The PZU Management Board represents that the PZU Group’s consolidated financial statements and comparative data have been prepared in line with the prevailing accounting principles, and honestly, accurately and clearly reflect the PZU Group’s assets and financial position.
Correctness and reliability of presented financial statements
The Management Board of PZU declares that, to the best of their knowledge, the annual financial statements and comparable data of PZU Group have been prepared in accordance with the applicable accounting principles and provide a true, fair and clear view of the economic and financial position and the financial result of the Group and the management report of PZU Group presents a true picture of its development and achievements, including a description of the main risks and threats.
Selection of the entity authorized to audit financial statements
The Management Board of PZU represents that the entity authorized to audit financial statements - KPMG Audyt Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k. - which audited the annual consolidated financial statements was selected in accordance with the provisions of law and that the entity and certified auditors who audited the financial statements met the requirements to express an unbiased and independent opinion on the audited annual consolidated financial statements, in accordance with the applicable provisions of law and professional standards
Cooperation with international public institutions
Companies of PZU Group cooperate with the EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) in the context of Solvency II.
Information about significant agreements for the operations of PZU Group, including those concluded between shareholders
The Management Board is not aware of any agreements concluded by the date of preparation of this Management’s Report of PZU Capital Group (including those concluded after the end of the financial year), which could result in future changes in proportions of shares held by the existing shareholders.
Information on significant contracts concluded
On 16 October 2015, PZU issued a guarantee in relation to the liabilities of PZU Finance AB (publ) arising from the bonds issued by the company. The maximum value of the guarantee was not established. The guarantee issued by PZU is irrevocable and unconditional and will expire on the expiry of the bondholders’ claims against PZU Finance AB. PZU is not entitled to receive any remuneration for the issuance of the guarantee.
On 19 October 2015, the Issuer took a loan from PZU Finance AB (publ) with a total value of EUR 350 million and the interest rate of 1.425% per year. The loan is to be paid back on 28 June 2019.
Related party transactions
PZU Group companies provide services to each other, as part of their capital and business ties. With the exception of companies of the Tax Capital Group, transactions are concluded at arm’s length.
Tax Capital Group
On 25 September 2014, a new Tax Capital Group agreement was signed, covering the following 13 PZU Group’s companies: PZU, PZU Życie, Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń SA, PZU Centrum Operacji SA, PZU Pomoc SA, Ogrodowa-Inwestycje Sp. z o.o., Ipsilon Sp. z o.o., PZU Asset Management SA, TFI PZU SA, Ipsilon Bis SA, PZU Finanse Sp. z o.o., Omicron SA, Omicron Bis SA. The tax capital group was established for a 3-year period - between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017.
PZU is the dominating and representing company of the tax capital group. In accordance with art. 25 section 1 of the CIT act, the tax capital group makes monthly settlements with the Treasury Office. PZU makes advance payments to the Treasury Office in scope of CIT owed from all companies, while PZU Życie provides PZU with advance CIT payments concerning the business activity of PZU Życie.
Seasonal or cyclical business
Operations of PZU are not of a seasonal or cyclical nature to the extent that would justify application of the suggestions presented in International Financial Reporting Standards.
Evaluation of financial resources management, including the ability to repay liabilities and definition of possible threats and activities, undertaken or planned by the Issuer to counteract these threats
The financial position of the Issuer is very good. It meets all the security requirements imposed by the Act on Insurance Activity and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. A stable rating outlook of PZU confirms that the Issuer has a strong business position, high levels of equity and is a competitive entity in the insurance market.
In 2015 and by the date of preparation of this Management’s Report of PZU Capital Group, PZU Group did not take part in any proceedings before court, body competent to hear arbitration proceedings or public authority body concerning liabilities or receivables of PZU or its direct and indirect subsidiaries with the value of at least 10% of the equity of PZU. The description of court cases and proceedings before the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) is included in the consolidated financial statements of PZU Group for 2015.
As at 31 December 2015, the total value of all 121,918 cases heard by courts, bodies competent to hear arbitration proceedings or public authority bodies involving PZU Group entities was PLN 4,898.3 million. The amount includes PLN 3,131.1 million of liabilities and PLN 1,767.2 million of receivables of PZU Group companies, which accounted for 25.29% and 14.28% of the equity of PZU calculated in line with PAS, respectively.