Hannover Rück SE and its subsidiaries are required to prepare a consolidated financial statement and group management report in accordance with § 290 German Commercial Code (HGB).
Pursuant to EU Regulation (EC) No. 1606 / 2002, the present consolidated financial statement and group management report of Hannover Re have been drawn up in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) that are to be applied within the European Union. In addition, we have made allowance for the regulations that are also applicable pursuant to § 315a Para. 1 German Commercial Code (HGB) and the supplementary provisions of the Articles of Association of Hannover Rück SE as amended on 30 May 2016.
The consolidated financial statement reflects all IFRS in force as at 31 December 2016 as well as all interpretations issued by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), application of which was mandatory for the year under review. IFRS 4 “Insurance Contracts” requires disclosures on the nature and extent of risks stemming from reinsurance contracts, while IFRS 7 “Financial Instruments: Disclosures” requires similar information on risks from financial instruments. Additionally, § 315 Para. 2 Number 2 German Commercial Code (HGB) also contains requirements for insurance undertakings with regard to information on the management of underwriting and financial risks that is to be provided in the management report. The disclosures resulting from these requirements are included in the risk report. We have dispensed with an additional presentation of the same content in the notes. In order to obtain a comprehensive overview of the risks to which Hannover Re is exposed it is therefore necessary to consider both the risk report and the relevant information in the notes. We refer the reader accordingly to the corresponding remarks in the risk report and the notes.
In view of the fact that reinsurance contracts, in conformity with IFRS 4 “Insurance Contracts”, are recognised according to the pertinent provisions of United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) as applicable on the date of initial application of IFRS 4 on 1 January 2005, we cite individual insurance-specific standards of US GAAP using the designation “Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (SFAS)” that was valid at that time.
The declaration of conformity required pursuant to § 161 German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) regarding compliance with the German Corporate Governance Code has been submitted and, as described in the Declaration of the Executive Board regarding the Corporate Governance of the Company, made permanently available on the Hannover Re website.
The annual financial statements included in the consolidated financial statement were for the most part drawn up as at 31 December. Pursuant to IFRS 10 “Consolidated Financial Statements” there is no requirement to compile interim accounts for Group companies with diverging reporting dates because their closing dates are no earlier than three months prior to the closing date for the consolidated financial statement. Insofar as no interim accounts were drawn up, allowance has been made for the effects of significant transactions between the diverging reporting dates and the closing date for the consolidated financial statement.
The annual financial statements of all companies were drawn up in accordance with standard Group accounting and measurement rules pursuant to IFRS.
The consolidated financial statement was drawn up in euros (EUR), the amounts shown have been rounded to EUR thousands and – provided this does not detract from transparency – to EUR millions. Figures indicated in brackets refer to the previous year.
The present consolidated financial statement was released for publication by a resolution of the Executive Board on 23 February 2017.
The amendments to existing standards listed below were applicable for the first time in the year under review and had no significant implications overall for the net assets, financial position or result of operations of the Hannover Re Group.
In January 2016 the IASB issued IFRS 16 “Leases” setting out new principles governing the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases. The most significant new requirements relate principally to accounting by lessees. In future, the lessee shall as a general principle recognise a lease liability for all leases. At the same time it shall recognise a right to use the underlying asset. Accounting by lessors remains comparable with current practice, according to which the lessor classifies each lease as an operating lease or a finance lease. The standard is to be applied to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019 and has still to be endorsed by the EU. Hannover Re has still to begin a detailed analysis of the new requirements.
In July 2014 the IASB published the final version of IFRS 9 “Financial Instruments”, which supersedes all previous versions of this standard and replaces the existing IAS 39 “Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement”. The standard contains requirements governing classification and measurement, impairment based on the new expected credit loss impairment approach and general hedge accounting. Initial mandatory application of the standard, which was endorsed by the EU in November 2016, is set for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. In September 2016, however, the IASB published “Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts (Amendments to IFRS 4)”. These amendments, which had still to be endorsed by the EU as at the balance sheet date, address the implications of the different effective dates for initial application of IFRS 9 and the anticipated new standard governing the accounting for insurance and reinsurance contracts. Under the so-called deferral approach provided for in the amendments, entities whose predominant activity is issuing insurance and reinsurance contracts within the scope of IFRS 4 are granted an optional temporary exemption from recognising their financial instruments in accordance with IFRS 9 until the recognition of insurance and reinsurance contracts has been finally settled, although this option may not be used after 1 January 2021. Hannover Re reviewed the application requirements based on the consolidated financial statement as at 31 December 2015 with a positive outcome and decided to make use of the deferral approach. Irrespective of the deferral, Hannover Re is currently reviewing the implications of IFRS 9 and expects that they will relate primarily to the classification of financial instruments.
In May 2014 the IASB issued IFRS 15 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”. The standard specifies when and in what amount revenue is to be recognised and which disclosures are required for this purpose. IFRS 15 provides a single five-step model framework to be applied to all contracts with customers. In the “Clarifications to IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers”, which were published in April 2016, the IASB clarified various principles of IFRS 15 and included additional transition relief provisions. Financial instruments and other contractual rights and obligations which are to be recognised under separate standards as well as (re)insurance contracts within the scope of IFRS 4 “Insurance Contracts” are expressly exempted from the standard’s scope of application. Both the standard and the clarifications are to be applied for the first time to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. The standard was endorsed by the EU in September 2016, but the clarifications have not yet been endorsed. Hannover Re subjected the service contracts existing as at the balance sheet date to analysis and does not anticipate any significant changes relative to current practice. The predominant activity of the Hannover Re Group falls within the scope of application of IFRS 4. Consequently, the services falling within the scope of application of IFRS 15 will probably not have any significant implications overall for the Group’s net assets, financial position or result of operations. Hannover Re intends to opt for the modified retrospective approach on initial application of IFRS 15, according to which the cumulative effect of applying the new standard is recognised in retained earnings as at 1 January 2018. In addition, the practical transition relief provided in the standard with respect to completed contracts and contract modifications will be utilised.
In addition to the accounting principles described above, the IASB has issued the following standards, interpretations and amendments to existing standards with possible implications for the consolidated financial statement of Hannover Re, application of which was not yet mandatory for the year under review and which are not being applied early by Hannover Re. Initial application of these new standards is not expected to have any significant implications for Hannover Re’s net assets, financial position or result of operations:
|Further IFRS Amendments and Interpretations|
|Published:||Title||Initial application to annual periods beginning on or after the following date:|
|December 2016||Transfers of Investment Property (Amendments to IAS 40)||1 January 2018 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|December 2016||IFRIC Interpretation 22, Foreign Currency Transactions and Advance Consideration||1 January 2018 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|December 2016||Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2014 – 2016 Cycle||1 January 2018 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|June 2016||Classification and Measurement of Share-based Payment Transactions (Amendments to IFRS 2)||1 January 2018 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|January 2016||Disclosure Initiative (Amendments to IAS 7)||1 January 2017 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|January 2016||Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised Losses (Amendments to IAS 12)||1 January 2017 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|September 2014||Sale or Contribution of Assets between an Investor and its Associate or Joint Venture (Amendments to IFRS 10 and IAS 28)||deferred (still to be endorsed by the EU)|
|January 2014||IFRS 14 Regulatory Deferral Accounts||1 January 2016 (still to be endorsed by the EU)|