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2 Summary of significant accounting policies

The financial statements of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2020 have been prepared in accordance with Swiss law. Where not prescribed by law, the significant accounting and valuation policies applied are described below.

2.1 Exclusion of a cash flow statement and certain note disclosures

SIG Combibloc Group AG prepares its annual consolidated financial statements in line with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), a recognised standard. It further includes a management report (Financial review) in its annual report. In accordance with Swiss law (Art. 961d para 1 of the Swiss Code of Obligations, (“CO”)), the Company has therefore elected not to include in its financial statements a cash flow statement and a management report.

2.2 Foreign currency translation

The Company maintains its accounting in Swiss Francs (CHF), which is also its functional currency, and the balance sheet and income statement are also presented in this currency.

The exchange rates used for the balance sheet items are the closing rates as of 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2019. Balances denominated in foreign currencies are translated into CHF as follows:

  • Investments expressed in a currency other than CHF are translated into CHF at the exchange rate at the date of their acquisition. At the balance sheet date, such investments are maintained at their historical exchange rate. Liabilities which are economically linked to investments and expressed in a currency other than CHF are maintained at their historical exchange rate at the end of the year.
  • All other monetary assets and liabilities expressed in a currency other than CHF are translated into CHF at the exchange rate prevailing at the year end. All exchange differences resulting from this translation are presented in the income statement. Any unrealised exchange gains included therein are not considered significant.

Income and expenses denominated in foreign currencies are translated into CHF at the rate at the transaction date.

The following significant exchange rate has been applied.

 

 

Average rate for the year

 

Spot rate as of

 

 

31 Dec. 2020

 

31 Dec. 2019

 

31 Dec. 2020

 

31 Dec. 2019

EUR to CHF

 

1.07034

 

1.11282

 

1.08020

 

1.08540

2.3 Investments

Investments are initially recognised at cost. Investments are analysed on an annual basis for impairment indicators and are, if needed, adjusted to their recoverable amount.

2.4 Treasury shares

Own shares held by the Company are accounted for as treasury shares. Treasury shares are initially recognised at acquisition cost and deducted from equity with no subsequent remeasurement. If the treasury shares are disposed of, the resulting gain or loss is recognised in the income statement.