External auditors

At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company held on December 9, 2020, the shareholders voted to re-elect KPMG, Zurich, as statutory auditors.

The statutory auditors are appointed annually by the General Meeting of Shareholders for a term of office of one year. The current lead auditor in charge has exercised this function since fiscal year 2014/15. Pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations, the lead auditor in charge may exercise her/his role for a maximum of seven years. As a consequence, the current lead auditor in charge has exercised his function for the last time for fiscal year 2020/21. A new lead auditor has been appointed for fiscal year 2021/22.

For fiscal year 2020/21, the remuneration for the audit of the accounting records and the financial statements of the Company, the audit of local statutory financial statements and the audit of the Group’s Consolidated Financial Statements amounted to CHF 2.4 million. The remuneration was 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 the auditors present a detailed report on the result of the audit of the Group. Prior to the presentation to the AFRQCC, the lead auditor in charge 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 0.3 million for additional services, i.e. for transaction and other advisory services (including due diligence). Adequate measures for the avoidance of potential conflicts of interests between the different services provided by KPMG were observed.

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