(3) Operating Segments


Reporting on operating segments (see table “Consolidated Operating Segments”) has been prepared in accordance with IFRS 8. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in Note (1).

Telekom Austria Group has aligned its management structure and the resulting segment reporting due to the demand for convergent products. As a result, operating segments are based on geographical markets. Telekom Austria Group reports separately on its five operating segments: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus and Additional Markets. The “Extended Board”, which regularly convenes in Extended Board Meetings, is Telekom Austria Group’s chief operating decision maker. It consists of the Management Board (Group CEO, Group CFO and Group CTO) as well as the Group Officers of Telekom Austria AG who represent human resources and marketing. The Extended Board focuses on EBITDA comparable as well as EBITDA including effects from restructuring and impairment tests.

The segment Austria comprises convergent products for voice telephony, internet access, data and IT solutions, value-added services, wholesale services, television broadcasting (A1 TV), mobile business and payment solutions in Austria.

The segment Bulgaria comprises voice telephony (mobile and fixed-line telephone service), access to emergency services, directory services, internet access, data and IT solutions, value-added services, wholesale services, the sale of end-user terminal equipment, IP television and other IP based services and payment solutions in Bulgaria.

The segment Croatia provides mobile and fixed-line telephony, cable and satellite television, value-added services as well as mobile and fixed-line internet access in Croatia.

The segment Belarus comprises mobile communication services in Belarus. Since 2011, hyperinflation accounting in accordance with IAS 29 has been applied to the segment Belarus, which results in a restatement of non-monetary assets, liabilities and all items of the statements of comprehensive income for the change in a general price index and the translation of these items applying the year-end exchange rate.

The segment Additional Markets comprises the mobile communication companies in Slovenia and the Republic of Serbia. In the Republic of Macedonia mobile and fixed-line communication services are offered.

Segment revenues, segment expenses and segment results include transfers between operating segments. Such transfers are accounted for at transfer prices corresponding to competitive market prices charged to unaffiliated customers for similar products. These transfers are eliminated in consolidation.

The segments are reported on a consolidated basis. Segment assets and segment liabilities do not include deferred tax assets or liabilities, income tax receivables or income tax payables.

The column Corporate & Other comprises mainly holding companies as well as the group financing company and it is reported in addition to the column eliminations for improved transparency. Other financial income reported in the column Corporate & Other relates to dividend income from fully consolidated subsidiaries which is eliminated in consolidation, thus having no impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements.

The elimination column contains intersegment consolidation entries and the reconciliation of segment assets and liabilities to consolidated total assets and liabilities. Capital expenditures, as well as depreciation and amortisation, relate to property, plant and equipment and other intangible assets.

In 2014 and 2013, other non-cash items mainly consist of restructuring expenses, pension and severance expense, interest expense on restructuring provisions and asset retirement obligations, bad debt expenses and the net monetary gain in the segment Belarus resulting from the application of hyperinflation accounting as well as accrued interest in Corporate & Other. Additionally in 2014, this item contains the gain on the merger of mobilkom Liechtenstein in Corporate & Other (see Notes (2) and (5)) as well as non-cash changes in provisions (see Note (22)) and the one-time effect relating to the deferral of revenues (see Note (9)) in the segment Austria. In 2013, this item contains the gain on bargain purchases in the segment Croatia as well as the loss from the sale of the stake in Airwin Entertainment GmbH in the segment Austria.

None of the segments records revenues from transactions with a single external customer amounting to at least 10% or more of Telekom Austria Group’s revenues.

For information on restructuring in the segment Austria, see Note (22).

The item other financial income includes other financial result as well as foreign exchange differences.