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This excerpt taken from the UL 20-F filed Mar 29, 2006.
Financial instruments (including preference shares)
From 1 January 2005 Unilever has applied IAS 32 and IAS 39. No restatements were made to the income statement for the year ended 31 December 2004 and the balance sheets as at 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2004. These standards have many detailed consequences, of which the key areas of impact are described below:

This excerpt taken from the UL 6-K filed May 9, 2005.

Financial instruments (including preference shares)

From 1 January 2005 Unilever applies IAS 32 and IAS 39. These standards have many detailed consequences, however the key areas of impact for Unilever are described below.

Under IAS 32, Unilever must present the NV preference share capital as a liability rather than as part of equity. All of the dividends paid on these preference shares are recognised in the income statement as interest expense. The carrying value of the preferential share capital of NV as at 1 January 2005 was €1 502 million.

IAS 39 requires certain non-derivative financial assets to be held at fair value with unrealised movements in fair value recognised directly in equity. Non-derivative financial liabilities continue to be measured at amortised cost, unless they form part of a fair value hedge accounting relationship when they are measured at amortised cost plus the fair value of the hedged risk.

IAS 39 requires recognition of all derivative financial instruments on the balance sheet and that they are measured at fair value. The standard also places significant restrictions on the use of hedge accounting and changes the hedge accounting methodology. As a result Unilever recognises all derivative financial instruments on balance sheet at fair value and applies the new hedge accounting methodology to all significant qualifying hedging relationships.


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