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Consolidated Financial Statements for the Years Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 AND 2012

3.

APPLICATION OF NEW AND REVISED INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS (IFRSs)

On May 14, 2009, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced the roadmap of IFRSs adoption for R.O.C. companies. Accordingly, starting 2013, companies with shares listed on the TWSE or traded on the Taiwan GreTai Securities Market or Emerging Stock Market should prepare the consolidated financial statements in accordance with the Guidelines Governing the Preparation of Financial Reports by Securities Issuers, the IFRSs, International Accounting Standards (IASs), interpretations as well as related guidance translated by Accounting Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) endorsed by the FSC with the effective dates (collectively, “Taiwan-IFRSs”.)

a.

New and revised standards, amendments and interpretations in issue but not yet effective

As of the date that the accompanying consolidated financial statements were authorized for issue, the new, revised or amended IFRSs, IASs, interpretations and related guidance in issue but not yet adopted by the Company as well as the effective dates issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), are stated as follows; however, the initial adoption to the following standards and interpretations is still subject to the effective date to be published by the FSC except that the standards and interpretation included in the 2013 Taiwan-IFRSs version should be adopted by the Company starting 2015.

b.

Significant changes in accounting policy resulted from new and revised standards, amendments and interpretations in issue but not yet effective

Except for the following items, the Company believes that the adoption of aforementioned standards or interpretations will not have a significant effect on the Company’s accounting policies.

1) IFRS 9, “Financial Instruments”
 

Under IFRS 9, all recognized financial assets currently in the scope of IAS 39, “Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement,” will be subsequently measured at either the amortized cost or the fair value. If the objective of the Company’s business model is to hold the financial asset to collect the contractual cash flows which are solely for payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding, such assets are measured at the amortized cost. All other financial assets must be measured at the fair value through profit or loss as of the end of the reporting period.

The main change in IFRS 9 is the increase of the eligibility of hedge accounting. It allows reporters to reflect risk management activities in the financial statements more closely as it provides more opportunities to apply hedge accounting. A fundamental difference to IAS 39 is that IFRS 9 (a) increases the scope of hedged items eligible for hedge accounting. For example, the risk components of non-financial items may be designated as hedging accounting; (b) revises a new way to account for the gain or loss recognition arising from hedging derivative financial instruments, which results in a less volatility in profit or loss; and (c) is necessary for there to be an economic relationship between the hedged item and hedging instrument instead of performing the retrospective hedge effectiveness testing.

The amendment to IFRS 9 issued by IASB introduces the new hedge accounting model and removed the original mandatory effective date of January 1, 2015 (on and after). IASB will reconsider the appropriate effective date once the standard is complete with a new impairment model and the finalization of any limited amendments to classification and measurement.

2) IFRS 12, “Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities”

IFRS 12 is a standard that requires a broader disclosure in an entity’s interests in subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates and unconsolidated entities. The objective of IFRS 12 is to specify the disclosure information provided by the entity that enables the users of financial statements in evaluating the nature of, and risks associated with, its interests in other entities and the effects of those interests on the entity’s financial assets and liabilities, as well as the involvement of the owners of noncontrolling interests towards the entity. The Company expects the application of IFRS 12 will result in more extensive disclosures of interests in other entities in the financial statements.

3) IFRS 13, “Fair Value Measurement”

IFRS 13 establishes a single source of guidance for fair value measurements and disclosures about fair value measurements. It defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and requires disclosures about fair value measurements. The disclosure requirements in IFRS 13 are more extensive than those required in the current standards. For example, quantitative and qualitative disclosures based on the three-level fair value hierarchy currently required for financial instruments only will be extended by IFRS 13 to cover all assets and liabilities within its scope.

4) Amendments to IAS 1, “Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income”

The amendments to IAS 1 introduce a new disclosure terminology for other comprehensive income, which require additional disclosures in other comprehensive income. The items of other comprehensive income will be grouped into two categories: (a) items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss; and (b) items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss when specific conditions are met. In addition, income tax on items of other comprehensive income is also required to be allocated on the same basis. The Company expects the aforementioned amendments will change the Company’s presentation on the statement of comprehensive income.

5) Amendments to IAS 19, “Employee Benefits”

The amendments to IAS 19 change the accounting for defined benefit plans, which require the Company to recognize changes in defined benefit obligations or assets, to disclose the components of the defined benefit costs, to eliminate the corridor approach and to accelerate the recognition of past service cost. According to the amendments, all actuarial gains and losses will be recognized immediately through other comprehensive income; the past service cost, on the other hand, will be expensed immediately when it incurs and no longer be amortized over the average period before vested on a straight-line basis. In addition, the amendment also requires a broader disclosure in defined benefit plans.

6) Amendments to IAS 36, “Recoverable Amount Disclosures for Non-Financial Assets”

The amendments to IAS 36 clarify that the Company is only required to disclose the recoverable amount in the year of impairment accrual or reversal. Moreover, if the recoverable amount of impaired assets is based on fair value less costs of disposal, the Company should also disclose the discount rate used. The Company expects the aforementioned amendments will result in a broader disclosure of recoverable amount for non-financial assets.

c.

Impact of the application of the new and revised standards, amendments an interpretationsd in issue but not yet effective on the consolidated financial statements of the Company

As of the date that the accompanying consolidated financial statements were approved and authorized for issue, the Company continues in evaluating the impact on its financial position and financial performance as a result of the initial adoption of the above standards or interpretations. The related impact will be disclosed when the Company completes the evaluation.