Impairment of assets

The carrying amounts of Wessanen’s assets, other than inventories and deferred tax assets, are reviewed at each balance sheet date to etermine whether there is any indication of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset’s recoverable amount is estimated. For intangible assets that are not yet available for use, the recoverable amount is estimated at each balance sheet date. An impairment loss is recognised whenever the carrying amount of an asset or its cashgenerating unit exceeds its recoverable amount. A cash-generating unit is the smallest identifiable asset group that generates cash flows that largely are independent from other assets and groups. Impairment losses are recognised in the income statement.

Goodwill, brands and other intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are subject to annual impairment testing, irrespective of whether indications of impairment exist or not.

Calculation of recoverable amount
The recoverable amount of Wessanen’s investments in held-tomaturity
securities and receivables is calculated as the present value of expected future cash flows, discounted at the original effective interest rate inherent in the asset. Receivables with a short duration are not discounted.

The recoverable amount of other assets is the greater of their fair value less costs to sell and value in use. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset. For an asset that does not generate largely independent cash inflows, the recoverable amount is determined for the cashgenerating unit to which the asset belongs.

Reversal of impairment
An impairment loss in respect of a held-to-maturity security or receivable carried at amortised cost is reversed if the subsequent increase in recoverable amount can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment loss was recognised.
An impairment loss in respect of goodwill is not reversed.

In respect of other assets, an impairment loss is reversed when there is an indication that the impairment may no longer exist and when there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount.

An impairment loss is reversed only to the extent that the asset’s
carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would
have been determined, net of depreciation or amortisation, if no
impairment loss had been recognised.