Notes on the reporting

The initial mandatory application of the new  16 lease standard as of 1 January 2019 has resulted in major changes to the accounting of the HHLA Group as a lessee. The new IFRS 16 regulations resulted in a € 571.2 million increase in the balance sheet total as of 1 January 2019. In addition to the capitalisation of rights of use amounting to € 542.8 million, deferred tax assets amounting to € 28.4 million resulted from the initial application. On the liabilities side, this is opposed by adjustments to reserves (decrease of € 58.5 million due to the recognition of cumulative effects from the initial application of the standard) and, significantly, by the recognition of lease liabilities (increase of € 637.4 million). The operating result () increased year-on-year as a result of the necessary changes in recognition in profit and loss amounting to approximately € 14.4 million. In the cash flow statement, there was a shift between cash flow from operating activities and cash flow from financing activities. While cash flow from operating activities increased, capital outflows from financing activities also rose because higher redemptions of lease liabilities had to be accounted for.

The continued expansionary monetary policy led to a reduction in the relevant interest rate used to calculate pension provisions. Provisions for pensions increased correspondingly, while equity decreased due to the rise in actuarial effects brought about by interest rates. The first-time consolidation of Lüneburg-based Bionic Production AG (after change in legal status: Bionic Production GmbH) took place on the acquisition date of 31 July 2019. The company was included in HHLA’s consolidated group for the first time as a fully consolidated company on 30 September 2019 and assigned to the Logistics segment.

Due to the high level of flexibility required in the sector, handling and transport services are not generally ordered or guaranteed months in advance. Consequently, an order backlog and order trends do not serve as reporting indicators as they do in other industries.

The 2019 consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) applicable in the European Union, taking into consideration the interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC). The Group Management Report was prepared in line with the requirements of German Accounting Standard no. 20 (GAS 20).


International financial reporting standards.


Revenue from sales or lettings and from services rendered, less sales deductions and VAT.


Earnings before interest and taxes.