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E.6. Recoverable value of assets

In accordance with IAS 36 “Impairment of Assets”, the carrying amounts of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill are reviewed and tested for impairment when there is any indication that they may be impaired and at least once a year for the following:

a assets with an indefinite useful life such as goodwill, brands and lease premiums;

a intangible assets not yet available for use.

Criteria used for impairment tests

For impairment testing purposes, the criteria considered as indicators of a possible impairment in value are the same for all businesses:

a 15% drop in revenue, based on a comparable consolidation scope; or;

a 30% drop in EBITDA, based on a comparable consolidation scope.

Cash-generating unit

Impairment tests are performed individually for each asset except when an asset does not generate cash inflows that are largely independent of those from other assets or groups of assets. In this case, it is included in a cash-generating unit (CGU) and impairment tests are performed at the level of the cash-generating unit.

In the hotel business, each hotel is treated as a separate CGU comprising the hotel property and equipment. Impairment tests are therefore performed separately for each individual hotel.

Goodwill is tested for impairment at the level of the cashgenerating unit (CGU) to which it belongs. CGUs correspond to specific countries; they include not only goodwill but also all the related property, plant and equipment and intangible assets.

Other assets, and in particular intangible assets, are tested individually.

Methods used to determine recoverable value

Impairment tests consist of comparing the carrying amount of the asset or the CGU with its recoverable value. The recoverable value of an asset or a CGU is the higher of its fair value less costs to sell and its value in use.

Property, plant and equipment and goodwill:

The recoverable value of all the assets or the CGUs is determined by two methods, the EBITDA multiples method (fair value approach) and the after-tax discounted cash flows method (value in use approach).

Financial statements



1. Valuation by the EBITDA multiples method.

Accor operates in a capital-intensive industry (involving significant investment in real estate) and the EBITDA multiples method is therefore considered to be the best method of calculating the assets’ fair value less costs to sell, representing the best estimate of the price at which the assets could be sold on the market on the valuation date.

For impairment tests performed by hotel, the multiples method consists of calculating each hotel’s average EBITDA for the last two years and applying a multiple based on the hotel’s location and category. The multiples applied by the Group correspond to the average prices observed on the market for transactions and are as follows:

Segment Coefficient

Upscale and Midscale Hotels 7.5 < x < 10.5 Economy Hotels 6.5 < x < 8

For impairment tests performed by country, recoverable amount is determined by applying to the country’s average EBITDA for the last two years a multiple based on its geographic location and a country coefficient.

If the recoverable amount is less than the carrying amount, the asset’s recoverable amount will be recalculated according the discounted cash flows method.

2. Valuation by the discounted cash flows method (in particular for goodwill).

The projection period is limited to five years. Cash flows are discounted at a rate corresponding to the year-end weighted average cost of capital. Separation calculations are performed based on each country’s specific characteristics. The projected long-term rate of revenue growth reflects each country’s economic outlook.

Intangible assets except goodwill

The recoverable value of an intangible asset is determined according the discounted cash flow method only (referred to above), due to the absence of an active market and comparable transactions.

Impairment loss measurement

If the recoverable amount is less than the carrying amount, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount corresponding to the lower of the losses calculated by the EBITDA multiples and discounted cash flows methods. Impairment losses are recognized in the income statement under “Impairment losses” (see note 1.R.6).

Reversal of an impairment loss

In accordance with IAS 36 “Impairment of Assets”, impairment losses on goodwill as well as on intangible assets with a finite useful life, such as patents and software, are irreversible. Losses on property, plant and equipment and on intangible assets with an indefinite useful life, such as brands, are reversible in the case of a change in estimates used to determine their recoverable amount.