Annual Report 2023

Shareholders and the Annual General Meeting

Shareholders exercise their rights, in particular their voting rights, at the Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting is held within the first eight months of each financial year. Each share entitles its holder to one vote at the Annual General Meeting. There are no shares with multiple voting rights, no preference shares and no caps on voting rights.

Shareholders may exercise their voting rights at the Annual General Meeting in person, by appointing a representative of their choice or by giving voting instructions to proxies designated by the company. The articles of association also authorise the Executive Board to hold the Annual General Meeting as a virtual AGM as defined in Section 118a AktG – i.e. without the physical attendance of shareholders or their proxies at the location of the meeting – and to allow shareholders to attend the Annual General Meeting and to exercise individual or all shareholder rights, even if they are not present at the venue of the Annual General Meeting and without naming a proxy, by means of electronic communication (online participation), and/or to cast their vote in writing or by means of electronic communication (postal vote). The invitation to the Annual General Meeting includes the type of Annual General Meeting (in-person or virtual), the participation conditions, the voting procedure (including proxy voting) and the rights of shareholders. In addition, the company has set up a hotline for shareholders’ questions.

The reports and documents required by law for the Annual General Meeting, including the Annual Report, are published on the company’s website at together with the agenda. Information on attendance at the Annual General Meeting and the voting results can likewise be found on the company’s website after the Annual General Meeting.

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