To the shareholders of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V.
Report on the audit of the financial statements 2015
We have audited the financial statements 2015 of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V., based in Amsterdam.
In our opinion the financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V. as at 31 December 2015, and of its result for 2015 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (EU-IFRS) and with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
The financial statements comprise:
The statement of financial position as at 31 December 2015.
The following statements for 2015:
The statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows.
The notes comprising a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
Basis for our opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with Dutch law, including the Dutch Standards on Auditing. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the “Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements” section of our report.
We are independent of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V. in accordance with the Verordening inzake de onafhankelijkheid van accountants bij assurance-opdrachten (ViO) and other relevant independence regulations in the Netherlands. Furthermore we have complied with the Verordening gedrags- en beroepsregels accountants (VGBA).
We believe the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
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. The materiality affects the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures and the evaluation of the effect of identified misstatements on our opinion.
Based on our professional judgement we determined the materiality for the financial statements as a whole at € 5.5 million. The materiality is based on 1% of total equity. We have also taken into account misstatements and/or possible misstatements that in our opinion are material for the users of the financial statements for qualitative reasons.
€ 5.5 million
Basis for group materiality level
1% of total equity
Threshold for reporting misstatements
€ 275 thousand
We agreed with the board of directors that misstatements in excess of € 275 thousand as indicated above, which are identified during the audit, would be reported to them, as well as smaller misstatements that in our view must be reported on qualitative grounds.
Our key audit matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgement, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements. We have communicated the key audit matters to the board of directors. The key audit matters are not a comprehensive reflection of all matters discussed.
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.
Key audit matter
How the key audit matter was addressed in the audit
Valuation of investment property
The valuation of investment property contains an inherent estimation uncertainty (see also notes 4.1 and 12 of the notes to the financial statements).
Using the underlying external appraisal reports we have verified the value of the investment property. We have likewise reconciled the rental data applied with the financial accounting records. On the basis of IAS 40, we have reviewed the Fair Value concept as applied by the appraisers.
Likewise, we have critically reviewed the relevant factors influencing the appraisal value of an object and discussed these with the external appraisers and the responsible client personnel.
We have additionally engaged internal property experts to review a selection of the property.
We have performed an additional test on the reliability of the estimation by comparing the valuation with the revenues effectively realized upon sale.
Sale of investment property
Considering sale of investment property is a significant part of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V.’s operations, we have performed specific audit procedures on accounting for sales (see also note 12 of the notes to the financial statements).
We have audited, by test of details, the accounting for sales of property on the basis of the related sale contracts, deeds of transfer, and the proposals for sales.
We have also established the correctness of the authorization for each transaction.
Responsibilities of management for the financial statements
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with EU-IFRS and Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, and for the preparation of the Report of the Board of Directors in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. Furthermore, management is responsible for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
As part of the preparation of the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Based on the financial reporting framework mentioned, management should prepare the financial statements using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so. Management should disclose events and circumstances that may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern in the financial statements.
The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial reporting process.
Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements
Our objective is to plan and perform the audit assignment in a manner that allows us to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence for our opinion.
Our audit has been performed with a high, but not absolute, level of assurance, which means we may not have detected all errors and fraud.
We have exercised professional judgment and have maintained professional skepticism throughout the audit, in accordance with Dutch Standards on Auditing, ethical requirements and independence requirements. Our audit included e.g.:
Identifying and assessing the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, designing and performing audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtaining 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.
Obtaining 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 company’s internal control.
Evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
Concluding 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 company’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 company to cease to continue as a going concern.
Evaluating the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures; and
Evaluating whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
We communicate with the board of directors regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant findings in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We provide the board of directors with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to 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 the board of directors, 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, not communicating the matter is in the public interest.
Report on other legal and regulatory requirements
Report on the Report of the Board of Directors and the other information
Pursuant to legal requirements of Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code (concerning our obligation to report about the Report of the Board of Directors and other information):
We have no deficiencies to report as a result of our examination whether the Report of the Board of Directors, to the extent we can assess, has been prepared in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, and whether the information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code has been annexed.
We report that the Report of the Board of Directors, to the extent we can assess, is consistent with the financial statements.
We were engaged by the shareholders as auditor of Bouwinvest Dutch Institutional Office Fund N.V., as of the audit for year 2012 and have operated as statutory auditor ever since that date.
Amsterdam, March 14, 2016
Deloitte Accountants B.V.
Signed on the original: J. Holland