Belships is owner and operator of dry bulk ships on long-term charter to reputable customers. Belships ASA is registered in Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The head office is located in Lilleakerveien 4 in Oslo, Norway.
The financial statements have been approved by the Board on 16 March 2017.
The accounts are prepared in accordance with Norwegian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (NGAAP). The accounts form part of the consolidated accounts of Belships ASA. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by EU.
All amounts in the notes are in NOK 1 000 unless otherwise stated.
Belships has obtained approval from Oslo Stock Exchange and Norwegian tax authorities to only publish its financial statements in English.
A) CLASSIFICATION OF BALANCE SHEET ITEMS
Assets intended for long-term ownership or use are classified as fixed assets. Other assets inclusive accounts receivable within 12 months are classified as current assets. Liabilities due within 12 months, are classified as short-term liabilities. Current assets are reported at the lower of cost and net realisable value, while current liabilities are carried at the nominal value at drawdown date.
B) TAXES ON INCOME
Tax expenses consist of tax payable and changes in deferred tax. Deferred tax/tax assets are calculated on all differences between accounting values and tax values of assets and liabilities.
Deferred tax assets are included in the balance sheets when it is likely that the company will have sufficient profit for tax purposes in subsequent periods that will enable the company to utilise the tax asset. The company records previously unrecorded deferred tax assets to the extent it has become likely that the company can utilise the deferred tax asset. Similarly, the company will reduce the deferred tax asset to the extent the company no longer regards it as being likely that it can utilize the deferred tax asset.
Deferred tax and deferred tax asset are measured on the basis of expected future tax rates for the companies in the group where temporary differences have occurred.
Deferred tax and deferred tax assets are entered at nominal value and are classified as financial fixed assets (long-term liability) on the balance sheet.
Tax payable and deferred tax are booked directly against equity to the extent the tax items relate to equity transactions.
C) TANGIBLE FIXED ASSETS
Tangible fixed assets are measured at acquisition cost, net of accumulated depreciation and impairments losses. When assets are sold or divested, the carrying amount is deducted and any gains or losses are recognised in the income statement. Acquisition cost for tangible fixed assets is the purchase price, including taxes and charges and expenses directly related to preparing the asset for use. Expenses incurred after the asset has been put to use, are recognised in the income statement, whereas other expenses which are expected to create future financial gains are capitalised.
An estimated docking element is recognised as a separate component of the ship for depreciation purposes on the first occasion a ship is booked in the accounts. The amount corresponds to the estimated docking costs for the period. The docking component is depreciated on a straight-line basis the over the period to the next planned drydocking.
Residual value has been taken into account, and this is estimated based on steel value of the ship at the balance sheet date less estimated cost to demolish the ship.
Book value is compared to market value and value in use to assess the need for any further impairment compared to the ordinary depreciation plan. The depreciation period and method are assessed annually and are based on the management’s estimates of the ships’ future useful life. The same applies to residual value.
The ships are depreciated as one unit, as the value of any part of the ship with a useful lifetime other than 25 years is considered to be insignificant.
Newbuilding contracts are recognised as a fixed asset based on instalments paid to the yard. Building supervision costs and project costs related to the newbuilding contracts are capitalised.
D) IMPAIRMENT OF ASSETS
At the end of each quarter, every ship is assessed for impairment indicators. The same applies when events or changes occur that may entail that the asset’s carrying amount may not be recovered. In assessing the need for impairments, assets are grouped at the lowest level at which there is identifiable and predominantly independent cash inflows, which means per ship. Impairment is calculated as the difference between the asset’s carrying amount and the value considered as recoverable. The recoverable amount is the higher of the asset’s fair value less cost to sell and its value in use to the Company. Value in use is calculated by discounting anticipated future cash flows from the asset. When it is assumed that the asset’s value is lower than its carrying amount, an impairment loss is recognised.
Impairment loss recognised in earlier periods is reversed only in case of changes to the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount. However, the reversal amount may only be so high that book value after reversal at most corresponds to the value at which the asset would have been registered if it had not been impaired earlier. Such reversals are recorded in the income statement.
Financial assets classified as being available for sale are written down when there are objective indications that the asset has declined in value. An accumulated loss (the difference between acquisition cost and current market value, with deduction of impairments previously included in the result and any amortisation amounts) is included in the income statement. If the market value of a debt instrument classified as available for sale increases in a subsequent period, and the increase can objectively be linked to an event that took place after the impairment was included in the income statement, the impairment loss will be reversed over the income statement.
Impairment loss for an investment in an equity instrument classified as held for sale, will not be reversed over the income statement.
The determination of whether an arrangement is, or contains a lease is based on the substance of the arrangement at inception date. Leases are classified as financial leases if the terms of the lease agreement transfers substantially all the risks and rewards incidental to ownership of an asset. All other leases are classified as operating lease.
Assets financed under financial leases are capitalized at inception of the lease at the fair value of the leased vessel or, if lower, at the present value of the minimum lease payments. The corresponding lease obligation is recognized as a liability in the balance sheet. Lease payments are split between interest cost and reduction of the lease liability. Interest cost is recognized in the income statement.
Financial leased assets are depreciated over the shorter of the estimated useful life of the asset and the lease term. For operating leases, the payments (time charter hire or bareboat hire) are recognized as an expense on a straight line basis over the term for the lease.
F) INVESTMENTS IN OTHER COMPANIES
Investments in subsidiaries and jointly controlled companies are accounted for in the parent company using the cost method.
G) ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
Accounts receivable are booked at nominal amount less expected loss.
H) CASH FLOW STATEMENT
The cash flow statement has been prepared using the indirect method. Liquid assets includes cash, bank deposits (restricted and unrestricted) and other short-term investments, which can be converted to cash within 3 months. For restricted deposits, see note 5.
(i) Treasury shares
Own equity instruments that are reacquired (treasury shares) are recognised at cost and deducted from equity. No gain or loss is recognised in profit or loss on the purchase, sale, issue or cancellation of the Group’s own equity instruments. Any difference between the carrying amount and the consideration, if reissued, is recognised in share premium. Share options exercised during the reporting period are fulfilled with treasury shares.
(ii) Costs related to equity transactions
Transaction costs directly related to equity transactions are charged directly against the equity after tax deductions.
J) EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Defined contribution pension scheme
All employees are member of the company’s defined contribution scheme. The premium is charged as incurred by operations. Social security tax expense is recognized based on the pension plan payments.
Defined benefit pension scheme
The company has unfunded pension liabilities. These relate to early retirement and pension to persons, that have not been included in the service pension scheme. Pension obligations are estimated by an independent actuary.
Actuarial gains and losses arising from changes in actuarial assumptions are charged and credited to equity through other comprehensive income in the period in which they arise.
A provision is recorded when the company has a liability (legal or constructive) as a result of a previous event, where it is likely (more likely than not) that there will be a financial settlement as a result of this liability and that the size of the sum can be reliably determined. If the effect is considerable, the provision is calculated by discounting the expected future cash flow with a discount rate before tax, which reflects the market’s evaluation of the time value of money and, if relevant, risks specifically connected to the liability.
Provisions for loss-creating contracts are included when the group’s expected income from a contract is lower than the inevitable costs which were incurred in discharging the obligations of the contract.
L) REVENUE RECOGNITION
Gains will be taken to income when it is likely that transactions will generate future financial gains which will be attributable to the company and the sum can be reliably estimated. Interest rate income is taken to income based on effective interest method according to when it is earned.
Dividend received from subsidiaries is accounted for in the same year as dividend has been accrued for in the subsidiary. If such dividend exceeds the prorata share of retained earnings after the acquisition of the shares, such excess portion represents repayment of capital and reduces the acquisition cost accordingly.
M) TRANSACTIONS IN FOREIGN CURRENCY
Transactions in foreign currency are converted at the rate at the time of the transaction. Monetary items in foreign currency are converted into Norwegian kroner using the rate on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items which are measured at historical rates expressed in foreign currencies, are converted into Norwegian kroner using the currency rate at the time of the transaction.
Non-monetary items which are measured at market value expressed in foreign currency are converted at the currency rate on the balance sheet date. Currency rate changes are charged against income during the accounting period.
N) CONTINGENT GAINS AND LOSSES
Provisions are made for contingent losses deemed probable and quantifiable. Contingent gains are not recognised.
O) RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Transactions with related parties are carried out at market terms. See note 15 for further information.
P) EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE SHEET DATE
New information after the balance sheet date regarding the company’s financial position as of the balance sheet date is taken into consideration in the annual accounts. Events after the balance sheet date that do not affect the company’s financial position as of the balance sheet date, but which will have an impact on the company’s financial position in the future are revealed if significant.
Q) USE OF ESTIMATES IN PREPARATION OF THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS
The management has used estimates and assumptions that have affected assets, debt, income, costs and information on potential liabilities. This applies particularly to pension liabilities and share-based remuneration. Future events can entail a change in these estimates. Estimates and the underlying assumptions are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Changes in accounting estimates are entered in the period when the changes occur. If the changes also apply to future periods, the effect is distributed over the current and future periods.
R) EARNINGS PER SHARE
Earnings per share are calculated by dividing the net result by a weighted, average number of shares in the reporting period. Diluted earnings per share are calculated on the basis the dilution effect of issued options and convertible loans, if any.
S) SHARE-BASED REMUNERATION
The employees in Belships ASA have received options to purchase shares in the company. The market value of the awarded options is measured at the time of the award and charged to expense over the vesting period as a wage cost with corresponding increase in other paid-in equity. The market value of the options granted is estimated using the Black and Scholes option pricing model.
T) FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
Financial instruments are valued at lowest of cost and estimated fair value.