(i) Cash and cash equivalents include cash on hand less unpresented cheques.
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
Canfor Pulp Products Inc.
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited, millions of Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted)
1. Basis of Preparation
These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 Interim Financial Reporting, and include the accounts of Canfor Pulp Products Inc. ("CPPI") and its subsidiary entities, including Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership ("the Partnership"). The Partnership's operations consist of two NBSK pulp mills and one NBSK pulp and paper mill located in Prince George, British Columbia and a marketing group based in Vancouver, British Columbia ("the Pulp Business").
On March 2, 2012, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. ("Canfor") exchanged 35,776,483 Class B Exchangeable Limited Partnership Units ("the Exchange"), representing a 50.2% interest in the Partnership, for an equivalent number of CPPI shares pursuant to the terms of the exchange agreement dated January 1, 2011 between Canfor, CPPI, the Partnership and Canfor Pulp Holding Inc., the general partner of the Partnership ("the General Partner"). As a result of the Exchange, CPPI's interest in both the Partnership and the General Partner increased from 49.8% to 100% and Canfor acquired a 50.2% interest in CPPI (see Note 11).
At December 31, 2012, CPPI held a 100% interest in the Partnership and the General Partner and Canfor held a 50.2% interest in CPPI.
The condensed consolidated interim financial statements ("the financial statements") at December 31, 2012 include the accounts of CPPI, the Partnership and its subsidiaries (together referred to as "CPPI" or "the Company"). Prior to March 2, 2012 Canfor held a direct controlling interest in the Partnership. For all periods ending prior to March 2, 2012, the financial statements present the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of the Pulp Business from the perspective of Canfor's controlling interest in the Pulp Business as if operated as a stand-alone partnership entity subject to Canfor control. The acquisition of the Partnership by CPPI as a result of the Exchange has been accounted for as a continuity of interests by applying reverse acquisition accounting (see Note 11).
The financial statements prior to March 2, 2012 have been prepared on a Partnership entity basis. Accordingly, no recognition has been made for income taxes related to Partnership income in the financial statements prior to March 2, 2012. The tax attributes of the Partnership's net assets flowed directly to the partners.
These interim financial statements do not include all of the disclosures required by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") for annual financial statements. Additional disclosures relevant to the understanding of these interim financial statements, including the accounting policies applied, can be found in the Company's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2011, available at www.canforpulp.com or www.sedar.com.
The currency of presentation for these financial statements is the Canadian dollar.
Change in accounting policy
Effective January 1, 2012, the Company retroactively changed its accounting policy for the presentation of interest expense and expected rate of return on assets of defined benefit post-retirement plans. The net expense has been reclassified from operating income, where it was included in manufacturing and product costs, to net finance expense. Management considers the classification of net pension interest expense with the Company's other interest expense to provide more relevant information on the operating results of the Company. The effect on the three months ended December 31, 2012 and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 is an increase in operating income and net finance expense of $0.8 million and $3.2 million, respectively (2011 - $0.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively). There is no impact on amounts recorded in the consolidated balance sheet or opening equity as at January 1, 2012.
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