The initial mandatory application of the new IFRS 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 revenue reserves (decrease of € 58.5 million due to the recognition of cumulative effects from initial application of the standard) and, significantly, by the recognition of lease liabilities (increase of € 637.4 million). The operating result (EBIT) increased year-on-year as a result of the necessary changes in recognition in profit and loss amounting to approximately € 10.6 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 further reduction to an all-time low 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 50.1 % of shares in 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. There were no other particular events or transactions during the reporting period, either in HHLA’s operating environment or within the Group, that had a significant impact on its results of operations, net assets and financial position. Results of operations, net assets and financial position
There is normally no long-term order backlog for handling and transport services, and thus no use is made of this particular reporting figure.