Selected notes to the consolidated income statement
Share of profit (loss) of equity-accounted investments
The share of profit (loss) of equity-accounted investments in the first nine months of 2015 amounted to a profit of €7.8 million (Q1-Q3 2014: loss of €31.5 million). In the prior-year period, the share of profit (loss) of equity-accounted investments largely resulted from the impairment charge of €32.0 million recognised on the equity investment in Linde Hydraulics GmbH & Co. KG, Aschaffenburg.
Net financial expenses
Financial expenses fell by €30.9 million year on year. This decrease was largely due to early repayment in April 2014 of the fixed-rate tranche of the corporate bond issued in 2011, which was due to mature in 2018 and had a volume of €325.0 million, and the floating-rate tranche of the corporate bond issued in 2013, which was due to mature in 2020 and had a volume of €200.0 million. Early redemption of the two bond tranches caused interest expenses arising from capital market liabilities to reduce by €10.1 million year on year. In the first nine months of 2014, financial expenses had also included one-off expenses of €8.4 million in connection with the amortisation of borrowing costs and a payment of €14.8 million representing early repayment charges.
In the consolidated interim financial statements, current income taxes for the reporting period are calculated on the basis of the expected income tax rate for the full year. The increase in income tax expenses was primarily due to the rise in earnings.
Earnings per share
Basic earnings per share are calculated by dividing the net income (loss) accruing to the KION GROUP AG shareholders by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the reporting period (Q1 – Q3 2015: 98,733,926 no-par-value shares; Q1 – Q3 2014: 98,697,898 no-par-value shares; Q3 2015: 98,728,983 no-par-value shares; Q3 2014: 98,693,761 no-par-value shares). In the first three quarters of 2015, the KION Group generated net income accruing to the shareholders of KION GROUP AG of €142.5 million (Q1 – Q3 2014: €117.4 million). Information about determining the net income (loss) accruing to the KION GROUP AG shareholders can be found in the consolidated income statement. Basic earnings per share for the reporting period came to €1.44 (Q1 – Q3 2014: €1.19). The 233,562 no-par-value treasury shares repurchased by KION GROUP AG were not included in this figure as at 30 September 2015 (30 September 2014: 251,000).
Diluted earnings per share are calculated by adding the potential dilutive no-par-value shares that employees can obtain for free under the employee share option programme to the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the reporting period. The calculation of diluted earnings per share was based on a weighted average for the first nine months of 2015 of 98,749,594 no-par-value shares issued (Q3 2015: 98,745,013 no-par-value shares). Diluted earnings per share for the reporting period came to €1.44 (Q1 – Q 2014: €1.19). In the first nine months of 2014, there had been no equity instruments that diluted the earnings per share for the number of shares issued.