At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Barry Callebaut AG on December 8, 2005, the shareholders voted to appoint KPMG AG, Zurich, as statutory auditors. The statutory auditors are appointed annually by the General Meeting for a one-year term of office. The current auditor in charge has exercised this function since fiscal year 2011/12. Pursuant to the Swiss regulations, he may remain in this function until and including fiscal year 2013/14.
For the fiscal year 2012/13, the remuneration for the audit of the accounting records and the financial statements of Barry Callebaut AG, and the audit of the consolidated financial statements, amounted to CHF 3.1 million. This remuneration included an exceptional review of the half-year consolidated financial statements, which was required in the context of the bond issuance. This remuneration is evaluated by the AFRQCC in view of the scope and the complexity of the Group. The performance of the auditors is monitored by the AFRQCC, to which they present a detailed report on the result of the audit of the Group. Prior to the presentation to the AFRQCC, the lead auditor reviews the audit findings with the Chairman of the AFRQCC without the presence of any members of the management.
KPMG received a total amount of CHF 0.6 million for additional services, i.e. for transaction and other advisory (incl. due diligence). Adequate measures for the avoidance of potential conflicts of interests between the different services provided by KPMG were observed.