New standards and interpretations not yet effective

In May 2011, a package of three standards was issued: IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 11 – Joint Arrangements and IFRS 12 – Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities. IAS 27 – Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements (which has been renamed IAS 27 – Separate Financial Statements) and IAS 28 – Investments in Associates (which has been renamed IAS 28 – Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures) were consequently revised. Subsequently, other amendments were issued to clarify transitional guidance on the first-time adoption of the standards. The new standards are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013, and must be applied retrospectively. The European Union endorsed these standards by postponing their effective date to 1 January 2014, allowing early adoption from 1 January 2013. The Group will apply the new standards from 1 January 2014. In particular:

  • IFRS 10 – Consolidated Financial Statements will replace SIC-12 – Consolidation: Special Purpose Entities and parts of IAS 27 – Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements (which has been renamed IAS 27 – Separate Financial Statements and addresses the accounting treatment of investments in separate financial statements). The new standard builds on existing principles by identifying a single control model applicable to all entities, including “structured entities”. The standard also provides additional guidance to assist in the determination of control where this is difficult to assess. At the date of this Annual report, adoption of this new standard would have no effect as no changes to the control conclusions reached before and after the adoption of the new standard would arise.
  • IFRS 11 – Joint Arrangements supersedes IAS 31 – Interests in Joint Ventures and SIC-13 – Jointly Controlled Entities: Non-monetary Contributions by Venturers. The adoption of this new standard for the Group will require the reclassification of investments classified as jointly controlled entities under IAS 31 as either Joint ventures (if the Group has rights to the assets, and obligations for the liabilities, relating to an arrangement) or Joint operations (if the Group has right only to the net assets of an arrangement). The classification will focus on the rights and obligations of the arrangements, rather than their legal form. Notwithstanding the reclassification, the Group investments that will be classified as Joint ventures under IFRS 11 will continue to be recognized by applying the equity method and the Group expects no impact on its Consolidated financial statements for these investments. In relation to its interests in Sevel S.p.A. and in Fiat India Automobiles Limited, that will be classified as Joint operations upon the adoption of IFRS 11, the Group will recognize its share of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses instead of recognizing its interests by using the equity method. At 31 December 2013, this adoption of IFRS 11 would lead to an estimated increase in total Assets recognized of approximately €440 million, an increase in Debt of approximately €380 million (the effect on Net industrial debt is an increase of approximately €360 million). No effect will arise on the Group’s Profit/(Loss) or Equity from the adoption of the standard.
  • IFRS 12 – Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities, is a new and comprehensive standard on disclosure requirements for all forms of interests in other entities, including subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates, special purpose vehicles and other unconsolidated vehicles. The application of the new standard will result in expanded disclosure in the Notes to the Consolidated financial statements.

On 16 December 2011, the IASB issued certain amendments to IAS 32 – Financial Instruments: Presentation to clarify the application of certain offsetting criteria for financial assets and financial liabilities in IAS 32. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 and are required to be applied retrospectively. No significant effect is expected from the first time adoption of the standard.

On 29 May 2013, the IASB issued an amendment to IAS 36 – Recoverable Amount Disclosures for Non-Financial Assets addressing the disclosure of information about the recoverable amount of impaired assets if that amount is based on fair value less cost of disposal. The amendments are effective retrospectively for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014. Earlier application is permitted for periods when the entity has already applied IFRS 13. The application of this amendment will result in an expanded disclosure in the Notes to the Consolidated financial statements in case of impairment based on fair value less cost of disposal.

On 27 June 2013, the IASB issued narrow scope amendments to IAS 39 – Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement entitled “Novation of Derivatives and Continuation of Hedge Accounting”. The amendments will allow hedge accounting to continue in a situation where a derivative, which has been designated as a hedging instrument, is novated to effect clearing with a central counterparty as a result of laws or regulation, if specific conditions are met. Similar relief will be included in IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments. The amendments are effective retrospectively for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014. No significant effect is expected from the first time adoption of these amendments.

In addition, the European Union had not yet completed its endorsement process for these standards and amendments at the date of this Annual report:

  • On 12 November 2009, the IASB issued IFRS 9 – Financial Instruments. The new standard was reissued in October 2010 and subsequently amended in November 2013. The standard addresses the classification, measurement and recognition of financial assets and financial liabilities and hedge accounting. It replaces the relevant parts of IAS 39 – Financial Instruments: recognition and measurement. As part of the November 2013 amendments, among other, the IASB removed the standard’s mandatory effective date, previously set on 1 January 2015. This date will be added to the standard when all phases of the IFRS 9 project are completed and a final complete version of the standard is issued.
  • On 20 May 2013, the IASB issued the IFRIC Interpretation 21 - Levies, an interpretation of IAS 37 - Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets. The interpretation sets out the accounting for an obligation to pay a levy that is not income tax. The interpretation addresses what the obligating event is that gives rise to pay a levy and when a liability should be recognized. IFRIC 21 is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014.
  • On 21 November 2013, the IASB published narrow scope amendments to IAS 19 – Employee benefits entitled “Defined Benefit Plans: Employee Contributions”. These amendments apply to contributions from employees or third parties to defined benefit plans in order to simplify their accounting in specific cases. The amendments are effective, retrospectively, for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2014 with earlier application permitted.
  • On 12 December 2013 the IASB issued the Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2010–2012 Cycle and Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2011–2013 Cycle. The most important topics addressed in these amendments are, among others, the definition of vesting conditions in IFRS 2 – Share based payment, the aggregation of operating segments in IFRS 8 – Operating Segments, the definition of key management personnel in IAS 24 – Related Party disclosures, the extension of the exclusion from the scope of IFRS 3 – Business Combinations to all types of joint arrangements (as defined in IFRS 11 – Joint arrangements) and to clarify the application of certain exceptions in IFRS 13 – Fair value Measurement.

The Group will comply with these new standards and amendments based on their relevant effective dates when endorsed by the European Union and it will evaluate their potential impacts on the Consolidated financial statements.