Accounting Principles and Methods
The WACKER Group (WACKER) is a global company with state-of-the-art specialty chemical products. Its business divisions operate in the fields of silicone and polymer chemistry, specialty and fine chemistry, polysilicon production and semiconductor technologies. The activities of the individual segments are explained in the management report.
The Group’s parent company, Wacker Chemie AG, is a listed company with headquarters in Munich, Germany. Its address is: Wacker Chemie AG, Hanns-Seidel-Platz 4, 81737 München, Germany.
Wacker Chemie AG is registered under the number HRB 159705 at the Munich District Court. The consolidated financial statements, the combined management report and any other documents subject to disclosure requirements are submitted to the publisher of the online German Federal Bulletin. The consolidated financial statements and the combined management report for the WACKER Group and Wacker Chemie AG can also be viewed on the WACKER website. www.wacker.com /annual-report
The declaration concerning the German Corporate Governance Code required by Section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) has been submitted and made accessible to the shareholders on WACKER’s website. www.wacker.com /corporate-governance
Wacker Chemie AG’s consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as applicable in the European Union (EU), and the supplementary rules in Section 315 a (1) of the German Commercial Code (HGB). The interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) that are applicable to the current fiscal year have also been applied.
The fiscal year corresponds to the calendar year. Assets and liabilities are reported in the statement of financial position in line with their maturities. The Group classifies assets and liabilities as current if it expects to realize or settle them within 12 months of the reporting date. The statement of income is prepared using the cost-of-sales method. To improve the clarity of presentation, various items in the statement of income and the statement of financial position have been combined. These items are shown and explained separately in the Notes.
The Group’s functional currency is the euro. All amounts are shown in millions of euros (€ million) unless otherwise stated. There may be slight deviations in the additions as all amounts have been rounded up to the nearest whole number after the decimal point.
Material events occurring after the balance sheet date are described in detail in the supplementary report, which forms part of the Group management report. The Executive Board of Wacker Chemie AG authorized the consolidated financial statements on February 29, 2016. They will be submitted to and approved by the Supervisory Board at its meeting on March 8, 2016.
Change in Presentation
As part of a balance-sheet revision, WACKER improved its presentation of financial and non-financial assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2015. The previous combined posting of assets and liabilities was split up into financial and other receivables and assets, and financial and other liabilities, respectively. In the statement of cash flows, cash flows from interest, taxes and dividends previously posted under “Additional information” have been itemized separately under cash flow from operating activities. The prior-year figures have been adjusted in both cases. The supplementary disclosures have also been revised due to these changes.