RAI Holding B.V. has its registered office in Amsterdam (Europaplein 24), Chamber of Commerce number 33093880. The company’s financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
RAI Holding B.V. is a holding company. The main activities of the RAI are accommodating RAI-organised events, and providing facilities to third parties for exhibitions, conferences, corporate events, theatre productions and niche events.
These consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the company will continue as a going concern.
General principles for valuations
The annual accounts were drawn up in accordance with the generally accepted principles for financial reporting in the Netherlands and meet the legal provisions regarding the annual accounts as recorded in Part 9, Book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code (BW). The principles for the valuation of assets and liabilities were applied consistently during the previous and current year. The principles for valuation and result determination apply to both the consolidated and company annual accounts.
The RAI Association has a 75 per cent interest in RAI Holding B.V. The remaining 25 per cent of the shares are held by the Municipality of Amsterdam.
Principles of consolidation
The financial data of RAI Holding B.V. and all its group companies are consolidated. Group companies are participations over which RAI Holding B.V. has decisive control. The other participating interests are not consolidated.
The financial information of companies acquired during the year under review is consolidated from the moment that RAI Holding B.V. acquires decisive control over the companies concerned until the moment this control is terminated. Transactions between companies that are consolidated are eliminated.
The company owns 100% of the shares in the following participations: RAI Amsterdam B.V., Amsterdam; Arfora B.V., Amsterdam.
These group companies include the results of the following indirect participations (100%): RAI Solar Energy B.V., Amsterdam; Amsterdam RAI Catering B.V., Amsterdam; RAI USA, Inc., Delaware; Rui Ang Exhibition and Convention Co., Ltd., Shanghai; RAI TURKEY ULUSLARARASI FUARCILIK VE GOSTERI HIZMETLERI ITHALAT IHRACAT TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI, Istanbul. The company in Turkey was established in 2016. In addition, the result of the following indirect participation (50%): IBEX LLC, Maine USA.
The items in the annual accounts of the group companies are valued in accordance with the currency of the economic environment in which the group company mainly performs its activities (the functional currency). The consolidated annual accounts were drawn up in euros; the functional and presentation currency of RAI Holding B.V.
Transactions, receivables and liabilities
Transactions in foreign currencies are converted at the exchange rates at the time of the transaction.
Monetary assets and liabilities are converted into the functional currency at the exchange rates on the balance sheet date. The resulting exchange differences are included in the profit and loss account, unless hedge accounting is applied.
Non-monetary assets that are valued in a foreign currency at acquisition cost are converted at the exchange rates valid at the time of transaction.
Non-monetary assets valued in a foreign currency at the current value are converted at the exchange rates which applied at the time the current value was determined.
Conversion differences in long-term inter-group loans which are actually an expansion or reduction of the net investment of foreign participations will be credited or charged directly to the equity in the statutory conversion differences reserve.
If loans were entered into in a foreign currency to finance or cover the net investment in a foreign participation, the exchange rate differences that result from the loan will be processed in the statutory conversion differences reserve insofar as the loan is effective as coverage for the exchange rate differences on the net investment in the foreign participation.
The assets and liabilities of the participations included in the consolidation at a functional currency that is different than the presentation currency will be converted at the exchange rates on the balance sheet date. The profits and losses are converted at the exchange rates at the time of transaction.
The resulting conversion differences will be credited or charged directly to the equity in the statutory conversion differences reserve.
Use of estimates
In order to help determine the included figures when drawing up the annual accounts, the management of RAI Holding B.V. makes certain estimates and suppositions in accordance with the generally accepted principles of financial reporting. The factual results can deviate from these estimates.
The estimates and underlying suppositions are regularly evaluated. Revisions of estimates are recorded in the period in which the estimate is revised and in future periods that are affected by the revision.
Financial tools include both primary financial tools such as receivables or debts, and financial derivatives. For the principles of the primary financial tools, see the description per balance sheet item.
RAI Holding B.V. applies hedge accounting based on documentation for each individual hedge relation, and documents how the hedge relations fit in with the goals of the risk management, hedge strategy and the expectations regarding the effectiveness of the hedge.
The effective part of the financial derivatives assigned to cost-price hedge-accounting is valuated at cost value and the ineffective part is valuated at fair value. The valuation changes of the fair value of the ineffective part are immediately processed in the profit and loss account.
Principles for the valuation of assets and liabilities
Assets and liabilities are stated at their nominal value, unless otherwise indicated in the separate items in the explanatory notes.
Externally obtained exhibition titles are valued at cost price or market value if lower, and are depreciated over their economic life, which is assumed to be 20 years at most.
The economic life for the IBEX exhibition title is assumed to be 15 years at most.
Software is valued at historic cost and is depreciated over its economic life, which is assumed to be ten years at most. Operating rights are valued at acquisition price and depreciated annually based on the term of these rights.
Tangible fixed assets are valued at their acquisition price, minus straight-line depreciation based on their economic life and minus any special depreciation.
Maintenance costs for buildings owned are immediately charged to the results, or entered as assets and depreciated if the asset criteria allow it. The depreciation calculation takes the residual value into account. This residual value is expected to be nil in all cases.
An evaluation is made each year to see whether there are any indications that intangible, tangible or financial fixed assets are subject to special depreciation. Special depreciations apply when the balance sheet value of the asset is higher than the realisable value. If there is a case of special depreciation, then the relevant asset is devalued to the realisable value. The loss is immediately processed as expense in the profit and loss accounts.
Receivables are stated at the fair value in the first processing, and then valued at the amortised cost, which is the same as the nominal value minus any provisions for doubtful debts. These provisions are determined based on an individual assessment of the receivables.
The receivables have an expected term of up to one year, unless stated otherwise.
The stock mainly involves food & beverage products of which the valuation is determined at acquisition costs, minus a provision for obsolescence, where necessary.
Securities are stated at their cost or market value on the balance sheet date, whichever is the lower. The market value is in principle equal to the value quoted on the stock exchange. If a sale is expected in the short term, the directly realisable value is considered the market value.
Liquidities are at the disposal of the company.
Provisions are included for all rightful enforceable or factual obligations resulting from an event before the balance sheet date, which are expected to require an export of capital for the fulfilment thereof and of which the scope can be reliably estimated.
A provision for long-service payments is included based on the valid long-service regulations per balance sheet date, taking into account the likelihood of continued employment, future labour cost developments and discount provisions.
A provision is included for bonus schemes and participations based on relevant performance schemes. This provision is included under current liabilities.
The company has two active pension schemes for its employees. Employees who started working for the company before 1 January 2013 are subject to a pension provision that qualifies as a defined benefit plan, in which the defined pension payments are based on average pay. This pension scheme has been placed with a pension insurer, and is processed in the financial statement as a defined contribution scheme due to the fact that the obligations for realising this pension scheme are entirely reinsured.
Employees who started working for the company since 1 January 2013 or those who have voluntary switched to the new pension scheme are subject to a premium scheme with the nature of a defined contribution agreement in which the company obligations are limited to making an annual contribution to the insurance company. Future payable contributions will partly depend on the development of the employment conditions and the yield on the invested contributions achieved by the insurer.
Long-term liabilities include debts with a remaining term of over one year. These debts are stated at the fair value in the first processing, and then valued at the amortised cost.
Short-term liabilities are stated at their fair value in the first processing and then at the amortised costs. They an expected term of less than one year. A provision is included for bonus schemes and participations based on relevant performance schemes. There is also a provision included for contractual agreements with employees.
Temporary differences between the determination of profit for commercial and tax purposes are stated at their nominal value in the balance sheet as a tax deferral or asset. Deferred claims for corporation tax on account of tax-deductible losses are valued at the future tax rate known on the balance sheet date in so far as it can reasonably be expected that the claims are realisable.
RAI Holding B.V. is the leading company of a group that is treated as a single entity for tax purposes. The other members of the group are : RAI Amsterdam B.V., RAI Solar Energy B.V., Amsterdam RAI Catering B.V. and Arfora B.V.
The financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the historical cost convention. The revenue recognition applies to all categories as specified under 2.1.1. The net turnover includes the revenue from the delivery of goods and services as specified under 2.1.1 minus discounts and the like, and turnover taxes. Revenue and expenses are accounted for in the period in which the activity is performed. For exhibitions and events this is the period in which the event takes place. Profits are accounted for in that period. Losses and risks that originated before the end of the financial year are processed if and insofar as they became known before the annual accounts were drawn up.
For participations in which the RAI plays a deciding role, the revenue and expenses are consolidated proportionally. For participations in which the RAI does not play a deciding role, the result attributable to RAI Holding B.V. is included.
Costs for outsourced work and other external costs involve the direct and indirect costs, including purchasing costs of catering stock that can be attributed to the turnover.
The depreciation on tangible fixed assets is calculated on a linear basis by reference to the expected economic life.
The applied depreciation rates are between 2% and 20%. The depreciation of the intangible fixed assets is related to the acquisition value, and ranges between 5% and 20%. Possible residual values of tangible and/or intangible fixed assets are not taken into account.
The financial revenue and expenditure involve the exchange differences, interest revenue and costs attributable to the period concerned.
The participating interest results concern the share of the company in the results of the net asset value of the participating interests. The share that the company is due is stated as the result of a specific participating interest in the participating interest results.
The corporation tax is calculated on the commercial pre-tax profit, taking into account the tax facilities. The mutation in the provision for deferred corporation tax is taken into account in the calculations.
The cash flow statement has been drawn up in accordance with the indirect method. The resources in the cash flow statement consist of liquidities.