Management’s overall assessment of the opportunity and risk situation
The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of METRO AG are regularly informed about the company’s situation in terms of opportunities and risks. To evaluate the present risk situation, we did not examine opportunities and risks in isolation. Instead we analysed and rated the interdependencies between risks according to probability and impact. Our assessment indicates that the overall risks can be borne or managed. For a period of 1 year after the closing date, the identified individual and cumulative risks do not represent any risks in the form of possible illiquidity or over-indebtedness. We are confident that METRO’s earnings performance offers a solid foundation for the sustainable positive development of our business and the utilisation of numerous opportunities. The Management Board of METRO AG currently does not expect any fundamental change in the opportunities and risk situation.