Approval of the annual financial statements and dependency report
The annual financial statements of comdirect bank (in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB)), the management report of comdirect bank (in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB)) and the consolidated financial statements and group management report (in accordance with IFRS), including the underlying bookkeeping for financial year 2014, have been audited by the auditors, who issued an unqualified audit certification. The above documentation, the audit reports and the proposal of the Board of Managing Directors for the appropriation of the distributable profit were promptly made available to the members of the Supervisory Board.
The German public accountant took part in the meeting of the Risk and Audit Committee on 19 March 2015 and the subsequent meeting of the Supervisory Board dealing with the approval of the annual accounts, amongst others. He reported on the key findings of the audit and answered questions. The result of the audit was discussed thoroughly with the Risk and Audit Committee. The Risk and Audit Committee then proposed to the Supervisory Board that the annual financial statements be approved.
The Supervisory Board has acknowledged the results of the audit. Within the scope of the legal provisions, it has examined the annual financial statements and management report, the consolidated financial statements and group management report and the proposal of the Board of Managing Directors for the appropriation of the distributable profit and raised no objections on completion of its examination. In its meeting on 19 March 2015, the Supervisory Board approved the annual financial statements and consolidated financial statements prepared by the Board of Managing Directors. Accordingly, the annual financial statements are regarded as adopted. The Supervisory Board endorses the proposal for the appropriation of the distributable profit.
The report of the Board of Managing Directors on the bank’s relationship with affiliated companies was also submitted to the Supervisory Board together with the associated auditors’ report. After completing the audit, the auditors raised no objection to the report of the Board of Managing Directors and issued the following unqualified certification: After conducting our audit in accordance with the professional standards, we confirm that the actual details of the report are accurate and the fees paid by the company for the legal transactions detailed in the report were not disproportionately high, nor were any disadvantages compensated.
The Supervisory Board examined the report of the Board of Managing Directors and approves the report as well as the auditors’ findings of the audit.
After completing its examination, the Supervisory Board finds no cause for objection to the concluding statement concerning the relationship with affiliated companies made by the Board of Managing Directors in the report.
As part of the audit, the auditors also assess whether the Board of Managing Directors has implemented a monitoring system and has fulfilled the legal requirements concerning the early detection of risks that are likely to threaten the existence of the company. The auditors have confirmed that the risks described in the management report are presented accurately and that the measures taken by the Board of Managing Directors in accordance with Section 91, (2), of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) are conducive to early detection of developments that are likely to threaten the continued existence of the company. Furthermore, the auditor confirmed the effectiveness of the accounting-related internal control system with a positive assessment.