Independent Auditors’ Report

to the Members of Ornua Co-Operative Limited

Report on the financial statements

Our opinion

In our opinion, Ornua Co-operative Limited’s Group financial statements (the “financial statements”):

  • give a true and fair view of the state of the Group’s affairs as at 26 December 2015 and of its profit and cash flows for the period then ended; and
  • have been prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland.
What we have audited

The financial statements comprise:

  • the Group Balance Sheet as at 26 December 2015;
  • the Group Income Statement for the period then ended;
  • the Group Statement of Comprehensive Income for the period then ended;
  • the Group Cash Flow Statement for the period then ended;
  • the Group Statement of Changes in Equity for the period then ended; and
  • the notes to the financial statements, which include a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

The financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the financial statements is Irish law and accounting standards issued by the Financial Reporting Council and promulgated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland), including FRS 102 “The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland”.

In applying the financial reporting framework, the Directors have made a number of subjective judgements, for example in respect of significant accounting estimates. In making such estimates, they have made assumptions and considered future events.

Matter on which we are required to report by the Industrial and Provident Societies Act

As required by section 13(2) of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1893 we examined the parent Society balance sheet showing the receipts and expenditure, funds and effects of the society, and verified the same with the books, deeds, documents, accounts and vouchers relating thereto, and found them to be correct, duly vouched, and in accordance with law.

Responsibilities for the financial statements and the audit

Our responsibilities and those of the Directors

As explained more fully in the Directors’ Responsibilities Statement set out on page 36, the Directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements giving a true and fair view.

Our responsibility is to audit and express an opinion on the financial statements in accordance with Irish law and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). Those standards require us to comply with the Auditing Practices Board’s Ethical Standards for Auditors.

This report, including the opinions, has been prepared for and only for the society’s members as a body in accordance with section 13 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1893 and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving these opinions, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

What an audit of financial statements involves

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). An audit involves obtaining evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements sufficient to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or error. This includes an assessment of:

  • whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the group’s circumstances and have been consistently applied and adequately disclosed;
  • the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the Directors; and
  • the overall presentation of the financial statements.

We primarily focus our work in these areas by assessing the Directors’ judgements against available evidence, forming our own judgements, and evaluating the disclosures in the financial statements.

We test and examine information, using sampling and other auditing techniques, to the extent we consider necessary to provide a reasonable basis for us to draw conclusions. We obtain audit evidence through testing the effectiveness of controls, substantive procedures or a combination of both.

In addition, we read all the financial and non-financial information in the annual report to identify material inconsistencies with the audited financial statements and to identify any information that is apparently materially incorrect based on, or materially inconsistent with, the knowledge acquired by us in the course of performing the audit. If we become aware of any apparent material misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Dublin

9 March 2016