7. Segment Reporting

The Segment Report is presented as an annex to the Notes to the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements.

The HHLA Group’s Segment Report is prepared in accordance with the provisions of IFRS 8 Operating Segments. IFRS 8 requires reporting on the basis of the internal reports made to the Executive Board for the purpose of controlling the company’s activities.

The segment performance indicator used is the internationally customary key figure EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes), which serves to measure the performance of each segment and therefore aids the internal control function. For further information, please refer to the Consolidated Financial Statements as of 31 December 2014.

The accounting and valuation principles applied for internal reporting comply with the principles used for the HHLA Group as described in Note 6 “Accounting and Valuation Principles” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements as of 31 December 2014.

Segment information is reported on the basis of the internal control function, which is consistent with external reporting and is classified in accordance with the activities of the HHLA Group’s business segments. These are organised and managed autonomously in accordance with the type of services being offered.

The HHLA Group still operates in four business units: the Container, Intermodal, Logistics and Real Estate segments.

All of the functions and management responsibilities previously held by the operative holding HHLA Container Terminals GmbH (Container segment) were transferred to Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (Holding/Other) as of 1 August 2015. In this connection, the assets less liabilities required to perform these tasks were also transferred at their carrying amounts; the employees also switched companies.

The Holding/Other division used for segment reporting does not represent an independent business segment as defined by the IFRS standards. However, it has been allocated to the segments within the Port Logistics subgroup in order to provide a complete and clear picture.

The reconciliation of segment assets with Group assets incorporates not only items for which consolidation is mandatory, but also claims arising from current and deferred income taxes, cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits and financial assets which are not to be assigned to segment assets.

The reconciliation of the segment variable EBIT with consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) incorporates not only transactions between the segments and the subgroups for which consolidation is mandatory, but also the proportion of companies accounted for using the equity method, net interest income and other financial result.

Reconciliation of the Segment Variable EBIT to Earnings before Tax (EBT)

in € thousand


1–9 | 2015


1–9 | 2014

Segment earnings (EBIT)





Elimination of business relations between the segments and subgroups


- 11,684



Group earnings (EBIT)





Earnings from associates accounted for using the equity method





Net interest income


- 26,093


- 30,315

Other financial result





Earnings before tax (EBT)