Form and content of the financial statements

Enel SpA, which operates in the energy utility sector, has its registered office in Viale Regina Margherita 137, Rome, Italy. The consolidated financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2011 comprise the financial statements of the Company, its subsidiaries and joint ventures (“the Group”) and the Group’s holdings in associated companies. A list of the subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures included in the scope of consolidation is reported in the annex.
These financial statements were approved for publication by the Board on March 7, 2012.

Compliance with IFRS/IAS

The consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011 have been prepared in accordance with international accounting standards (International Accounting Standards - IAS and International Financial Reporting Standards - IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) and the Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC), recognized in the European Community pursuant to Regulation (EC) 1606/2002 and in effect as of the close of the year. All of these standards and interpretations are hereinafter referred to as the “IFRS-EU”. The financial statements have also been prepared in conformity with measures issued in implementation of Article 9, paragraph 3, of Legislative Decree 38 of February 28, 2005.

Basis of presentation

The consolidated financial statements consist of the consolidated income statement, the statement of consolidated comprehensive income, the consolidated balance sheet, the statement of changes in consolidated shareholders’ equity and the consolidated statement of cash flows and the related notes. The assets and liabilities reported in the consolidated balance sheet are classified on a “current/non-current basis”, with separate reporting of assets held for sale and liabilities associated with assets held for sale. Current assets, which include cash and cash equivalents, are assets that are intended to be realized, sold or consumed during the normal operating cycle of the Company or in the twelve months following the balance sheet date; current liabilities are liabilities that are expected to be settled during the normal operating cycle of the Company or within the twelve months following the close of the financial year.
The consolidated income statement is classified on the basis of the nature of costs, while the indirect method is used for the consolidated statement of cash flows.
The consolidated financial statements are presented in euro, the functional currency of the Parent Company Enel SpA. All figures are shown in millions of euro unless stated otherwise.
The financial statements are prepared on a going-concern basis using the cost method, with the exception of items that are measured at fair value under IFRS-EU, as specified in the measurement policies for the individual items.
The consolidated income statement, the consolidated balance sheet and the consolidated statement of cash flows report transactions with related parties, the definition of which is given in the next section.