these services, and we have not provided any prohibited non-audit services referred to in Article 5(1) of regulation (EU) 537/2014. The non-audit services that we have provided have been disclosed in note 7 to the consolidated financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Material uncertainty related to going concern basis
We would like to draw attention to the accounting principles for the consolidated financial statements and for the parent company’s financial statements that state that Tecnotree has significant uncertainty factors relating to the continuity of its operations. The company’s risks and uncertainties in the near future relate to financing, projects, to their timing, to trade receivables and receivables from construction contracts and to changes in foreign exchange rates. Tecnotree’s liquidity has remained critical and having sufficient cash funds is the biggest single risk. The company has sales to several countries where the country’s central bank has a shortage of foreign currency. This causes additional delays in payments, costs and even the risk of not receiving payment at all. In addition, Tecnotree has the risk caused by negative equity in the parent company.
Viking Acquisitions Corp committed on 8 March 2018 to make a voluntary public cash tender offer to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares in Tecnotree. The tender offer realized only if 90 per cent of shareholders approve the offer. The offeror is the biggest debtor of the company having receivables of approximately EUR 21,6 million from the company. The receivables consist of both secured and unsecured loans under the restructuring payment program. The acceptance period of the tender offer has been extended and will expire on 30 April 2018. According to the company’s estimate, the compliance with the going concern principle is based on the assumption that the tender offer is approved or the company finds some other short-term solution to its difficult cash situation.
In our opinion, the abovementioned circumstances involve material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt upon Tecnotree Corporation and its subsidiaries to continue as a going concern.
Our opinion has not been qualified by this matter.
The scope of our audit was influenced by our application of materiality. The materiality is determined based on our professional judgement and is used to determine the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures and to evaluate the effect of identified misstatements on the financial statements as a whole. The level of materiality we set is based on our assessment of the magnitude of misstatements that, individually or in aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have influence on the economic decisions of the users of the financial statements. We have also taken into account misstatements and/or possible misstatements that in our opinion are material for qualitative reasons for the users of the financial statements.
Key Audit Matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. The significant risks of material misstatement referred to in the EU Regulation No 537/2014 point (c) of Article 10(2) are included in the description of key audit matters below.
We have also addressed the risk of management override of internal controls. This includes consideration of whether there was evidence of management bias that represented a risk of material misstatement due to fraud.
|THE KEY AUDIT MATTER||HOW THE MATTER WAS ADDRESSED IN THE AUDIT|
|Impairment of goodwill (Accounting principles and notes 12 and 13 for the consolidated financial statements)|
|— The amount of goodwill included in the consolidated balance sheet before impairment testing for financial year 2017 was material (€16.7 million).— Based on impairment testing results Tecnotree recorded in its consolidated financial statements for 2017 impairment on entire goodwill totalling €16.7 million relating to cash generating units Middle East and Africa as well as Americas.— The recoverable amounts of goodwill are determined based on value in use calculations. The value in use is determined based on discounted future cash flow forecasts in which management makes judgements over certain key assumptions, for example net sales growth rate, discount rate, long-term growth rate and inflation rates.— Due to the high level of judgement related to the forecasts used, estimation uncertainty and the significant carrying amount involved, valuation of goodwill is considered a key audit matter.||— We considered the company's estimation process and analyzed the assumptions used in the impairment tests for 2016 by comparing to performance in 2017, especially in respect of net sales and profitability. ln addition, we assessed the reasonableness of and grounds for the assumptions underlying the goodwill impairment tests, and the technical accuracy of the impairment model.— We involved our own valuation specialists when assessing the technical accuracy of the calculations and comparing the assumptions used to market and industry information.— Furthermore, we assessed the appropriateness of the Group's disclosures in respect of goodwill and impairment testing.|
Revenue recognition principles, project accounting and valuation of receivables(Accounting principles and note 18 for the consolidated financial statements)
|— The company's order book includes projects with deliveries of over a year, some deliveries even several years. Revenue recognition for fixed-price projects requires management to use judgement and make assumptions, especially in respect of future costs and work load estimates to complete a project.— The majority of the Group's net sales are generated from developing countries and many of these have political and economic challenges.— The two largest customers accounted for 86 per cent of net sales in 2017.— The Group's trade receivables and receivables from construction contracts comprise 63 per cent of the consolidated assets and receivables involve a valuation risk.||— Our audit procedures focused on substantive testing in order to assure completeness and accuracy of revenue.— ln respect of most significant long-term projects accounted for using the percentage-of-completion method, we analysed the revenue recognition principles applied by comparing to IFRS standards, the company's accounting practices and terms of sale in the contracts. We assessed the Group's monitoring procedures in place for provision of client work and projects accounted using the percentage-of-completion method. Furthermore, we analyzed current projects and work load estimates.— As part of our year-end audit procedures we assessed the recognition of revenues on accrual basis by testing entries, project calculations and accruals affecting revenues.— We evaluated monitoring routines for trade receivables and analyzed open trade receivables and assessed the payments received after the financial year-end to identify any receivables potentially impaired.|
Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director for the Financial Statements
The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for the preparation of consolidated financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU, and of financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial statements in Finland and comply with statutory requirements. The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are also responsible for such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
In preparing the financial statements, the Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for assessing the parent company’s and the group’s ability to continue as going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters relating to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting. The financial statements are prepared using the going concern basis of accounting unless there is an intention to liquidate the parent company or the group or cease operations, or there is no realistic alternative but to do so.
Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of Financial Statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance on whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with good auditing practice will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of the financial statements.
As part of an audit in accordance with good auditing practice, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:
— Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
— Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the parent company’s or the group’s internal control.
— Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
— Conclude on the appropriateness of the Board of Directors’ and the Managing Director’s use of the going concern basis of accounting and based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the parent company’s or the group’s ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor’s report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are
inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause the parent company or the group to cease to continue as a going concern.
— Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events so that the financial statements give a true and fair view.
— Obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding the financial information of the entities or business activities within the group to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements. We are responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the group audit. We remain solely responsible for our audit opinion.
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.
From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditor’s report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.
Other Reporting Requirements
Information on our audit engagement
We were first appointed as auditors by the Annual General Meeting from the financial period ended in 31.12.2001 and our appointment represents a total period of uninterrupted engagement of 17 years.
The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the report of the Board of Directors and the information included in the Annual Report, but does not include the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon. We have obtained the report of the Board of Directors and the Annual Report prior to the date of this auditor’s report.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information identified above and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit, or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. With respect to the report of the Board of Directors, our responsibility also includes considering whether the report of the Board of Directors has been prepared in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
In our opinion, the information in the report of the Board of Directors is consistent with the information in the financial statements and the report of the Board of Directors has been prepared in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
If, based on the work we have performed on the other information that we obtained prior to the date of this auditor’s report, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.
Helsinki, 27. April 2018
KPMG OY AB
Authorised Public Accountant, KHT
Kirsti Parvi, CFO, tel +358 50 5174569
Tecnotree is a global provider of IT solutions for the management of services, products, customers and revenue for Communications Service Providers. Tecnotree helps customers to monetise and transform their business towards a marketplace of digital services. Together with its customers, Tecnotree empowers people to self-serve, engage and take control of their own digital life.
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