Report of the statutory auditor on the compensation report
To the General Meeting of COMET Holding AG, Flamatt
We have audited the compensation report of COMET Holding AG for the year ended 31 Decemer 2015. The audit was limited to the information according to articles 14 –16 of the Ordinance against Excessive Compensation in Listed Companies (Ordinance) contained in Section 06 – Disclosure of compensation of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee on pages 141 to 145 of the compensation report.
Board of Directors' responsibility
The Board of Directors is responsible for the preparation and overall fair presentation of the compensation report in accordance with Swiss law and the Ordinance. The Board of Directors is also responsible for designing the compensation system and defining individual compensation packages.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the accompanying compensation report. We conducted our audit in accordance with Swiss Auditing Standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the compensation report complies with Swiss law and articles 14 –16 of the Ordinance.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence on the disclosures made in the compensation report with regard to compensation, loans and credits in accordance with articles 14 –16 of the Ordinance. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatements in the compensation report, whether due to fraud or error. This audit also includes evaluating the reasonableness of the methods applied to value components of compensation, as well as assessing the overall presentation of the compensation report.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the compensation report for the year ended 31 December 2015 of COMET Holding AG complies with Swiss law and articles 14–16 of the Ordinance.
Berne, 3 March 2016
Ernst & Young Ltd
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(Auditor in charge)
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