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Accounting policies and restatements

This interim financial report is in compliance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. This report is unaudited. Except for the implementation of the revised IAS 19 "Employee Benefits", the accounting principles are as applied in the 2012 financial statements.

As of 2013, we apply stricter rules to qualify items as incidental items and have restated the relevant performance measures. In addition, invested capital was restated to exclude the receivable from pension funds in an asset position. Further, moving average ROI is now to be calculated with use of last twelve months operating income instead of, the so far used, EBIT. Operating working capital now comprises the total company and therefore includes, besides the inventories, trade receivables and trade payables in the Business Areas, the same items for the other activities.

Comparative numbers for 2012 have been restated accordingly. Please refer to our website for the details of these restatements, as issued at the time of our Strategy update on February 20, 2013.


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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