Preliminary results for the year ended 28 January 2012


22 March 2012


Notes to the consolidated financial statements

2. Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements of the Company, its subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates are made up to the nearest Saturday to 31 January each year. The current financial year is the 52 weeks ended 28 January 2012 ('the year'). The comparative financial year is the 52 weeks ended 29 January 2011 ('the prior year'). This only impacts the UK operations with all the other operations reporting on a calendar basis as a result of local statutory requirements.

The directors of Kingfisher plc, having made appropriate enquiries, consider that adequate resources exist for the Group to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and that, therefore, it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 28 January 2012.

The condensed financial information, which comprises the consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated statement of changes in equity, consolidated balance sheet, consolidated cash flow statement and related notes do not constitute statutory financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 28 January 2012, but are derived from those statements. Statutory financial statements for 2011/12 will be filed with the Registrar of Companies in due course. The Group's auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory financial statements for 2010/11 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Group's auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The condensed financial information has been abridged from the 2011/12 statutory financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ('IFRS') and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS and therefore the consolidated financial statements comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS legislation. The condensed financial information has been prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the use of valuations for certain financial instruments, share-based payments and post employment benefits.

There are no new standards, amendments or interpretations, which are mandatory for the first time for the financial year ended 28 January 2012, that are relevant and material for the Group.

Principal rates of exchange

    2011/12   2010/11
  Average rate Year end rate Average rate Year end rate
Euro/£ 1.15 1.19 1.17 1.16
US Dollar/£ 1.60 1.57 1.54 1.59
Polish Zloty/£ 4.80 5.04 4.65 4.52
Chinese Renminbi/£ 10.31 9.94 10.41 10.45

Use of non-GAAP measures

Kingfisher believes that retail profit, adjusted pre-tax profit, effective tax rate, adjusted post-tax profit and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on underlying trends to shareholders. These and other non-GAAP measures such as net debt/cash are used by Kingfisher for internal performance analysis and incentive compensation arrangements for employees. The terms 'retail profit', 'exceptional items', 'adjusted', 'effective tax rate' and 'net debt/cash' are not defined terms under IFRS and may therefore not be comparable with similarly titled measures reported by other companies. They are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP measures.

Retail profit is defined as continuing operating profit before central costs (principally the costs of the Group's head office), exceptional items, amortisation of acquisition intangibles and the Group's share of interest and tax of joint ventures and associates.

The separate reporting of non-recurring exceptional items, which are presented as exceptional within their relevant income statement category, helps provide an indication of the Group's underlying business performance. The principal items which are included as exceptional items are:

  • non-trading items included in operating profit such as profits and losses on the disposal, closure or impairment of subsidiaries, joint ventures, associates and investments which do not form part of the Group's trading activities;
  • profits and losses on the disposal of properties; and
  • the costs of significant restructuring and incremental acquisition integration costs.

The term 'adjusted' refers to the relevant measure being reported for continuing operations excluding exceptional items, financing fair value remeasurements, amortisation of acquisition intangibles, related tax items and prior year tax items. Financing fair value remeasurements represent changes in the fair value of financing derivatives, excluding interest accruals, offset by fair value adjustments to the carrying amount of borrowings and other hedged items under fair value hedge relationships. Financing derivatives are those that relate to underlying items of a financing nature.

The effective tax rate represents the effective income tax expense as a percentage of continuing profit before taxation excluding exceptional items. Effective income tax expense is the continuing income tax expense excluding tax on exceptional items and tax adjustments in respect of prior years and changes in tax rates.

Net debt/cash comprises borrowings and financing derivatives (excluding accrued interest), less cash and cash equivalents and current other investments.