Independent Auditor's report
To the Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Sparebanken Møre
Report on the audit of the financial statements
We have audited the financial statements of Sparebanken Møre, which comprise the financial statements for the parent bank and the Group. The financial statements for the bank and the Group comprise the statement of financial position as at 31 December 2017, the statement of income, the statement of comprehensive income, the statements of cash flows and changes in equity for the year then ended and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies.
In our opinion, the financial statements have been prepared in accordance with laws and regulations and present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the bank and the Group as at 31 December 2017 and their financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU.
Basis for opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with laws, regulations, and auditing standards and practices generally accepted in Norway, including International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements section of our report. We are independent of the bank and the Group in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in Norway, and we have fulfilled our ethical responsibilities as required by law and regulations. We have also complied with our other ethical obligations in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Key audit matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements for 2017. 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. For each matter below, our description of how our audit addressed the matter is provided in that context.
We have fulfilled the responsibilities described in the Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements section of our report, including in relation to these matters. Accordingly, our audit included the performance of procedures designed to respond to our assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements. The results of our audit procedures, including the procedures performed to address the matters below, provide the basis for our audit opinion on the financial statements.
Impairment on loans and losses on guarantees
Net loans to and receivables from customers in the group financial statements represent MNOK 56 867 (86 % of total assets) and off-balance sheet guarantee commitments represent MNOK 1 717. Equivalent figures in the financial statements of the bank are respectively MNOK 35 832 (75 % of total assets) and MNOK 1 717. Impairment on loans and losses on guarantee are calculated individually, for individually significant loans and guarantees where objective evidence of impairment is identified, or collectively for groups of loans and guarantees which are not assessed individually, and for which objective evidence of impairment is identified on a portfolio basis. Identifying engagements with impairments and calculation of losses on loans and guarantees are processes which involve judgement about various assumptions and factors including, but not limited to, the financial condition of the counterparty, expected future cash flows, observable market prices and expected net selling prices. The use of different modelling techniques and assumptions could produce significantly different estimates of impairments on loans and losses on guarantees. Oil and offshore related companies have been subject to increased uncertainty as a consequence of a reduced oil price and a general downturn in related markets. Since the impairments on loans and losses on guarantees in this sector are material and subject to estimation uncertainty, we have assessed impairment on loans and losses on guarantees as a key audit matter.
We assessed the design and tested the operating effectiveness of internal controls over individual and collective loan loss provisions. For individually significant loans and losses on guarantees our procedures included assessing the identification of loss events and testing of assumptions used in the models, including the forecasted future cash flows and the estimated value of underlying collaterals. We also tested the mathematical accuracy of the models. For loan loss provisions calculated on a collective basis, we evaluated the key input variables or assumptions to the models, and where relevant, compared data and assumptions to external benchmarks. We also tested the mathematical accuracy of the models.
See note 5, 7, 8 and 9 in the financial statements for further information.
Financial instruments valued at fair value
Unlisted or illiquid financial instruments valued at fair value are valued based on models that use assumptions that are not observable in the market place. The valuation of these instruments therefore have a higher risk of errors. Such instruments represent assets of MNOK 4 092 and liabilities of MNOK 1 340 in the group financial statements as well as in the financial statements of the bank and are disclosed as level 3 instruments in the valuation hierarchy. Due to the materiality of the unlisted or illiquid instruments, we considered the valuation of these instruments as a key audit matter.
We assessed the design and tested the operating effectiveness of internal controls over the valuation process including management's determination and approval of assumptions and methodologies used in model-based calculations. We assessed input variables in the models against industry practice and valuation guidelines. We also performed independent valuations for selected instruments and used external source data where available. We compared results of our valuations to the bank’s valuations.
Level 3 instruments, which are presented at fair value on the statement of financial position, are disclosed in note 15 and 17 in the financial statements.
Other information consists of the information included in the bank’s annual report other than the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon. The Board and Chief Executive Officer (management) are responsible for the other information. Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information, and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information, and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit, or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.
Responsibilities of management for the financial statements
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU, and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
In preparing the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the bank’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting, unless management either intends to liquidate the bank or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.
Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. 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.
As part of an audit in accordance with law, regulations and generally accepted auditing principles in Norway, including ISAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. We also:
- identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain 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;
- obtain 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 bank’s internal control;
- evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management;
- conclude 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 bank’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 bank to cease to continue as a going concern;
- evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
- obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence regarding the financial information of the entities or business activities within the Group to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements. We are responsible for the direction, supervision and performance of the group audit. We remain solely responsible for our audit opinion
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.
From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. 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, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.
Report on other legal and regulatory requirements
Opinion on the Board of Directors’ report and on the statement on corporate governance
Based on our audit of the financial statements as described above, it is our opinion that the information presented in the Board of Directors’ report concerning the financial statements and in the statement on corporate governance, the going concern assumption and proposal for the allocation of the result is consistent with the financial statements and complies with the law and regulations.
Opinion on registration and documentation
Based on our audit of the financial statements as described above, and control procedures we have considered necessary in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000, Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information, it is our opinion that management has fulfilled its duty to ensure that the bank's accounting information is properly recorded and documented as required by law and bookkeeping standards and practices accepted in Norway.
Ålesund, 21 February 2018
ERNST & YOUNG AS
State Authorised Public Accountant (Norway)
(This translation from Norwegian has been made for information purposes only.)