Notes to the annual financial statements

Accounting principles

Basis of preparation

The statutory financial statements of Aduno Holding AG have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Swiss Code of Obligations (SCO). Unless stated otherwise, all assets and liabilities are reported at their nominal value. All figures in the annual financial statements are rounded in accordance with commercial principles. All financial information presented in Swiss Francs has been rounded to the nearest thousand, except when indicated differently.

Reporting period

The reporting period begins on 1 January and ends on 31 December of the calendar year.

Recognition of business transactions

Business transactions are presented according to the settlement date principle.

Foreign currency translation

The translation of foreign currency is carried out in accordance with the closing rate method. At year end all financial assets and liabilities in foreign currencies are translated at the year-end rate according to the exchange rate list of Bloomberg Corporation (market data provider: Swiss Federal Department of Finance).

Investments in other Group companies







Share capital in 1,000 CHF


Viseca Card Services SA, Zurich




cashgate AG, Zurich *




Accarda AG, Brüttisellen




Aduno Finance AG, Stans




Contovista AG, Schlieren **




* Sale of investment as per 02.09.2019

** 70% participation until 24 July 2019

The participations are reported at initial cost.

Impairments and provisions

Provisions, i.e. individual or general reserves for bad debts, are accrued for all the risks identified at the balance sheet date in accordance with the caution principle. Currently no risks have been identified.

Income taxes

Income taxes are calculated and reserved based on the results of the financial year.

Events after the reporting date

Since the strong spread of COVID-19 with international implications did not occur until 2020, this is a non-bookable event after the balance sheet date of December 31, 2019. The financial impact on the 2020 reporting period and beyond cannot currently be estimated.

Other disclosures

Extraordinary and prior period income

The extraordinary and prior period income includes reversals of overstated tax provisions from 2013 until 2015 (TCHF 94), reversals of overstated deferrals from 2017 until 2018 (TCHF 413) and gains on the sale of investments (TCHF 127'272).

Guarantee obligations

As at 31 December 2019 the following guarantees exist:

  • Rental liabilities of Aduno Holding AG for its premises in Business Center Andreaspark in Zurich, amounting to CHF 1.3 million (2018: CHF 1.3 million)
  • Guarantees for prepayments of credit card owners of Viseca Card Services SA, amounting to CHF 16 million (2018: CHF 15 million)
  • Guarantees for prepayments of prepaid credit card owners of Viseca Card Services SA, amounting to CHF 66 million (2018: CHF 66 million)
  • Instalments option of consumer credit customers of Viseca Card Services SA, amounting to CHF 0.5 million (2018: CHF 0.5 million)
  • Rental liabilities of Viseca Card Services SA for its premises in Bedano, amounting to CHF 0.2 million (2018: CHF 0.2 million)
  • Keep-well guarantee in favour of Aduno Finance AG, amounting to CHF 1,500 million (2018: CHF 2,600 million)

Unsecured bond issues

In 1,000 CHF

Nominal interest rate


Due date

Accrued interest at 31.12.2019

Accrued interest at 31.12.2018

275 million bond issue






Contingent liabilities

The company has entered into long-term rental agreements for CHF 9.0 million as of 31.12.2019.

Information on the performance of a risk assessment

Aduno Holding AG is part of the Group-wide risk management system of the Aduno Group. Therefore, the Board of Directors of Aduno Holding AG decided not to perform an individual risk assessment for the company.

The Board of Directors of Aduno Holding AG has, as parent company, delegated the execution of the risk assessment to the Group’s Executive Management. The Executive Management maintains a risk assessment board, which records any material risks, assesses their importance and probability of occurrence and, if required, defines measures and monitors the processing thereof. The risk analysis is regularly confirmed by the Board of Directors of the Group.

In order to ensure that the company’s Annual Financial Statement comply with the underlying accounting principles and proper corporate reporting, the company has introduced further operative internal control and steering systems, which are examined on a regular basis. For accounting and valuations, assumptions and estimates are made regarding the future. The estimates and assumptions that represent a significant risk in the form of a major adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities in the coming financial year are presented in the notes for the individual positions. Overall, no risks were identified in the financial year just ended that could lead to a material correction in the assets, financial situation and results of operations of the company and/or group of companies as presented in the Annual Financial Statements.

To improve the risk assessment, an Internal Control System (ICS) has been introduced that is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. All the risk-relevant processes of Aduno Holding AG are listed in the ICS. This system is reviewed by the auditors as part of the annual audit.

Zurich, 23. April 2020

Pascal Niquille
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Max Schönholzer
Chief Executive Officer

Markus Bertini
Chief Financial Officer a.i.