ISIN DE0005407100, WKN 540710
Stock exchange: XETRA

Corporate Governance at CENIT

General comments on the German Corporate Governance Code

The principles of value-oriented and transparent corporate management and controlling have recently become increasingly important for the assessment and valuation of listed companies. The German Federal Minister of Justice tackled this issue in September 2001 with the convening of the Government Commission of the German Corporate Governance Code under the chairmanship of Dr Gerhard Cromme. The Government Commission approved the German Corporate Governance Code on February 26, 2002 and has since adapted it. Through the declaration of conformity in line with Article 161 of the AktG (added as a result of the Transparency and Publicity Act introduced on July 26, 2002, the Code has a legal basis. On the basis of Article 161 of the AktG, all listed companies are obliged to declare conformity with the requirements of the German Corporate Governance Code and explain any deviations from requirements (comply or explain). The particular aim of this is to fulfil the expectations of international investors.

The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of CENIT AG Systemhaus welcome the template for the German Corporate Governance Code and have decided to ensure widespread implementation of, and compliance with, the rules of the Code in the CENIT Group. CENIT AG Systemhaus thus demonstrates that responsible, value-oriented corporate management and controlling thereof are a top priority in the CENIT Group.

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    • The Company’s Board of Directors is composed of the following persons:

      • Dipl.-Ing. Kurt Bengel
        Spokesman of the management board. In charge of the worldwide operational business and for the departments marketing and investor relations.
      • Dipl.-Wirt.-Inf. Matthias Schmidt
        Member of the management board since 1st February 2013
        In charge of the departments finance, organisation and human resources.

      Remuneration System

      The system that determines the remuneration of the Board of Directors of CENIT AG combines fixed and success-based remuneration. During the reporting year, the Members of the Board of Directors received the following incomes:

      Kurt Bengel
      Fixed remuneration267267
      Performance-based remuneration
      thereof relating to other periods: EUR 0 k
      (prior year: EUR 2 k)
      Long-term incentive180161
      Matthias Schmidt
      Fixed remuneration236232
      Performance based remuneration176157
      Long-term incentive180161

      The variable remuneration component breaks down into a short-term and long-term component, with the short-term portion being paid out in the subsequent year. The long-term portion is paid out after three years provided that other criteria have been met. Total annual remuneration is capped in each case to EUR 750,000.00.

      The employment contracts of Mr. Bengel and Mr. Schmidt provide for compensation payments pursuant to Sec. 74 HGB for the term of a one-year ban on competition and full remuneration paid to the surviving dependants of deceased executive board members for a six-month period.

      No further pension obligations or benefits were promised in the event of termination of service. In the event that the Company terminates the agreement before its expiry without good reason, the executive board member receives a severance payment of no more than twice the annual fixed remuneration agreed in the agreement for the remainder of the employment agreement. In any case, no more than the remaining term of the employment agreement will be remunerated.

      The Company’s Supervisory Board is composed of the following persons:

      • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schmidt
        Independent corporate consultant
        Ahrensburg, Chairman
      • Dipl.-Kfm. Hubert Leypoldt
        Independent public accountant, tax advisor, legal counsel
        Dettingen/Erms, Deputy Chairman
      • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Karrer
        Department Head, CENIT AG, Stuttgart
        Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Employee Representative

      Remuneration System

      Pursuant to the Articles of Association, the Members of the Supervisory Board receive a fixed remuneration. Each Supervisory Board Member receives a fixed remuneration of 15,000.00 EUR, payable at the end of the business year. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board receives double this sum, his Deputy 1.5 times this sum.

      During the reporting year, the Members of the Supervisory Board received the following incomes:

      Andreas Schmidt300300
      Hubert Leypoldt22.5022.50
      Andreas Karrer150150

      The D&O insurance was continued in 2015 for executive board members, supervisory board members as well as other executives. The premiums of EUR 32 k (prior year: EUR 23 k) were borne by the Company.

      The management board held 7,670 shares as of the balance sheet date (0.09%). The supervisory board members held 111,392 shares, i.e. 1.33% of the Company’s capital stock (prior year: 2.32%).