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 Corporation and its subsidiary entities, hereinafter referred to as "Canfor" or "the Company".
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 Canfor's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2012, available at www.canfor.com or www.sedar.com.
Canfor's financial results are impacted by seasonal factors such as weather and building activity. Adverse weather conditions can cause logging curtailments, which can affect the supply of raw materials to sawmills and pulp mills. Market demand also varies seasonally to some degree. For example, building activity and repair and renovation work, which affects demand for solid wood products, are generally stronger in the spring and summer months. Shipment volumes are affected by these factors as well as by global supply and demand conditions.
The currency of presentation for these financial statements is the Canadian dollar.
Changes in Accounting Policies
The Company has adopted the following new and revised standards, along with any consequential amendments, effective January 1, 2013. These changes were made in accordance with the applicable transitional provisions.
-- The Company has assessed its consolidation conclusion on January 1, 2013 and determined that the adoption of IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, did not result in any changes in the consolidation status of any of its subsidiaries and investees.-- The Company has adopted IFRS 13, Fair Value Measurement, on January 1, 2013 on a prospective basis. The adoption of IFRS 13 did not require any adjustments to the valuation techniques used by the Company to measure fair value and did not result in any measurement adjustments as at January 1, 2013.-- The Company has adopted the amendments to IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements. These amendments required the Company to group other comprehensive income items by those that may be recycled through net income and those that will not be recycled through net income. These changes did not result in any adjustments to other comprehensive income.-- The Company adopted IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements, which redefines joint operations and joint ventures with a focus on the rights and obligations of an arrangement, rather than its legal form. Under the new Standard, joint ventures are accounted for using the equity method accounting as set out in IAS 28, Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures, whereas for a joint operation the venturer will recognize its share of the assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses of the joint operations. Canfor's 50% interest in the Canfor-LP OSB Limited Partnership ("Canfor- LP OSB") is classified as a joint venture. Canfor-LP OSB was previously accounted for using the proportionate consolidation method and is now accounted for using the equity method. The Company has restated its comparative period results for adoption of IFRS 11 (Note 14).-- The Company adopted the amended IAS 19, Employee Benefits, which changes the recognition and measurement of defined benefit pension expense and termination benefits and enhances the disclosure of all employee benefits. Pension benefit cost is split between (i) the cost of benefits accrued in the current period (service cost) and benefit changes (past- service costs (including plan amendments, settlements and curtailments)); and (ii) finance expense or income. Interest cost and expected return on plan assets, which previously reflected different rates, has been replaced with a net interest amount that is calculated by applying one discount rate to the net defined benefit liability (asset). The Company has restated its comparative period results for adoption of amended IAS 19 (Note 14).