Report on the Consolidated Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated financial statements of
VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP
Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG , Vienna,
for the fiscal year from January 1 to December 31, 2009. These consolidated financial statements comprise the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2009, the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, and the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Management’s Responsibility for the Consolidated Financial Statements and for the Accounting System
The Company’s management is responsible for the group accounting and for the preparation and fair presentation of these consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU, and the supplementary provisions of Section 245a UGB and Section 80b VAG (Insurance Supervision Act). This responsibility includes: designing, implementing and maintaining internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.
Auditor’s Responsibility and Description of Type and Scope of the Statutory Audit
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with laws and regulations applicable in Austria and Austrian Standards on Auditing and with International Standards on Auditing (ISA) issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the consolidated financial statements are free from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements 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 Group’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
Our audit did not give rise to any objections. In our opinion, which is based on the results of our audit, the consolidated financial statements comply with legal requirements and give a true and fair view of the financial position of the Group as of December 31, 2009 and its financial performance and its cash flows for the fiscal year from January 1 to December 31, 2009 in accordance with in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU, and the supplementary provisions of Section 80b VAG in connection with Section 245a UGB.
Comments on the Management Report for the Group
Pursuant to statutory provisions, the management report for the Group is to be audited as to whether it is consistent with the consolidated financial statements and whether the other disclosures in the management report for the Group do not give rise to a misstatement of the Group’s financial position. The auditor’s report also has to contain a statement as to whether the management report for the Group is consistent with the consolidated financial statements and whether the disclosures pursuant to Section 243a UGB are appropriate.
In our opinion, the management report for the Group is consistent with the consolidated financial statements. The disclosures pursuant to Section 243a UGB are appropriate.
PWC INTER-TREUHAND GmbH
Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft
Mag. Günter Wiltschek
Austrian Certified Public Accountant
Vienna, 11 March 2010
Disclosure, publication and duplication of the consolidated financial statements together with the auditor’s report according to Section 281 (2) UGB in a form not in accordance with statutory requirements and differing from the version audited by us is not permitted. Reference to our audit may not be made without prior written permission from us.