27. Borrowings


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On 22 December 2014, the group signed a new credit facility agreement (the 'new facility'), replacing the previous facility agreement. The agreement is effective up to 31 March 2018 and includes two additional one-year extension options.

The new facility comprises of a revolving credit facility for an amount of €250 million, of which €50 million was drawn at the end of December 2014. Netted with the transaction costs of €1.1 million, the carrying amount of the group's outstanding borrowings at 31 December 2014 was €48.9 million. The interest is in line with market conditions and is based on Euribor plus a margin that depends on certain leverage covenants. The average interest paid on borrowings in 2014 was 1.3% (2013: 1.2%).

At 31 December 2014 the outstanding borrowings are presented as a non-current liability, as management expects to maintain at least a similar level of utilisation in the coming twelve months.

As the contractual interest rate is based on market interest rates plus a certain margin, and the fact that there has been no significant change to the group's credit rating, the fair value of the borrowings at the end of 2014 and 2013 is estimated to approximate their carrying value.

Accounting policy

Borrowings are recognised initially at fair value, net of transaction costs incurred. Subsequently, amounts are stated at amortised cost with the difference being recognised in the income statement over the period of the borrowings using the effective interest rate method.