BASF Report 2023

Disclosures on BASF SE

Corporate Structure

BASF SE operates the BASF Group’s largest Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and is therefore one the most important operating companies of the BASF Group. In addition to marketing its own production to third parties, BASF SE supplies its products to other BASF Group companies, which process them in downstream production or sell them on the local market. BASF SE also distributes products from other BASF Group companies. All divisions, with the exception of Coatings, are active within BASF SE. As the parent company, BASF SE is also responsible for various central tasks, such as Group management and large parts of the Corporate Center. In addition, extensive research activities are bundled here.

As the top parent company, BASF SE directly or indirectly holds the shares in the companies belonging to the BASF Group: This is reflected above all in the financial assets and the financial result.

Due to this distinct integration into the BASF Group, BASF SE is managed within the framework of the BASF Group’s steering concept and has not implemented a separate steering concept. Income from operations is the most suitable indicator for assessing business performance and is therefore BASF SE’s most important financial key performance indicator. In contrast to previous years, sales revenue is no longer a most important financial key performance indicator at BASF SE from this reporting year onward.

The Financial Statements of BASF SE are prepared in accordance with the Council Regulation (EC) No 2157/2001 of October 8, 2001, on the Statute for a European company (SE) and the applicable regulations for public limited-liability companies in the Member State in which it has its registered office, i.e., in accordance with the accounting regulations for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, in particular the German Commercial Code (HGB) and the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG). The Consolidated Financial Statements of the BASF Group, however, take into account the Financial Statements of BASF SE, which are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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