[30] Group statement of cash flows

The statement of cash flows shows the source and application of funds. In accordance with IAS 7 Cash Flow Statements, cash flows from operating activities are distinguished from cash flows from investing and financing activities.

The cash and cash equivalents disclosed in the statement of cash flows comprise all cash and cash equivalents disclosed in the statement of financial position: i. e. cash in hand, bank balances and money market funds with a maturity of three months or less. Cash and cash equivalents of EUR 8 m (2014: EUR 9 m) are subject to drawing restrictions as a result of currency export restrictions. The cash flows from investing and financing activities are calculated on the basis of payments, while the cash flow from operating activities is derived indirectly from earnings before taxes on income.

When the cash flow from operating activities is calculated, the changes in assets and liabilities are adjusted for the effects of currency translation and changes in Group structure. As a result, it is not possible to reconcile the figures to the differences between the headings in the published Group statement of financial position.

Distributions received and income taxes paid included in cash inflow from operating activities are disclosed separately. Cash inflows from associates and joint ventures are disclosed in cash inflow from operating activities. Finance income from embedded finance leases (IFRIC 4/IAS 17) has been included in cash inflow from operating activities, due to the fact that such income is clearly related to the operating business of The Linde Group, while capitalised borrowing costs of EUR 52 m (2014: EUR 42 m) are disclosed in cash flow from investing activities. All other interest payments are disclosed in cash flow from financing activities.

For cash outflows relating to newly consolidated companies, please refer to the Group statement of cash flows. In the Group statement of financial position, EUR 4 m (2014: EUR 8 m) has been recognised as liabilities which are not included in the cash outflows for consolidated companies.

All in all, no cash and cash equivalents were received as a result of acquisitions (2014: EUR 1 m).

Investing activities comprise additions to and disposals of tangible assets, financial assets, intangible assets and consolidated companies. Additions and disposals in foreign currency have been translated at average rates.