1. Derivative financial instruments

Derivatives that qualify for hedge accounting in accordance with IAS 39 are used to hedge interest rate risks. These are fixed-rate swaps to limit the interest rate risk of variable interest rate loans, which have terms extending to 2026. The interest rate hedges are recognised at fair value under “Other assets” or “Other liabilities”. Changes are recognised directly in equity, provided that the conditions of the underlying and hedge transaction are identical. Hedge effectiveness tests are regularly conducted. Present value is calculated based on discounted cash flows using current market interest rates. The final maturities of the interest rate hedges and loan agreements are identical.

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