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Subsidiaries comprise all domestic and foreign entities directly or indirectly controlled by Orell Füssli Ltd, either by holding at least 50% of the voting rights or by otherwise exercising a significant influence on the business management and business policy.
Subsidiaries are consolidated as of the date on which direct or indirect control passes to Orell Füssli Ltd. They are deconsolidated as of the date that such control ceases. All identifiable assets and liabilities of a subsidiary are measured at fair value as of the acquisition date. The excess of a cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group’s share of the net assets of an acquired subsidiary is recognised in the equity as goodwill.
The impact of inter-company transactions is eliminated in the consolidated financial statements.
Participations in joint ventures
Joint ventures under joint management, but not controlled by one of the parties, are consolidated on a pro rata basis.
As of 1 October 2013 Orell Füssli Thalia Ltd was created by the merger of the book retailing activities of Thalia Bücher Ltd and Orell Füssli Buchhandlungs Ltd. Each parent company holds a 50% interest and the Board of Directors consists of two representatives of each parent company. For the purposes of reporting consistency, this joint venture is consolidated on a pro rata basis. Orell Füssli Ltd hold 51% of the capital of Orell Füssli Buchhandlungs Ltd, while the Hugendubel Holding Ltd holds 49%.
Participations in associated companies
Participations in associated companies in which Orell Füssli Ltd is able to exercise a significant influence are accounted for using the equity method. Influence is considered as significant if Orell Füssli Ltd directly or indirectly holds between 20% and 50% of the voting rights or if it can otherwise exercise a significant influence on the business management and business policy.
Using the equity method, participations in associated companies are recognised initially at cost. Cost may include goodwill. The carrying amount of the participation is adjusted subsequently depending on the development of Orell Füssli Ltd’s share in the associated company’s equity.
Holdings of less than 20% of voting rights are recognised at the lower value of cost or market value.