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.

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 2019.

Reviews concerning financing risks are presented in the notes to the consolidated financial statements in the Annual Report 2019.


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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 Poland and Germany, 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 to the  system from the Group's accounting system automatically, 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 2020 recommendation 24. 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.

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Back to Key financial data EUR 1,000, Financial period Jan 1 – Dec 31 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Revenue 263,292 236,477 214,768 183,938 141,143 Change in revenue, % 11.3 10.1 16.8 30.3 7.0 Operating profit (EBITA) 25,964 22,555 17,387 12,070 9,540 % of revenue 9.9 9.5 8.1 6.6 6.8 Operating profit (EBIT) 22,819 20,184 15,484 10,131 8,594 % of revenue 8.7 8.5 7.2 5.5 6.1 Profit before taxes and non-controlling interest  21,924 19,396 14,745 9,441 7,933 % of revenue 8.3 8.2 6.9 5.1 5.6 Profit for the financial year 17,387 15,280 11,586 7,604 6,189 Return on equity, % 24.1 24.4 20.9 17.4 19.5 ROCE, % 19.9 21.3 17.8 14.8 17.4 Equity ratio, % 38.9 42.9 40.7 40.0 37.8 Gross investments 36,908 16,527 7,589 30,186 9,867 % of revenue 14.0 7.0 3.5 16.4 7.0 Net gearing, % 52.6 29.8 43.0 55.9 41.6 Personnel, average 3,305 2,995 2,711 2,407 1,948 Personnel at year end 3,447 3,055 2,802 2,545 2,074 Staff costs 172,520 156,183 144,965 129,172 101,452   Back to Key financial data Read more

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Back to Key financial data   EUR 1,000 Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2019   Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2018   Revenue 263,292   236,477   Other operating income 2,582   1,172   Materials and services -26,550   -21,822   Staff costs -172,520   -156,183   Other operating expenses -29,273   -33,667   Depreciation and amortization -14,712   -5,792   Operating profit (EBIT) 22,819 8.7% 20,184 8.5% Financial income 695   791   Financial expenses -1,590   -1,580   Profit before taxes 21,924   19,396   Income taxes -4,536   -4,116   Profit for the financial year 17,387   15,280   Other comprehensive income, that may be reclassified to profit or loss         Currency translation differences -398   -1,200   Other comprehensive income, that will not be reclassified to profit or loss         Change in fair value of equity investments at fair value through other comprehensive income -75   3   Other comprehensive income for the year, net of tax -473   -1,197   Total comprehensive income for the year 16,915   14,083             Profit for the financial year attributable to         Equity holders of the parent company 17,387   15,280   Total comprehensive income attributable to         Equity holders of the parent company 16,915   14,083   Earnings per share calculated from the profit attributable to equity holders of the parent company         Basic earnings per share, EUR 0.70   0.62   Diluted earnings per share, EUR 0.70   0.62     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  Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 ASSETS     Non-current assets     Goodwill 79,044 65,165 Other intangible assets 27,472 20,856 Tangible assets 17,264 4,065 Investments at fair value through other comprehensive income 387 695 Other non-current receivables 54 54 Deferred tax assets 259 161 Non-current assets, total 124,480 90,995       Current assets     Inventory 313 362 Work in progress 22,498 20,503 Trade and other receivables 39,332 32,367 Current tax assets 401 223 Cash and cash equivalents 15,878 16,115 Current assets, total 78,421 69,569 TOTAL ASSETS 202,901 160,564       EQUITY AND LIABILITIES     Equity     Share capital 5,000 5,000 Share premium account 6,701 6,701 Unrestricted equity fund 20,101 20,101 Own shares -700 -452 Cumulative translation adjustment -4,299 -3,901 Other reserves 108 231 Retained earnings 32,441 24,567 Profit for the financial year 17,387 15,280 Equity, total 76,740 67,527       Non-current liabilities     Deferred tax liabilities 6,481 4,518 Interest-bearing liabilities 33,116 24,105 Other non-current liabilities 27 2,036 Non-current liabilities, total 39,624 30,659       Current liabilities     Interest-bearing liabilities 23,139 12,147 Advances received 5,378 3,064 Trade and other payables 55,588 45,386 Current income tax liabilities 2,433 1,782 Current liabilities, total 86,537 62,378 Liabilities, total 126,161 93,037 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 202,901 160,564   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 Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2019 Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2018 OPERATING CASH FLOW     Cash receipts from customers 263,365 239,983 Operating expenses paid -225,189 -212,081 Operating cash flow before financial items and taxes 38,176 27,903       Interest and payment paid for financial expenses -1,192 -956 Interest received 162 59 Income taxes paid -4,262 -3,950 Operating cash flow (A) 32,884 23,055       INVESTING CASH FLOW     Purchase of tangible and intangible assets -2,063 -1,752 Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired -21,049 -8,262 Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets 81 21 Proceeds from sale of investments 215 1 Investing cash flow (B) -22,816 -9,992       Cash flow after investments (A+B) 10,068 13,063       FINANCING CASH FLOW     Purchase of own shares -519 -516 Expenses paid for directed share issue 0 -7 Issue of new current loans 2,020 3,559 Repayments of current loans -8,440 -24,743 Issue of new non-current loans 13,500 22,102 Payment of finance lease liabilities -9,624 -1,765 Dividend paid -7,454 -5,684 Financing cash flow (C) -10,517 -7,054       Variation in cash (A+B+C) increase (+) / decrease (-) -449 6,009       Assets at the beginning of the financial period 16,115 10,074 Exchange gains or losses on cash and cash equivalents 212 32 Assets at the end of the financial period 15,878 16,115   The notes are an integral part of the Financial Statements.   Back to Key financial data Read more

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