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Consolidated Notes

to the Consolidated Financial Statements of InVision AG as of 31 December 2018 in accordance with IFRS and § 315e of the German Commercial Code

General Information

1. General information about the Company

InVision Aktiengesellschaft, Düsseldorf (hereinafter also referred to as “InVision AG” or the “Company”), together with its subsidiaries (hereinafter also referred to as the “InVision Group” or the “Group”), develops and markets products and services in the field of workforce management and education, and is mainly active in Europe and the United States.

The Company’s registered offices are located at Speditionstraße 5, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany. It is recorded in the Commercial Register of the Local Court of Düsseldorf under registration number HRB 44338. InVision AG has been listed in the prime standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under securities identification number 585969 since 18 June 2007.

The IFRS consolidated financial statements are expected to be approved by the Supervisory Board of InVision AG on 27 March 2019 and then cleared for publication on 28 March 2019.

2. Basis of the accounting

Because it is listed on a regulated market, InVision AG prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The consolidated financial statements as of 31 December 2018 were prepared in accordance with the IFRS, which were promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), in force on the balance sheet closing date, and applicable in the European Union. The designation “IFRS” also encompasses the still valid International Accounting Standards (IAS), as well as the interpretations of the Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC) and of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC). The requirements prescribed under § 315e of the German Commercial Code (HGB) must also be observed.

All provisions of the IFRS, IAS, IFRIC and SIC, which are valid for fiscal year ending 31 December 2018, have been applied in the consolidated financial statements.

In fiscal year 2018, the following provisions under the IAS/IFRS/IFRIC were endorsed by the EU for adoption into EU law and/or must be applied for the first time. Most of them have little or no effect on the consolidated financial statements of InVision AG.

IFRS Material effect
IFRIC 22 “Foreign currency transactions and advance consideration” None
IFRS 9 “Financial instruments” Refer to explanations
IFRS 15 “Revenue from contracts with customers (including clarifications and amendments)” Refer to explanations
Amendments to IFRS 2, “Share based payments” - classification and measurement of share-based payment transactions None
Amendments to IFRS 4 “Insurance contracts” – regarding implementation of IFRS 9 together with IFRS 4 None
Amendments to IAS 40 “Investment property” – regarding the transfer of property None
Annual improvements to IFRSs (Cycle 2014-2016) regarding amendments to IFRS 1 “First-time adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards”, IFRS 12 “Disclosures about investments in other entities” and IAS 28 “Investments in associates and joint ventures” None

The new IFRS 9 “Financial Instruments” replaces IAS 39 and is effective for annual periods beginning after January 1, 2018. The new standard regulates the classification, recognition and measurement of financial instruments, the impairment of financial assets, including trade receivables and lease receivables, and introduces a new model for hedge accounting. As a result of the transition from IAS 39 to IFRS 9, trade receivables, bank balances and other receivables previously classified as loans and receivables will in future be classified and measured as debt instruments measured at amortised cost. There were no effects on the classification and measurement of financial liabilities (recognized and measured at amortised cost).

Under the new impairment model, expected losses are taken into account (expected loss model) and more forward-looking information is used. The recognition of expected losses under the new impairment model tends to result in earlier recognition of impairment losses. InVision AG applies the new standard without adjusting the previous year’s figures and recognises any conversion effects in retained earnings directly in equity. To implement the new regulations on impairment, suitable models were determined, in particular for determining the expected default rates of trade receivables, which amount to approximately 0.2% of revenues in the fiscal year (previous year: 0.2%). The transition from a model based on losses incurred to a model based on expected credit losses does not lead to any significant changes in the InVision Group’s valuation allowances for trade receivables and other financial assets compared to the amounts that would have been recorded if the previous accounting policies had been retained. The retained earnings were not adjusted for reasons of materiality.

For fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the new IFRS 15 “Contracts with Customers” must be applied, which was published in April 2016 with subsequent amendments. IFRS 15 replaces IAS 11 “Construction Contracts” and IAS 18 “Revenues” as well as the related interpretations. The EU endorsement was issued in September 2016 and October 2017 respectively.

IFRS 15 establishes a comprehensive framework for determining whether, to what extent and when revenue is recognised. The core principle of IFRS 15 is that an entity should recognise revenue when goods are delivered or services rendered. This core principle is implemented within the framework of the standard in a five-step model. To this end, the relevant contracts with the customer and the performance obligations contained therein must first be identified. Once the transaction price has been determined, it must then be allocated to the separate service obligations. Revenue is subsequently recognised in the amount of the expected consideration for each separate performance obligation based on the time or period.

For the transition to the new standard, InVision AG applies the modified retrospective transition method, according to which the cumulative effects from first-time application are to be recognised as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings. The standard only applies to contracts that were not fully fulfilled at the time of initial application. The five-step model study has shown that it has no effect on the revenues reported for the previous year, as the new standard basically has no effect on the timing of revenue recognition from the different types of contracts of InVision AG. Accordingly, no retrospective adjustment of these amounts has become necessary.

The following amendments of the IASB were not adopted early in the existing consolidated financial statements. Where amendments affect InVision AG, the future effects on the consolidated financial statements are examined. In most of these cases, the EU has also not yet endorsed the amendments.

IFRS standards with (expected) mandatory application Material effect
IFRS 16 “Leases” (1 January 2019) Refer to explanations
IFRS 17 “Insurance contracts” (1 January 2021) None
Amendments to IFRS 9 “Financial instruments” - prepayment features with negative compensation (1 January 2019) None
Amendments to IAS 28 “Investments in associates and joint ventures” - long term interests in associates and joint ventures (1 January 2019) None
Amendments to IAS 19 “Employee benefits” - plan amendment, curtailment or settlement (1 January 2019) None
Annual Improvements to IFRS (cycle 2015-2017) with amendments to IFRS 3 “Business Combinations”, IFRS 11 “Joint Arrangements”, IAS 12 “Income Taxes” and IAS 23 “Borrowing Costs” (1 January 2019) None
IFRIC 23 “Uncertainty over income tax treatments” (1 January 2019) None
Amendments to IFRS 3 “Business Combinations” (1 January 2020) None
Amendments to IAS 1 and IAS 8 regarding the definition of materiality (1 January 2020) None

In January 2016, the IASB published the new standard IFRS 16 “Leases”, which will in particular replace the previous leasing standard IAS 17 and the related interpretations. The new standard introduces a uniform lease accounting model for lessees, under which rights of use and liabilities for all lease agreements with a term of more than twelve months are to be accounted for, unless they are immaterial. A distinction will no longer be made for lessees between operating leases, under which assets and liabilities are currently not recognised, and finance leases. Application of the new standard is mandatory for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Earlier application is permitted if IFRS 15 is also applied. The InVision Group will apply IFRS 16 for the first time in the fiscal year beginning 1 January 2019. As part of the transition, the InVision Group decided to apply the modified retrospective approach. As a result, the previous year’s figures do not have to be adjusted; rather, the cumulative effect of the first-time application of the standard will be recognised by adjusting retained earnings.

The application of IFRS 16 is expected to have the following effects on the net assets, financial position and results of operations: Instead of the rental obligations for office space previously reported under other financial obligations, the application of IFRS 16 will lead to an increase in long-term assets due to the recognition of rights of use. Financial liabilities will also increase due to the recognition of the corresponding lease liabilities, and thus, the balance sheet total will increase, too. Under otherwise identical conditions, this will lead to a reduction in the equity ratio of the InVision Group.

Based on the current leasing volume of the InVision Group (as shown under other financial liabilities under note 49), we expect IFRS 16 to have the following additional effects on the consolidated financial statements in 2019: With regard to the statement of comprehensive income, instead of the previous rents/operating leases, depreciation of rights of use and interest expenses for liabilities will in future be reported under other operating expenses under IFRS 16. This will have a positive impact on operating expenses and consequently on the operating result (EBIT), and finance expenses will increase as a result of additional interest expenses. Overall, only insignificant effects on profit before taxes, profit after taxes and earnings per share are expected. Correspondingly, there will be a deterioration in cash flow from financing activities and an improvement in cash flow from operating activities in the future.

The effects on the consolidated financial statements from the newly issued or revised standards by the IASB, which were not yet mandatory in these financial statements, are currently being examined. However, apart from any extended disclosure requirements, no material impact is expected.

3. Group of consolidated companies

The consolidated financial statements cover InVision AG as well as the following subsidiaries:

  • injixo AG, Zug, Switzerland
  • InVision Software, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA
  • InVision Software Ltd., London, United Kingdom
  • InVision Software SAS, Paris, France
  • InVision Software Systems S.L., Madrid, Spain

The subsidiary InVision Software, OÜ, Tallinn, Estonia, was put into liquidation on 12 October 2018 and deleted from the commercial register. The deconsolidation did not have any significant impact on earnings.

InVision AG holds a direct 100% ownership interest in each of the consolidated subsidiaries.

4. Consolidation principles

The consolidated financial statements comprise the annual financial statements of InVision AG and its subsidiaries as of 31 December of each fiscal year. The annual financial statements of the subsidiaries are prepared while applying the uniform accounting and valuation methods as of the same balance sheet closing date as the annual financial statements of the parent company.

The balance sheet closing date of all subsidiaries integrated into the consolidated financial statements is 31 December of the applicable fiscal year in question.

All account balances, transactions, income, expenses, profits and losses from intra-group transactions, which are included in the book value of assets, are eliminated in full.

Subsidiaries are fully consolidated as of the date of their formation or acquisition (i.e., as of the date on which the Group acquires control over them), provided that they are not of minor importance for the Group’s net assets, financial position and results of operations. The inclusion of these subsidiaries in the consolidated accounts ends as soon as the parent company’s control no longer exists.

Newly-formed subsidiaries are consolidated using the acquisition method pursuant to IFRS 3. Under that method, acquisition costs of the business combination are apportioned to the identifiable assets, which are acquired, and to the identifiable liabilities, which are assumed, based on their fair values as of the date of acquisition. The expenses and income, which have accrued since the acquisition, are included in consolidated accounts.

Accounting and Valuation Principles

5. In general

The consolidated financial statements were prepared on the basis of historical acquisition or production costs (costs). Historical costs are based in general on the fair value of the consideration paid in exchange for the asset.

The consolidated balance sheet was structured according to short-term and long-term assets and liabilities. The consolidated statement of comprehensive income is prepared using the cost of production method.

6. Reporting currency

The consolidated financial statements are prepared in euro because the majority of the Group transactions are based on that currency. Unless otherwise indicated, all figures herein have been rounded up or down to the nearest thousand (TEUR, T€) in accordance with standard commercial practices. The figures are shown in euro (EUR, €), in thousand euro (TEUR, T€) or in million euro (MEUR, m€).

7. Currency translation

Each company within the Group stipulates its own functional currency. The items reported in the financial statements of each company are valued using that functional currency. Foreign currency transactions are initially converted into the functional currency at the currency spot rate applicable on the date of the transaction.

Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency will be converted into the functional currency at the exchange rate applicable on each relevant reporting date and recognised in the income statement. This treatment does not apply to any exchange rate differences arising from foreign currency transactions, if they are used to hedge a net investment of a foreign operation. These differences are recognised directly in equity capital until the net investment is sold, and recognised in the period results only after such sale. Any deferred taxes resulting from the currency differences of such foreign currency credits will also be recognised directly in equity capital. Non-monetary items, which are valued at historical costs in a foreign currency, are converted at the exchange rate applicable on the date of the transaction. Non-monetary items, which are reported at fair value in a foreign currency, are converted at the exchange rate applicable on the date the fair value was calculated.

Assets and liabilities of foreign operations are converted into euro as of the balance sheet (reporting) date. The conversion of income and expenses shall be made at the average exchange rate for the fiscal year. Any differences resulting from these currency conversions will be booked as a separate component of the equity capital account.

Any goodwill acquired with the purchase of a foreign operation and any adjustments in the book value of the assets and liabilities, which resulted from that transaction in order to accord with fair value, will be converted at the exchange rate applicable on the reporting date.

The following exchange rates were used (per EUR 1.00):

Currency Exchange rate on reporting date 2018 Exchange rate on reporting date 2017 Average annual exchange rate 2018 Average annual exchange rate 2017
USD 1.1444 1.1979 1.1809 1.1299
GBP 0.8985 0.8877 0.8846 0.8764
SEK 10.2135 9.8333 10.2542 9.6325
CHF 1.1262 1.1693 1.1547 1.1116

8. Intangible assets

Acquired intangible assets are valued at the time of their receipt according to their cost of acquisition or cost of production.

Internally produced intangible assets are recognised when they are identified and when it is likely that the group will receive a future economic benefit from the asset and the asset’s acquisition and production costs can be reliably determined. For subsequent valuations, the value of the intangible assets is recognised at the acquisition or production costs of those assets, less the accumulated amortisation and less the accumulated impairment costs (shown under the amortisation item). Intangible assets are amortised on a straight-line basis over their estimated usable life (3 to 15 years). The amortisation period and amortisation method are reviewed at the end of each fiscal year.

When producing new software and further developing existing software, the InVision Group cannot clearly and unequivocally delineate the relevant software because the knowledge and improvements gained from producing new software and from the continued development of existing software are incorporated into other InVision Group products. Since not all criteria were met by 31 December of the fiscal year, no development costs were capitalised.

9. Tangible assets

Tangible assets (land and buildings as well as computer hardware, tenant installations, furnishings and equipment) are recognised at the cost of acquisition or production less the accumulated depreciation. These assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the individual asset. The useful life for buildings is 9 to 33 years, for computer hardware 3 to 5 years, and for furnishings and equipment, 5 to 13 years. Tenant installations are depreciated over the term of the lease or over their useful life, if that period is shorter.

Subsequent expenditures made for a tangible asset are recognised at the costs of acquisition, if it is likely that the Group will receive a future economic benefit from it, and the costs for the asset can be reliably determined. Costs for repairs and maintenance, which do not increase the estimated useful life of the tangible asset, are recognised in the period in which they are incurred and are reported on the income statement.

10. Accounting for leases

The determination of whether a contract is or contains a lease is made on the basis of the economic content of the contract, and requires an assessment about whether the fulfilment of the contract depends on the use of a specific asset or assets and whether the contract grants a right to use the asset.

The Group acts as lessee only.

Any asset under a finance lease, according to which virtually all property-related risks and opportunities relating to the transferred asset are transferred to the Group, is recognised as an asset at the commencement of the lease term and valued at the lower of the then-current fair market value of the asset or the present cash value of the minimum lease payments to be made thereunder. These assets are subject to scheduled depreciation over the shorter of the two aforementioned time periods: i.e., the term of the lease or the economic useful life of the leased property. Lease payments are separated into their components of either financing costs and amortisation of the lease obligation in such a manner that the remaining residual book value of the lease will incur a constant rate of interest. The remaining leasing obligations as of the balance sheet closing date are itemised in the balance sheet according to their remaining terms to maturity.

Lease payments under operating leases are booked in the income statement as expenses arising over the term of the lease.

For the lessee a uniform accounting model applies under the new IFRS 16: For each material lease contract with a duration of more than twelve month, a right-of-use asset and a lease liability are recognised. A differentiation between operating lease contracts, which do not require a right-of-use asset and a lease liability to be recognised on the balance sheet, and finance leases on the other side, will no longer be valid. Application of the new standard is mandatory for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Please refer to section 2 for additional information on the newly applicable IFRS.

11. Borrowing costs

Borrowing costs are recognised as an expense in the period in which they are incurred, unless the borrowing costs were incurred for the purchase, construction or production of qualified assets. In that case, the borrowing costs will be added to the production costs for such assets. During the fiscal year, the InVision Group had neither acquired nor produced qualified assets.

12. Impairment of non-financial assets

Non-financial assets are tested for impairment if facts or changes in circumstances suggest that the book value of an asset might no longer be recoverable. For the impairment test, the recoverable amount of the asset or the cash-generating unit must be determined. The recoverable amount is either the fair value less the costs to sell or the value in use, whichever value is higher. The fair value less the costs to sell is defined as the price which two informed, contractually-willing and independent business partners could achieve (less the cost to sell) when selling an asset or a cash-generating unit. The value in use of an asset or a cash-generating unit is calculated by determining the present cash value of the estimated future cash flow based on the current use of the asset or unit. If the recoverable value is less than the book value, then the difference will be immediately written off and entered in the income statement.

The impairment of a particular asset (except for goodwill), which had been previously recognised to profit and loss, will be reversed, if there is evidence that the impairment no longer exists or that the amount of the impairment has declined. The recoverable amount will be recognised as income in the income statement. The recoverable amount (or the reduction in the amount of the impairment) of an asset will be recognised, however, only to the extent that it does not exceed the book value, which would have resulted had no impairment been previously recognised (including the effects from amortisation or depreciation).

13. Financial investments and other financial assets

On initial recognition, financial assets are classified for subsequent measurement either as at amortised cost or at fair value through profit or loss.

The classification of financial assets at initial recognition depends on the characteristics of the contractual cash flows of the financial assets. With the exception of trade receivables, which do not contain any significant financing components, the Group measures a financial asset at its fair value plus transaction costs. Trade receivables that do not contain a significant financing component are measured at the transaction price determined in accordance with IFRS 15. In this context, reference is made to the accounting policies in Note 20. In order for a financial asset to be classified and measured as at amortised cost or at fair value through equity in other comprehensive income, cash flows may consist solely of payments of principal and interest (SPPI) on the outstanding principal amount. This assessment is known as the SPPI test and is performed at the level of the individual financial instrument. Purchases or sales of financial assets that require delivery of the assets within a period determined by the regulations or conventions of the respective market (regular way purchases) are recognised on the trade date, i.e. the date on which the Group commits to purchase or sell the asset.

For subsequent measurement, financial assets are classified into two categories:

  • financial assets measured at amortised cost (debt instruments)

  • financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (not relevant for these consolidated financial statements)

The Group measures financial assets at amortised cost if both of the following conditions are met:

  • The financial asset is held within the framework of a business model whose objective is to hold financial assets in order to collect the contractual cash flows; and

  • the contractual terms of the financial asset result in cash flows at specified points in time that represent only principal and interest payments on the outstanding principal amount.

The Group’s financial assets measured at amortised cost mainly comprise trade receivables and receivables from banks. They also include other receivables.

Financial assets measured at amortised cost are measured in subsequent periods using the effective interest method and are tested for impairment. Gains and losses are recognised in the income statement when the asset is derecognised, modified or impaired. For trade receivables, the Group applies the simplified value adjustment scheme of IFRS 9 and directly recognises the expected default over the entire term of the receivable. The necessary value adjustment is derived taking into account historical defaults and - if relevant - adjusted on the basis of current market developments. In individual cases, however, the default is also derived directly from information on the customer’s creditworthiness. In the event of the insolvency of a customer, the full value of the receivable is reported as a loss on the receivable. Only at this point the receivable is derecognised. In principle, changes in the carrying amount of trade receivables from customers are reduced using an allowance account and the impairment loss is recognised in profit or loss. If the amount of an estimated impairment loss increases or decreases in a subsequent reporting period as a result of an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, the previously recognised impairment loss is increased or decreased through profit or loss by adjusting the allowance account. If a derecognised receivable is subsequently reclassified as recoverable as a result of an event occurring after derecognition, the corresponding amount is recognised immediately against other operating expenses.

14. Short-term financial assets

Financial assets classified as current assets comprise trade receivables, receivables from banks and other receivables. In this context, reference is made to the accounting policies in Note 13. The carrying amounts essentially correspond to the fair values.

15. Other short-term assets

Assets are recognised at their face or nominal value, but will be separately discounted in value if they are subject to identifiable risks.

16. Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents consist of credit balances held with financial institutions as well as securities which may be redeemed for cash on short notice. Bank balances are measured at amortised cost. In this context, reference is made to the accounting policies in Note 13.

17. Taxes

The actual tax refund claims and tax debts for the current period and for earlier periods must be valued at the amount at which a refund is expected from the tax authorities or a payment must be made to the tax authorities.

Deferred taxes are recognised under the liabilities method for all temporary differences between the tax basis of the assets / liabilities and their respective book values in the IFRS financial statements.

Deferred taxes are valued according to the tax rates (and tax regulations), which are effective as of the balance sheet closing date or which have for the most part been enacted into law, and which are expected to be valid and binding on the date the deferred tax receivable is realised and/or the deferred tax liability is settled.

Deferred tax receivables, including those on losses carried forward, are recognised in an amount at which it is likely that taxable income will be available for crediting against the temporary differences.

The valuation of deferred tax assets for loss carry-forwards and for deductible temporary differences depends on the future taxable earnings of the InVision Group companies. The estimate regarding such taxable earnings is made as of the balance sheet date taking into account the respective business perspectives. For purposes of capitalising deferred taxes based on the losses carried forward, only those tax loss carry-forwards will be recognised, which are very likely to be applied.

18. Provisions

A provision is shown only if the Company has a present, statutory or de facto obligation (liability) based a past event, if it is likely that the fulfilment of the obligation will lead to an outflow of funds representing an economic benefit, and if a reliable estimate of the amount of the obligation can be made. If no provision could be created because one of the criteria mentioned was not fulfilled, then the liabilities in question will be reported as contingent liabilities.

Provisions are examined on each balance sheet closing date and adjusted to accord with the best estimate as of that date. If there is an expectation that the expenditures, which are required to satisfy a deferred liability, will be reimbursed either in whole or in part by another party, then the reimbursement will be recognised only when it is nearly certain that the Group will receive the reimbursement.

19. Financial liabilities

Liabilities comprise long-term liabilities to financial institutions, trade payables, tax liabilities, interest owed, liabilities owed to employees, and other liabilities. When such items are recognised for the first time, they are booked at their cost of acquisition, which corresponds to the fair value of the consideration received. All liabilities are measured in subsequent years at the adjusted cost of acquisition under the effective interest method according to IFRS 9. The liability is derecognised when it has been settled, cancelled or expired.

20. Revenue and cost recognition

The InVision Group’s revenues are generated by granting rights of use to software products (unlimited use, one-time use, time-limited use) and by providing related services.

In case of unlimited or one-time use rights, the revenues are recognised completely at the point in time of the granting of rights of use. In case of time-limited rights, revenues are recognised on a straight-line basis pro rata temporis over the time for which they were calculated. Revenues from services are recognised at the point in time the service is provided.

The revenues are reported less any early payment discounts, customer bonuses and rebates. Agreements with several components (e.g. subscriptions and services) are internally allocated to their individual components, and revenues are recognised on the basis of those individual components.

Revenues are generally recognised when the sales price is determined or determinable, no significant duties exist and the collection of the receivables is likely. Costs are recognised when the good or service is used or at the time they were generated. Interest is recognised as either an expense and/or income according to the period in which it arose under the effective interest method. Rental payment costs under operating leases are likewise recognised on a straight-line basis over the entire term of the lease, irrespective of the payment arrangements made under such leases.

21. Contingent liabilities and contingent receivables

Contingent liabilities are either potential obligations, which could result in an outflow of resources but the existence of which must be confirmed through the occurrence or non-occurrence of one or more future events, or current obligations, which do not satisfy the recognition criteria of the liability. These items are listed separately in the notes, unless the possibility that resources with economic benefits will be lost is unlikely. There were no contingent liabilities in the fiscal year.

In connection with business combinations, contingent liabilities are recorded as liabilities on the balance sheet pursuant to IFRS 3.37, if the fair value can be reliably calculated.

Contingent receivables are not recognised in the financial statements. They are, however, listed in the notes, if the receipt of economic benefits is likely.

22. Management discretion and the main sources of forecasting uncertainty

When preparing the consolidated financial statements, some assumptions and estimates must be made, which have an effect on the amount and reporting of the recognised assets and liabilities, the income and expenses, and the contingent liabilities for the reporting period. These assumptions relate primarily to the assessment of the carrying value of assets, the assessment of deferred tax assets, uniform group determination of the economic useful lives of tangible assets, and the recognition and measurement of provisions. The assumptions and estimates are based on premises delivered from available information at the time in question. The basis for the anticipated future business development is the circumstances present at the time the consolidated financial statements are prepared in a realistic scenario of the future development of the overall environment. If these overall conditions deviate from the assumptions made and cannot be influenced by management, then the resulting figures could deviate from the originally anticipated estimates.

Notes to the Consolidated Balance Sheet

23. Liquid funds (cash and cash equivalents)

Liquid funds contain only those payment instruments, which have a term to maturity of less than three months calculated from the date of purchase. As in the previous year, cash and cash equivalents consist solely of credit balances held with financial institutions.

24. Trade receivables

The trade receivables (net) subject to the impairment provisions of IFRS 9 have a remaining term of up to one year and are composed as follows:

  31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017
Trade receivables 1,421 1,292
Bad debt allowances -23 -23
Total 1,398 1,269

25. Income tax claims

The income tax claims include refund claims of injixo AG, Zug, Switzerland, and of InVision Software Ltd., London, United Kingdom.

26. Prepaid expenses and other short-term assets

  31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017
Prepaid and deferred items 124 189
Other miscellaneous assets 5 7
Total 129 196

The deferred income mainly consists of prepayments for service and insurance contracts as well as for business travel expenses with benefits received for the following financial year.

27. Intangible assets

Intangible assets consist primarily of software and industrial property rights acquired in exchange for consideration. These assets are valued at their historical cost of acquisition, less the scheduled amortisation. With respect to scheduled amortisation, the software acquired in exchange for consideration and the industrial property rights were amortised over their expected useful lives (3 to 15 years).

28. Tangible assets

The breakdown of tangible assets is as follows:

  31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017
Land and property / Buildings 7,514 7,698
Other miscellaneous assets 1,687 1,871
Assets under construction 98 0
Total 9,299 9,569

Tangible assets are recognised at their historical costs of acquisition, less any scheduled depreciation if the assets are subject to wear and tear. Tangible assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over their useful lives (3 to 33 years). The carrying value of the tangible assets is subject to impairment testing. None of the assets have been subject to non-scheduled depreciation.

29. Development of the long-term assets

Fiscal year 2018 01 Jan 2018 Additions Disposals Currency differences 31 Dec 2018
1. Concessions, industrial property rights and similar rights and assets as well as licences to such rights and assets          
Gross 1,247 25 22 29 1,279
Value adjustment 909 43 22 14 944
Net 338 -18 0 15 335
2. Tangible Assets          
Land and property / Buildings          
Gross 8,383 10 0 0 8,393
Value adjustment 685 194 0 0 879
Net 7,698 -184 0 0 7,514
Other miscellaneous assets          
Gross 2,659 225 273 1 2,612
Value adjustment 788 349 213 1 925
Net 1,871 -124 60 0 1,687
3. Assets under construction          
Gross 0 98 0 0 98
Value adjustment 0 0 0 0 0
Net 0 98 0 0 98
Total long-term assets          
Gross 12,289 358 295 30 12,382
Value adjustment 2,382 586 235 15 2,748
Net 9,907 -228 60 15 9,634
Fiscal year 2017 01 Jan 2017 Additions Disposals Currency differences 31 Dec 2017
1. Concessions, industrial property rights and similar rights and assets as well as licences to such rights and assets          
Gross 1,332 1 0 -86 1,247
Value adjustment 900 45 0 -36 909
Net 432 -44 0 -50 338
2. Tangible Assets          
Land and property / Buildings          
Gross 8,368 15 0 0 8,383
Value adjustment 487 198 0 0 685
Net 7,881 -183 0 0 7,698
Other miscellaneous assets          
Gross 2,192 563 86 -10 2,659
Value adjustment 607 271 84 -6 788
Net 1,585 292 2 -4 1,871
3. Assets under construction          
Gross 0 0 0 0 0
Value adjustment 0 0 0 0 0
Net 0 0 0 0 0
Total long-term assets          
Gross 11,892 579 86 -96 12,289
Value adjustment 1,994 514 84 -42 2,382
Net 9,898 65 2 -54 9,907

30. Deferred taxes

The following table sets forth the status of the deferred tax assets according to the balance sheet items:

  31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017
Deferred taxes based on temporary differences from licence valuations 20 39
Total 20 39

The Group’s tax losses carried forward as of 31 December 2018 totalled TEUR 10,361 (previous year: TEUR 8,466). For the the above mentioned losses carried forward no deferred taxes were recognised as the realisation is considered insufficient. Valued at individual tax rates, deferred taxes of up to TEUR 1,939 could have been recognised.

31. Other long-term assets

Other long-term assets consist only of security deposits paid for leased office space.

32. Research and development

The expenses for research and development totalled TEUR 6,301 (previous year: TEUR 7,486) in the fiscal year.

33. Liabilities to financial institutions

As of 31 December 2018, the bank loan in the amount of TEUR 4,000 that was raised in 2014 to finance a commercial property for own use was reduced by scheduled payments to TEUR 250. It is secured by mortgages. A total of TEUR 1,250 of the loan was repaid in the 2018 financial year. The remaining TEUR 250 are due in fiscal year 2019 and are therefore reported under short-term liabilities as of the balance sheet date. In the previous year, TEUR 1,250 of the remaining loan (totaling TEUR 1,500) was classified as short-term and the remainder (TEUR 250) as long-termliabilities. The presentation of the previous year’s figures was adjusted accordingly. In the previous year, the full amount was presented as a long-term liability.

34. Short-term Liabilities

The short-term liabilities are allocated as follows:

  2018 2017
Liabilities to financial institutions 250 1,250
Trade payables 269 170
Provisions 377 256
Income tax liabilities 223 406
Deferred income 580 779
Other liabilities 204 193
Total 1,903 3,054

The deferred income items involve previously recognised invoiced amounts for subscription services for the respective next year.

Due to their maturities, the previous year’s figure for liabilities to financial institutions was split into a short-term and a long-term part and reclassified accordingly.

35. Income tax liabilities and provisions

Income tax liabilities and provisions developed as follows:

  01 Jan 2018 Utilisation Reversal Allocation Currency Difference 31 Dec 2018
Income tax liabilities 406 406 0 223 0 223
Provisions for:            
- Personnel expenses 104 104 0 73 0 73
- Annual accounts costs 79 78 1 87 0 87
- Outstanding invoices 14 12 2 48 0 48
- Trade associations 17 17 0 20 0 20
- Other 42 36 2 146 -1 149
Total provisions 256 247 5 374 -1 377
Total 662 653 5 597 -1 600

The other provisions mainly relate to rental and restoration costs of InVision Software Ltd., London, UK, and result from the premature termination of the office lease in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

  01 Jan 2017 Utilisation Reversal Allocation Currency Difference 31 Dec 2017
Income tax liabilities 922 860 61 409 -4 406
Provisions for:            
- Personnel expenses 40 40 0 104 0 104
- Annual accounts costs 82 80 2 79 0 79
- Outstanding invoices 16 14 2 14 0 14
- Trade associations 13 12 1 17 0 17
- Other 18 14 0 38 0 42
Total provisions 169 160 5 252 0 256
Total 1,091 1,020 66 661 -4 662

36. Deferred income and other liabilities

Deferred income and other liabilities are short-term and are allocated as follows:

  2018 2017
Deferred income 580 779
Payroll tax 140 93
Social security charges 33 37
Value added tax 29 46
Other miscellaneous liabilities 2 16
Total 784 971

37. Long-term Liabilities

Out of the balance of liabilities to banks on the previous year’s balance sheet date, a partial amount of TEUR 250 had to be shown as long-term liability. Further information can be found in Note 33.

38. Subscribed capital

The registered share capital of InVision AG is reported as the subscribed capital. The subscribed capital is divided into 2,235,000 no-par value shares (Stückaktie), each such share representing a notional amount of EUR 1.00 of the Company’s registered share capital. At the end of the reporting period, the Company holds no treasury shares.

The Executive Board is authorised, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to increase the registered share capital one or more times by up to EUR 1,117,500 (Authorised Capital Account 2015) on or before 17 May 2020.

Pursuant to the shareholder resolution adopted on 18 May 2015, the registered share capital was conditionally increased by up to EUR 1,117,500 (Conditional Capital Account 2015). Pursuant to a shareholder resolution also adopted on 18 May 2015, the Company was authorised to buy-back its own shares in a quantity representing up to 10 percent of the registered share capital as it existed at the time the resolution was adopted. The authorisation will remain in effect until 17 May 2020.

39. Reserves

The reserves include net proceeds, IPO costs (while factoring in tax effects), purchase and sale of the Company’s own treasury shares and capital increases from company funds.

40. Equity capital difference based on currency conversion

The equity difference from currency conversion is a result of converting on the basis of the modified closing date method [modifizierte Stichtagsmethode]. The difference arises from conversion of the items on the income statement of those subsidiaries, which rendered their accounts in a foreign currency, at the average exchange rate and the conversion of the items of equity capital of those subsidiaries at the historical rate of the initial consolidation, on the one hand, and the exchange rate on the reporting date [Stichtagskurs] for the conversion of other assets and liabilities, on the other hand.

Notes to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

41. Revenues

Revenues are categorised as follows:

By Business Activities 2018 2017
Workforce Management 12,646 12,449
Education 421 714
Total 13,067 13,163
By Regions 2018 2017
Germany 4,039 3,854
Foreign countries 9,028 9,309
Total 13,067 13,163

The breakdown of revenues by region is based on the location of the company recording the revenues.

42. Other operating income

Other operating income in the amount of TEUR 115 (previous year: TEUR 91) mainly consisted of payments in kind for staff catering, revenues from the sale of IT hardware and non-periodic income.

43. Cost of materials

The costs of materials incurred are project-specific goods and services supplied by independent enterprises.

44. Personnel expenses

Personnel expenses consisted of the following:

  2018 2017
Wages and salaries 7,387 6,857
Social charges and other pension provisions 1,308 1,228
Total 8,695 8,085
- of which for pensions (direct insurance) 58 65

The direct insurance policies are classified as a defined contribution plan.

45. Depreciation and amortisation of tangible and intangible assets

No tangible or intangible assets were subject to impairment. Thus, only scheduled amortisation and depreciation is shown under this item.

46. Other operating expenses

Other operating expenses are itemised as follows:

  2018 2017
Cloud services 926 816
Office space expenses 688 460
Travel expenses 341 370
Marketing costs 312 343
Consulting costs 261 238
Other personnel expenses 186 186
Communication expenses 102 113
Costs for education and seminars 87 58
Recruitment costs 85 114
Insurance costs 75 63
Supervisory Board remuneration 56 29
Receivable write-offs and bad debt allowances 25 31
Other miscellaneous expenses 346 322
Total 3,490 3,143

47. Financial result

The financial result is divided into the following

  2018 2017
Interest and similar expenses -12 -27

Debt capital costs are recognised as an expense in the period in which they are incurred.

48. Income taxes

Income taxes are divided as follows:

  2018 2017
Income tax 443 322
Deferred tax 20 115
Total 463 437

Detailed information about the deferred tax assets and liabilities, which must be set aside, can be found in Note 30 above. The basis, upon which the deferred taxes were set aside, is an income tax rate of 30 percent for the domestic corporation and the future local tax rate for the foreign subsidiaries.

The actual tax rate is computed as follows:

  2018 2017
Consolidated net income before taxes 225 1,322
Income tax 463 437
Actual tax rate 206% 33%

The difference between the theoretical income tax expense (when applying the tax rate applicable to the InVision Group) and the reported income tax expense may be attributed to the following causes:

  2018 2017
Result before income tax 225 1,322
Theoretical income tax expense based on the tax rate of the parent company 67 397
Effects of losses carried forward -213 -374
International tax rate differences 562 387
Other tax effects 46 27
Total 463 437

The effects from losses carried forward in 2018 fiscal year result from the utilisation of deferred tax assets that were not capitalised in previous years. The international tax rate differences primarily result from the changed earnings of the subsidiary injixo AG, Zug, Switzerland.

Notes to the Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

The cash flow statement shows changes in the cash position of the InVision Group in the fiscal year due to incoming and outgoing cash payments. Under IAS 7, cash flow is distinguished between cash flow from operating activities, cash flow from investing activities and cash flow from financing activities.

The net financial position, as reflected in the cash flow statement, consists of all liquid funds, which are reported on the balance sheet (i.e., cash on hand and credit balances at financial institutions) and which can be reduced to cash within three months (calculated from the date acquired) without causing any significant fluctuation in value, less any short-term financial liabilities. The cash flows from investing and financing activities are computed directly (i.e., on a cash basis). In contrast, cash flow from operating activities is derived indirectly from the results for the period. Cash flow from operating activities includes the following incoming and outgoing payments:

  2018 2017
Interest paid -12 -27
Income taxes received 49 7
Income taxes paid -841 -880

The net financial position shown in the cash flow statement represents total liquid funds as reported in the consolidated cash flow statement.

Other Information

49. Miscellaneous financial obligations

As of the balance sheet closing date, rental obligations for office space arised for the following amounts:

  < 1 year 1 to 5 years > 5 years Total
Rental obligations 236 1,082 815 2,133

50. Financial assets and liabilities

The financial liabilities existing in the Group are a bank loan for financing a commercial property for own use and short-term liabilities arising from accounts payable. The significant financial assets of the Group consist of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable. The book value of these positions, represents the maximum default risk and totals TEUR 2,068 (previous year: TEUR 3,479). Business relationships are established with creditworthy contracting parties (counter-parties) only. In order to evaluate the creditworthiness of counter-parties (above all, large customers), the Group relies on available financial information and on its own internal trading records. The Group holds trade receivables against a number of customers from a wide range of industries and regions. Credit assessments regarding the financial strength of the receivables are constantly performed. The typical terms of payment granted (with no discounts or deductions) are 30 days. With respect to all trade receivables, which were overdue by more than 45 days as of the balance sheet date and involve a default risk, bad debt allowances were created.

The Group did not execute any derivatives or hedging transactions. Reclassifications were not made either in 2018 or in 2017 as a result of the reclassification as part of the transition to IFRS 9.

There were no significant differences between the book value of the financial assets and liabilities reported and the fair values.

51. Capital risk management

The Group manages its capital (equity capital plus debt capital less cash and cash equivalents) with the goal of using financial flexibility to achieve its growth targets while at the same time optimising its financing costs. The overall capital management strategy has remained the same as in the previous year.

Management reviews the capital structure at least once each half-year. The review covers the costs of capital, the security and collateral provided, and the open credit lines and credit opportunities.

During the reporting year, the capital structure may be shown as follows:

  31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2017
Equity capital 10,180 10,380
- as a percentage of total capital 84% 76%
Liabilities 1,903 3,303
- as a percentage of total capital 16% 24%
Short-term liabilities 1,903 3,054
- as a percentage of total capital 16% 22%
Net gearing* 12% 11%

(*) calculated as the ratio of liabilities (less any cash and cash equivalents) to equity capital

The Group’s equity ratio target is 50 percent.

52. Finance risk management

The monitoring of finance risk is handled by management on a centralised basis. Individual financial risks are generally reviewed at least once each quarter.

The Group’s primary risks resulting from financial instruments involve liquidity and credit risks. As a rule, business transactions are executed only with creditworthy contracting parties. Moreover, the amounts of any receivables are constantly monitored in order to avoid exposing the InVision Group to any significant credit risk. The maximum default risk is limited to the book value of the asset as reported in the balance sheet.

The Group manages liquidity risks by holding adequate reserves, monitoring and maintaining credit agreements, and planning and coordinating incoming and outgoing payments.

53. Market risks

Market risks can arise from changes in exchange rates (currency risk) or interest rates (interest risk). Given the limited relevance these risks have for the Group, the Group has not heretofore hedged such risks using derivative financial instruments. These risks are managed through constant monitoring. Currency risks are largely avoided by virtue of the fact that the Group invoices primarily in euro or in the local currency. As of the balance sheet date, the receivables denominated in foreign currencies equalled TEUR 362 (previous year: TEUR 379) and the payables denominated in foreign currencies equalled TEUR 130 (previous year: TEUR 61). Had the euro appreciated by 10 percent compared to other currencies relevant to the Group as of 31 December 2018, then the pre-tax result would have been TEUR 32 (previous year: TEUR 25) lower.

There were no transactions involving goods and services between closely related enterprises and persons, neither in the reporting period or the previous year.

55. Events after the balance sheet closing date

After the close of the fiscal year, no further specific transactions occurred, which would be of material importance for the consolidated financial statements.

56. Number of employees

In 2018 fiscal year, the Company employed on average 121 employees (previous year: 124), not including the Executive Board.

57. Information on the Company’s governing bodies

The following persons were members of the Executive Board in the fiscal year:

  • Peter Bollenbeck (Chairman), Düsseldorf
  • Armand Zohari, Bochum (until 30 June 2018)

In the fiscal year, the Executive Board members received the following remuneration benefits:

In EUR 2018 2017
Peter Bollenbeck 364,015 207,949
of which fixed salary 360,000 180,000
of which other benefits 4,015 27,949
Armand Zohari 36,085 174,025
of which fixed salary 30,000 150,000
of which other benefits 6,085 24,025
Total remuneration Executive Board 400,100 381,974

At the balance sheet date, the Executive Board holds, either directly or indirectly, 30.8 percent of the Company’s registered share capital (31 December 2017: 40.0 percent).

The Supervisory Board consists of:

  • Dr. Thomas Hermes (Chairman), Attorney at Law and Notary, Essen
  • Matthias Schroer (Deputy Chairman), Entrepreneur, Rosenheim
  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Mülder, University Professor, Essen

Dr. Thomas Hermes is the supervisory board chairman of the registered housing association known as Wohnungsgenossenschaft Essen-Nord e.G., Essen, member of the supervisory board of Rot-Weiss Essen e.V., member of the respective board of trustees of Politisches Forum Ruhr e.V., Essen, and of Sankt-Clemens-Maria-Hofbauer-Stiftung, Essen. Matthias Schroer and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Mülder do not sit on any other supervisory boards.

The remuneration of the Supervisory Board, which has changed since 2018 following a resolution of the Annual General Meeting, consists of the following:

In EUR 2018 2017
Dr. Thomas Hermes 25,000 12,000
of which fixed compensation 25,000 10,000
of which meeting fees and expenditures 0 2,000
Matthias Schroer 18,750 9,500
of which fixed compensation 18,750 7,500
of which meeting fees and expenditures 0 2,000
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Mülder 12,500 7,000
of which fixed compensation 12,500 5,000
of which meeting fees and expenditures 0 2,000
Total compensation Supervisory Board 56,250 28,500

Otherwise in the fiscal year, the Supervisory Board members were not granted any loans or provided any advances for future payments, and no contingent liabilities were incurred for the benefit of such persons.

58. Information on the fees of the Company auditors

The fee for the Company’s annual accounts auditor, which was recognised for fiscal year 2018, consists of the following:

  2018 2017
Auditing service for the annual accounts 48 48
Tax advisory services 4 8
Total 52 56

59. Information on segment reporting

Since the internal and external business processes for all products and services are to the largest extent identical, they collectively represent a single operating segment within the meaning of IFRS 8.

60. Proposal for the Appropriation of Profit

The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board propose to carry forward the net profit to new account.

61. Statement under § 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act

On 25 January 2019, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board issued a statement under § 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act regarding the extent to which it has elected to comply with the recommendations of the “Government Commission of the German Corporate Governance Code” and published this statement on the internet at

62. Responsibility statement by the Executive Board

To the best of our knowledge and in accordance with the applicable reporting principles for financial reporting, the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the Group’s assets, liabilities, financial position and results of operation, and the Group’s management report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business, together with a description of the principal opportunities and risks related to the anticipated development of the Group for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Düsseldorf, 15 March 2019

Peter Bollenbeck