Forward-looking statements and forecasts This half-year financial report contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current estimates and projections of the Board of Executive Directors and currently available information. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the future developments and results outlined therein. These are dependent on a number of factors; they involve various risks and uncertainties; and they are based on assumptions that may not prove to be accurate. Such risk factors include those discussed in Opportunities and Risks in the BASF Report 2018. 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 half-year financial report above and beyond the legal requirements.