The auditor KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft invoiced total professional fees in the amount of €6.2 million for services rendered. €5.1 million of this amount was attributable to professional fees for the audit of the financial statements, €0.5 million to other assurance services and €0.6 million to other services. Only services that are consistent with the task of the auditor of the annual financial statements and consolidated financial statements of METRO AG were provided.
The fees for audit services provided by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft relate to the audit of the consolidated financial statements and the Annual Financial Statements of METRO AG, including statutory mandate extensions, as well as a chosen audit focus in conjunction with the introduction of a new ERP system. In addition, the fees for the audits of IFRS reporting packages of subsidiaries of METRO AG for inclusion in the METRO consolidated financial statements as well as for the audits of annual financial statements of subsidiaries under commercial law are included. Moreover, reviews of interim financial statements were performed.
Other assurance services relate to agreed audit procedures (for example compliance certificates and declarations of completeness in accordance with the German Packaging Ordinance), a valuation certificate, the appropriateness review of the tax compliance management system, the issuing of a comfort letter, the material audit of the remuneration report and the audit of the combined non-financial statement.
Other services comprise support services for the IT crisis management team as part of the cyberattack and quality assurance support within the framework of the optimisation of the treasury system.