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N otes to the Financial Statements

Year ended 31 December 2010

At inception, an arrangement that contains a lease is accounted for as such based on the terms and conditions even though the arrangement is not in the legal form of a lease.

When entities within the Group are lessees of an operating lease

Where the Group has the use of assets under operating leases, payments made under the leases are recognised in the income statement on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Lease incentives received are recognised in the income statement as an integral part of the total lease expenses. Contingent rentals are charged to the income statement in the financial year in which they are incurred.



Inventories mainly comprise stores and consumables which are valued at cost of purchase (including cost incurred in bringing the inventories to their present location and condition) on a weighted average cost method less any applicable allowance for obsolescence. When inventories are consumed, the carrying amount of these inventories is recognised as an expense in the year in which the consumption occurs.


Financial liabilities

A financial liability is recognised if the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the liability. Financial liabilities are derecognised if the Group’s obligations specified in the contract expire or are discharged or cancelled.

Financial liabilities are recognised initially at fair value plus any directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequent to initial recognition, these financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.


Derivative financial instruments and hedging activities

The Group holds derivative financial instruments to hedge its foreign exchange, fuel price and interest rate risk exposures. The use of hedging instruments is governed by the Group’s policies which provide written principles on the use of financial instruments consistent with the Group’s risk management strategy.

Embedded derivatives are separated from the host contract and accounted for separately if the economic characteristics and risks of the host contract and the embedded derivative are not closely related; a separate instrument with the same terms as the embedded derivative would meet the definition of a derivative; and the combined instrument is not measured at fair value through profit or loss.

Derivatives are recognised initially at fair value; attributable transaction costs are recognised in the income statement when incurred. Subsequent to initial recognition, derivatives are measured at fair value, and changes therein are accounted for as described below.

Cash flow hedges

The effective portion of changes in the fair value of the derivative designated as a hedging instrument of a cash flow hedge is recognised in other comprehensive income and presented within equity in the hedging reserve. The ineffective portion of changes in the fair value is recognised in the income statement.

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