Half year report, IAS 34 para 15B (b), recognition of impairment loss in the period

Vodafone Group Plc – Half year report – 30 September 2016

Industry: telecoms

Notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

For the six months ended 30 September 2016 (extract)

3 Impairment review

Impairment testing was performed as at 30 September 2016 and 30 September 2015. The methodology adopted for impairment testing for the six months ended 30 September 2016 was consistent with that disclosed on page 93 and pages 100 to 103 of the Group’s annual report for the year ended 31 March 2016.

During the six months ended 30 September 2016, an impairment charge of €6,375 million (2015: €nil) was recorded in respect of the Group’s investment in India which, together with the recognition of an associated €1,375 million deferred tax asset, led to an overall €5.0 billion reduction in the carrying value of Vodafone India. The impairment charge relates to goodwill, other intangible assets and property, plant and equipment. The impairment charge was driven by lower projected cash flows within the business plans resulting from our reassessment of expected future business performance following the recent change in competitive dynamics. A new entrant has recently launched free trial services for an extended time period and commercial price plans that were at a significant discount to prevailing market pricing, resulting in competitive responses from other operators. This has created a high degree of uncertainty over a range of commercial planning assumptions including future pricing, profitability and market structure. Accordingly there are a wide range of potential outcomes which the group has had to assess to derive its current view of future business performance and cash flows for impairment valuation purposes. To the extent that future commercial outcomes are different to those assumed within our plan, this valuation may need to be revised.

The table below shows key assumptions used in the value in use calculations at 30 September 2016.


Sensitivity analysis

The estimated recoverable amount of the Group’s operations in Germany, Spain and Romania exceed their carrying values by €4.1 billion, €1.3 billion and €0.1 billion respectively.

The changes in the following table to assumptions used in the impairment review would, in isolation, lead to an impairment loss being recognised for the six months ended 30 September 2016:


The changes in the following table to assumptions used in the impairment review would have, in isolation, led to an (increase)/decrease to the aggregate impairment loss recognised in the six months ended 30 September 2016.


The recoverable amounts for Vodafone UK, Portugal, Ireland, Czech Republic and Qatar are not materially greater than their carrying value.