Changes in the individual components of equity for the 2016 and 2015 financial years are shown in the statements of changes in equity.
As of the balance sheet date, HHLA’s share capital consists of two different classes of share: Class A shares and Class S shares. Subscribed capital totals € 72,753 thousand, divided into 70,048,834 Class A shares and 2,704,500 Class S shares; each no-par-value share represents € 1.00 of share capital on paper.
The share capital has been fully paid in.
In the course of the stock flotation on 2 November 2007, 22,000,000 Class A shares were placed on the market. This corresponds to a free float of approx. 30 % of HHLA’s share capital.
As of the balance sheet date, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg holds 69.58 % of the voting rights through the company HGV Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH, Hamburg.
Authorised Capital I
The Executive Board is authorised until 13 June 2017, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to increase the company’s share capital by up to € 35,024,417.00 by issuing up to 35,024,417 new registered Class A shares (no-par-value shares each with a nominal value of € 1.00) in return for cash deposits and/or contributions in kind on a one-off or repeated basis (authorised capital I). The statutory subscription right of the holders of Class S shares shall be excluded. Class A shareholders must in principle be granted subscription rights. The new shares may also be purchased by one or more banks chosen by the Executive Board together with the obligation to offer them for sale to Class A shareholders (indirect subscription right). However, the Executive Board is authorised – with the approval of the Supervisory Board – to exclude the subscription rights of holders of Class A shares in certain cases:
- if it is necessary to do so in order to offset fractional amounts;
- if the Class A shares are issued in return for a contribution in kind, especially in connection with the acquisition of companies, parts of companies or equity shares in companies, as part of company mergers and/or for the purpose of acquiring other assets, including rights and receivables; subscription rights may only be excluded for Class A shares accounting for up to 20 % of the share capital attributable to Class A shares in conjunction with this authorisation (i.e. up to the amount of € 14,009,766.00);
- if the company’s Class A shares are issued in return for cash and the issue price per share is not significantly lower than the price of similar Class A shares in the company already listed on the stock exchange at the time of the share issue. However, subscription rights can only be excluded in this case if the number of shares thus issued together with the number of treasury shares sold during the term of this authorisation for which subscription rights were excluded as per Section 186 (3) sentence 4 AktG and the number of Class A shares which can be created by exercising warrants and/or conversion rights or fulfilling conversion obligations arising from warrants, convertible bonds and/or participation rights issued during the term of this authorisation for which subscription rights were excluded as per Section 186 (3) sentence 4 AktG does not exceed a total of 10 % of the company’s share capital at the time this authorisation comes into effect or – if the total is lower – at the time the authorisation is exercised;
- if the Class A shares are offered to persons employed by the company or by one of its associates as defined in Section 15 AktG or are transferred to them;
- to the extent necessary to grant the bearers of warrants, convertible bonds and/or conversion obligations those subscription rights to new Class A shares to which they would be entitled as shareholders after exercising the warrant or conversion right or fulfilling their conversion obligation.
The Executive Board shall be authorised, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to specify the further details of the implementation of the capital increases out of authorised capital I, in particular the additional rights embodied in share certificates and the other conditions of the share issue. After each share increase from authorised capital – or once the authorisation has expired – the Supervisory Board is permitted to adjust the wording of the articles of association accordingly, in particular with regard to the amount of share capital and the number of no-par-value Class A shares in existence.
Authorised Capital II
The Executive Board is authorised until 13 June 2017, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to increase the company’s share capital by up to € 1,352,250.00 by issuing up to 1,352,250 new registered Class S shares (no-par-value shares each with a nominal value of € 1.00) in return for cash deposits and/or contributions in kind on a one-off or repeated basis (authorised capital II). The statutory subscription right of the holders of Class A shares shall be excluded. The Executive Board is authorised, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to remove from the Class S shareholders’ subscription right fractional amounts which arise due to the subscription relationship.
The Executive Board is authorised, with the consent of the Supervisory Board, to specify the further details of the implementation of capital increases out of authorised capital II, in particular the additional rights embodied in a share certificate and the other conditions of the share issue. After each share increase from authorised capital – or once the authorisation has expired – the Supervisory Board is permitted to adjust the wording of the articles of association accordingly, in particular with regard to the amount of share capital and the number of no-par-value Class S shares in existence.
The Annual General Meeting of HHLA held on 16 June 2016 authorised the Executive Board, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board, to issue on one or more occasions up to 16 June 2019 bearer or registered bonds with warrants or convertible bonds or combinations of these instruments (hereinafter known collectively as “debenture bonds”) with a total nominal value of up to € 200,000,000.00 and to grant the bearers or creditors of the debenture bonds warrants or conversion rights for up to 10,000,000 new registered Class A shares in the company, each representing € 1.00 of the share capital, subject to the detailed terms of the bonds with warrants and/or convertible bonds. The respective terms may also provide for a warrant or conversion obligation as well as an issuer put option to provide Class A shares in the company as of the end of the term or at an earlier date. The detailed terms of the resolution state that shareholders’ subscription rights may also be excluded when the debenture bonds are issued. As per Article 3 (6) of the articles of association, conditional capital of € 10,000,000.00 is available to service warrants and conversion rights and obligations as well as any tender rights. This is made up of 10,000,000 new registered Class A shares.
The Annual General Meeting held on 16 June 2016 additionally authorised the company’s Executive Board to purchase Class A treasury shares up to a maximum of 10 % of the portion of the company’s share capital accounted for by Class A shares at the time of the resolution or, if lower, at the time the authorisation is exercised. In addition to being sold on the stock exchange or offered to all shareholders in line with their shareholdings, the Class A treasury shares acquired under this authorisation or previous authorisations may – subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board – be used in the cases stipulated by the resolution excluding other shareholders’ subscription rights and/or be redeemed either in whole or in part without the need for an additional resolution by the Annual General Meeting. This authorisation expires on 15 June 2021. This authorisation may be used for any legally permissible purpose, except for trading in treasury shares.
HHLA does not currently hold any treasury shares. There are no plans to buy back shares.
The Group’s capital reserve includes premiums from share issues and the associated costs of issue, which are deducted from the capital reserve. It also comprises premiums from capital increases at subsidiaries with non-controlling interests and a reserve increase from an employee stock purchase plan.
At the reporting date, the HHLA Group had capital reserves of € 141,584 thousand (previous year: € 141,584 thousand).
Retained earnings include net profits from prior years for companies included in the Consolidated Financial Statements, as far as these were not distributed as dividends. This item also encompasses differences between HGB and IFRS as of 1 January 2006 (the transitional date).
In the previous year, measurement differences between HGB and IFRS in the amount of € 4.5 million resulting from the separation of divisions were recognised directly in equity in the divisional financial statements of the Port Logistics subgroup and the Real Estate subgroup.
Other Comprehensive Income
In accordance with the currently applicable version of IAS 19 (revised 2011), the HHLA Group’s other comprehensive income includes all actuarial gains and losses from defined benefit pension plans. This item additionally comprises changes in the fair value of hedging instruments (cash flow hedges), changes in the fair value of working lifetime accounts and the corresponding tax effects.
The reserve for translation differences enables the recognition of differences arising on the translation of financial statements for foreign subsidiaries.
Non-controlling interests comprise outside interests in the Group companies’ consolidated equity and totalled € 32,094 thousand at the end of the financial year (previous year: € 30,707 thousand).
Non-controlling interests increased due to the inclusion of current earnings. They were reduced by the reclassification as per IAS 32 of a minority shareholder’s future estimated entitlements to financial settlements as other financial liabilities for the term of the profit and loss transfer agreement, see Note 6 and Note 38.
Notes on Capital Management
Capital management at HHLA aims to ensure the Group’s long-term financial stability and flexibility in order to safeguard the Group’s growth and enable its shareholders to participate in its success. Balance sheet equity is the primary benchmark in this regard. The key value-oriented performance indicator at the HHLA Group is the return on capital employed (ROCE). The equity ratio is also monitored in order to maintain a stable capital structure.
Equity in € thousand
Total assets in € thousand
The equity ratio decreased compared to the previous year. The decrease in equity is primarily attributable to the development in comprehensive income less dividend distributions. By way of contrast, the balance sheet total increased due to significant changes in deferred tax assets, trade receivables, pension provisions and other non-current provisions.
External minimum capital requirements were fulfilled at all agreed audit points throughout the reporting year. see Note 38 for more information.
International Financial Reporting Standards.
International Accounting Standards.
EBIT / Average Operating Assets.
Equity / balance sheet total.