ING Bank Śląski | Annual Report 2014


ING BANK ŚLĄSKIAnnual Report 2014

7. Non-financial assets

7.1. Tangible fixed assets

7.1.1. Own tangible fixed assets

Tangible fixed assets consist of fixed assets and costs to construct such assets. Tangible fixed assets include fixed assets with an expected period of use above one year, maintained to be used to serve the Group’s needs or to be transferred to other entities, based on the lease contract or for administrative purposes.
Tangible fixed assets, with the exception of land and buildings, are recorded at historical costs reduced by depreciation/amortization and any impairment write-downs. The historical costs are made up of the purchase price/cost of creation and costs directly related to the purchase of assets.

Each component part of property, plant and equipment items, whose purchasing price or generation cost is material in comparison with the purchase price or generation cost of the entire item, is depreciated separately. The Group allocates the initial value of the property, plant and equipment into its significant parts.

Lands and buildings are carried in accordance with the revaluation model, after initial recognition at a revalued amount, being its fair value at the date of the revaluation less any subsequent accumulated depreciation and subsequent accumulated impairment losses. Revaluations are made with sufficient regularity to ensure that the carrying amount does not differ materially from that which would be determined using fair value at the balance sheet date.

The revaluation effect is reflected in the revaluation reserve/ revaluation capital in case of the value increase, or carried through the income statement in case of the balance sheet asset’s value decrease. However, the increase of value is recognised as income insofar as it reverses the decrease of value due to revaluation of the same asset that was previously recognised as costs of a given period. Similarly, the decrease of the asset’s value resulting from revaluation shall be set off against the relevant surplus resulting from the previous revaluation of the same asset. The entire revaluation surplus shall be realised at the time of withdrawing from use or selling the asset.

7.1.2. Subsequent costs

The Group recognizes under the balance sheet item property, plant and equipment the costs of replacement of certain elements thereof at the time they are incurred on proviso that the Group is likely to earn any asset-related prospective economic benefits and the purchase price or the cost may be measured reliably. Other costs are recognised in the income statement at the time they are incurred.

7.2. Intangible fixed assets

An intangible asset is an identifiable non-monetary asset without physical substance. Intangible assets are deemed to include assets which fulfil the following requirements:

  • they can be separated from an economic entity and sold, transferred, licensed or granted for use for a fee to third parties, both separately, and together with their accompanying contracts, assets or liabilities, 
  • arise from contractual titles or other legal titles, irrespective of whether those are transferable or separable from the business entity or from other rights and obligations.
7.2.1. Goodwill

Goodwill arising on acquisition of an entity is recognized at the acquisition price being the surplus of the aggregate of:  

  • provided payment, 
  • sums of all non-controlling shares in the acquired entity, and 
  • in the case of combining entities executed at fair value as at the day of acquiring share in the capital of the acquired entity, previously belonging to the acquiring entity,    

over the net amount determined as at the day of acquiring values of the identifiable acquired assets and assumed liabilities. 

The goodwill recognized in the financial statements of the Group was recognized pursuant to the requirements binding on the day of first application of IFRS i.e. at acquisition price being a surplus of the cost of combining the business entities over the interest of the acquirer’s in the fair value of all identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities. After the initial recognition, the goodwill is recognized at acquisition price less any accumulated impairment losses.

7.2.2. Computer software

Purchased computer software licences are capitalised in the amount of costs incurred for the purchase and adaptation for use of specific computer software. 

Expenses attached to the development or maintenance of computer software are expensed when incurred.

7.2.3. Other intangible assets

Other intangible assets purchased by the Group, are recognized at purchase price or production cost less depreciation and total amount of impairment losses.

7.2.4. Subsequent costs

Subsequent costs incurred after initial recognition of acquired intangible asset are capitalised when it is probable that such expenditures will ensure an inflow of economic benefits to the Group. In other cases, costs are charged to the profit and loss in the reporting period in which they were incurred.

7.3. Depreciation and amortization charges

The depreciation charge of tangible and intangible fixed assets is applied using the straight line method, using defined depreciation rates throughout the period of their useful lives. 

The depreciable amount is the cost of an asset, or other amount substituted for cost, less its residual value. The useful life, amortization/ depreciation rates and residual values of tangible and intangible assets are reviewed annually. Conclusions of the review may lead to a change of depreciation periods recognized prospectively from the date of application (the effect of this change is in accordance with IAS 8 charged to profit and loss). 

In case of buildings valued at fair value, the accumulated depreciation balance at the revaluation date is removed from the carrying value gross, and the net carrying value adjusted to the revalued value.

Depreciation and amortization charges are recognized in the profit and loss account. At each balance sheet date goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite useful life are regularly tested for impairment. The depreciation periods are as follows:

  • lands and buildings – 50 years
  • leaseholds improvements – rent and lease term of maximum 10 year
  • vehicles and others – 3 - 7 years
  • equipment – 5 years
  • costs of development of software – 3 years
  • software licenses – 3 years

7.4. Impairment of other non- financial assets

For each balance sheet date, the Group assesses the existence of objective evidence indicating impairment of a non-current asset. If such evidence exists, the Group performs an estimation of the recoverable value. If, and only if, the recoverable amount of an asset is less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount of the asset shall be reduced to its recoverable amount. 

As regards company goodwill, it is tested for impairment as at the balance sheet date regardless of whether or not there are conditions of impairment in place.

7.4.1. Recognition of impairment loss

If there are conditions of impairment of common property, i.e. the assets which do not generate cash independently from other assets or groups of assets, and the recoverable amount of the individual asset included among common property cannot be determined, the Group determines the recoverable amount at the level of the cash-generating unit, to which the given asset belongs. An impairment loss is recognized if the book value of the asset or cash-generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount. 

The goodwill impairment is determined by estimating the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit the given goodwill applies to. Should the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit be lower than the carrying amount, impairment loss is made. The impairment loss is recognized in the income statement.

Impairment losses for cash-generating units reduce the goodwill of the cash-generating units (group of units) in the first place and then reduce proportionally the book value of other assets in the unit (group of units).

7.4.2. Reversing impairment loss

Goodwill impairment loss is not subject to reversal. An impairment loss of an asset other than goodwill is reversed if, and only if, there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the asset’s recoverable amount. 

An impairment loss can be reversed only up to the amount, at which the book value of impaired asset does not exceed its book value, which decreased by depreciation charge, would be established, if any impairment loss had not been recognized.


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