Glaston Corporation: Application of IFRS 16 Leases in Glaston Group

Glaston Corporation                     Stock Exchange Release                        26.3.2019 at 13.30

The new IFRS 16 Leases, which became effective on 1 January 2019, covers the definition, recognition and measurement of leases as well as other financial statements information disclosed on leases. According to the standard, the lessee recognizes in the statement of financial position an asset based on right of use as well as a financial liability. Glaston applies IFRS 16 Leases fully retrospectively from 1 January 2019. This release provides information on the impact of the application of the standard on the company’s statement of profit and loss and statement of financial position for 2018, and restated quarterly comparative information for 2018.  

Under IFRS 16, all leases over 12 months in length are recognized in the lessee’s statement of financial position. The lessee recognizes in the statement of financial position a right-of-use asset item, based on its right to use the said asset, and a lease liability item corresponding to the present value of the asset, based on the obligation to make the lease payments. The lessor’s reporting remains unchanged, namely leases are still subdivided into finance leases and other leases. IFRS 16 Leases contains exemptions for leases of 12 months or less and for low-value assets. Glaston applies the exemptions permitted by IFRS 16 for leases of 12 months or less and for low-value assets and continues to treat them as other leases.  

IFRS 16 has a significant impact on the statement of profit and loss and the statement of financial position, as well as on some key ratios. The application of IFRS 16 increases EBITDA and comparable EBITDA and slightly improves operating profit and comparable operating profit, when the lease expenditure recognized in the statement of profit and loss is replaced by the amortization of right-of-use assets and interest expenses recognized in financing items. In addition, the change in deferred tax is recognized in income taxes. Assets in the statement of financial position are increased by the right-of-use asset calculated at the inception of each lease, which is amortized over the lease term. The amount of interest-bearing debt significantly increases by the discounted amount of the lease liability.

Under IFRS 16 Leases, the amount of the right-of-use asset and the liability is calculated by discounting future minimum lease payments. The discount rate will primarily be the interest rate implicit in the lease, if available. In leases where the implicit interest rate is not specified, the discount rate used is the lessee’s incremental borrowing rate, the components of which are the currency-specific reference rate, the interest margin and any country or currency risk premium. In the case of retrospective application, the lessee’s incremental borrowing rate is determined for the inception of the lease and the minimum lease payments are discounted from the commencement date of each lease.

Glaston has leases that, prior to the entry into effective of IFRS 16 Leases, have been classified as other leases and recognized as a lease expenditure in the statement of profit and loss based on the passage of time. Under the new standard that became effective from 1 January 2019, for some of these leases an asset and liability equivalent to the present value of the minimum lease payments at the inception of the lease is recognized in the statement of financial position, thereby significantly increasing the assets and liabilities presented in the statement of financial position. At the end of 2018, Glaston had 12 leased properties with a lease liability of EUR 11.4 million, and also other lease liabilities totaling EUR 0.3 million. Based on IFRS 16 Leases, the content of leases recognized in the statement of financial position differs from the current reporting of lease liability stated in the notes to the statement of financial position with respect to, for example, leases of 12 months or less and low-value assets. Timing-related differences also arise, as lease liabilities reported in notes to the consolidated financial statements also include the nominal amount of liability for leases that will enter into force in the future, while under IFRS 16 Leases, leases are recognized in the balance sheet at the inception of the lease.

In the statement of financial position restated according to IFRS 16, the Group’s right-of-use assets amounted to EUR 8.0 million and the corresponding interest-bearing liabilities to EUR 9.0 million. The Group’s comparable operating profit increases to EUR 5.7 million (reported 5.2), as operating profit is burdened by depreciation instead of lease payments. The interest expenses on interest-bearing liabilities calculated in accordance with the standard are recognized in the statement of profit and loss, which increases net financial expenses for January-December 2018 to EUR -1.2 million (reported -0.7). The restated profit for 2018 is therefore EUR 1.9 million (reported 2.0). The Group’s interest-bearing net debt grows to a total of EUR 13.9 million (reported 4.9) and gearing to 38.2% (reported 13.1). The Group’s equity ratio falls to 44.4% (reported 50.3).

The restated information for 2018 is attached to this release. 

For further information, please contact:

Glaston Corporation
Päivi Lindqvist, CFO, tel. +358 10 500 500
Joséphine Mickwitz, VP, IR, Communications and marketing, tel. +358 10 500 5070

Glaston Corporation in brief
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