To maximize transparency, we provide regular and timely information on the Group’s position and significant changes in business activities to stockholders, financial analysts, stockholders’ associations, the media and the general public. Bayer complies with the recommendations of the Corporate Governance Code by publishing reports on business trends, financial position, results of operations and related risks four times a year.
In line with statutory requirements, the members of the Group Management Board provide an assurance that, to the best of their knowledge, the financial statements of Bayer AG, the consolidated financial statements of the Bayer Group and the combined management report provide a true and fair view.
The financial statements of Bayer AG, the consolidated financial statements of the Bayer Group and the combined management report are published within 90 days following the end of each fiscal year. During the fiscal year, stockholders and other interested parties are kept informed of developments by means of the half-year financial report and additional interim reports for the first and third quarters. The half-year financial report is voluntarily subjected to an audit review by the auditor, whose appointment by the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting also relates specifically to this audit review.
Bayer also provides information at news conferences and analysts’ meetings. In addition, the company uses the Internet as a platform for timely disclosure of information, including details of the dates of major publications and events, such as the annual reports and interim reports (Interim Report First Quarter 2015) or the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting.
In line with the principle of fair disclosure, all stockholders and other principal target groups are treated equally as regards the communication of valuation-relevant information. All significant new facts are disclosed immediately to the general public. Stockholders also have immediate access to the information that Bayer publishes locally in compliance with the stock market regulations of various countries.
In addition to our regular reporting, we issue ad-hoc statements on developments that otherwise might not become publicly known but have the potential to materially affect the price of Bayer stock.