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Currency translation

The Group currency is the euro (€).

The companies located outside the eurozone that are included in the consolidated financial statements are treated as legally independent, but economically dependent, integrated companies. Their reporting currencies (Polish zloty and Hungarian forint) therefore deviate from the functional currency (euro). Under IAS 21, annual financial statements prepared in foreign currencies are translated using the functional currency method, with the result that the balance sheet is to be translated as if the transactions had arisen for the Group itself, as the local currency of the integrated companies is deemed to be a foreign currency for these companies themselves.

Monetary values are therefore translated at the closing rate and non-monetary items at the rate that applied at the time of initial recognition. Non-monetary items to be reported at fair value are translated at the closing rate. Items in the consolidated income statement are translated at average rates for the year or, in the event of strong fluctuations, using the rate that applied on the date of the transaction. Any translation differences that may arise if the translation rates of the balance sheet and consolidated income statement differ are recognised in profit or loss. In the period under review, the currency translation method was changed as, contrary to expectations, the Polish zloty and the Hungarian forint did not have a great influence on sales prices (rents).

A closing rate of HUF 270.84 (previous year: HUF 264.78) and an average rate of HUF 280.33 (previous year: HUF 251.51) were used in the translation of the Hungarian separate financial statements from forint to euros. A closing rate of PLN 4.1082 (previous year: PLN 4.1724) and an average rate of PLN 4.3276 (previous year: PLN 3.5121) were taken as a basis for translating the separate financial statements of the Polish property company.

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