|MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form 11-K on 10/26/2017|
Risks and Uncertainties
The Plan invests in various investment securities through the Master Trust. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market, and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported on the Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits at April 30, 2017 .
Concentration of Market Risk
Approximately 3.6% and 4.5% of the Plan's assets were invested in ordinary shares of Medtronic plc at April 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The underlying value of the Medtronic Common Stock Fund, which is part of the Master Trust, is entirely dependent on the performance of Medtronic plc and the market’s evaluation of such performance. It is reasonably possible that changes in the fair value of Medtronic plc ordinary shares could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported on the Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits for the year ended April 30, 2017.
3. Fair Value Measurements
Under the authoritative guidance for fair value measurements, fair value is defined as an exit price, or the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants as of the measurement date. The authoritative guidance also establishes a hierarchy for inputs used in measuring fair value that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs by requiring that the most observable inputs be used when available. Observable inputs are inputs market participants would use in valuing the asset or liability, developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the Plan. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the Plan’s assumptions about the factors market participants would use in valuing the asset or liability developed based upon the best information available in the circumstances. The categorization of financial assets and financial liabilities within the valuation hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The hierarchy is broken down into three levels defined as follows:
• Level 1 - Inputs are quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. The Plan’s Level 1 assets included
common stock at April 30, 2017 and 2016.
• Level 2 - Inputs include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or
similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active and inputs (other than quoted prices) that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. The Plan’s Level 2 assets included investments in registered investment companies (mutual funds) at April 30, 2017 and 2016.
• Level 3 - Inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. The Plan did not hold any Level 3 investments at April
30, 2017 and 2016.
The following is a description of the valuation methodologies used for assets measured at fair value. There have been no changes in the valuation methodologies used at April 30, 2017 and 2016.
Registered investment companies: Valued based on the year-end net asset values (NAV) of the investment vehicles. The net asset values of the investment vehicles are based on the fair values of the underlying investments valued at the closing price reported in the active markets in which the individual security is traded.
Collective trusts: Valued at the NAV of units of a collective trust. The NAV, as provided by Vanguard Trust, is used as a practical expedient to estimate fair value. The NAV is based on the fair value of the underlying investments held by the fund, less its liabilities. This practical expedient is not used when it is determined to be probable that the fund will sell the investment for an amount different than the reported NAV. Participant transactions (purchases and sales) may occur daily. Were the Plan to initiate a full redemption of the collective trust, the investment adviser reserves the right to temporarily delay withdrawal from the trust in order to ensure that securities liquidations will be carried out in an orderly business manner.
Medtronic Common Stock Fund: The Medtronic Common Stock Fund is fully invested in Medtronic plc ordinary shares, which are measured at fair value. The shares are valued at the closing price reported in the active market in which the individual security is traded and are therefore categorized as Level 1 investments.