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Independent auditor’s report

To the participants and the Supervisory Committee of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR

Report on the audit of the financial statements 2020 included in the annual report

Our opinion

We have audited the financial statements 2020 of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR, based in Amsterdam. The financial statements comprise the consolidated financial statements and the company financial statements.

In our opinion:

  • The accompanying consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR as at 31 December 2020, and of its result and its cash flows for 2020 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (EU-IFRS) and with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.

  • The accompanying company financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR as at 31 December 2020, and of its result for 2020 in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.

The consolidated financial statements comprise:

  1. The consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 December 2020.

  2. The following statements for 2020: the consolidated income statement, the consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows.

  3. The notes comprising a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

The company financial statements comprise:

  1. The company balance sheet as at 31 December 2020.

  2. The company profit and loss account for 2020.

  3. The notes comprising a summary of the accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Basis for our opinion

We conducted our audit in accordance with Dutch law, including the Dutch Standards on Auditing. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the "Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements" section of our report.

We are independent of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR in accordance with the EU Regulation on specific requirements regarding statutory audit of public-interest entities, the Wet toezicht accountantsorganisaties (Wta, Audit firms supervision act), the Verordening inzake de onafhankelijkheid van accountants bij assurance-opdrachten (ViO, Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, a regulation with respect to independence) and other relevant independence regulations in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we have complied with the Verordening gedrags- en beroepsregels accountants (VGBA, Dutch Code of Ethics).

We believe the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

Materiality

Based on our professional judgement we determined the materiality for the financial statements as a whole at €62 million. The materiality is based on 1% of group equity. We have also taken into account misstatements and/or possible misstatements that in our opinion are material for the users of the financial statements for qualitative reasons.

We agreed with the Supervisory Committee that misstatements in excess of €3.1 million, which are identified during the audit, would be reported to them, as well as smaller misstatements that in our view must be reported on qualitative grounds.

Scope of the group audit

Vesteda Residential Fund FGR is at the head of a group of entities. The financial information of this group is included in the consolidated financial statements of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR.

Our group audit mainly focused on significant group entities.

We have performed all audit procedures ourselves for all group entities.

By performing the procedures mentioned above at group entities, together with additional procedures at group level, we have been able to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence about the group's financial information to provide an opinion about the consolidated financial statements.

Our key audit matters

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgement, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements. We have communicated the key audit matters to the Supervisory Committee. The key audit matters are not a comprehensive reflection of all matters discussed.

These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

Description of key audit matters

Summary of procedures and activities

Valuation of investment property

 

Refer to notes 14 and 15 to the consolidated financial statements.

As at 31 December 2020 the Company held a portfolio of investment property with a fair value of €8,060 million, excluding IFRS 16 right-of-use asset (31 December 2019: €7,691 million) and investment property under construction of €174 million (31 December 2019: €194 million).

The portfolio consist of €7,913 million residential, €84 million commercial, €41 million healthcare and €22 million parking properties.

At the end of each reporting period, the management board determines the fair value of its investment property portfolio in accordance with the requirements of IAS 40 and IFRS 13. The Company uses external valuation reports issued by external independent professionally qualified valuers to determine the fair value of its investment property.

As the valuation of investment property is inherently judgmental in nature, due to the use of assumptions that are highly sensitive, any change in assumptions may have a significant effect on the outcome given the relative size of the investment property balance. The most significant assumptions and parameters involved, given the sensitivity and impact on the outcome.

Our audit procedures included, among others, the following:
We have gained understanding of the valuation process and tested design and implementation of the Company’s relevant controls with respect to the data used in the valuation of the property portfolio.

We evaluated the competence of the Company’s external appraiser, which included consideration of their qualifications and expertise.

In relation to the significant assumptions in the valuation of investment property we have:
• determined that the valuation methods as applied by the management board, as included in the valuation reports, are appropriate;
• we have challenged the significant assumptions used (such as capitalization rate, market rental income, market-derived discount rate) against relevant market data. We have involved our internal real estate valuation experts in these assessments.

Observation:
We found that, with the (significant) assumptions used in the valuation reports, the valuation of the investment property is valued within a reasonable range.

ERP data migration

 

Vesteda has deployed and implemented a standardized ERP solution. In Q2 2020 Vesteda migrated from its legacy IT system to the new ERP system.

We considered Vesteda’s IT landscape and controls over financial reporting as basis of designing audit procedures that are appropriate for our audit.

Our audit procedures included, among others, the following:
We have evaluated the quality controls governing the implementation of the new ERP system.

We have also tested the migration of general ledger data from the legacy IT system to the new ERP system. In testing the transfer of data from the legacy IT system to the new ERP system, we have tested the key controls over completeness and accuracy of the data transferred. We have involved our internal IT experts in these assessments.

Observation:
Based on our procedures performed the risks of material misstatement we identified are sufficiently addressed.

Report on the other information included in the annual report

In addition to the financial statements and our auditor's report thereon, the annual report contain other information that consists of:

  • Management Report.

  • Other Information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.

  • Other included information.

Based on the following procedures performed, we conclude that the other information:

  • Is consistent with the financial statements and does not contain material misstatements.

  • Contains the information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.

We have read the other information. Based on our knowledge and understanding obtained through our audit of the financial statements or otherwise, we have considered whether the other information contains material misstatements.

By performing these procedures, we comply with the requirements of Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code and the Dutch Standard 720. The scope of the procedures performed is substantially less than the scope of those performed in our audit of the financial statements.

Management is responsible for the preparation of the other information, including the Management Report in accordance with Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, and the other information as required by Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.

Report on other legal and regulatory requirements

Engagement

We were engaged by the Supervisory Committee as auditor of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR on 1 April 2015, as of the audit for the year 2016 and have operated as statutory auditor ever since that financial year.

Description of responsibilities regarding the financial statements

Responsibilities of management and the Supervisory Committee  for the financial statements

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with EU-IFRS and Part 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code. Furthermore, management is responsible for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

As part of the preparation of the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the company's ability to continue as a going concern. Based on the financial reporting frameworks mentioned, management should prepare the financial statements using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.

Management should disclose events and circumstances that may cast significant doubt on the company's ability to continue as a going concern in the financial statements.

The Supervisory Committee is responsible for overseeing the company's financial reporting process.

Our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements

Our objective is to plan and perform the audit assignment in a manner that allows us to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence for our opinion.

Our audit has been performed with a high, but not absolute, level of assurance, which means we may not detect all material errors and fraud during our audit.

Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements. The materiality affects the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures and the evaluation of the effect of identified misstatements on our opinion.

We have exercised professional judgement and have maintained professional skepticism throughout the audit, in accordance with Dutch Standards on Auditing, ethical requirements and independence requirements. Our audit included among others:

  • Identifying and assessing the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, designing and performing audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtaining audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.

  • Obtaining an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the company's internal control.

  • Evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.

  • Concluding on the appropriateness of management's use of the going concern basis of accounting, and based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the company's ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor's report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor's report. However, future events or conditions may cause a company to cease to continue as a going concern.

  • Evaluating the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures.

  • Evaluating whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.

Because we are ultimately responsible for the opinion, we are also responsible for directing, supervising and performing the group audit. In this respect we have determined the nature and extent of the audit procedures to be carried out for group entities. Decisive were the size and/or the risk profile of the group entities or operations. On this basis, we selected group entities for which an audit or review had to be carried out on the complete set of financial information or specific items.

We communicate with the Supervisory Committee regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant findings in internal control that we identified during our audit. In this respect we also submit an additional report to the audit committee in accordance with Article 11 of the EU Regulation on specific requirements regarding statutory audit of public-interest entities. The information included in this additional report is consistent with our audit opinion in this auditor's report.     

We provide the Supervisory Committee with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with the Supervisory Committee, we determine the key audit matters: those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements. We describe these matters in our auditor's report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, not communicating the matter is in the public interest.

Amsterdam, 17 March 2021

Deloitte Accountants B.V.

Signed on the original: J. Holland