Annual Report 2019

52 Information on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

The statement of cash flows shows how Vonovia’s cash has changed during the reporting year as a result of cash inflows and outflows. In accordance with IAS 7 (Statements of Cash Flows), a distinction is made between changes in cash flow from operating activities, investing activities and financing activities.

The cash flow from operating activities is determined from the profit for the period using the indirect method, the profit for the period being adjusted for effects of transactions that are not cash-effective, any deferrals or accruals of past or future operating cash receipts or payments as well as items of income or expense associated with investing or financing cash flows.

The effects of changes in the scope of consolidation are shown separately. Therefore, direct comparison with the corresponding changes in the items of the consolidated balance sheet is not possible.

The proceeds from the disposal of intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and investment properties are shown in cash flow from investing activities.

Exercising the IAS 7 option, interest received is shown under cash flow from investing activities and interest paid is shown under cash flow from financing activities.

The item “Payments for acquisition of investment properties” mainly shows expenses for modernization measures.

Modernization Measures
Modernization measures are long-term and sustainable value-enhancing investments in housing and building stocks. Energy-efficient refurbishments generally involve improvements to the building shell and communal areas as well as the heat and electricity supply systems. Typical examples are the installation of heating systems, the renovation of balconies and the retrofitting of prefabricated balconies as well as the implementation of energy-saving projects, such as the installation of double-glazed windows and heat insulation, e.g., facade insulation, insulation of the top story ceilings and basement ceilings. In addition to modernization of the apartment electrics, the refurbishment work upgrades the apartments, typically through the installation of modern and/or accessible bathrooms, the installation of new doors and the laying of high-quality and non-slip flooring. Where required, the floor plans are altered to meet changed housing needs.