Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. – Annual report – 31 December 2017
- Scope of consolidation (extract)
Deconsolidation of FCA Venezuela
Throughout 2017, macroeconomic conditions in Venezuela continued to deteriorate. In the second quarter of 2017, asset impairment charges of €21 million relating to certain real estate assets in Venezuela were recognized, recorded within Selling, general and other costs. In December 2017, due to the restrictive monetary policy in Venezuela coupled with the inability to pay dividends and the U.S. Dollar obligations, as well as the deteriorating economic conditions, which has constrained the ability to maintain normal production in Venezuela, we concluded we are no longer able to exert control over our Venezuela operations in order to affect our returns. As such, in accordance with IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements, as of December 31, 2017, we deconsolidated our subsidiary FCA Venezuela LLC (“FCA Venezuela”), which resulted in a pre-tax, non-cash charge of €42 million recorded within Selling, general and other costs in the Consolidated Income Statement for the year ended December 31, 2017. Upon deconsolidation, FCA’s investment in FCA Venezuela was recognized at fair value, which was nil at December 31, 2017 and will be accounted for at cost in subsequent periods.
In March 2016, the Venezuelan government modified its foreign currency exchange systems and the official exchange rate, CENCOEX, was replaced with DIPRO, only available for purchases and sales of essential items, such as food and medicine. In addition, the official exchange rate was devalued from 6.3 VEF to 10 VEF per U.S. Dollar and the SICAD exchange system was terminated. The SIMADI exchange rate was replaced with the “floating” Sistema de Divisa Complementaria, or the “DICOM” exchange rate, available for all transactions not subject to the DIPRO exchange rate. In 2016, the DICOM exchange rate was used to complete the majority of FCA Venezuela’s transactions to exchange VEF for U.S. Dollars. At December 31, 2016, the DICOM exchange rate of 674 VEF per U.S. Dollar and total re-measurement charges, including the devaluation and the write-down of SICAD receivables, of €19 million were recorded within Cost of revenues in the Consolidated Income Statement for the year ended December 31, 2016.
In February 2015, the SIMADI rate introduced by the Venezuelan government began trading at 170.0 Venezuelan Bolivar (“VEF”) to U.S. Dollar for entities in the private sector. Also in February 2015, the Venezuelan government also announced that the Supplementary Foreign Currency Administration System (“SICAD I”) and the additional system introduced in March 2014 (“SICAD II”) would be merged into the SICAD, a single exchange system, with a rate starting at 12.0 VEF to U.S. Dollar. As of March 31, 2015, the SICAD exchange rate was expected to be used to complete the majority of FCA Venezuela’s transactions and as such, it was deemed the appropriate rate to use to convert our VEF denominated monetary assets and liabilities to U.S. Dollar. At June 30, 2015, the Group then adopted the SIMADI exchange rate and recorded a re-measurement charge on our VEF denominated net monetary assets in Venezuela of €53 million using an exchange rate of 197.3 VEF per U.S. Dollar. In addition, we recorded a €27 million charge for the write-down of inventory in Venezuela, as due to pricing controls, we were unable to increase VEF sales prices to compensate for the devaluation. The total charge of €80 million was recorded within Cost of revenues in the Consolidated Income Statement for the year ended December 31, 2015.