7 Goodwill

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Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group’s share of the net identifiable assets of the acquired subsidiary at the date of acquisition.

Accounting policy

Goodwill is carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses. Gains and losses on the disposal of an entity include the carrying amount of goodwill relating to the entity being sold. It is tested annually for impairment in accordance with the accounting policy on impairment in Note 5. Impairment losses on goodwill are not reversible.

Goodwill impairment reviews are undertaken annually or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate a potential impairment. The carrying value of the CGU containing the goodwill is compared to the recoverable amount, which is the higher of value-in-use and the fair value less costs of disposal. Any impairment is recognised immediately as an expense and is not subsequently reversed.

Critical accounting and estimates judgements – Impairment of goodwill

The recoverable amount of the goodwill has been determined based on a value-in-use calculation over its useful life. The calculation is based on a one-year budget and a further four-years outlook. Key assumptions were based on past performance, management’s expectations on market development and general inflation. Cash flows beyond the fifth year are extrapolated assuming zero growth and no material change in the existing scope of business, business environment and market conditions. The discount rate applied to the cash flow projections is 7.3% (2017: 6.4%) reflecting the Group’s cost of capital.

Based on the assessment performed, no impairment provision against the carrying value of goodwill is considered necessary.

With all other variables held constant, increasing the discount rates by 100 basis points from the original estimate will not give rise to any impairment.

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