GN Store Nord A/S – Annual report – 31 December 2018
Warranty provisions concern products sold. The warranty provision covers any defects in design, materials and workmanship for a period of 1-4 years from delivery and completion. Other provisions primarily include earn-outs related to acquisition of companies of DKK 138 million (2017: DKK 123 million). The remaining items in other provisions primarily include obligations to take back hearing aids and headsets sold, obligations regarding onerous contracts and property leases and provisions for legal disputes.
Warranty provisions are recognized as the underlying goods and services are sold based on warranty costs incurred in previous years and expectations of future costs.
Other provisions primarily comprise onerous contracts and return obligations related to sold products. Provisions are recognized when, as a result of events before or at the balance sheet date, the Group has a legal or a constructive obligation and it is probable that there may be an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits to settle the obligation. On measurement of provisions, the costs required to settle the liability are discounted if the effect is material to the measurement of the liability.
A provision for onerous contracts is recognized when the expected benefits to be derived by the Group from a contract are lower than the unavoidable costs of meeting its obligations under the contract (onerous contracts). A provision for onerous contracts is recognized e.g. when the Company has entered a binding legal agreement for the purchase of components from suppliers that exceeds the benefits from the expected future use of the components and the Company can only sell the components at a loss.
Significant accounting estimates
Warranty provisions are recognized based on historical and future warranty costs related to the Group’s products. Future warranty costs may differ from past practices and the level of costs. The amount recognized as a provision is Management’s best estimate of the expenses required to settle the obligation.
In accordance with GN Store Nord’s business policy, some products are supplied with a right of return. Provisions for future returns of goods are recognized based on historical product returns data. The probability of future returns may differ from past practices. At December 31, 2018, the carrying amount of provisions with respect to obligations to take back goods was DKK 161 million (2017: DKK 125 million).
Agreement has been made with a number of the suppliers that the suppliers purchase components for the production of hearing instruments, headsets and audiologic diagnostics equipment based on sales estimates prepared by GN Store Nord. To the extent that GN Store Nord’s actual purchases from suppliers are lower than sales estimates, GN Store Nord will be under an obligation to purchase any remaining components from the suppliers. Management assesses sales estimates on an ongoing basis, and to the extent that component inventories at suppliers are not expected to be used, GN Store Nord recognizes a provision for onerous purchase contracts.
5.6 Contingent assets and liabilities (extract)
GN Store Nord has agreed with a number of suppliers that the suppliers will purchase components for the production of hearing instruments and headsets based on sales estimates prepared by GN Store Nord. To the extent that GN Store Nord’s sales estimates exceed actual purchases from suppliers, GN Store Nord is under an obligation to purchase any remaining components from the suppliers.
Management assesses sales estimates on an ongoing basis. To the extent that component inventories at suppliers exceed the volumes expected to be used, GN Store Nord recognizes a provision for onerous purchase contracts.