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 guar-antees 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 in-clude those discussed in Opportunities and Risks in the BASF Report 2020. 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.