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Accounting policies

The full-year 2012 financial figures of AkzoNobel included in the primary statements in this report are derived from the Financial statements 2012. These Financial statements have been authorized for issue. The Financial statements have not yet been published by law and still have to be adopted by the general meeting of shareholders. In accordance with section 2:393 BW, KPMG Accountants N.V. has issued an unqualified auditors opinion on these Financial statements, which will be published on February 27, 2013. All quarterly figures are unaudited. Compared with the 2011 Financial statements the major accounting principles are unchanged.

As from 2013, the amended IAS 19 on pensions will become effective and the impact will be disclosed in our 2012 Financial statements. Implementation of this amendment will result in recognizing the full pension liability and the pension deficit, as disclosed in the Pensions chapter, will be recognized in other comprehensive income in shareholders’ equity.


Revenue and results in Decorative Paints are impacted by seasonal influences. Revenue and profitability tend to be higher in the second and third quarter of the year as weather conditions determine whether paints and coatings can be applied. In Performance Coatings, revenue and profitability vary with building patterns from original equipment manufacturers. In Specialty Chemicals, the Functional Chemicals and the Surface Chemistry businesses experience seasonal influences. Revenue and profitability are affected by developments in the agricultural season and tend to be higher in the first half of the year.

The ‘‘other” category

In the category “other” we report activities which are not allocated to a particular business area. Corporate costs are the unallocated costs of our head office and shared services center in the Netherlands. Pensions reflects pension costs after the elimination of interest cost (reported as financing expenses).

Insurances are the results from our captive insurance companies. Other includes the cost of share-based compensation and company projects, the results of treasury and legacy operations as well as the unallocated cost of some country organizations.

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