Auditor’s report

To the general meeting of the shareholders of Peab AB (publ.), corp. id 556061-4330

Report on the annual accounts and consolidated accounts

Opinions

We have audited the annual accounts and consolidated accounts of Peab AB (publ.) for the year 2017. The annual accounts and consolidated accounts of the company are included here in this document.

In our opinion, the annual accounts have been prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act, and present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the parent company as of 31 December 2017 and its financial performance and cash flow for the year then ended in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act. The consolidated accounts have been prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Group as of 31 December 2017 and their financial performance and cash flow for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the EU, and the Annual Accounts Act. The Board of Directors´ report is consistent with the other parts of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts.

We therefore recommend that the AGM adopts the income statement and balance sheet for the parent company and the Group.

Our opinions in this report on the the annual accounts and consolidated accounts are consistent with the content of the additional report that has been submitted to the parent company’s audit committee in accordance with the Audit Regulation (537/2014) Article 11.

Basis for Opinions

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (ISA) and generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities section. We are independent of the parent company and the Group in accordance with professional ethics for accountants in Sweden and have otherwise fulfilled our ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements.This includes that, based on the best of our knowledge and belief, no prohibited services referred to in the Audit Regulation (537/2014) Article 5.1 have been provided to the audited company or, where applicable, its parent company or its controlled companies within the EU.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinions.

Key Audit Matters

Key audit matters of the audit are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts of the period in question. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of, and in forming our opinion thereon, the annual accounts and consolidated accounts as a whole, but we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

Revenue recognition for construction projects
See notes 2 and 27 and accounting principles in note 1 in the annual account and consolidated accounts for detailed information and a description of the matter.

Description of key audit matter

The Group recognises ongoing construction projects according to the percentage of completion method, which means that revenue and expenses are recognised gradually in line with the contract’s progress. Revenue and profits are recognised in relation to the progress of the project, based on expenses incurred as of the balance sheet date compared with estimated total expenses on completion of the project. Feared losses are recognized as expenses as soon as they become known.

Revenue and profit recognition is based on estimates of the total project cost and project revenue. An effective control environment, with ongoing forecast monitoring of the project’s final financial outcome, is therefore of great importance to the Group. Changes in assumptions during the implementation of a project may have a material impact on the Group’s profit and financial position. Project forecasts are evaluated regularly by the Group during the course of the project and are adjusted as necessary. Modifications and additional work and demands are considered when the Group considers it probable that the amount will be received from the client and when the amount can be measured reliably.

Response in the audit

We have obtained information about and evaluated management’s process for reviewing projects, including their procedures for identifying loss-making projects and/or high risk projects as well as the process for forecasting revenue and expenses (including the assessment of modifications and additional work).

We selected a sample of construction projects for which we have evaluated and assessed the most significant areas. Among other things, we have:

  • tested to ensure that controls are effective throughout the year for expenses attributable to construction projects such as payroll expenses, expenses for subcontractors and purchasing costs,
  • evaluated the financial result against the project estimate and forecasts to assess the Group’s ability to deliver the forecast margin in projects,
  • visited selected large sites that are deemed high risk to assess the actual degree of completion and the effectiveness of the Group’s internal controls and
  • assessed whether risks and opportunities in projects were accurately reflected in project forecasts.

Projects where particularly complex areas have been identified were discuessed with executive management based on forecasted revenue and predicted final expenses.

We have assessed loss-making contracts and evaluated whether the reserves reflect the risks in projects, and challenged management’s assessments of these risks.

Valuation of project and development properties
See notes 2 and 23 and accounting principles in note 1 in the annual accounts and consolidated accounts for detailed information and a description of the matter.

Description of key audit matter

Project and development properties amount to SEK 6,439 million (7,007). The properties are recognized as inventories among current assets. They are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value, based on the prevailing price in the local area. Changes in supply and demand may change the assessments of carrying amounts and impairment may be necessary.

Given that development properties account for a material proportion of the Group’s total assets and that the valuation process is based on subjective judgement this is a key area in our audit.

For valuation of development properties under construction, it is also necessary to assess the Group’s process for project management, particularly how it is accouting for construction expenses and any commitments linked to these projects.

There may be a risk that the carrying amount for project and development properties is overestimated and that this would have a material impact on the Group’s profit and financial position.

Response in the audit

The Group assesses the net realisable value of the project and development properties based on an internal valuation model. As a supplement to this valuation, it also obtain external market valuations for a number of the properties. Among other things, we have:

  • evaluated the Group’s internal valuation process. We have examined the assumptions made and their application in the internal valuation model,
  • assessed the internal valuations and carrying amounts, also taking into account the external market valuations and
  • tested a sample of the property valuations in further detail. For the selected sample we have examined inputs and calculations in the internal valuation model.

Other Information than the annual accounts and consolidated accounts

This document also contains other information than the annual accounts and consolidated accounts and is found on pages 1-27 respectively 110-120. The Board of Directors and the CEO are responsible for this other information.

Our opinion on the annual accounts and consolidated accounts does not cover this other information and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion regarding this other information.

In connection with our audit of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts, our responsibility is to read the information identified above and consider whether the information is materially inconsistent with the annual accounts and consolidated accounts. In this procedure we also take into account our knowledge otherwise obtained in the audit and assess whether the information otherwise appears to be materially misstated.

If we, based on the work performed concerning this information, conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the CEO

The Board of Directors and the CEO are responsible for the preparation of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts and that they give a fair presentation in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and, concerning the consolidated accounts, in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU. The Board of Directors and the CEO are also responsible for such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of annual accounts and consolidated accounts that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the annual accounts and consolidated accounts The Board of Directors and the CEO are responsible for the assessment of the company’s and the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern. They disclose, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting. The going concern basis of accounting is however not applied if the Board of Directors and the CEO intend to liquidate the company, to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

The Audit Committee shall, without prejudice to the Board of Directors’ responsibilities and tasks in general, among other things oversee the company’s financial reporting process.

Auditor’s responsibility

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the annual accounts and consolidated accounts as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinions. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs and generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these annual accounts and consolidated accounts.

As part of an audit in accordance with ISAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. We also:

  • Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinions. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
  • Obtain an understanding of the company’s internal control relevant to our audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the company’s internal control.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by the Board of Directors and the CEO.
  • Conclude on the appropriateness of the Board of Directors’ and the CEO’s, use of the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual accounts and consolidated accounts. We also draw a conclusion, based on the audit evidence obtained, as to whether any material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the company’s and the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor’s report to the related disclosures in the annual accounts and consolidated accounts or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion about the annual accounts and consolidated accounts. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause a company and a group to cease to continue as a going concern.
  • Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts, including the disclosures, and whether the annual accounts and consolidated accounts represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
  • Obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence regarding the financial information of the entities or business activities within the group to express an opinion on the consolidated accounts. We are responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the group audit. We remain solely responsible for our opinions.

We must inform the Board of Directors of, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit. We must also inform of significant audit findings during our audit, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identified.

We must also provide the Board of Directors with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with the Board of Directors, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts, including the most important assessed risks for material misstatement, and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in the auditor’s report unless law or regulation precludes disclosure about the matter.

Report on other legal and regulatory requirements

Opinions

In addition to our audit of the annual accounts and consolidated accounts, we have also audited the administration of the Board of Directors and the CEO of Peab AB (publ.) for the year 2017 and the proposed appropriations of the company’s profit or loss.

We recommend to the AGM that the profit be appropriated in accordance with the proposal in the Board of Directors’ report and that the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO be discharged from liability for the financial year.

Basis for Opinions

We conducted the audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities section. We are independent of the parent company and the Group in accordance with professional ethics for accountants in Sweden and have otherwise fulfilled our ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinions.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the CEO

The Board of Directors is responsible for the proposal for appropriations of the company’s profit or loss. At the proposal of a dividend, this includes an assessment of whether the dividend is justifiable considering the requirements which the company’s and the Group’s type of operations, size and risks place on the size of the parent company’s and the Group’s equity, consolidation requirements, liquidity and position in general.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the company’s organization and the administration of the company’s affairs. This includes among other things continuous assessment of the company’s and the Group’s financial situation and ensuring that the company’s organization is designed so that the accounting, management of assets and the company’s financial affairs otherwise are controlled in a reassuring manner.

The CEO shall manage the ongoing administration according to the Board of Directors’ guidelines and instructions and among other matters take measures that are necessary to fulfill the company’s accounting in accordance with law and handle the management of assets in a reassuring manner.

Auditor’s responsibility

Our objective concerning the audit of the administration, and thereby our opinion about discharge from liability, is to obtain audit evidence to assess with a reasonable degree of assurance whether any member of the Board of Directors or the CEO in any material respect:

  • has undertaken any action or been guilty of any omission which can give rise to liability to the company, or
  • in any other way has acted in contravention of the Companies Act, the Annual Accounts Act or the Articles of Association.

Our objective concerning the audit of the proposed appropriations of the company’s profit or loss, and thereby our opinion about this, is to assess with reasonable degree of assurance whether the proposal is in accordance with the Companies Act.

Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden will always detect actions or omissions that can give rise to liability to the company, or that the proposed appropriations of the company’s profit or loss are not in accordance with the Companies Act.

As part of an audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. The examination of the administration and the proposed appropriations of the company’s profit or loss is based primarily on the audit of the accounts. Additional audit procedures performed are based on our professional judgment with starting point in risk and materiality. This means that we focus the examination on such actions, areas and relationships that are material for the operations and where deviations and violations would have particular importance for the company’s situation. We examine and test decisions undertaken, support for decisions, actions taken and other circumstances that are relevant to our opinion concerning discharge from liability. As a basis for our opinion on the Board of Directors’ proposed appropriations of the company’s profit or loss we examined the Board of Directors’ reasoned statement and a selection of supporting evidence in order to be able to assess whether the proposal is in accordance with the Companies Act.

Auditor’s opinion regarding the statutory sustainability report

To the AGM in Peab AB (publ.), corporate identity number 556061-4330

Engagement and responsibility

The Board of Directors is responsible for the sustainability report for the year 2017 on pages 8-27, 42-44, 110-113 and that it is prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act.

The scope of the examination

Our examination has been conducted in accordance with FAR:s auditing standard RevR 12 The auditor’s opinion regarding the statutory sustainability report. This means that our examination of the statutory sustainability report is different and substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden. We believe that the examination has provided us with sufficient basis for our opinion.

Opinion

A sustainability report has been prepared.

KPMG AB was appointed auditor of Peab AB (publ.) by the AGM on the 10 May 2017. KPMG AB or auditors operating at KPMG AB have been the company’s auditor since 1992.

Förslöv 29 March 2018

KPMG AB

 

 

Dan Kjellqvist
Authorized Public Accountant