This quarterly statement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current estimates and projections of the Board of Executive Directors and on currently available information. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the future developments and results outlined therein. Rather, they depend on a number of factors, involve various risks and uncertainties, and are based on assumptions that may not prove to be accurate. Such risk factors particularly include those discussed in the Opportunities and risks report of the BASF Report 2016. The BASF Report is available online at basf.com/report. We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this quarterly statement.