1. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES CONTINUED
1.18 Segment reporting
Following the acquisition of bwin.party the Board reviewed and confirmed the
Group's reportable segments in line with the requirements of IFRS 8 "Operating
Segments". The segments disclosed below are aligned with the reports the Group's
Chief Executive reviewed during the year to make strategic decisions.
Sports Labels: bwin, Sportingbet, Gamebookers and Superbahis.
Gaming Labels: partypoker, partycasino, Gioco Digitale, Cashcade, CasinoClub
and USA assets.
B2B: provision of the technology platforms to external customers.
Total core: The sum of sports labels, gaming labels and B2B together with
non-allocated costs for technology, operations, customer service,
professional fees and travel and office costs.
Non-core: InterTrader and Kalixa.
Corporate: includes shared and corporate functions such as finance,
legal and HR.
Variable costs and costs above Clean EBITDA are either directly attributed or
allocated to a segment. Costs below Clean EBITDA are not reviewed on a segment
basis and accordingly the analysis by segment is from revenue to Clean EBITDA
only. In addition, the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position is not reviewed on
a segment basis.
1.19 Financial instruments
Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised when a Group entity
becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instruments. Financial assets
and financial liabilities are initially measured at fair value. Transaction costs that
are directly attributable to the acquisition or issue of financial assets and financial
liabilities (other than financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value through
profit or loss) are added to or deducted from the fair value of the financial assets or
financial liabilities, as appropriate, on initial recognition. Transaction costs directly
attributable to the acquisition of financial assets or financial liabilities at fair value
through profit or loss are recognised immediately in profit or loss.
1.19.1 Non-derivative financial instruments
Non-derivative financial instruments comprise trade and other receivables
including balances with payment processors, cash and cash equivalents, loans
and borrowings, customer liabilities, progressive prize pools, trade and other
payables and deferred consideration. Subsequent to initial recognition, nonderivative
financial instruments are measured at amortised cost using the effective
interest method. Contingent consideration is measured at fair value. Provisions for
impairment are made against financial assets if considered appropriate and any
impairment is recognised in profit or loss. The liability for inactive customer balances
is derecognised when the obligation is extinguished with reference to player terms
and conditions. Open positions on sports bets are carried within other payables.
1.19.2 Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash balances and bank balances.
Bank overdrafts that are repayable on demand and form an integral part of
the Group's cash management are included as a component of cash and cash
equivalents for the purpose of the statement of cashflows.
1.19.3 Short-term investments
Short-term investments are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or
determinable payments that are not quoted on an active market. They are initially
recognised at fair value, plus transaction costs directly attributable to their
acquisition or issue. They are subsequently carried at amortised cost using the
effective interest rate method, less any provisions for impairment.
1.19.4 Available for sale financial assets ("AFS")
AFS financial assets are non-derivative financial assets that are either designated
to this category or do not qualify for inclusion in any of the other categories of
AFS financial assets are measured at fair value. Gains and losses are recognised
in other comprehensive income and reported within the AFS reserve within equity,
except for interest and dividend income, impairment losses and foreign exchange
differences on monetary assets, which are recognised in profit or loss.
When the asset is disposed of or is determined to be impaired, the cumulative gain
or loss recognised in other comprehensive income is reclassified from the equity
reserve to profit or loss. Interest calculated using the effective interest method and
dividends are recognised in profit or loss within finance income.
For AFS equity investments impairment reversals are not recognised in profit
and loss and any subsequent increase in fair value is recognised in other
1.19.5 Assets held for sale
Non-current assets and disposal groups are classified as held for sale if the carrying
amount will be recovered through a sale transaction rather than through continuing
use. This condition is regarded as being met only when the sale is highly probable,
management is committed to a sale plan, the asset is available for immediate sale in
its present condition and the sale is expected to be completed within one year from
the date of classification. These assets are measured at the lower of carrying value
and fair value less associated costs of sale except where the assets were previously
classified as available for sale, in which case they are carried at fair value.
1.19.6 Derivative financial instruments
Derivative financial instruments are accounted for at Fair Value Through Profit
and Loss (FVTPL). Any movements in fair value are taken to the consolidated
1.19.7 Impairment of financial assets
Financial assets are assessed for indicators of impairment at the end of each
reporting period. Financial assets are considered to be impaired when there is
objective evidence that, as a result of one or more events that occurred after the
initial recognition of the financial asset, the estimated future cashflows of the
investment have been affected.
Objective evidence of impairment could include:
• significant financial difficulty of the issuer or counterparty; or
• breach of contract, such as a default or delinquency in interest or principal
• it becoming probable that the borrower will enter bankruptcy or financial
• the disappearance of an active market for that financial asset because of