Revenue-related receivables and credit risk management

3.4 Revenue-related receivables and credit risk management
3. TRADE RECEIVABLES AND OTHER RECEIVABLES, €1,000    
  2016 2015
Trade receivables 72,914 55,709
Trade receivables from associated companies 125 39
Prepayments and accrued income from associated companies 18 9
Prepayments and accrued income 7,835 13,241
Other receivables 1,298 1,216
Total 82,191 70,213
Essential items included in prepayments and accrued income 2,016 2,015
Accruals of sales 1,153 4,046
Accruals of purchases/prepayments 2,364 4,016
Interest receivables 4,118 5,001
Rents/prepayments 200 178
Total 7,835 13,241

Credit risk management – customers

According to The Electricity Market Act, the company is obliged to accept distribution network operators joining the grid as well as electricity producers and consumers as its customers. Accordingly, the company cannot choose its customers based on a credit risk analysis or collect different fees from them. In general, bank guarantees are not required from the company’s customers to secure sales payments, but in the event of an overdue payment, this is possible. The unit in charge of the customer relationships is responsible for verifying their creditworthiness, with assistance from the Treasury unit. The Treasury has defined an operating process for monitoring customers’ payment defaults in the terms and conditions of the Main Grid Contract. Any guarantees required by Fingrid will be either bank guarantees or an upfront payment in order to cover the electricity taxes payable by customers connected to the grid and subject to the tax, as ruled in the Main Grid Contract’s Service Terms and Conditions. The company has no bad debts, and the related credit risk is deemed to be minor. The company has no impairments related to receivables.

Netting of trade receivables and trade payables

The trade receivables and trade payables are netted in the balance sheet as presented in the table below. The netted items are associated with purchases and sales of imbalance power. The company has a legally enforceable right of set-off to these items in any circumstance and will use this right.

4. NETTING OF TRADE RECEIVABLES AND TRADE PAYABLES € 1,000
  2016 2015
  Gross amount of trade receivables/trade payables Amount of netted items Net amount of trade receivables and trade payables presented in the balance sheet Gross amount of trade receivables/trade payables Amount of netted items Net amount of trade receivables and trade payables presented in the balance sheet
Trade receivables 88,176 -15,136 73,040 66,118 -10,371 55,747
Trade payables 40,113 -15,136 24,976 25,025 -10,371 14,654
Total 48,063 0 48,063 41,093 0 41,093
 

Accounting principles

Trade and other receivables

Loans and other receivables are recognised initially at fair value; subsequently they are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. The amount of doubtful receivables is estimated based on the risks of individual items. An impairment loss is recorded on receivables when there is valid evidence that the Group will not receive all of its receivables at the original terms (e.g. due to the debtor's serious financial problems, likelihood that the debtor will go bankrupt or be subject to other financial rearrangements, and payments overdue by more than 90 days). Impairment losses are recognised directly, under other operating expenses, to reduce the carrying amount of the receivables. Fingrid did not have any impairment losses during the periods presented here.

In addition to trade receivables and other receivables, the company has a small amount of loan receivables from associated companies. These are long-term and described in Chapter 6.1. The receivables from associated companies are recognised according to these same accounting principles.