To the shareholders of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V.
Report on the audit of the financial statements 2019 included in the annual report
We have audited the accompanying financial statements 2019 of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V., based in Amsterdam. The financial statements include the consolidated financial statements and the company financial statements.
In our opinion:
The accompanying consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. as at 31 December 2019, and of its result and its cash flows for 2019 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (EU-IFRS) and with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
The accompanying company financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. as at 31 December 2019, and of its result for 2019 in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
The consolidated financial statements comprise:
The consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 December 2019.
The following statements for 2019: the consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows.
The notes comprising a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
The company financial statements comprise:
The company balance sheet as at 31 December 2019.
The company profit and loss account for 2019.
The notes comprising a summary of the accounting policies and other explanatory information.
Basis for our opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with Dutch law, including the Dutch Standards on Auditing. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the ‘Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements’ section of our report.
We are independent of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. in accordance with the Wet toezicht accountantsorganisaties (Wta, Audit firms supervision act), the Verordening inzake de onafhankelijkheid van accountants bij assurance-opdrachten (ViO, Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, a regulation with respect to independence) and other relevant independence regulations in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we have complied with the Verordening gedrags- en beroepsregels accountants (VGBA, Dutch Code of Ethics).
We believe the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Based on our professional judgement we determined the materiality for the financial statements as a whole at € 9.6 million. The materiality is based on 1% of total investment property. We have also taken into account misstatements and/or possible misstatements that in our opinion are material for the users of the financial statements for qualitative reasons.
€ 9.6 million
Basis for group materiality level
1% of total investment property
Threshold for reporting misstatements
€ 480 thousand
We agreed with the Executive board of directors that misstatements in excess of € 480 thousand, which are identified during the audit, would be reported to them, as well as smaller misstatements that in our view must be reported on qualitative grounds.
Scope of the group audit
Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. is at the head of a group of entities. The financial information of this group is included in the consolidated financial statements of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V..
Our group audit mainly focused on significant group entities.
We have performed all audit procedures ourselves for all group entities.
By performing the procedures mentioned above at group entities, together with additional procedures at group level, we have been able to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence about the group's financial information to provide an opinion about the consolidated financial statements.
Our key audit matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgement, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements. We have communicated the key audit matters to the Executive board of directors. The key audit matters are not a comprehensive reflection of all matters discussed.
These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.
Key audit matter
How the key audit matter was addressed in the audit
Valuation of investment property
Investment property and investment property under construction are important accounts balances in the statement of financial position and are valued at fair value. The valuations of these investment properties are based on external valuations.
The valuation of investment property contains an inherent estimation uncertainty (see also notes 4.1, 12 and 13 of the notes to the financial statements).
We have obtained an understanding of the key controls, including the involvement of the external valuation experts by management, surrounding the valuation process.
Using the underlying external appraisal reports we have verified the value of the investment property. We have likewise reconciled the rental data applied with the financial accounting records. On the basis of IAS 40, we have reviewed the Fair Value concept as applied by the appraisers.
Likewise, we have critically reviewed the relevant factors influencing the appraisal value of an object and discussed these with the external appraisers and the responsible client personnel.
We have additionally engaged internal property experts to review a selection of the property.
We have performed an additional test on the reliability of the estimation by comparing the valuation with the revenues effectively realized upon sale.
Emphasis of the impact of the coronavirus
The coronavirus also impacts Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. Management disclosed the current impact and her plans to deal with these events or circumstances in page 6, 8, 47, and 72 of the financial statements. Management indicates that it is currently not possible for them to properly estimate the impact of the Coronavirus on the financial performance and health of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Retail Fund N.V. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.
Report on the other information included in the annual report
In addition to the financial statements and our auditor's report thereon, the annual report contain other information that consists of:
Report of the Executive board of directors.
Other Information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
Other additional information, among others: Responsible investing, Corporate governance and Risk management.
Based on the following procedures performed, we conclude that the other information:
We have read the other information. Based on our knowledge and understanding obtained through our audit of the financial statements or otherwise, we have considered whether the other information contains material misstatements.
By performing these procedures, we comply with the requirements of Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code and the Dutch Standard 720. The scope of the procedures performed is substantially less than the scope of those performed in our audit of the financial statements.
Management is responsible for the preparation of the other information, including the Report of the Executive board of directors in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, and the other information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
Description of responsibilities regarding the financial statements
Responsibilities of management for the financial statements
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with EU-IFRS and Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. Furthermore, management is responsible for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
As part of the preparation of the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the company's ability to continue as a going concern. Based on the financial reporting frameworks mentioned, management should prepare the financial statements using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.
Management should disclose events and circumstances that may cast significant doubt on the company's ability to continue as a going concern in the financial statements.
Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements
Our objective is to plan and perform the audit assignment in a manner that allows us to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence for our opinion.
Our audit has been performed with a high, but not absolute, level of assurance, which means we may not detect all material errors and fraud during our audit.
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 financial statements. The materiality affects the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures and the evaluation of the effect of identified misstatements on our opinion.
We have exercised professional judgement and have maintained professional skepticism throughout the audit, in accordance with Dutch Standards on Auditing, ethical requirements and independence requirements. Our audit included e.g.:
Identifying and assessing the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, designing and performing audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtaining audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. 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.
Obtaining an understanding of internal control relevant to the 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.
Evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
Concluding on the appropriateness of management's use of the going concern basis of accounting, and based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the company'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 financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. 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 the company to cease to continue as a going concern.
Evaluating the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures.
Evaluating whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
Because we are ultimately responsible for the opinion, we are also responsible for directing, supervising and performing the group audit. In this respect we have determined the nature and extent of the audit procedures to be carried out for group entities. Decisive were the size and/or the risk profile of the group entities or operations. On this basis, we selected group entities for which an audit or review had to be carried out on the complete set of financial information or specific items.
We communicate with management regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant findings in internal control that we identified during our audit.
From the matters communicated with the Executive board of directors, we determine the key audit matters: those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements. We describe these matters in our auditor's report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, not communicating the matter is in the public interest.
Amsterdam, March 23, 2020
Deloitte Accountants B.V.