Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements
manages such instruments and makes decisions based on their fair value in accordance with its documented risk management or investment strategy. Subsequent to initial recognition, financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss are measured at fair value with any revaluation gains and losses recognized in net income. ii. Financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value through other comprehensive income Debt retirement funds are classified as financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income as the following conditions are met: • The debt retirement funds are administered by the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance whose business model objective is to both hold underlying investments to collect contractual cash flows and to sell; and • The contractual terms of the debt retirement funds give rise on specified dates to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding. iii. Amortized cost Trade and other receivables, trade and other payables, short-term debt, dividends payable, and long-term debt are classified at amortized cost. The amortized cost category consists of financial assets and liabilities with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. These financial assets and liabilities are accounted for at amortized cost using the effective interest method. iv. Derivative instruments A variety of derivative instruments are utilized to manage exposure to natural gas price risk. Derivative instruments are classified as fair value through profit or loss and are recorded at fair value within current assets or current liabilities, as applicable, commencing on the trade date. The change in the fair value is recorded in net income and classified within the revenue or expense category to which it relates. Derivatives may be embedded in other host instruments. Embedded derivatives are treated as separate derivatives when the economic characteristics and risks are not closely related to those of the host instrument, the embedded derivative has the same terms as those of a stand-alone derivative and the combined contract is not measured at fair value through profit or loss. Embedded derivatives are measured at fair value with subsequent changes recognized in net income and classified within the revenue or expense category to which it relates. The Corporation enters into natural gas sales contracts with embedded derivatives for non-regulated contract sales to large end-use customers. Certain commodity contracts for the physical purchase of natural gas qualify as own-use contracts. The Corporation entered into these contracts for the purpose of physical receipt of natural gas in accordance with its own expected sales requirements for commodity customers. As such, these non-financial derivative contracts are not recorded at fair value on the consolidated statement of financial position; rather, the contracts are accounted for as a purchase at the time of delivery. h. Debt retirement funds Under conditions attached to certain advances from the Province of Saskatchewan’s General Revenue Fund, the Corporation is required, on an annual basis, to invest an amount equal to one per cent of the related outstanding debt. These investments are referred to as debt retirement funds and are administered by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Finance. Debt retirement funds are classified as financial instruments and are designated as at fair value through other comprehensive income, which are recorded at fair value in the consolidated statement of financial position. The investment and income earned on the investment is returned to the Corporation upon maturity of the related debt. i. Intangible assets Intangible assets are recorded at cost less accumulated amortization and any accumulated impairment losses. Intangible assets are capitalized if it is probable that the asset acquired or developed will generate future economic benefits. The costs incurred to establish technological feasibility or to maintain existing levels of performance are recognized in operating and maintenance expense as incurred.
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