The Volvo Group’s operations are organized in business areas and a number of business units with Group-wide responsibility for engines, product development, sourcing, IT, logistics and parts. Substantial synergies are created within the Group based on global coordination and competitive offerings.
In Volvo’s external financial reporting, net sales and operating income are reported for each product-related business area. As from January 1, 2007, the benefits from the synergies created in the business units are transferred back to the product-related business areas as the financial results from all business units are allocated to the business areas. The allocation is based on the respective business area’s use of the services of the business units. Previous years only the financial result from the business units Volvo Powertrain and Volvo Parts have been allocated to the business areas whereas the remaining business units have been included in the item Other. After allocation the item Other will only include the financial result generated from corporate functions. Quarterly and yearly financial results 2006 by business area have been recalculated according to the allocation and are presented in an appendix to this pressrelease.
As from January 1, 2007, the responsibility for the group treasury function and the real estates will be moved from Financial Services. The group treasury function will be reported under corporate functions. The real estates of the group, Volvo Real Estate, will be reported within the industrial and commercial operations and the financial result, previously reported in Financial Services, will be allocated to the business areas.
As from January 1, 2007, Financial Services is consolidated according to the purchase method. Previously, Financial Services has been consolidated according to the equity method. The appendix includes balance sheets presenting the Volvo group as at December 31, 2006, including the transfer of Volvo Real Estate and the consolidation of Financial Services according to the purchase method. As a consequence, net financial position changes from SEK 24.7 billion to SEK 22.4 billion and net debt ratio changes from 28.3 percent to 28.6 percent within Industrial & Commercial.
April 17, 2007
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For further information, please contact Mårten Wikforss, +46 31 66 11 27 or +46 705 59 11 49. Or Christer Johansson at +43 31 661334 or +46 706 54 55 22