Translation of Venezuelan operations, rate based on management’s estimate considering forecast inflation and most appropriate official exchange rate

Diageo plc – Annual report – 30 June 2021

Industry: food and drink

Accounting information and policies (extract)

(e) Critical accounting estimates and judgements (extract)

Venezuela is a hyperinflationary economy where the government maintains a regime of strict currency controls with multiple foreign currency rate systems. Access to US dollars on these exchange systems is very limited. The foreign currency denominated transactions and balances of the group’s Venezuelan operations are translated into the local functional currency (Venezuelan bolivar) at the rate they are expected to be settled, applying the most appropriate official exchange rate (DICOM). For consolidation purposes, the group converts its Venezuelan operations using management’s estimate of the exchange rate considering forecast inflation and the most appropriate official exchange rate. The exchange rate used to translate the results of the group’s Venezuelan operations was VES/£ 236,878,083 for the year ended 30 June 2021 (2020 – VES/£ 10,024,865). Movement in the price index for the year ended 30 June 2021 was 1,991% (2020 – 2,464%). The inflation rate used by the group is provided by an independent valuer, because no reliable, official published rate is available that is representative of the situation in Venezuela.

The following table presents the contribution of the group’s Venezuelan operations to the consolidated income statement, cash flow statement and net assets for the year ended 30 June 2021 and 30 June 2020 and with the amounts that would have resulted if the official DICOM exchange rate had been applied:

5. Finance income and charges

Accounting policies

Net interest includes interest income and charges in respect of financial instruments and the results of hedging transactions used to manage interest rate risk.

Finance charges directly attributable to the acquisition, construction or production of a qualifying asset, being an asset that necessarily takes a substantial period of time to get ready for its intended use or sale, are added to the cost of that asset. Borrowing costs which are not capitalised are recognised in the income statement based on the effective interest method. All other finance charges are recognised primarily in the income statement in the year in which they are incurred.

Net other finance charges include items in respect of post employment plans, the discount unwind of long-term obligations and hyperinflation charges. The results of operations in hyperinflationary economies are adjusted to reflect the changes in the purchasing power of the local currency of the entity before being translated to sterling.

The impact of derivatives, excluding cash flow hedges that are in respect of commodity risk management or those that are used to hedge the currency risk of highly probable future currency cash flows, is included in interest income or interest charge.

  • Includes £28 million interest income and £(429) million interest charge in respect of financial assets and liabilities that are not measured at fair value through the income statement (2020 – £46 million income and £(471) million charge; 2019 – £86 million income and £(439) million charge).
  • In respect of the French tax audit settlement (see note 7(b)(v)).