Legal structure and principal activities
Bouwinvest Real Estate Investment Management B.V. (‘Bouwinvest’ or ‘the company’), with its head office in Amsterdam, at La Guardiaweg 4, is a private company with limited liability incorporated on 9 October 2002. The Company is registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce under number 34180506. Bouwinvest’s objective is to provide real estate investment services to the Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Bouwnijverheid (pension fund for the Dutch construction industry - bpfBOUW), to other institutional investors and to bpfBOUW group companies as defined in article 2:24b of the Dutch Civil Code.
In connection with its foreign offices in Sydney and New York (set to open in early 2020), Bouwinvest has two subsidiaries: Bouwinvest Asia Pacific PTY LTD (Australia) and Bouwinvest North America LLC (USA). Bouwinvest holds 100% of the shares in these companies.
All shares in the company are held by bpfBOUW. The company forms part of a group, headed by bpfBOUW in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s financial information is included in the financial statements of bpfBOUW. Copies are available in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the bpfBOUW website.
Bouwinvest is an investment manager specialised in real estate for institutional investors. Bouwinvest manages five Dutch sector funds. Bouwinvest also manages a separate mandate for BpfBOUW for real estate investments in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. In the Netherlands, the management services cover the entire real estate chain, from acquisition, development and redevelopment to asset management and disposal. For the international investments, the management services consist primarily of defining the real estate investment strategy, fund selection and monitoring the performance of the selected fund managers and funds.
Bouwinvest and bpfBOUW are a fiscal entity for the purposes of VAT. BpfBOUW is the head of the fiscal entity and in addition to Bouwinvest this entity also includes Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Hotel Fund N.V., Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Healthcare Fund N.V., Bouwinvest Development B.V. and GIP Beheer B.V. for the purposes of VAT. The fiscal entity for the purposes of VAT has actually existed since 1 January 2018; the companies in this fiscal entity file their VAT returns independently.
Basis for the preparation of the financial statements
The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Part 9, Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
The legal entity is subject to the medium-sized company financial statements regulations as defined in article 2:397 of the Dutch Civil Code.
Assets and liabilities are valued and results are determined on a historical cost basis. Unless stated otherwise in the relevant policy regarding a specific balance sheet item, assets and liabilities are valued on a cost basis.
Income and expenses are accounted for in the period to which they pertain. Profit is only included if this has been realised on the balance sheet date. Losses originating before the end of the financial year are recognised if they are known before preparation of the financial statements.
The company’s financial statements are presented in thousands of euro (€), unless otherwise stated.
Financial instruments include primary financial instruments, such as receivables and payables.
The notes to the specific items of the balance sheet disclose the fair value of the related instrument if this deviates from the carrying amount. The carrying amounts of all financial instruments approximate the fair value. If the financial instrument is not recorded in the balance sheet, the information on the fair value is disclosed in the notes to the ‘Contingent rights and obligations’.
For the valuation principles of primary financial instruments, reference is made to the notes per balance sheet item.
Intangible fixed assets
Intangible fixed assets are stated at purchase price less straight-line depreciations, calculated taking into account the estimated economic life of the assets in question, and less any impairments if applicable. Acquisitions in the year under review are subject to depreciation according to the proportion of the year they have been held.
Depreciation is over a period of three to five years.
Tangible fixed assets
Tangible fixed assets are stated at purchase price less straight-line depreciations, calculated taking into account the estimated economic life of the assets in question, and less impairments if applicable. Any assets purchased in the year under review are subject to depreciation according to the proportion of the year they have been held.
Depreciation is over a period of three to five years.
Financial fixed assets: Participations
When significant influence is exercised, associated companies are valued at net asset value. When no significant influence is exercised, associated companies are valued at cost less any impairments if applicable. The valuation of associated companies takes into account any impairments.
Upon initial recognition, receivables are included at fair value and then valued at amortised cost. The fair value and amortised cost equal the face value. Any provision for doubtful debts deemed necessary is deducted. These provisions are determined by individual assessment of the receivables.
Deferred tax assets
Deferred tax assets are recognised if and in so far as it is likely that the tax asset can be realised in due course. These deferred tax assets are valued at face value and are predominantly of a short-term nature.
Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents are valued at face value. If cash equivalents are not freely disposable, then this should be taken into account in the valuation of same.
Provisions are recognised if the company has a legally enforceable or constructive obligation as a result of a past event; it is likely that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation; and the amount can be estimated reliably. Provisions are taken for the cash value of the outflows that are expected to be required for the settlement of the obligation, if the impact of same is material.
Deferred tax liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for the difference between the fiscal and commercial valuation of the participations. These deferred tax liabilities are valued at face value and are predominantly of a long-term nature.
Upon initial recognition, the liabilities recognised are stated at fair value and then valued at amortised cost.
The management fee is calculated on the basis of the invested capital and project turnover.
Corporate income tax is calculated at the applicable rate on the result for the financial year, taking into account permanent differences between profit calculated according to the financial statements and profit calculated for taxation purposes, and with deferred tax assets (if applicable) only recognised in so far as their realisation is likely.
Notes to the cash flow statement, general principles
The cash flow statement is drawn up according to the indirect method. The funds in the cash flow statement consist of cash and cash equivalents. Cash equivalents are considered to be highly liquid investments. Interest income and expenses are recognised in the cash flow from ordinary operations.