Notes to the consolidated
financial statements

13. Investments in joint ventures

Principal joint ventures

At 31 March 2010 the Company had the following joint ventures carrying on businesses which affect the profits and assets of the Group. Unless otherwise stated the Company’s principal joint ventures all have share capital consisting solely of ordinary shares, which are indirectly held, and the country of incorporation or registration is also their principal place of operation.

Name Principal activity Country of incorporation
or registration
Indus Towers Limited Network infrastructure India 24.2(2)
Polkomtel S.A.(3) Network operator Poland 24.4
Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited(3) Network operator Australia 50.0
Vodafone Fiji Limited Network operator Fiji 49.0(4)
Vodafone Omnitel N.V.(5) Network operator Netherlands 76.9(6)
Rounded to nearest tenth of one percent.
Vodafone Essar Limited, in which the Group has a 57.6% equity interest, owns 42.0% of Indus Towers Limited.
Polkomtel S.A. and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia Pty Limited have a year end of 31 December.
The Group holds substantive participating rights which provide it with a veto over the significant financial and operating policies of Vodafone Fiji Limited and which ensure it is able to exercise joint control over Vodafone Fiji Limited with the majority shareholder.
The principal place of operation of Vodafone Omnitel N.V. is Italy.
The Group considered the existence of substantive participating rights held by the non-controlling shareholder provide that shareholder with a veto right over the significant financial and operating policies of Vodafone Omnitel N.V., and determined that, as a result of these rights, the Group does not have control over the financial and operating policies of Vodafone Omnitel N.V., despite the Group’s 76.9% ownership interest.

Effect of proportionate consolidation of joint ventures

The following table presents, on a condensed basis, the effect on the consolidated financial statements of including joint ventures using proportionate consolidation. The results of Vodacom Group Limited are included until 18 May 2009 when it became a subsidiary (see note 26) and the results of Safaricom Limited (‘Safaricom’) are included until 28 May 2008, at which time its consolidation status changed from joint venture to associate following completion of the share allocation for the public offering of 25% of Safaricom’s shares previously held by the Government of Kenya and termination of the shareholding agreement with the Government of Kenya. The results of Australia are included from 9 June 2009 following its merger with Hutchison 3G Australia (see note 26) and results from the 4.8% stake in Polkomtel acquired during the 2009 financial year are included from 18 December 2008.

Revenue 7,896 7,737 6,448
Cost of sales (4,216) (4,076) (3,225)
Gross profit 3,680 3,661 3,223
Selling, distribution and administrative expenses (1,369) (1,447) (1,155)
Operating income and expense (12) - -
Operating profit 2,299 2,214 2,068
Net financing costs (152) (170) (119)
Profit before tax 2,147 2,044 1,949
Income tax expense (655) (564) (829)
Profit for the financial year 1,492 1,480 1,120
Non-current assets 20,787 22,688
Current assets 763 1,148
Total assets 21,550 23,836
Total shareholders’ funds 17,407 20,079
Non-controlling interests 20
Total equity 17,407 20,099
Non-current liabilities 833 865
Current liabilities 3,310 2,872
Total liabilities 4,143 3,737
Total equity and liabilities 21,550 23,836

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