The objective of Etteplan Oyj’s internal control and risk management is to ensure that the Company’s operations are efficient and profitable, its information is reliable, and it complies with appropriate regulations and operating principles. The objectives also include identification, assessment, and monitoring of risks related to business operations. Internal audit helps to improve the efficient fulfilment of the Board’s supervision obligation.


Operating principles of internal control


Etteplan’s internal control process in controlled by the Finnish Companies Act, the Securities Markets Act and other laws and regulations applicable to the operations of the company, the rules and recommendations of the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd., as well as Corporate Governance Code for Finnish listed companies. External control is implemented by the company’s auditors and the authorities.

Internal control in Etteplan covers financial reporting and other monitoring. The function of internal control is to ensure that the company achieves the goals and objectives set for it, as well as uses its resources economically and appropriately. Internal control also aims to ensure among other things correct and reliable financial and other information, compliance with external regulations and internal guidelines and policies, as well as sufficient security of operations and information. Furthermore, internal control aims to ensure the organization of adequate and appropriate IT and manual systems to support the operations of the company.

In Etteplan internal control is executed by the Board of Directors, management and the company’s entire personnel. Internal control is divided into 1) proactive control, 2) day-to-day control and 3) subsequent control. Proactive control consists of specification of corporate values and general operational principles. Day-to-day control includes operational steering and monitoring and thereto related operational systems and work instructions. Subsequent control comprises management evaluations and inspections, comparisons and verifications with the aim of ensuring that the goals are met and the agreed operational principles are followed.


Organization of risk management


Risk management is an integral part of Etteplan’s business management and internal control framework. The function of risk management is to anticipate future risks, to ensure that targets are reached, and to secure operations in changing conditions. The objective is to ensure that the company’s operations are efficient and profitable, that the information produced is reliable, and that it complies with the appropriate regulations and operating principles.

The key measures of Etteplan risk management are proactive measures, securing operations, limiting adverse impacts, and utilizing opportunities. Etteplan risk management consists of coordinated measures aiming to identify, evaluate, manage and control all major risk areas of the Group in a systematic and proactive manner.

Etteplan’s risk management process is led by the Group President and CEO together with the Management Group member responsible for risk management. The Management Group monitors the significant risks of the business units and supervises the development of the Group’s risk management system and practices.

The business managers have the primary responsibility for risk management. Managers are responsible for risk management in their business areas in compliance with the Group’s risk management guidelines. Risk management ensures profit, quality and continuity.

Managers report on the major risks and overall risk status of their business area to the Management Group as part of the monthly business reporting. The Group’s financial administration monitors and assesses operational and financial risks and takes measures to hedge against them in cooperation with the Board of Directors, the Management Group and operative management.

The Board of Directors supervises risk management and approves the risk management guidelines of the Group. Risk management actions and the most relevant Group level risks are reported regularly to the Board of Directors.

Risks and risk management are presented on Company’s website and in the Annual report 2018.

Reviews concerning financing risks are presented in the notes to the consolidated financial statements in the Annual Report 2018.




Internal audit


Etteplan Group does not have separate internal audit function. The Board can engage external advisors to perform evaluations relating to control environment or other activities.


Description of the main features of the internal control and risk management systems pertaining to the financial reporting process


Etteplan prepares consolidated financial statements and interim reports in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted by EU, the Securities Markets Acts as well as the appropriate Financial Supervision Authority Standards and Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd’s rules. The Report of the Board of Directors of Etteplan and parent company financial statements are prepared in accordance with Finnish Accounting Act and the opinions and guidelines of the Finnish Accounting Board.

Etteplan Group observes Group level accounting principles and instructions, which are applied in all Group companies and according to which the Group's financial reporting is prepared. Together with reporting calendar and schedules, accounting principles and instructions form the framework for timely and correct Group reporting. Etteplan’s business operations are in all material respects located in Finland, Sweden, China, the Netherlands and Poland, and all countries have local accounting and financial reporting organizations, systems and reporting to the Group. Internal control and risk management systems and practices as described below are designed to ensure that the financial reports as disclosed by the Company give essentially correct information about the Company finances.

Etteplan has a common Group consolidation system. Accounting data is transferred from the local accounting systems either automatically or manually and correctness is controlled by the Group’s accounting team. Common chart of accounts forms the basis of Group reporting. The Group accounting, consolidation and published financial reports are prepared by the centralized team.


Internal control over financial reporting


Proper arrangement and monitoring of internal control is the responsibility of the local management in accordance with the Group framework. Etteplan Board of Directors has approved operating principles of internal control, which have been prepared in accordance with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2015 recommendation 25. Operating principles include the main features of risk management process, summary of risks, control objectives and common control points for financial reporting as well as roles and responsibilities in executing and monitoring internal control in Etteplan.

Internal controls over financial reporting process at the country and Group level was a focus area in 2009. Since then the processes have been reviewed and updated annually. Etteplan’s finance organization has analyzed process risks and defined control objectives for external financial reporting process. Existing control points in the process have been documented. These control points include for example reconciliations, authorizations, analysis, and segregation of key accounting duties. The work has been led by the Group CFO.

According to its annual clock, the Management Group has monthly meetings where also financial performance and financial reporting are analyzed. Prior to these meetings, financial reports have been analyzed in the business group level to detect any irregularities or errors. Group level financial reports are prepared to the Etteplan Board on a monthly basis. The Board also reviews and approves interim financial reports, annual results report and financial statements.

Etteplan does not have separate internal audit function. The Board can engage external advisors to perform evaluations relating to control environment or other activities.

Management of financial risks: Management_of_Financial_Risks.pdf

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Back to Key financial data EUR 1,000, Financial period Jan 1 – Dec 31 2018 IFRS 2017 IFRS 2016 IFRS 2015 IFRS 2014 IFRS Revenue 236,477 214,768 183,938 141,143 131,916 Change in revenue, % 10.1 16.8 30.3 7.0 -1.9 Operating profit (EBITA) 22,555 17,387 12,070 9,540 8,933 % of revenue 9.5 8.1 6.6 6.8 6.8 Operating profit (EBIT) 20,184 15,484 10,131 8,594 7,856 % of revenue 8.5 7.2 5.5 6.1 6.0 Profit before taxes and non-controlling interest 19,396 14,745 9,441 7,933 7,168 % of revenue 8.2 6.9 5.1 5.6 5.4 Profit for the financial year 15,280 11,586 7,604 6,189 6,147 Return on equity, % 24.4 20.9 17.4 19.5 22.7 ROCE, % 21.3 17.8 14.8 17.4 17.8 Equity ratio, % 42.9 40.7 40.0 37.8 39.5 Gross investments 16,527 7,589 30,186 9,867 3,565 % of revenue 7.0 3.5 16.4 7.0 2.7 Net gearing, % 29.8 43.0 55.9 41.6 56.5 Personnel, average 2,995 2,711 2,407 1,948 1,813 Personnel at year end 3,055 2,802 2,545 2,074 1,859 Wages and salaries 156,183 144,965 129,172 101,452 94,367   Back to Key financial data Read more

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Back to Key financial data   EUR 1,000 Note Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2018   Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2017   Revenue 7 236,477   214,768   Other operating income 8 1,172   446   Materials and services 10 -21,822   -20,429   Staff costs 11 -156,183   -144,965   Other operating expenses 12 -33,667   -29,021   Depreciation and amortization 19,20 -5,792   -5,315   Operating profit (EBIT)   20,184 8.5% 15,484 7.2% Financial income 14 791   538   Financial expenses 15 -1,580   -1,277   Profit before taxes   19,396   14,745   Income taxes 17 -4,116   -3,160   Profit for the financial year   15,280   11,586   Other comprehensive income, that may be reclassified to profit or loss           Currency translation differences   -1,200   -727   Other comprehensive income, that will not be reclassified to profit or loss           Change in fair value of investments available-for-sale   0   9   Change in fair value of equity investments at fair value through other comprehensive income   3   0   Other comprehensive income for the year, net of tax 17 -1,197   -718   Total comprehensive income for the year   14,083   10,868               Profit for the financial year attributable to           Equity holders of the parent company   15,280   11,470   Non-controlling interest   0   115       15,280   11,586   Total comprehensive income attributable to           Equity holders of the parent company   14,083   10,759   Non-controlling interest   0   108       14,083   10,868   Earnings per share calculated from the profit attributable to equity holders of the parent company           Basic earnings per share, EUR 18 0.62   0.47   Diluted earnings per share, EUR 18 0.62   0.47     The notes are an integral part of the financial statements.   Back to Key financial data Read more

Consolidated statement of financial position

Back to Key financial data   EUR 1,000  Note Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 ASSETS       Non-current assets       Goodwill 22 65,165 59,014 Other intangible assets 19 20,856 17,875 Tangible assets 20 4,065 3,524 Investments available-for-sale 21 0 691 Investments at fair value through other comprehensive income 21 695 0 Other non-current receivables   54 88 Deferred tax assets 31 161 79 Non-current assets, total   90,995 81,270         Current assets       Inventory 23 362 250 Work in progress 7 20,503 19,246 Trade and other receivables 24 32,367 33,260 Current tax assets   223 326 Cash and cash equivalents   16,115 10,074 Current assets, total   69,569 63,157 TOTAL ASSETS   160,564 144,427         EQUITY AND LIABILITIES       Equity       Share capital 25 5,000 5,000 Share premium account 25 6,701 6,701 Unrestricted equity fund 25 20,101 18,524 Own shares 25 -452 -80 Cumulative translation adjustment 25 -3,901 -2,701 Other reserves 25 231 228 Retained earnings 25 24,567 18,780 Profit for the financial year 25 15,280 11,470 Equity, total   67,527 57,923         Non-current liabilities       Deferred tax liabilities 31 4,518 3,442 Interest-bearing liabilities 27 24,105 19,634 Other non-current liabilities 29 2,036 700 Non-current liabilities, total   30,659 23,776         Current liabilities       Interest-bearing liabilities 27 12,147 15,329 Advances received 7 3,064 2,057 Trade and other payables 30 45,386 43,667 Current income tax liabilities   1,782 1,675 Current liabilities, total   62,378 62,728 Liabilities, total   93,037 86,504 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   160,564 144,427   The notes are an integral part of the financial statements.   Back to Key financial data Read more

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Back to Key financial data   EUR 1,000 Note Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2018 Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017 OPERATING CASH FLOW       Cash receipts from customers   239,983 211,280 Operating expenses paid   -212,081 -189,949 Operating cash flow before financial items and taxes   27,903 21,331         Interest and payment paid for financial expenses 15 -956 -773 Interest received 14 59 55 Income taxes paid 17 -3,950 -2,359 Operating cash flow (A)   23,055 18,254         INVESTING CASH FLOW       Purchase of tangible and intangible assets 19, 20 -1,752 -2,105 Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired 5 -8,262 -3,108 Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets 8 21 26 Proceeds from sale of investments   1 0 Investing cash flow (B)   -9,992 -5,187         Cash flow after investments (A+B)   13,063 13,067         FINANCING CASH FLOW       Purchase of own shares 25 -516 -262 Expenses paid for directed share issue   -7 0 Acquisition of non-controlling interest   0 -1,696 Issue of new current loans 27 3,559 607 Repayments of current loans 27 -24,743 -5,855 Issue of new non-current loans 27 22,102 5,000 Payment of finance lease liabilities 27, 28 -1,765 -1,642 Dividend paid 25 -5,684 -3,930 Financing cash flow (C)   -7,054 -7,777         Variation in cash (A+B+C) increase (+) / decrease (-)   6,009 5,290         Assets at the beginning of the financial period   10,074 4,750 Exchange gains or losses on cash and cash equivalents   32 35 Assets at the end of the financial period   16,115 10,074   The notes are an integral part of the financial statements.   Back to Key financial data Read more

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