Annual report 2016

Accounting Policies

Posti Group Corporation has prepared its financial statements in accordance with Finnish Accounting legislation.

Revenue recognition and net sales

Offering services of short duration generates a major part of Posti Group Corporation’s revenues. Revenue is recognized when the service is rendered as agreed. Net sales derive from revenue based on the sale services net of indirect taxes, discounts and exchange rate differences.

Other operating income

Other operating income includes capital gains on sale of assets and income other than generated by the sale of services, such as income from administration services. Government grants mainly refer to product and business development grants, which are recognized as other operating income.

Valuation of fixed assets

Tangible and intangible assets are carried at historical acquisition cost less accumulated depreciation.

Fixed assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis according to plan. The depreciations are based on expected useful lives, starting from the time items are in use. The common expected useful lives in Posti Group Corporation are as follows:

Immaterial rights and other long-term expenses

Machinery and equipment

Land and water are not subject to depreciation.

3–5 years

3–5 years

Non-current investments are valued at their original acquisition cost. If it is probable that the future revenue on the investment is permanently smaller than the acquisition cost, the difference is recognized as an impairment loss.

Maintenance and renovation expenditure

Normal repair, maintenance and servicing costs are expensed as incurred with the exception of large renovation expenditures which have been capitalized as part of the acquisition cost.


Lease payments are expensed in the income statement and leased assets are not included in the fixed assets.

Cash in hand and at banks

Cash in hand and at banks include bank accounts and other cash equivalents.

Pension schemes

Posti Group Corporation’s statutory pension coverage is provided by Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company. Supplementary pension coverage (for those in the long-time service for Post and Telecommunications) is provided by OP Life Assurance Company Ltd.


Provisions are recognized when the company has a present legal or constructive obligation as a result of past events, where it is probable that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation and a reliable estimate of the amount of this obligation can be made. Provisions for restructuring are recognized when the related, detailed and official plan has been approved and disclosed.

Income taxes

Income tax includes tax calculated on the profit for the current financial year as well as tax adjustments for previous financial years.

Deferred taxes are calculated using the tax rate effective on the balance sheet date. A deferred tax asset is recognized to the extent that it appears probable that future taxable profit will be available against which the temporary difference can be utilized.

Foreign currency transactions

Transactions denominated in foreign currencies are translated into euros at the exchange rate quoted on the transaction date.

Receivables and liabilities in foreign currencies are translated into euros using the average exchange rate quoted on the balance sheet date by the European Central Bank. The exchange rate gains or losses arising from the business operations are recognized as adjustments of net sales and purchases. The exchange rate gains and losses arising from financial instruments are included in the financial income and expenses.

Financial assets and liabilities

Financial assets are initially recognized at fair value. Their subsequent measurement depends on their classification. The Company’s financial assets are classified into the following categories: financial assets recognized at fair value through profit or loss, held-to-maturity investments, loans and receivables and financial assets available-for-sale. Classification of a financial asset depends on the purpose for which it was acquired. Transaction costs are included in the financial asset’s original carrying amount, in the case of the financial asset is not carried at fair value through profit of loss. Purchases and sales of financial assets are recognized or derecognized at settlement date.

The Company derecognizes a financial asset when its contractual right to the cash flows from the asset has expired or is forfeited, or it has transferred substantially all risks and rewards outside the Company.

Financial assets recognized through profit or loss include financial assets held-for-trading. Also derivative instruments which are not hedge accounted for are classified as held-for-trading. Investments in bonds and money-market instruments are measured at fair value on the balance sheet date, based on price quotes on the market on the balance sheet date, or valuation models based on observable market information. Financial assets held-for-trading are included in current assets. Any unrealized and realized gains or losses resulting from fair value changes are recognized through profit or loss during the period in which they occur.

Investments held-to-maturity are financial assets with fixed payments and fixed maturity, which the Group intends to hold to maturity. Held-to-maturity investments are measured at amortized cost using the effective interest-rate method.

Loans and receivables are financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market and not held for trading. Loans and receivables are included in current and non-current assets and measured at amortized cost applying the effective interest-rate method. Trade and other receivables are recognized at cost, corresponding to their fair value and recorded under current assets.

Available-for-sale assets are measured at fair value at each balance sheet date. Changes in fair value are recognized in other items of the comprehensive income, taking the related tax effect into account, and presented in the fair value reserve in equity. Changes in fair value are recorded through profit or loss if the investment is sold or if there is objective evidence of an impairment. Available-for-sale assets include equity fund investments for which the fair value is determined by the fund manager.

Non-derivative financial liabilities are initially recognized based on the consideration received and subsequently measured at amortized cost applying the effective interest-rate method. Transaction costs are included in the initial carrying amount of financial liabilities. The carrying amount of trade and other current liabilities equal their fair value, since the effect of discounting is not substantial considering their short maturities. Financial liabilities are included in both non-current and current liabilities.

Derivative contracts and hedge accounting

Derivatives are initially recognized at fair value on the date a derivative contract is entered into and subsequently remeasured to their fair value at each balance sheet date. Profit or loss arising from valuation at fair value is recognized in accordance with the derivative contract’s purpose of use. The income effect of the value changes of derivative contracts, which constitute effective hedging instruments and which are subject to hedge accounting, is shown consistently with the hedged item. The Company recognizes derivative contracts as hedges (fair value hedge) of either assets or fixed liabilities recorded on the balance sheet or as economic hedges, which do not meet the conditions for applying hedge accounting.

When hedge accounting is applied, the Company documents at the inception of the hedging transaction the relationship between the hedged item and the hedge instruments as well as the objectives of the Company’s risk management and the strategy for carrying out the hedging transaction. The Company also documents and assesses the effectiveness of the hedging relationship by inspecting the hedge instrument’s ability to offset the changes in fair value of the hedged item.

Changes in the fair value of derivatives that qualify for fair-value hedges as well as changes in the fair value of the hedged asset or liability attributable to the hedged risk are recognized in the income statement under financial items. If hedge accounting criteria are no longer met, the amount related to the hedged risk and recognized against the hedged asset or liability is recognized to the income statement during maturity of the derivative. Fair-value hedge accounting has been applied in accordance with Posti Group’s risk management policy to hedge the Company’s fixed-rate loans.

Certain derivative instruments while entered into for risk management purposes do not qualify hedge accounting. Such derivatives include currency derivatives hedging against foreign exchange risk of currency denominated receivables and liabilities. In addition, hedge accounting for interest rate swaps was discontinued as of as of 1 July, 2015. These contracts have been classified as held for trading and changes in their fair value are recognized through profit or loss, and presented in financial items or other operating income or expenses, depending on the purpose of hedging.

The fair values of derivatives are determined on the basis of the market values of similar derivatives or standard valuation models. The fair value of currency forward contracts is the market quotation on the balance sheet date and the fair value of interest-rate swaps is the present value of future interest cash flows.