Basic Information of the Group and Accounting policies

Basic information of the company

 

Digia Plc is a modern, agile software company providing and implementing ICT products, services and technologies for its customers to improve their competitive advantage – solutions for the needs of a transforming world.

Solutions that are independent of the terminals and technologies used provide true freedom and enable the right information to reach the right people in the right place at the right time.

As a comprehensive solution provider and system integrator, Digia provides its customers with an extensive range of IT products and services, strong software expertise in mobile environments and extensive industry knowledge.

Headquartered in Finland, the company operates globally and employs more than 1,400 professionals. Digia is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

The Group's parent company is Digia Plc. The parent company is domiciled in Helsinki and its registered office is at Hiomotie 19, 00380 Helsinki.

Accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), observing the IAS and IFRS standards, as well as SIC and IFRIC interpretations valid on 31 December 2009.

Consolidation principles

 

The consolidated financial statements include the parent company Digia Plc and subsidiaries in which the parent company directly or indirectly controls more than 50 per cent of the votes associated with shares or over which the parent company otherwise exercises control. Acquired subsidiaries are consolidated using the cost method, according to which the assets and liabilities of the acquired entity are measured at fair value at the time of acquisition, and the remaining difference between the acquisition price and the acquired shareholders' equity constitutes goodwill. In accordance with the exemption permitted by IFRS 1, acquisitions prior to the IFRS transition date have not been adjusted to correspond to the IFRS principles. Their values remain unchanged from Finnish Accounting Standards. Subsidiaries acquired during the fiscal period are included in the consolidated financial statements as of the date of acquisition, while divested subsidiaries are included until the date of divestment. Intra-Group transactions, receivables, liabilities, unrealised margins and internal profit distribution are eliminated in the consolidated financial statements. The profit for the period is divided between the parent company shareholders and the minority. The minority interest is also presented as a separate item within shareholders' equity.

From 1 January 2009, the Group has applied the following new or amended standards and interpretations:

  • Revised IAS Presentation of Financial Statements. The changes apply mainly to the presentation of statements of comprehensive income and statements of changes in equity disclose. The earnings per share calculation principle remains unchanged.
  • Changes to IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures – improving disclosures about financial instruments. The change had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Revised IAS 23 Borrowing Costs. The change had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Changes to IFRS 2 Share-Based Payment – vesting conditions and cancellations. The change had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Improvements to the IFRS standards. The changes had no significant effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRIC 13 Customer Loyalty Programmes. The Group had no customer loyalty arrangements as referred to in the interpretation, and thus the interpretation had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRIC 15 Agreements for the Construction of Real Estate. The Group does not operate in the construction industry, so the interpretation had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Changes to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements and IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation. The adoption of the updated standards had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • Change to IFRIC 9 Reassessment of Embedded Derivatives and IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The changes had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRIC 16 Hedges of a Net Investment in a Foreign Operation. The interpretation had no effect on the consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRS 8 Operating Segments, according to which the presented segment information must be based on intra-Group reporting made to the management, and on its accounting policies. The adoption of IFRS 8 had no significant effect on the segment information presented, because the segment information disclosed previously was already based on an intra-Group reporting structure.

The preparation of financial statements under IFRS means that Group management must necessarily make certain estimates and judgments concerning the application of the accounting principles. Information about such considerations made by the management when applying the corporate accounting principles with the greatest influence on the figures presented in the financial statements are explained under the item 'Accounting policies requiring consideration by management and crucial factors of uncertainty associated with estimates'.

Segment reporting

 

Since the beginning of 2009, a new organisation has been in force in the company, merging the company's sales, products, services and competencies. Digia's business operations are now divided into two main business segments: Enterprise Solutions and Mobile Solutions. Enterprise Solutions comprises ERP and Financial Administration, Digital Services and Integration Solutions. The Mobile Solutions segment comprises Contract Engineering Services and User Experience Services. The divisions have been specified as primary reporting segments in accordance with IFRS 8 Segment Reporting. Geographical areas have been specified as secondary segments.

Foreign currency translation

 

Items referring to the earnings and financial position of the Group's units are recognised in the currency that is the main currency of the unit's primary operating environment ('functional currency'). The consolidated financial statements are given in euros, which is the operating and presentation currency of the parent company.

Receivables and liabilities denominated in foreign currency have been converted into euro at the exchange rate in effect on the balance sheet date. Gains and losses arising from foreign currency transactions are recognised through profit or loss. Foreign exchange gains and losses from operations are included in the corresponding items above operating profit.

The income statements of non-Finnish consolidated companies have been converted into euro at the weighted average exchange rate for the period, and their balance sheets have been converted at the exchange rate quoted on the balance sheet date. Translation differences arising from the application of the cost method are treated as items adjusting consolidated shareholders' equity.

Tangible assets

 

Property, plant and equipment (PPE) is carried at cost less accumulated planned depreciation and impairment. Assets are depreciated over their estimated useful lives. Depreciation is not booked for land areas. Estimated useful lives are as follows:

Buildings and structures 

25 years

Machinery and equipment 

3–8 years

The residual value and useful life of assets is reviewed on each balance sheet date and, if necessary, adjusted to reflect any changes in expected economic value.

Capital gains and losses on elimination and the transfer of tangible assets are included either in other operating income or expenses.

Government grants

 

Grants received as compensation for costs are recognised in the income statements at the same time as the expenses related to the target of the grant are recognised as expenses. Grants of this kind are presented under other operating income. Government grants attributable to fixed assets are recognised as deductions in the value of intangible fixed assets. The grants are recognised as income over the life of the asset through reduced amortisation.

Intangible assets

 

Goodwill

Goodwill corresponds to the proportion of the acquisition cost of an entity acquired after 1 January 2004 that exceeds the Group's share of the fair value of the entity's net assets on the date of acquisition. The acquisition cost also includes other direct expenses related to the acquisition, such as professionals' fees. The goodwill for business combinations prior to 2004 corresponds to goodwill in accordance with previous accounting standards that has been used as the deemed cost. A portion of the goodwill of acquired entities is allocated to customer relationships or products originating in acquisitions and recognised in intangible assets. The portions of acquisition cost recognised in intangible assets are amortised over their useful life.

No regular amortisation is booked on goodwill but it is tested annually for impairment. For this purpose, goodwill is allocated to cash generating units. Goodwill is recognised at the original cost from which the impairment is deducted. Any adjustments of acquisition cost are booked no later than 12 months after the date of acquisition.

Research and development costs

Research costs are recognised as expenses in the income statement. Development costs arising from the design of new products are capitalised as intangible assets in the statement of financial position until the product is ready for commercial utilisation and future economic benefit is expected from the product. Amortisation begins once the product is ready for commercial utilisation. The useful life of capitalised development expenses is 2 to 5 years, during which time the capitalised assets will be recognised as expenses by straight-line amortisation.

Other intangible assets

Patents, trademarks and licences with a limited useful life are booked in the statement of financial position and recognised as expenses in the income statement by straight-line amortisation over their useful life. Amortisation is not booked on intangible assets with an unlimited useful life but they are tested annually for impairment.

Leases

 

Leases on property, plant and equipment in which the Group bears a significant part of the risks and benefits characteristic of ownership are categorised as finance leases. A finance lease is recognised in the balance sheet at the fair value of the leased asset at the start of the lease period or at a lower current value of minimum lease payments. Assets acquired on finance leases are depreciated over the asset's useful life or the lease period, whichever is shorter. Lease obligations are included in interest-bearing debt. Leases in which the risks and benefits characteristic of ownership remain with the lessor are treated as operating leases. Leases payable on the basis of other leases are recognised as expenses in the income statement in equal instalments over the lease period.

Financing assets and liabilities

 

Financing assets are divided into receivables and liabilities, either as held-to-maturity, held-for-trading, or available-for-sale. Financial instruments are at first measured at fair value, with any fees deducted. Usually, the fair value corresponds with the sum paid or received for the instrument. Loans are included under non-current and current liabilities. Interest expenses and fees are stated in the income statement during the loan period, on an accrual basis using the effective yield method, and they are recognised as a cost on the period during which they are incurred.

Accounts receivable and other receivables

 

Accounts receivable and other receivables are measured at nominal value. A provision for impairment of accounts receivable is established when there is evidence based on a case-by-case risk assessment that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the original terms of receivables.

Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and withdrawable bank deposits and other short-term investments. Accounts with a credit facility are treated as short-term loans under current liabilities.

Impairment

 

On each balance sheet date, the Group estimates whether there is evidence that the value of an asset may have been impaired. If there is evidence of impairment, the amount recoverable from the asset is estimated. In addition, the recoverable amount is estimated annually on the following assets regardless of whether there is an indication of impairment or not: goodwill, and intangible assets with an unlimited useful life. The need for impairment is reviewed at the level of cash generating units, which refers to the lowest level of unit that is mainly independent of other units and whose cash flows can be separated from other cash flows. If the carrying amount exceeds the recoverable amount, an impairment loss is recognised in the income statement. An impairment loss recognised for goodwill will not be revoked under any circumstances.

Employee benefits

 

Pension liabilities

The Group's pension schemes are arranged through a pension insurance company. The pension schemes are mainly defined contribution plans, and payments are recognised in the income statement during the period to which the payment applies. The Finnish Employees' Pensions Act (TyEL) pension scheme was treated as a defined contribution plan in 2008 and 2009.

Share-based payments

The Group has various incentive schemes where payments are made either in equity instruments or in cash. The benefits granted through these arrangements are measured at fair value on the date of their being granted and recognised as expenses in the income statement evenly during the vesting period. Correspondingly, in arrangements where the payment is made in cash, the liability and the change in its fair value is recognised as a liability on an accrual basis. The impact of these arrangements on the financial results is shown in the income statements under the cost of employee benefits.

The cost determined at the time of granting the options is based on the Group's estimate of the amount of options that are expected to become vested at the end of the vesting period. The Group updates the assumption of the final amount of options on each balance sheet date. Changes in the estimates are entered in the income statement. The fair value of option arrangements is determined on the basis of the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Non-market-based conditions, such as profitability and certain growth targets, are not taken into account when determining the fair value of an option, but they affect the estimate of the final amount of options.

When options are exercised, the payments received net of any transaction costs are recognised in shareholders' equity. Before the entry into force of the new Limited Liability Companies Act on 1 September 2006, payments received from share subscriptions based on granted options were recognised in accordance with the terms and conditions of these arrangements in the share capital and share premium account. In the option arrangements decided after the entry into force of the new Limited Liability Companies Act, proceeds received net of any eventual transaction costs are recognised in accordance with the terms and conditions of these arrangements in the unrestricted shareholders' equity reserve.

Provisions


A provision is recognised when the Group has a legal or factual obligation based on previous events, the realisation of a payment obligation is probable and the amount of the obligation can be reliably estimated.

A restructuring provision is recognised when the Group has prepared a detailed restructuring plan and started its implementation and disclosed the matter. The provision is based on expected actual costs, such as agreed compensation for termination of employment.

A provision is recognised for unprofitable agreements if the costs necessary for fulfilling the obligations exceed the benefits available from the agreement.

A guarantee provision is recognised once a product or service subject to guarantee terms has been sold and the amount of potential guarantee costs can be estimated with sufficient accuracy.

Shares, dividends and shareholders' equity

 

Dividends proposed by the Board of Directors will not be deducted from distributable shareholders' equity before the AGM´s approval has been received. Immediate costs relating to the acquisition of Digia Plc's own shares are recognised as deductions in shareholders' equity.

Earnings per share

 

Earnings per share are calculated by dividing the period's earnings after tax belonging to the parent company's shareholders by the weighted average of shares outstanding during the fiscal period, excluding own shares acquired by Digia Plc. Diluted earnings per share are calculated assuming that all subscription rights and options have been exercised by the beginning of the next fiscal year. In addition to the weighted average of shares outstanding, the denominator also includes shares received from subscription rights and options assumed to have been exercised. The subscription rights and options assumed to have been exercised will not be taken into account in earnings per share if their actual price exceeds their average price during the fiscal year.

Income taxes

 

Taxes recognised in the income statement include taxes based on taxable income for the financial period, adjustments to taxes for previous periods, as well as changes in deferred taxes. Tax based on taxable income for the period is calculated using the corporate income tax rate applicable in each country. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognised for temporary differences between the taxable values and book values of asset and liability items. The biggest temporary differences arise from amortisation of fixed assets, unused tax losses, and the revaluation of financial and derivative instruments at the fair price resulting from the purchase. Deferred taxes are determined on the basis of the tax rate enacted by the balance sheet date. Deferred tax receivables are recognised up to the probable amount of taxable income in the future, against which the temporary difference can be utilised.

Revenue recognition

 

Work carried out by people is recognised monthly in accordance with progress. Long-term projects with a fixed price are recognised on the basis of their percentage of completion once the outcome of the project can be reliably estimated. The percentage of completion is determined as the proportion of costs arising from work performed for the project up to the date of review in the total estimated project costs. If estimates of the project change, the recognised sales and profit/margin are amended in the period during which the change becomes known and can be estimated for the first time. Any loss expected from a project is recognised as an expense immediately after the matter has been noticed. Licensing income is recognised in accordance with the factual substance of the agreement. Maintenance fees are allocated over the agreement period.

Accounting policies requiring consideration by management and crucial factors of uncertainty associated with estimates

 

Estimates and assumptions regarding the future have to be made during the preparation of the financial statements, and the outcome may differ from the estimates and assumptions. Furthermore, the application of accounting policies requires consideration. These estimates and assumptions are based on historical experience and other justifiable assumptions that are believed to be reasonable in the circumstances that serve as a foundation for evaluating the items included in the financial statements. The estimates mainly concern the following items:

Impairment testing

The Group carries out annual impairment testing of goodwill and intangible assets with an unlimited useful life and evaluates any indications of impairment as described above in the accounting policies. Recoverable amounts from cash generating units are determined as calculations based on value in use. The preparation of these calculations requires the use of estimates.

Recognition as income and expenses

As described in the revenue recognition policies, the revenue and costs of a long-term project are recognised as income and expenses on the basis of percentage of completion once the outcome of the project can be reliably estimated. Recognition associated with the degree of completion is based on estimates of expected income and expenses of the project and reliable measurement and estimation of project progress. If estimates of the project's outcome change, the recognised sales and profit/margin are amended in the period during which the change becomes known and can be estimated for the first time. Any loss expected from a project is immediately recognised as an expense.

Financial risks

 

Financial risk management consists, for instance, of the planning and monitoring of solvency of liquid assets, the management of investments, receivables and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency, and the management of interest rate risks on non-current interest-bearing liabilities.

In accordance with the company's investment policy, cash and cash equivalents are invested only in low-risk short rate funds and bank deposits. The Group's policy defines creditworthiness requirements for customers in order to minimise the amount of credit losses. A sufficient provision was made for uncertain accounts receivable at the end of the fiscal period. The Group's operative cash flow has developed favourably during the year, and thus the Group's solvency has also remained good. The most significant currency risks relating to accounts receivable or accounts payable are managed by means of forward foreign exchange contracts. At the end of the fiscal year, the company did not have any such forward contract in force. Interest rate trends are monitored systematically in different bodies within the company, and possible interest rate risks hedges are made with the appropriate instruments. At the end of the fiscal year, the company had no such hedging instruments in force.

Application of new and amended IFRS standard

The IASB has published the following new or amended standards and interpretations that are not yet effective and thus have not yet been applied by the Group. The Group will introduce each standard and interpretation as of its effective date or, if the effective date is some other date than the first day of the fiscal period, as of the beginning of the fiscal period following the effective date.

  • IFRS 3 Business Combinations (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 July 2009 or later). According to the transitional provisions, business combinations where the acquisition date is earlier than the standard's effective date are not adjusted.
  • IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 July 2009 or later). According to the revised standard, subsidiaries' losses can be attributed to minorities even if they exceed the minority investment.
  • IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement - Eligible Hedged Items (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 July 2009 or later). The changes apply to hedge accounting. The Group does not expect the change to have a significant effect on upcoming consolidated financial statements.
  • IFRS 9 Financing Activities. The standard has not yet been approved for application within the EU.
  • IFRIC 17 Distributions of Non-cash Assets to Owners (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 July 2009 or later). The interpretation is not expected to affect upcoming consolidated financial statements. The standard has not yet been approved for application within the EU.
  • IFRIC 18 Transfers of Assets from Customers (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 July 2009 or later). The new interpretation will not affect upcoming consolidated financial statements. The interpretation has not yet been approved for application within the EU.
  • Improvements to IFRS standards (mainly valid for fiscal years beginning 1 January 2010 or later). The changes are not significant for upcoming consolidated financial statements. The changed standard has not yet been approved for application within the EU. 
  • IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation (valid for fiscal years beginning 1 January 2010 or later). The changes are not significant for upcoming consolidated financial statements. The changed IAS 32 standard has not yet been approved for application within the EU.