2.21 Leases

The leasing of assets involving the transfer of essentially all the risk and rewards incidental to ownership to the lessee is designated as a finance lease. Finance leases are recognised initially in the balance sheet at the lower of the fair value of the leased asset or the present value of the minimum lease payments. The leased asset is depreciated over its useful life or the lease term, whichever is shorter. The corresponding financial obligations are recorded as liabilities.

Leases of assets for which, essentially, the lessor effectively has and benefits from all of the risks and rewards incidental to ownership are classified as operating leases. The costs under an operating lease are recorded in the income statement.