Vodafone 2024 Annual Report

91 Vodafone Group Plc Annual Report 2024

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Area of focus Portfolio changes The Group announced the disposal of Vodafone Spain in October 2023 and the disposal of Vodafone Italy in March 2024. Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Italy are both material operating segments of the Group. Consequently, the results are reported as discontinued operations in the year, with comparative information in both the income statement and cash flow statement re-presented to reflect this classification. At 31 March 2024, the Group awaits certain regulatory approvals for both transactions and therefore the assets and liabilities of Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Italy are presented as held for sale. See note 7 ‘Discontinued operations and assets held for sale’ in the consolidated financial statements. India accounting matters The disclosure and accounting judgements in relation to: – The Group’s conditional and capped obligations to make certain payments to Vodafone Idea Limited (‘VIL’) under a payment mechanism agreed at the time of the merger between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in 2017; and – The valuation of a mark-to-market derivative asset in relation to the Total Return Swap (‘TRS’). See note 22 ‘Capital and financial risk management’ and note 29 ‘Contingent liabilities and legal proceedings’ in the consolidated financial statements. Impairments Judgements in relation to impairment testing relate primarily to the assumptions underlying the calculation of the value in use of the Group’s businesses, being the achievability of the long-term business plans and the macroeconomic and related valuation model assumptions. See note 4 ‘Impairment losses’ in the consolidated financial statements. Fair, balanced and understandable The Committee assessed whether the Annual Report, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company’s position and performance, business model and strategy. This assessment is supported by the Group’s Disclosure Committee, which is chaired by the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary who briefs the Committee on the Disclosure Committee’s work and findings. The Committee reviewed the processes and controls that underpin the Annual Report’s preparation, ensuring that all contributors and senior management are fully aware of the requirements and their responsibilities. This included the financial reporting responsibilities of the Directors under section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 to promote the success of the Company for the benefit of its members as well as considering the interests of other stakeholders that will have an impact on the Company’s long-term success.

The Committee reviewed an early draft of the Annual Report at its March meeting to enable input and comment. The review is performed in conjunction with the ESG Committee during the joint meeting in May, which also included the review of TCFD and ESG-related disclosures. The Committee also reviewed the results announcement, supported by the work of the Group’s Disclosure Committee, which reviews and assesses the appropriateness of investor communications. This work enabled the Committee to provide positive assurance to the Board to assist it in making the statement required by the Code. Significant financial reporting judgements The areas considered and actions taken by the Committee in relation to the 2024 consolidated financial statements are outlined below and overleaf. For each area, the Committee was satisfied with the accounting and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements.

Actions taken

The Committee met with the Group Financial Controlling and Operations Director in March and May 2024 who outlined the key accounting and disclosure impacts in relation to the transactions in the consolidated financial statements.

The Committee reviewed the appropriateness of the Group’s accounting judgements in relation to potential liabilities under the payment mechanism agreed with VIL. The Committee also reviewed accounting judgements relating to the valuation of the TRS derivative asset. These reviews occurred at the September 2023, November 2023, March 2024 and May 2024 Committee meetings. The Committee met with the Group Head of Financial Planning & Analysis in November 2023 and May 2024 to discuss the impairment exercise undertaken and to challenge the appropriateness of assumptions made, including: – Management’s valuation methodology; – The achievability of the Group’s five-year business plans; – The potential impacts of market factors on the Group’s businesses and their business plans; – The long-term growth assumed for the Group’s businesses at the end of the plan period; and – The discount rates assumed in the valuation of the Group’s businesses.

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