1.3 Basis of consolidation
the group financial statements consolidate those of the parent company and all of its subsidiaries as of 31 December 2014.
profit or loss and other comprehensive income of subsidiaries acquired or disposed of during the year are recognised from
the effective date of acquisition, or up to the effective date of disposal, as applicable. the group attributes total comprehensive
income or loss of subsidiaries between the owners of the parent and the non-controlling interests based on their respective
Where the company has control over an investee, it is classified as a subsidiary. the company controls an investee if all
three of the following elements are present:
• power over the investee
• exposure or rights to variable returns from the investee
• the ability of the company to use its power to affect those variable returns.
control is re-assessed whenever facts and circumstances indicate that there may be a change in any of the above elements
1.3.2 transactions eliminated on consolidation
All transactions and balances between group companies are eliminated on consolidation, including unrealised gains and
losses on transactions between group companies. Where unrealised losses on intra-group asset sales are reversed on
consolidation, the underlying asset is also tested for impairment from a group perspective. Amounts reported in the financial
statements of subsidiaries have been adjusted where necessary to ensure consistency with the accounting policies adopted
by the group.
1.3.3 Business combinations
Acquisitions of businesses are accounted for using the acquisition method. the consideration transferred in a business
combination is measured at fair value, which is calculated as the sum of the acquisition-date fair values of the assets
transferred by the group, liabilities incurred by the group to the former owners of the acquiree and the equity interests
issued by the group in exchange for control of the acquiree. Acquisition related costs are generally recognised in profit or
loss as incurred.
At the acquisition date, the identifiable assets acquired and the liabilities assumed are recognised at their fair value, except
• deferred tax assets or liabilities, and assets or liabilities related to employee benefit arrangements are recognised and
measured in accordance with iAs 12 income taxes and iAs 19 employee Benefits respectively;
• liabilities or equity instruments related to share-based payment arrangements of the acquiree or share-based payment
arrangements of the group entered into to replace share-based payment arrangements of the acquiree are measured
in accordance with iFRs 2 share Based payments at the acquisition date; and
• assets (or disposal groups) that are classified as held for sale in accordance with iFRs 5 non-current Assets held for
sale and Discontinued operations are measured in accordance with that standard.
goodwill is measured as the excess of the sum of the consideration transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interests
in the acquiree, and the fair value of the acquirer's previously held equity interest in the acquiree (if any) over the net of the
acquisition-date amounts of the identifiable assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. if, after reassessment, the net of
the acquisition-date amounts of the identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed exceeds the sum of the consideration
transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interests in the acquiree and the fair value of the acquirer's previously held
interest in the acquiree (if any), the excess is recognised immediately in profit or loss as a bargain purchase gain.
When the consideration transferred by the group in a business combination includes assets or liabilities resulting from a
contingent consideration arrangement, the contingent consideration is measured at its acquisition-date fair value and
included as part of the consideration transferred in a business combination. changes in the fair value of the contingent
consideration that qualify as measurement period adjustments are adjusted retrospectively, with corresponding adjustments
against goodwill. measurement period adjustments are adjustments that arise from additional information obtained during
the “measurement period” (which cannot exceed one year from the acquisition date) about facts and circumstances that
existed at the acquisition date.
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notes to the consolidated financial statements