Annual Report 2019

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43 Liabilities to Non-controlling Interests

Accounting Policies

Liabilities to non-controlling interests, which include obligations from the guaranteed dividend agreements, in particular, are stated at fair value when they are recognized for the first time. The fair value is, in principle, determined by the value of the respective company; if a contractually agreed minimum purchase price is higher than this amount, this purchase price is recognized.

The liabilities to non-controlling interests relate especially to the obligations to pay a guaranteed dividend under the valid profit-and-loss transfer agreements in a virtually unchanged amount of € 34.1 million in comparison to last year (Dec. 31, 2018: € 33.2 million).

Fair Value
Fair value is particularly relevant with regard to valuation in accordance with IAS 40 in conjunction with IFRS 13. The fair value is the amount for which an asset could be exchanged between knowledgeable, willing parties in an arm’s length transaction.