1. Presentation of the financial statements and accounting policies

Basis of preparation

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 applicable to those companies reporting under IFRS, Article 4 of the IAS Regulation and International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (collectively referred to as IFRS) and related interpretations, as adopted for use in the European Union in all cases.

Accounting convention

The financial statements have been prepared using the historical cost convention, as modified by certain financial assets and financial liabilities (including derivative instruments) at fair value. The specific accounting policies adopted, which have been approved by the Board and which have been applied consistently in all years presented, are described within this note.

Going concern

The directors have, at the time of approving the financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

Consolidation

The financial statements include the financial statements of the Company and all the subsidiaries during the years reported for the periods during which they were members of the Consort Medical plc group ("the Group").

Discontinued operations

A discontinued operation is a component of the Group's business that represents a separate major line of business or geographical area of operations that has been disposed of or is held for sale, or is a subsidiary acquired exclusively with a view to resale. Classification of a discontinued operation occurs upon disposal or when the operation meets the criteria to be classified as held for sale, if earlier. When an operation is classified as a discontinued operation, the comparative income statement is presented as if the operation had discontinued from the start of the comparative period. The disposal of King Systems, as described in note 28, gives rise to a discontinued operation.

Segmental reporting

The Group's chief operating decision maker is considered to be the Executive Committee. This committee is responsible for the executive management of the Group and comprises the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer, the Company Secretary/General Counsel, the General Manager of the Group's Bespak business and the Director of Group Human Resources. This committee meets monthly to make decisions on operational and strategic matters other than those reserved for the Board. The Committee is responsible for allocating resources and assessing the performance of the Group. The Group's operating segments are determined with reference to the information that is supplied to the Executive Committee in order for it to allocate the Group's resources and to monitor the performance of the Group. The Executive Committee focuses on the operations of the Group as a whole and does not identify individual operating segments and, as a result, the Group has only one reportable segment.

Subsidiaries

The consolidated financial statements combine the financial statements of the parent Company and all its subsidiaries made up to 30 April 2014. Subsidiaries are entities which are directly or indirectly controlled by the Group. Control exists where the Group has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities, generally accompanying a shareholding of more than one-half of the voting rights.

The acquisition method of accounting is used to account for the acquisition of subsidiaries by the Group. The cost of an acquisition is measured as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of completion. Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date, irrespective of the extent of any non-controlling interest. The excess of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group's share of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. If the cost of acquisition is less than the fair value of the net assets of the subsidiary acquired, the difference is recognised directly in the income statement. Costs of acquisition are charged to the income statement in the period in which they are incurred.

Inter-Company transactions, balances and unrealised gains on transactions between Group undertakings are eliminated. Unrealised losses are also eliminated but considered an impairment indicator of the asset transferred. Uniform accounting policies have been adopted across the Group.

In the parent Company financial statements, investments in subsidiaries are accounted for at cost less provision for any impairment.

Investments

Equity investments in entities that are neither associates nor subsidiaries are held at cost, less any provision for impairment.

Foreign currencies

Items included in the financial statements of each of Consort Medical plc's entities are measured using that entity's functional currency, which is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates. The consolidated financial statements are presented in sterling, which is the parent Company's functional and presentation currency.

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at period-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the consolidated income statement, except when deferred in equity as qualifying cash flow hedges and qualifying net investment hedges.

The results and financial position of all Group undertakings that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentation currency with (i) assets and liabilities for each balance sheet translated at the closing rate at the date of that balance sheet; (ii) income and expenses for each income statement translated at average exchange rates for the period; and (iii) all resulting exchange differences recognised as a component of other comprehensive income.

Exchange differences arising from the translation of the net investment in foreign entities, and of borrowings and other currency instruments designated as hedges of such investments, are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

Goodwill and fair value adjustments arising on the acquisition of a foreign entity are treated as assets and liabilities of the foreign entity and translated at the closing rate.

The average GBP:USD exchange rate for the financial year used in the preparation of these financial statements was 1.60 (2013: 1.60). The closing exchange rate was 1.68 (2013: 1.55).

Revenue

Revenue comprises the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for the sale of goods and services. Revenue from sales of products is recognised when the risks and rewards of ownership pass to the customer, and is stated net of value added tax and other sales taxes. The point at which risk and reward is transferred is usually determined from shipping terms, which vary from customer to customer. Revenue from sales of services is recognised in the period in which the related chargeable costs are incurred or when revenue is earned under contractual obligations. Revenue is recognised when it is probable that economic benefits associated with the transaction will flow to the Group.

Advance payments received from customers are credited to deferred income and the related revenue is released to the income statement in accordance with the recognition criteria described above.

Where a manufacturing contract includes variable consideration (such as a minimum order guarantee), the transaction price includes management's best estimate of the variable consideration receivable.

Revenue — accounting policy change

With the scale and incidence of new business investment developments, the directors have reassessed the judgements made in accounting for tooling and equipment revenue, and have changed their accounting policy:

  • From: accounting on a gross basis (i.e. recognising gross revenue from tooling and equipment with the related cost recorded in operating expenses);
  • To: accounting for this on a net basis, having regard to the transfer of risks and rewards.

This accounting policy change is reflected as a prior year adjustment with comparatives restated accordingly with a reduction in both revenue and operating expenses for the year ended 30 April 2013 of £6.3m. Trade receivables and trade payables have reduced by £2.1m and £2.2m respectively with a matching increase in other debtors and other creditors. There is no impact on basic or diluted EPS.

Post-employment benefits

The Group operates various post-employment schemes, including both defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans and post-employment medical plans.

(a) Pension obligations

A defined contribution plan is a pension plan under which the Group pays fixed contributions into a separate entity. The Group has no legal or constructive obligations to pay further contributions if the fund does not hold sufficient assets to pay all employees the benefits relating to employee service in the current and prior periods. A defined benefit plan is a pension plan that is not a defined contribution plan. Typically defined benefit plans define an amount of pension benefit that an employee will receive on retirement, usually dependent on one or more factors such as age, years of service and compensation. The liability recognised in the balance sheet in respect of defined benefit pension plans is the present value of the defined benefit obligation at the end of the reporting period less the fair value of plan assets. The defined benefit obligation is calculated annually by independent actuaries using the projected unit credit method. The present value of the defined benefit obligation is determined by discounting the estimated future cash outflows using interest rates of high-quality corporate bonds that are denominated in the currency in which the benefits will be paid, and that have terms to maturity approximating to the terms of the related pension obligation. In countries where there is no deep market in such bonds, the market rates on government bonds are used. Actuarial gains and losses arising from experience adjustments and changes in actuarial assumptions are charged or credited to equity in other comprehensive income in the period in which they arise. Past-service costs are recognised immediately in income. For defined contribution plans, the Group pays contributions to publicly or privately administered pension insurance plans on a mandatory, contractual or voluntary basis. The Group has no further payment obligations once the contributions have been paid. The contributions are recognised as employee benefit expense when they are due. Prepaid contributions are recognised as an asset to the extent that a cash refund or a reduction in the future payments is available.

(b) Termination benefits

Termination benefits are payable when employment is terminated by the Group before the normal retirement date, or whenever an employee accepts voluntary redundancy in exchange for these benefits. The Group recognises termination benefits at the earlier of the following dates: (a) when the Group can no longer withdraw the offer of those benefits; and (b) when the entity recognises costs for a restructuring that is within the scope of IAS 37 and involves the payment of termination benefits. In the case of an offer made to encourage voluntary redundancy, the termination benefits are measured based on the number of employees expected to accept the offer. Benefits falling due more than 12 months after the end of the reporting period are discounted to their present value.

(c) Profit-sharing and bonus plans

The Group recognises a liability and an expense for bonuses and profit-sharing, based on a formula that takes into consideration the profit attributable to the Company's shareholders after certain adjustments. The Group recognises a provision where contractually obliged or where there is a past practice that has created a constructive obligation.

Share-based payments

The Group operates a number of equity-settled, share-based compensation plans, under which the entity receives services from employees as consideration for equity instruments (options) of the Group. The fair value of the employee services received in exchange for the grant of the options is recognised as an expense. The total amount to be expensed is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted:

  • including any market performance conditions (for example, an entity's share price);
  • excluding the impact of any service and non-market performance vesting conditions (for example, profitability, sales growth targets and remaining an employee of the entity over a specified time period); and
  • including the impact of any non-vesting conditions (for example, the requirement for employees to save).

Non-market vesting conditions are included in assumptions about the number of options that are expected to vest. The total expense is recognised over the vesting period, which is the period over which all of the specified vesting conditions are to be satisfied. At the end of each reporting period, the entity revises its estimates of the number of options that are expected to vest based on the non-market vesting conditions. It recognises the impact of the revision to original estimates, if any, in the income statement, with a corresponding adjustment to equity.

When the options are exercised, the Company may issue new shares. The proceeds received net of any directly attributable transaction costs are credited to share capital (nominal value) and share premium when the options are exercised.

The grant by the Company of options over its equity instruments to the employees of subsidiary undertakings in the Group is treated as a capital contribution. The fair value of employee services received, measured by reference to the grant date fair value, is recognised over the vesting period as an increase to investment in subsidiary undertakings, with a corresponding credit to equity.

Property, plant and equipment

Property, plant and equipment is stated at cost including any incidental costs of acquisition less accumulated depreciation. Cost includes the original purchase price of the asset and the costs attributable to bringing the asset to its working condition for its intended use. Depreciation is recognised so as to write off the cost of property, plant and equipment (less the current expected residual value) on a straight-line basis over their expected useful lives as follows:

— Freehold buildings and leasehold buildings with original lease terms over 50 years50 years
— Leasehold buildings with original lease terms less than 50 yearsRemaining period of lease
— Cleanrooms20 years
— Building services10 to 20 years
— Plant, equipment and vehicles3 to 10 years

Cleanrooms and building services are categorised within plant and equipment. Land is not depreciated.

Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised in the income statement.

Assets under construction

The costs of property, plant and equipment are capitalised as incurred and are not depreciated until such time as the assets are commissioned, when the total costs are transferred to the appropriate asset category.

Goodwill

Goodwill arising in a business combination is recognised as an asset at the date that control is acquired (the acquisition date). Goodwill is measured as the excess of the sum of the consideration transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the fair value of the acquirer's previously held equity interest (if any) in the entity over the net of the acquisition-date amounts of the identifiable assets acquired and the liabilities assumed.

Goodwill is not amortised but is reviewed for impairment at least annually or more frequently if events or circumstances require. For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill is allocated to each of the Group's cash-generating units expected to benefit from the synergies of the combination. Cash-generating units to which goodwill has been allocated are tested for impairment annually, or more frequently when there is an indication that the unit may be impaired. If the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit is less than the carrying amount, the impairment loss is allocated first to reduce the carrying amount of any goodwill allocated to the unit and then to the other assets of the unit pro rata on the basis of the carrying amount of each asset in the unit. An impairment loss recognised for goodwill is not reversed in a subsequent period.

Internally generated intangible assets — research and development expenditure

Expenditure on research activities is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.

An internally generated intangible asset arising from the Group's product development is recognised only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • An asset is created that can be identified;
  • It is probable that the asset created will generate future economic benefits;
  • It is technically feasible that the intangible asset can be completed so that it will be available for use or sale and there are sufficient available resources to complete it; and
  • The development cost of the asset can be measured reliably.

Where a product requires regulatory approval prior to launch, it is presumed that there is insufficient certainty over the product's technical feasibility to recognise an intangible asset prior to that approval being obtained.

Internally generated intangible assets are amortised on a straight-line basis over their useful lives. The estimated useful economic life of capitalised development costs is 5 to 10 years. Where no internally-generated intangible asset can be recognised, development expenditure is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.

Other intangible assets

Other intangible assets, including purchased patents, know-how, trademarks, software licences, customer contracts and relationships and distribution rights are capitalised at cost and amortised on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful economic lives through operating expenses. The estimated useful lives of other intangible assets are as follows:

Computer software: 4 years
Patented and unpatented technology and know-how: 10 years
Trademarks and trade names: 10 years
Customer contracts and relationships: 5 to 10 years
Licences and distribution agreements: 2 to 11 years

Impairment of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets excluding goodwill

The carrying values of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets excluding goodwill are reviewed for impairment when events or changes in circumstance indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated in order to determine the extent of impairment loss. Where it is not possible to identify separate cash flows relating to individual assets, Consort Medical plc estimates the recoverable amount of the cash-generating unit to which it belongs. Where tangible and intangible assets excluding goodwill have suffered an impairment, they are reviewed for possible reversal of the impairment at each reporting date.

Leasing commitments

Leases in which a significant portion of the risks and rewards of ownership are retained by the lessor are classified as operating leases. Rentals payable under operating leases are charged to income on a straight-line basis over the term of the relevant lease.

Leasing agreements which transfer to the Group substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership of an asset are treated as finance leases, as if the asset had been purchased outright. Assets held under finance leases are recognised as assets of the Group at their fair value or, if lower, at the present value of the minimum lease payments, each determined at the inception of the lease. The corresponding liability to the lessor is included in the balance sheet as a finance lease obligation. Lease payments are apportioned between finance expenses and reduction of the lease obligation so as to achieve a constant rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability.

Inventories

Inventories and work in progress are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost comprises the direct cost of production and the attributable portion of overheads based on normal operating capacity appropriate to location and condition. Cost is determined on a first in, first out basis. Net realisable value represents the estimated selling price less all estimated costs of completion and costs to be incurred in marketing, selling and distribution. Provision is made if necessary for any slow-moving, obsolete or defective stock.

Cash and cash equivalents

In the consolidated and Company statements of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents includes cash in hand, deposits held at call with banks, other short-term highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less, and bank overdrafts. In the consolidated and Company balance sheets, bank overdrafts are shown within borrowings in current liabilities.

Finance income and costs

Interest receivable and payable on bank deposits and borrowings is credited or charged to finance income and expenses as it falls due.

Provisions

Provisions are recognised when there is a present obligation (legal or constructive) as a result of a past event, it is probable that an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation. Where there is an expectation that some or all of a provision will be reimbursed, for example under an insurance contract, the reimbursement is recognised as a separate asset, but only when the reimbursement is virtually certain. The expense relating to any provision is presented in the income statement net of any reimbursement. If the effect of the time value of money is material, provisions are determined by discounting the expected future cash flows at a pre-tax rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and, where appropriate, the risks specific to the liability. Where discounting is used, the increase in the provision due to the passage of time is recognised as other finance expenses.

A contingent liability is disclosed where the existence of an obligation will only be confirmed by future events or where the amount of the obligation cannot be measured with reasonable reliability. Contingent assets are not recognised, but are disclosed where an inflow of economic benefits is probable.

Trade receivables

Trade receivables are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently held at amortised cost. A provision for impairment of trade receivables is established when there is objective evidence that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the original terms of the receivables.

Trade payables

Trade payables are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently held at amortised cost.

Borrowings and borrowing costs

Interest-bearing bank loans and overdrafts are recorded at fair value, net of direct issue costs and subsequently stated at amortised cost. Finance charges, including premiums payable on settlement or redemption and direct issue costs, are accounted for on an accruals basis to the income statement and are added to the carrying amount of the instrument to the extent that they are not settled in the period in which they arise.

Fees paid on the establishment of loan facilities are recognised as transaction costs of the loan to the extent that it is probable that some or all of the facility will be drawn down. In this case, the fee is deferred until drawdown occurs. To the extent there is no evidence that it is probable that some or all of the facility will be drawn down, the fee is capitalised as a prepayment for liquidity services and amortised over the period of the facility to which it relates.

Dividends

Dividends are recorded in the financial statements in the period in which they are approved by the Company's shareholders. Interim dividends are recorded in the period in which they are approved and paid.

Taxation

The charge for current taxation is based on the results for the year as adjusted for items that are non-assessable or disallowed. It is calculated using rates that have been enacted, or substantially enacted, by the balance sheet date.

Tax that relates to items recognised in other comprehensive income or in equity is recognised in other comprehensive income or equity respectively.

Deferred taxation is accounted for in full using the balance sheet liability method in respect of temporary differences arising from differences between the carrying amount of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the computation of taxable profit.

Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for all taxable temporary differences except in respect of investments in subsidiaries where the Company is able to control the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

Deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available against which the temporary difference can be utilised. Their carrying amount is reviewed at each balance sheet date on the same basis.

Deferred tax is measured at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the periods in which the asset or liability is settled. It is recognised in the consolidated income statement except when it relates to items credited or charged directly to equity, in which case the deferred tax is also dealt with in equity.

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when the deferred income taxes assets and liabilities relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority on either the taxable entity or different taxable entities where there is an intention to settle the balances on a net basis.

During the period legislation was enacted to allow UK companies to elect for the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) on qualifying expenditure incurred since 1 April 2013, instead of the existing super-deduction rules. At the balance sheet date management has concluded that the election will be made and therefore the RDEC is recorded as income included in profit before tax, netted against research and development expenses as the RDEC is of the nature of a government grant. In previous periods there was a reduction in the income tax expense.

Share capital, share premium and share issue costs

Share issue costs are incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares or options and are shown as a deduction, net of tax, from the proceeds. Any excess of the net proceeds over the nominal value of any shares issued is credited to the share premium account.

Where any Group company purchases the Company's equity share capital (treasury shares), the consideration paid, including any directly attributable incremental costs (net of income taxes), is deducted from equity attributable to the Company's equity holders until the shares are cancelled or reissued. Where such ordinary shares are subsequently reissued, any consideration received, net of any directly attributable incremental transaction costs and the related income tax effects, is included in equity attributable to the Company's equity holders.

Derivative financial instruments and hedging activities

Derivatives are initially recognised at fair value on the date a derivative contract is entered into and are subsequently remeasured at their fair value. The method of recognising the resulting gain or loss depends on whether the derivative is designated as a hedging instrument, and if so, the nature of the item being hedged. The Group designates certain derivatives as either:

  1. hedges of the fair value of recognised assets or liabilities or a firm commitment (fair value hedge);
  2. hedges of a particular risk associated with a recognised asset or liability or a highly probable forecast transaction (cash flow hedge); or
  3. hedges of a net investment in a foreign operation (net investment hedge).

The Group documents at the inception of the transaction the relationship between hedging instruments and hedged items, as well as its risk management objectives and strategy for undertaking various hedging transactions. The Group also documents its assessment, both at hedge inception and on an ongoing basis, of whether the derivatives that are used in hedging transactions are highly effective in offsetting changes in fair values or cash flows of hedged items.

The fair values of various derivative instruments used for hedging purposes are disclosed in note 26. The full fair value of a hedging derivative is classified as a non-current asset or liability when the remaining hedged item is more than 12 months, and as a current asset or liability when the remaining maturity of the hedged item is less than 12 months. Trading derivatives are classified as a current asset or liability.

A Fair value hedge

Changes in the fair value of derivatives that are designated and qualify as fair value hedges are recorded in the income statement, together with any changes in the fair value of the hedged asset or liability that are attributable to the hedged risk. The Group only applies fair value hedge accounting for hedging fixed interest risk on borrowings. The gain or loss relating to the effective portion of interest rate swaps hedging fixed rate borrowings is recognised in the income statement within 'finance costs'. The gain or loss relating to the ineffective portion is recognised in the income statement within 'other finance income/(costs)'. Changes in the fair value of the hedge fixed rate borrowings attributable to interest rate risk are recognised in the income statement within 'finance costs'.

If the hedge no longer meets the criteria for hedge accounting, the adjustment to the carrying amount of a hedged item for which the effective interest method is used is amortised to profit or loss over the period to maturity.

B Cash flow hedge

The effective portion of changes in the fair value of derivatives that are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges is recognised in equity. The gain or loss relating to the ineffective portion is recognised immediately in the income statement within 'other finance income/(losses)'.

Amounts accumulated in equity are recycled in the income statement in the periods when the hedged item affects profit or loss (for example, when the forecast sale that is hedged takes place). The gain or loss relating to the effective portion of interest rate swaps hedging variable rate borrowings is recognised in the income statement within 'revenue'. However, when the forecast transaction that is hedged results in the recognition of a non-financial asset (for example, inventory or fixed assets), the gains and losses previously deferred in equity are transferred from equity and included in the initial measurement of the cost of the asset. The deferred amounts are ultimately recognised in cost of goods sold in the case of inventory or in depreciation in the case of fixed assets.

When a hedging instrument expires or is sold, or when a hedge no longer meets the criteria for hedge accounting, any cumulative gain or loss existing in equity at that time remains in equity and is recognised when the forecast transaction is ultimately recognised in the income statement. When a forecast transaction is no longer expected to occur, the cumulative gain or loss that was reported in equity is immediately transferred to the income statement within 'other finance income/(costs)'.

C Net investment hedge

Hedges of net investments in foreign operations are accounted for similarly to cash flow hedges.

Any gain or loss on the hedging instrument relating to the effective portion of the hedge is recognised in other comprehensive income. The gain or loss relating to the ineffective portion is recognised immediately in the income statement.

Gains and losses accumulated in equity are included in the income statement when the foreign operation is partially disposed of or sold.

Critical accounting estimates and judgements

In the application of the Group's accounting policies, which are described in this note, the directors are required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be relevant. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

Judgements

The following are the critical judgements, apart from those involving estimations (which are dealt with separately below), that the directors have made in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies and that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements.

A Impairment of goodwill

The Group tests, at least annually, whether goodwill has suffered any impairment in accordance with the accounting policy above. The recoverable amount is determined based on value in use calculations. The use of this method requires the estimation of future cash flows and the choice of a suitable discount rate in order to calculate the present value of these cash flows. Actual outcomes could vary. The value in use of The Medical House cash-generating unit is dependent upon a successful launch of an injectable product by the Group's customers. Whilst management's view, based on the facts at the date of signing these financial statements, is that these products will be launched successfully within a reasonable timescale, the product launches are largely outside of the Group's control and subject to approval by regulatory bodies, and so there remains a risk that future cash inflows will be less than forecast in the value in use calculations.

B Contingent consideration

The value of contingent consideration on the disposal of King Systems depends upon the performance of that business following its disposal. Actual performance could vary from forecast.

C Development costs

In assessing whether development costs meet the recognition criteria for internally generated intangible assets, which are described elsewhere in this note, the directors make certain critical judgements as to the technical feasibility and commercial viability of the related product, and around the likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval.

D Income taxes

There are many transactions and calculations for which the ultimate tax determination is uncertain during the ordinary course of business. The Group recognises liabilities for anticipated tax audit issues based on estimates of whether additional taxes will be due. Where the final tax outcome of these matters is different from the amounts that were initially recorded, such differences will impact the income tax and deferred tax provisions in the period in which such determination is made. The Group is evaluating the provisions of the UK Government's Patent Box regime and its potential applicability to the Bespak business and, as a result of the uncertainty that exists, has not currently assumed any benefit that may arise.

Estimates

The key assumptions concerning the future, and other key sources of estimation uncertainty at the balance sheet date, that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below.

A Post-employment benefits

The determination of the pension cost and defined benefit obligation of the Group's defined benefit pension schemes depends on the selection of certain assumptions which include the discount rate, inflation rate, salary growth, mortality and expected return on scheme assets. Differences arising from actual experiences or future changes in assumptions will be reflected in subsequent periods. See note 21 for further details.

B Impairment of property, plant and equipment

Property, plant and equipment are reviewed for impairment if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. When a review for impairment is conducted, the recoverable amount is determined based on value in use calculations prepared on the basis of management's assumptions and estimates.

C Provisions and related assets

In determining the amount to recognise for any provision or related asset, management consults with suitably qualified and experienced Group personnel, considers the Group's experience of similar matters and communications with potential counterparties and the Group's legal advisers.

Special items and other non-GAAP performance measures

The directors believe that the 'adjusted' profit and earnings per share measures provide additional useful information for shareholders on the underlying performance of the business. These measures are consistent with how business performance is measured internally. The adjusted profit before tax measure is not a recognised profit measure under IFRS and may not be directly comparable with 'adjusted' profit measures used by other companies.

Further detail on the special items in the period can be found in note 6. The directors also refer to EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) as a performance indicator. EBITDA also adds back any profit or loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment.

Adoption of new and revised standards

The following new standards and amendments have been applied for the first time during the year commencing 1 May 2013:

IAS 19 (revised) 'Employee benefits' amends the accounting for employment benefits. The Group has applied the standard retrospectively in accordance with the transition provisions of the standard. The impact on the Group has been as follows:

  • The standard replaces the interest cost on the defined benefit obligation and the expected return on plan assets with a net interest cost based on the net defined benefit asset or liability and the discount rate, measured at the beginning of the year. There is no change to determining the discount rate; this continues to reflect the yield on high-quality corporate bonds. This has increased the income statement charge as the discount rate applied to assets is lower than the expected return on assets. This has no effect on total comprehensive income as the increased charge in profit or loss is offset by a credit in other comprehensive income. The effect has been that the income statement charge for the year to 30 April 2013 by £272,000.
  • Under IAS 19, interest on the service cost was allowed to be apportioned between net finance costs and service costs in the income statement. Under the revised standard, the Company is required to report all of this interest within the service cost. This has increased operating expenses and reduced finance costs for the year to 30 April 2013 by £26,000. There is no impact on total profit.
  • The tax effect of the above entries reduces the tax charge in the income statement and increase the tax charge in equity by £62,000 for the year to 30 April 2013.
  • There is a new term ''remeasurements''. This is made up of actuarial gains and losses, the difference between actual investment returns and the return implied by the net interest cost.
  • The effect of the change in accounting policy has no impact on the consolidated balance sheet or consolidated cash flow statement and the impact on earnings per share is immaterial.

IFRS 13 'Fair value measurement' measurement and disclosure requirements are applicable for the financial year commencing 1 May 2013. The Group has included the relevant disclosure requirements within note 26.

Amendment to IAS 36 "Impairment of assets" relates to the recoverable amount disclosures for non-financial assets. The amendment removes certain disclosures of the recoverable amount of CGUs that had been included in IAS 36 by the issue of IFRS 13. The amendment is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 but has been early adopted by the Group.

Amendments to IAS 1 "Presentation of financial statements" are applicable for the financial year commencing 1 May 2013. The Group has included the relevant disclosure requirements within the financial statements. In addition, IAS 27 Revised 'Separate Financial Statements', IAS 28 Revised 'Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures', IFRS 10 'Consolidated financial statements', IFRS 11 'Joint arrangements', and IFRS 12 'Disclosure of interests in other entities' are applicable for the financial year commencing 1 May 2014 and are not expected to have a material impact on the Group.

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, the following Standards and Interpretations which have not been applied in these financial statements were in issue but not yet effective (and in some cases have not yet been adopted by the EU):

IFRS 9Financial Instruments
IFRS 10Consolidated Financial Statements
IFRS 11Joint Arrangements
IFRS 12Disclosure of Interests in other Entities
IAS 27 (revised)Separate Financial Statements
IAS 28 (revised)Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures
Amendments to IFRS 7 and IAS 32Financial Instruments on Asset and Liability offsetting
IFRS 15Revenue from customers with contracts

Parent Company financial statements

The financial statements of the parent Company, Consort Medical plc, have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted for use in the European Union in all cases. On publishing the parent Company financial statements together with the Group financial statements, the Company is taking advantage of the exemption in s408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present its individual income statement or statement of comprehensive income and related notes that form a part of these approved financial statements.