Annual Report 2019

Auditor’s Report (Translation from the Finnish Original)

To the Annual General Meeting of Pohjolan Voima Oyj

Report on the Audit of the Financial Statements


Opinion

In our opinion

  • the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the group’s financial position and financial performance and cash flows in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU
  • the financial statements give a true and fair view of the parent company’s financial performance and financial position in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of the financial statements in Finland and comply with statutory requirements.

Our opinion is consistent with the additional report to the Audit Committee.

What we have audited

We have audited the financial statements of Pohjolan Voima Oyj (business identity code 0210161-4) for the year ended 31 December 2019. The financial statements comprise:

  • the consolidated balance sheet, statement of comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity, statement of cash flows and notes, including a summary of significant accounting policies
  • the parent company’s balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows and notes.

Basis for Opinion

We conducted our audit in accordance with good auditing practice in Finland. Our responsibilities under good auditing practice are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

Independence

We are independent of the parent company and of the group companies in accordance with the ethical requirements that are applicable in Finland and are relevant to our audit, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements.

To the best of our knowledge and belief, the non-audit services that we have provided to the parent company and to the group companies are in accordance with the applicable law and regulations in Finland and we have not provided non-audit services that are prohibited under Article 5(1) of Regulation (EU) No 537/2014. The non-audit services that we have provided are disclosed in note 12 to the Financial Statements.



Our Audit Approach

Overview


Audit materiality, scoping, key audit matters

Overall group materiality:

  • € 10 million, which represents 0,5% of balance sheet total

Group audit scope:

  •  The group audit scope encompassed all group companies

Key audit matters:

  • Valuations of joint venture Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in consolidated financial statements
  • Intangible assets with indefinite useful lives
   

As part of designing our audit, we determined materiality and assessed the risks of material misstatement in the financial statements. In particular, we considered where management made subjective judgements; for example, in respect of significant accounting estimates that involved making assumptions and considering future events that are inherently uncertain.

Materiality

The scope of our audit was influenced by our application of materiality. An audit is designed to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. Misstatements may arise due to fraud or error. They are considered material if individually or in aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of the financial statements.

Based on our professional judgement, we determined certain quantitative thresholds for materiality, including the overall group materiality for the consolidated financial statements as set out in the table below. These, together with qualitative considerations, helped us to determine the scope of our audit and the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures and to evaluate the effect of misstatements on the financial statements as a whole.

Overall group materiality
€ 10 million
How we determined it
0.5% of balance sheet total
Rationale for the materiality benchmark applied
We chose balance sheet total as the benchmark because the company’s operations are very capital intensive and because, in our view, this is the benchmark against which the performance of the group is commonly measured by users.

How we tailored our group audit scope

We tailored the scope of our audit, taking into account the structure of the group, the accounting processes and controls, and the industry in which the group operates.

Group audit scope: We audited the consolidated financial statements and the financial statements of the parent company and all its’ subsidiaries.


Key Audit Matters

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

As in all of our audits, we also addressed the risk of management override of internal controls, including among other matters consideration of whether there was evidence of bias that represented a risk of material misstatement due to fraud. 

Key audit matter in the audit of the group

How our audit addressed the key audit matter

Valuations of joint venture Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in consolidated financial statements
 
Refer to the notes 1 Notes to the financial statements, 2 Critical judgements in applying the entity’s accounting policies and critical estimations and assumptions, 14 Share of loss/profit of associates and joint ventures, 20 Investments in associates and joint ventures, 22 Loans and other receivables and 31 Financial assets and liabilities by category and fair value hierarchy. 

On balance sheet investments in joint ventures consist of group’s share of Teollisuuden Voima Oyj’s net assets. Investments in joint ventures are accounted for using the equity method.

Loans and other receivables include an equity loan receivable from Teollisuuden Voima Oyj.
Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has a OL3 power plant under construction. Delivery of the plant has been significantly delayed from the original schedule.

Valuations of joint venture Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in consolidated financial statements is a key audit matter in our audit due to the significant value in the balance sheet and due to OL3 power plant under construction.

We tested the consolidation of the joint venture in Pohjolan Voima Group’s income statement and balance sheet.

We analysed management’s assessment of the credit risk relating to the equity loan receivable from Teollisuuden Voima Oyj.

We reviewed management’s risk assessment regarding monitoring of progress of the OL3 project.

In our audit of the amount capitalised in the balance sheet we considered the provisions regarding shareholder responsibilities incorporated in the Articles of Association.

We also assessed the adequacy of related disclosures in the accounting policies and notes to the financial statements.


Intangible assets with indefinite useful lives
 
Refer to the notes 1 Notes to the financial statements, 2 Critical judgements in applying the entity’s accounting policies and critical estimations and assumptions and 17 Intangible assets.

Intangible assets with indefinite useful lives include the right to produce hydro power and the compensation paid for the permanent right of the water area usage.

Impairment testing for intangible assets with indefinite useful lives is performed annually.

Impairment tests, in particularly estimated future cash flows and discount rates are subject to significant management judgement.

Valuation of intangible assets with indefinite useful lives is a key audit matter in our audit due to the significant value in the balance sheet and the high level of management judgement involved in impairment tests.

We obtained an understanding of the impairment test performed by the management.

We tested the methodology applied in the impairment test as compared to the requirements of IAS 36, impairment of assets.

We tested the mathematical accuracy of the calculations prepared by management. 

We tested management’s future cash flow forecasts including comparison to the available market data.

We assessed together with PwC’s valuation experts discount rate used.

We also assessed the adequacy of related disclosures in the accounting policies and notes to the financial statements.

We have no key audit matters to report with respect to our audit of the parent company financial statements.

There are no significant risks of material misstatement referred to in Article 10(2c) of Regulation (EU) No 537/2014 with respect to the consolidated financial statements or the parent company financial statements. 


Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director for the Financial Statements

The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for the preparation of consolidated financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU, and of financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial statements in Finland and comply with statutory requirements. The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are also responsible for such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the financial statements, the Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for assessing the parent company’s and the group’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters relating to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting. The financial statements are prepared using the going concern basis of accounting unless there is an intention to liquidate the parent company or the group or to cease operations, or there is no realistic alternative but to do so.


Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with good auditing practice will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.

As part of an audit in accordance with good auditing practice, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:

  • Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
  • Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the parent company’s or the group’s internal control.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
  • Conclude on the appropriateness of the Board of Directors’ and the Managing Director’s use of the going concern basis of accounting and based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the parent company’s or the group’s ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor’s report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause the parent company or the group to cease to continue as a going concern.
  • Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events so that the financial statements give a true and fair view.
  • Obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding the financial information of the entities or business activities within the group to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements. We are responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the group audit. We remain solely responsible for our audit opinion.

We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditor’s report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.


Other Reporting Requirements


Appointment

Pohjolan Voima Oyj become a public interest entity in May 2019. We have been the auditors of Pohjolan Voima Oyj all that time it has been a public interest entity.


Other Information

The Board of Directors and the Managing Director are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the report of the Board of Directors and the information included in the Annual Report but does not include the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon.

Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information.

In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit, or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. With respect to the report of the Board of Directors, our responsibility also includes considering whether the report of the Board of Directors has been prepared in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.

In our opinion

  • the information in the report of the Board of Directors is consistent with the information in the financial statements
  • the report of the Board of Directors has been prepared in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.

If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of the other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.


Other Statements

We support that the Board of Directors and the Managing Director of the parent company should be discharged from liability for the financial period audited by us.

Helsinki 10 March 2020

PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy
Authorised Public Accountants

Jouko Malinen
Authorised Public Accountant (KHT)