Net asset position
|In CHF million, except where indicated||31.03.2021||31.12.2020||Change|
|Property, plant and equipment||10,748||10,725||0.2%|
|Deferred gain on sale and leaseback of real estate||(99)||(106)||–6.6%|
|Other operating assets and liabilities, net||(482)||(240)||100.8%|
|Net operating assets||18,914||18,815||0.5%|
|Defined benefit obligations||(471)||(795)||–40.8%|
|Income tax assets and liabilities, net||(614)||(643)||–4.5%|
|Equity-accounted investees and other non-current financial assets||458||320||43.1%|
|Equity ratio in %||41.7||39.1|
On 31 March 2021, the Annual General Meeting of Swisscom Ltd approved the payment of an unchanged gross dividend of CHF 22 per share. A total dividend amount of CHF 1,140 million was paid out on 8 April 2021.
Net debt comprises financial liabilities less cash and cash equivalents, listed debt instruments, derivative financial instruments held for hedging financial liabilities and other current financial assets. Net debt and the net debt to EBITDA ratio are presented both with and without classification of leases as financial liabilities. For credit rating purposes, rating agencies include lease liabilities in the calculation of net debt. However, for the financial target of the Federal Council’s financing structure, leases are not classified as financial liabilities or part of net debt.
|In CHF million||31.03.2021||31.12.2020|
|Other financial liabilities||272||297|
|Total financial liabilities||6,879||7,042|
|Cash and cash equivalents||(524)||(340)|
|Listed debt instruments||(292)||(271)|
|Derivative financial instruments for financing||(91)||(79)|
|Other current financial assets||(123)||(134)|
|Net debt incl. lease liabilities||7,825||8,206|
In recent years, Swisscom has taken advantage of favourable capital market conditions with a view to optimising the interest and maturity structure of the Group’s financial liabilities. As at 31 March 2021, the average interest expense on financial liabilities was 1.08%, the average residual term to maturity was 6.4 years, and the share of the Group’s variable interest-bearing financial liabilities was 6%.