Accounting and auditing
LANXESS AG prepares its consolidated financial statements and interim financial statements in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union. The separate financial statements of LANXESS AG for any given fiscal year (“financial statements”) are prepared in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB). The financial statements, consolidated financial statements and combined management report are published, once adopted and approved by the Supervisory Board, within 90 days of the end of the fiscal year. The company’s accounting for the 2013 fiscal year was audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers Aktiengesellschaft Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (“PwC”), the auditors chosen at the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held in 2013. PwC also reviewed the 2013 half-year financial report. The audits are conducted in accordance with German auditing regulations and the generally accepted standards for auditing promulgated by the Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer (IDW – Institute of Public Auditors in Germany). It was agreed with the auditors that they would report to the Supervisory Board without delay concerning any possible grounds for their disqualification or bias as well as any significant findings or incidents that came to light during the audit.