As previously communicated, Electrolux applies the amended standard for pension accounting, IAS 19 Employee Benefits, as of January 1, 2013. The main change is that the option to use the corridor approach – previously applied by Electrolux – has been removed.
Opening balances for 2013 and reported figures for 2012 have been restated to enable comparison. The impact of the restatement on the financial statements, operating income per business area and key ratios of Electrolux for the full year of 2012 is presented in the appendix. In addition, an Excel sheet comprising restated figures in more detail including the interim periods is available for download at http://www.electrolux.com/ias19/.
All historical unrecognized actuarial gains or losses will be included in the measurement of the net defined benefit liability. This increases the net pension liability for 2012 by SEK 4,618m and reduces equity by SEK 4,098m. Operating income for 2012 is reduced by SEK 150m, which is a result of interest costs and return on pension liabilities and -assets no longer being reported within operating income and that amortization of the actuarial losses no longer are used. Financing costs for the net pension liability will be reported within the financial net which deteriorates by SEK 174m. Income for the period after tax declines by SEK 234m. The restatement has no impact on the cash flow.
A short description of the amended standard is presented below. See also Note 1 in Electrolux Annual Report for 2012, www.electrolux.com/annualreport2012.
The amended standard requires the present value of defined benefit obligations and the fair value of plan assets to be recognized in the financial statements as a net defined benefit liability. Following the amendment, the reported net defined benefit liability will correspond to the actual net obligations for pensions for Electrolux.
As in the past, service costs will be reported within operating income. Electrolux will classify the net pension obligation as a financial liability and report financing costs in the financial net. The discount rate will be used to calculate the financing costs of the net pension obligation. The standard thereby removes the use of an expected return on the plan assets.
Future changes in the net defined benefit liability as a result of, for example, adjustments to discount rates, mortality rates as well as return on plan assets deviating from the discount rate will be presented in other comprehensive income as they occur.
For further information
Please contact Peter Nyquist, Senior Vice President, Head of Investor Relations and Financial Information, at +46 8 738 60 03 or Electrolux Press Hotline at +46 8 657 65 07.
Electrolux discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 14.00 CET on March 25, 2013.