Changes in accounting principles and restatements of historical financials
- 2020-01-22 07:45 UTC
Following the acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, Telia Company has changed the accounting principles for licensed film and program rights in order to align with the IFRS principles applied within the Media industry. Furthermore, accounting for the handset swap offering in Norway has been restated.
Changes in accounting principles for film and program rights and Liiga restatement
The accounting for Telia Company’s Liiga program rights has been restated resulting in only the current season recognized as asset and liability in the balance sheet and amortization now reducing EBITDA. Future Liiga seasons are kept off balance which has reduced the asset and liability. These future seasons are instead disclosed as contract commitments. Operating income remains unchanged and net income is positively affected by reversal of discount effects. There was no net effect on free cash flow, operational free cash flow or total cash flow.
Under previous accounting principles the Liiga program right asset and related liability for all seasons were recognized in the balance sheet when the license period began. The amortization was classified outside EBITDA and the cash flow was classified as cash CAPEX within investing activities. Film and program right assets and related liabilities are now included in the balance sheet when the license period begins, and the film or program is available for its first showing/broadcasting. Amortization of film and program rights is classified as operating expenses within EBITDA and cash flows are classified within operating activities.
Adjustment regarding accounting of handset swap offering in Norway (“Svitsj”)
The accounting for the Norwegian handset lease contracts, which include a right for the Telia Company customer to swap to a new handset by returning the current handset and entering into a new lease contract, has been adjusted in order to account for all contracts as operating leases. Previously some of the contracts were accounted for as finance leases. The adjustment is made retrospectively and is only affecting 2019. The adjustment has no effect on free cash flow, operational free cash flow or total cash flow, but increase CAPEX, EBITDA and depreciations with a negative net effect on net income.
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