1 No. first private broker Germany s leading lottery broker planned milestones reached test winner of»getestet.de«dynamic growth in 2013 first advertising permit Trusted Shops certificate first mobile services Annual Report 2013
2 ... ON COURSE FOR GROWTH Registered customers Billings in thousand (accumulated) , , Revenues EBIT 2, ,282-11,256
3 Lotto24 is Germany s leading online broker of state-licensed lotteries. Founded in 2010, we were the first private online lottery broker to resume activities on the German market when the new State Treaty on Games of Chance came into effect in In 2013, we laid the foundations for further dynamic growth: our marketing measures are taking effect and our successful capital increase has enabled us to step up our sales activities. Our aim is to expand our position as Germany s leading broker of lottery products via the Internet.
4 2 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, We are delighted to be able to report on our first full and highly successful fiscal year as a listed company! In 2013, we were able to implement our strategic targets, achieve our planned milestones and establish ourselves as the market leader among Germany s lottery brokers. In early 2013, Lotto24 was already the first private lottery broker to offer customers in all of Germany s federal states the opportunity to play the lottery online. In March, we added our mobile products and in December even our first Android app for playing the state lottery via mobile devices. On top of this, Lotto24 won a comparison test of six online lottery brokers in October 2013 held by German test portal»getestet.de«with a score of 1.6 (good). After receiving the missing advertising permit in March, we launched active marketing of our product and service portfolio initial steps included online advertising and an affiliate programme, followed in May by our TV campaigns and in July by the addition of Google for our search engine marketing. A successful mix, as illustrated by our KPIs for 2013: the number of new customer registrations in 2013 grew by a factor of almost seven to 208 thousand, taking the total to 237 thousand registered customers at year-end (prior year: 29 thousand). There was similar strong progress in billings at EUR 30.5 million (prior year: EUR 1.1 million) with revenues of EUR 2.8 million (prior year: EUR 0.1 million). As expected, earnings were heavily affected by start-up costs and as a result EBIT fell to around EUR million (prior year: EUR -4.3 million) due in particular to the strong increase in marketing expenses to approximately EUR 7.3 million. The acquisition costs per new customer (CPL) amounted to EUR Following the completion of our first fiscal year in which we were largely able to advertise, all key figures continue to indicate that customers are behaving exactly as expected, based on our earlier experience from This confirms that the business model of Lotto24 is viable and that we can look forward to a phase of dynamic company growth. At our first Annual General Meeting as a listed company on 7 August 2013, a large majority of shareholders voted in favour of the creation of new Authorised Capital. In September, our successful rights offering and issue of all 5,988,816 new shares from Authorised Capital on offer enabled us to reach the targeted net issue proceeds of around EUR 17 million. We intend to invest these proceeds in further growth: in marketing activities to accelerate new customer acquisition, in the further development of our brokerage platform, in the widening of our product portfolio to include further lotteries for Lotto24 to broker, and in the expansion of services for state-licensed lotteries. We regard the pace of market penetration as a key success factor in our efforts to secure a share of the young and dynamic online lottery market. The capital increase gave us more scope to achieve this and thus provided us with a competitive advantage. Assuming that the regulatory environment remains unchanged, we therefore expect a significant increase of up to three times the prior-year figure in billings and revenue for fiscal year 2014, depending on the jackpot situation. As we plan to continue working hard on the expansion of our market share, the related strong increase in marketing expenses is likely to lead to higher losses than in 2013 with regard to both our EBIT and net profit. However, we expect to add at least 300 thousand new customer registrations.
5 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 3 We still anticipate a positive market trend in Germany with strong growth in lottery revenues and even faster growth for the online segment. In fiscal year 2013, we improved our ability to benefit from these attractive prospects. Our main aim in 2014 will continue to be the dedicated expansion of our position as the leading German broker of lottery products via the Internet. Hamburg, 21 March 2014 Petra von Strombeck Chairman of the Executive Board Magnus von Zitzewitz Member of the Executive Board As Chief Executive Officer, Petra von Strombeck is responsible for Corporate Strategy and Development, Marketing, Sales, the B2C (Business-to-Customer) and ASP (Application Service Provider) business fields, Investor Relations, Human Resources and Organisation, as well as IT Strategy, Systems, Processes and IT Operation. She was previously a member of the Executive Board of Tipp24 SE as of July 2011 where she already served from March 2008 to March 2009 after being appointed Marketing Director in November 2007 with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and Brand Management. She also has experience as a consultant in the field of lotteries and gaming, was Managing Director of a French subsidiary of Tchibo, was Head of ecommerce at Tchibo direct GmbH, and headed the Advertising department of Premiere Medien GmbH & Co. KG. Ms von Strombeck graduated in international business administration at the Ecole des Affaires de Paris (now ESCP Europe) in Paris, Oxford and Berlin. As a member of the Executive Board, Magnus von Zitzewitz is in charge of Legal Affairs and Regulation, Finance, Accounts, Taxes, Controlling, Compliance, Risk Management and Communication. From October 2010 to May 2012, he was sole Managing Director of the predecessor company Tipp24 Deutschland GmbH and Director of Corporate & Public Affairs at Tipp24 SE with responsibility for legal, political and regulatory affairs. Before joining Tipp24 SE, Magnus von Zitzewitz was Executive Board member of Bet 3000 AG, a German betting provider for sports and horse racing and held management and Executive Board positions in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industry, including ProSiebenSat.1 AG, Stage Entertainment GmbH, MobilCom AG and Universal Entertainment GmbH. Mr von Zitzewitz studied communication research, media sciences and economics in Hanover, Germany.
6 4 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG Success Factor Marketing We aim to quickly expand our market presence by using our excellent marketing know-how Apart from raising general awareness of the»lotto24.de«brand and logo, the primary aim of our marketing activities is to increase the number of registered users and billings on our platform. In addition to TV commercials, we employ all forms of online advertising especially classic banner ads (display advertising), search engine marketing and affiliate marketing. We also cooperate with selected high-reach portals and use mobile marketing instruments and online video advertising. For Germany s leading providers Web.de and GMX, we have successfully integrated tailored lottery services (business solutions).
7 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements Google AdWords Search engine advertising ensures we are always visible whenever potential lottery players look for us or our products. 2. Mobile apps Apps enable users to play the German lottery from wherever they are via their mobile devices. 3. Business Solutions We offer high-traffic websites the opportunity to provide their own lottery shop operated by Lotto Cooperation Cooperation agreements allow us to integrate interactive ticket modules into the respective partner s website, thus reinforcing our advertising impact. 5. Banner advertising Especially during periods when there are large jackpots to play for, we intensify our advertising on Germany s high-reach websites by placing large banner ads.
8 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG 01. THE LOTTO24 SHARE With growth of 14.6% on the prior-year closing price, our share made very encouraging progress in fiscal year 2013 the first full trading year of Lotto24 AG. Despite easily outperforming the sector at times, the year-end performance ultimately fell short of our comparative index, the SDAX, which recorded annual growth of 29.3%. best customer ratings highly visible in search engines google, yahoo and bing best customer ratings raising Lotto24.de billings over 70% of online purchases via search engines raising Lotto24.de billings google, yahoo and bing best customer ratings
9 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 7 THE LOTTO24 SHARE Surge in stock prices 2013 was the year of the stock market prices around the world scaled new heights: the German blue-chip index, the DAX, and our comparative SDAX index climbed by 25.5% and 29.3%, respectively. Many experts believe this rally was fuelled by the efforts of central banks and above all the US Federal Reserve to inject cash into the economy. Others feel it was not the expansionary monetary policy itself but the global economic upturn which it triggered. Although the risks surrounding the Euro crisis and the economy in general remain, and the fundamental problems of the Euro zone have yet to be resolved, there are now signs of growing stability. Dynamic stock performance The Lotto24 share started its first full year of trading since the company s IPO in July 2012 at EUR 3.40 which was also its lowest price for Following the two ad hoc announcements on the expected and final issue of an advertising permit on 28 February 2013 and 13 March 2013, however, the share price rose to EUR 3.90 and EUR 4.04, respectively. In the wake of our Annual Report 2012 (published on 27 March 2013 when the share had returned to EUR 3.90), the price reached EUR 5.33 at times. Despite an initial dip to EUR 4.90 on publication of our interim report for the first quarter of 2013, the Lotto24 share subsequently recovered to reach a year-high of EUR 5.40 on 20 June Following this peak, the share fluctuated strongly between EUR 3.80 and EUR 5.29 especially in the second half of July. On 6 August 2013, the publication day for our interim report on the second quarter of 2013 and the day before our first Annual General Meeting as a listed company, the share returned to a relatively high EUR On 10 September 2013, the day before the announcement of our capital increase, there was an expected initial fall to EUR 3.41, followed by a recovery to EUR 4.17 at the end of the transaction on 26 September 2013 and a return to EUR 4.79 on 17 October 2013 in the subsequent period. On publication of the interim report for the third quarter on 7 November 2013, the Lotto24 share remained just above the 4-euro-mark at EUR Although we were unable to hold this level in the last two months of 2013, the Lotto24 share closed the fiscal year on 30 December 2013 at EUR 3.92 and thus achieved encouraging year-on-year growth of 14.6%.
10 8 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG Share performance (indexed) SDAX Lotto24 AG opening price 5, (SDAX) EUR 3.40 (Lotto24 AG) closing price 6, (SDAX) EUR 3.92 (Lotto24 AG) 1 2 January yearly low 2 27 March Annual Report 3 13 May report on the first quarter 4 20 June yearly high 5 6 August half-yearly financial report 6 7 August Annual General Meeting 7 7 November report on the third quarter Ad-hoc News First Annual General Meeting The first Annual General Meeting of Lotto24 AG as a listed company was held in Hamburg on 7 August Approximately 62% of voting capital was represented and the shareholders adopted all items on the agenda with majorities of over 96%. Amongst other things, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board had proposed cancelling the existing Authorised Capital and replacing it with a new Authorised Capital: the Executive Board was thus authorised to raise share capital by up to a total of EUR 6,986,952 in the period ending 6 August 2018 (Authorised Capital 2013).
11 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 99 Successful rights offering In September 2013, we completed a successful rights offering with the issue of 5,988,816 new shares with dividend rights for fiscal year As a result of the offering, share capital increased correspondingly to EUR 19,962,720 with partial use of Authorised Capital. The Authorised Capital of Lotto24 AG fell as a result to EUR 998,136. After deducting transaction costs of around EUR one million, the net issue proceeds amounted to around EUR 17 million. The new shares were underwritten by M.M. Warburg & CO KGaA, Hamburg, and offered to shareholders via indirect subscription rights in a ratio of 7:3. Seven subscription rights entitled shareholders to three new shares, whereby each share of Lotto24 AG grants one subscription right. The subscription price amounted to EUR The subscription rights were traded on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the period 12 to 23 September During the subscription period from 12 to 25 September 2013, subscription rights for around 99.9% of the new shares on offer were exercised. The 5,775 new shares not subscribed for, were utilised by M.M. Warburg & CO KGaA. After the capital increase was entered into the Commercial Register on 27 September 2013, the new shares were also admitted for trading on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard) on 27 September 2013 and included in the existing listing of the old shares on 30 September Successful start In fiscal year 2013, Lotto24 was shortlisted for the»european Small and Mid-Cap Awards«in the»rising Star«category a joint initiative of the European Commission, leading European stock exchanges and»european Issuers«, the association of listed European companies. The»Rising Star«category includes companies with a market capitalisation of up to EUR 50 million as of 31 December 2012 which demonstrate particular growth opportunities with regard to market share, revenue and personnel and whose share offers long-term growth potential. Further criteria include the company s information policy and how it is viewed by competitors, analysts and other companies. Following its IPO in 2012, Deutsche Börse nominated Lotto24 as a candidate for this category. Shareholder structure As of 31 December 2013, the subscribed capital of Lotto24 AG amounted to EUR 19,962,720 and was divided into 19,962,720 no-par value registered shares. The shares are fully paid. Each share entitles the owner to one vote and is decisive in determining the corresponding appropriation of profit. Our shares are admitted for trading on the Regulated Market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. According to published voting rights notifications, the shareholder structure was as follows on 31 December 2013:
12 10 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG Shareholder structure (acc. to voting right notifications received as of 31 December 2013) 49.11% Free Float 0.53% Management 3.17% BNP Paribas Investment Partners S.A % Oliver Jaster 5.07% Jens Schumann 4.96% Ethenea Independent Investors S.A. 3.87% Fidelity Basic data on the Lotto24 share WKN ISIN 1) Ticker symbol Reuters code Bloomberg code Stock exchange Market segment Designated sponsor LTT024 DE000LTT0243 LO24 LO24G.DE LO24:GR Frankfurt Regulated Market, Prime Standard Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG 1) International Securities Identification Number Key figures for the Lotto24 share ) Number of shares on reporting day 19,962,720 13,973,904 Highest price (EUR) Lowest price (EUR) Share price on reporting day (EUR) Market capitalisation on reporting day (EUR million) Average daily trading volume (Xetra) 46,672 31,539 Earnings per share (EUR) ) Initial stock exchange listing on 3 July 2012
13 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 11 Dividend Dividends may only be distributed from the company s balance sheet profit, as calculated in the annual financial statements prepared according to the accounting guidelines of the German Commercial Code (HGB). As Lotto24 AG is still a start-up company and thus unlikely to generate a balance sheet profit for distribution (or if then such profits will initially be carried forward to secure and extend the current market position while implementing strategic targets), we do not plan to distribute a dividend to our shareholders in the coming years. Roadshows We maintained our close ties with the capital market in fiscal year 2013 and held meetings with numerous investors and analysts at our offices in Hamburg, as well as during various conferences and roadshows in Germany, Finland, the UK and Switzerland. Analysts Throughout the fiscal year 2013, we were tracked and assessed by three analysts: whereas Berenberg Bank and M.M. Warburg & CO accompanied us from the middle of the year April and June 2013 Bankhaus Lampe commenced coverage in December 2013.
14 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG 02. Corporate Governance We believe that good corporate governance is a management and control system based on responsible and long-term value growth. satisfied customers automatic notification of winnings many additional services for Lotto24 customers never miss winnings targeted dialogue marketing for existing customers automatic notification of winnings targeted dialogue marketing satisfied customers never miss winnings
15 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 13 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Good corporate governance is a central aspect of our corporate policy which extends to every area of the company: a management and control system based on responsible and long-term value growth. In addition to organisational and business policy principles, it comprises the internal and external mechanisms for controlling and monitoring the company. These include, in particular, efficient cooperation between the Executive Board and Supervisory Board, the transparent communication of company activities and the respect of shareholder interests. Good corporate governance promotes the trust of national and international investors, financial markets, business associates, employees and the general public in the management and monitoring of a company. Lotto24 attaches great importance to these principles. We generally follow the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code (GCGC) in its current version of 13 May The exceptions are listed and explained in the currently valid version of our Declaration of Conformity, which is shown below and is also permanently available to shareholders on the Internet at Declarations of Conformity no longer valid from the past five years are also made available on the website. Declaration of conformity by the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG as per 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) I. Future-related section Lotto24 AG complies with the 13 May 2013 version of the conduct recommendations made by the»governmental Commission of the German Corporate Governance Code«for corporate management and monitoring as published by the German Ministry of Justice in the official part of the electronic Federal Gazette on 10 June 2013 and will continue to comply with them with the following exceptions: 1. Section 3.8 (D&O insurance deductible) The D&O insurance taken out for the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG does not include a deductible. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board take the view that a D&O insurance deductible does not constitute an adequate means of achieving the Code s objectives. As a rule, deductibles of this kind are insured by the executive bodies themselves, so that the actual purpose of the deductible is nullified and therefore ultimately all that matters is the level of compensation paid to the members of executive bodies. 2. Section (2) sentence 3 (vertical compensation comparison) The Supervisory Board fulfils its duty to consider the appropriateness of compensation for members of the Executive Board. It also takes into account the company s internal compensation structure. However, the Supervisory Board believes determining specific peer groups and considering development over time does not enhance the quality of their decisions and as such the Supervisory Board refrains from implementing these formal recommendations. 3. Section 5.2 (2), 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3, sentence 3 (Chairing committees, forming committees, setting up an audit committee and a nomination committee, as well as their composition, consideration of membership in committees when setting remuneration) In view of the fact that the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG consists of just three persons, in accordance with the company s articles, the Supervisory Board has not formed any committees, and in particular no audit committee or nomination committee. 4. Section (2) and (3) (Specification of objectives for the composition of the Supervisory Board) With regard to its own composition and that of the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board supports such aspects as internationality, female representation and independence. In view of the particular challenges facing the Supervisory Board in the current regulatory environment of Lotto24 AG, however, the Supervisory Board has refrained from formally stating objectives for its composition for the time being so as not to restrict its selection criteria with specific targets and quotas.
16 14 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG II. Past-related section Since issuing its last declaration of conformity in March 2013, the company has complied with the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code in the version dated 15 May 2012 and, since its publication in the Federal Gazette, in the version dated 13 May 2013, with the exception of the recommendations stated and justified above in Part I under Sections 1, 3 and 4, whereby no decisions regarding Executive Board compensation needed to be made in the period since publication of the version dated 13 May 2013 in the Federal Gazette and thus there has been no deviation from the recommendation in section (2) sentence 3 of the German Corporate Governance Code. Hamburg, February 2014 For the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG The Executive Board of Lotto24 AG Prof. Berchtold von Strombeck von Zitzewitz Management and control structure As a German stock corporation, Lotto24 AG is subject to German corporate law and has a two-tier management and oversight structure, consisting of an Executive Board with two members and a Supervisory Board with three members. The Supervisory Board advises and monitors the Executive Board in its management of business. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG work closely together: the Executive Board informs the Supervisory Board regularly, comprehensively and in due time about all issues relevant to the company regarding corporate planning and strategic development, as well as the course of business and position of the company, including its risk situation. The Supervisory Board is immediately informed about Lotto24 s strategic alignment and ongoing development, as well as any deviations in the course of business from the defined plans and targets. The Annual General Meeting acts as the third executive body, in which the company s shareholders are involved in fundamental decisions concerning Lotto24 AG. These three bodies Executive Board, Supervisory Board and Annual General Meeting are jointly committed to acting in the best interests of shareholders and to the benefit of the company. Executive Board The Executive Board leads the company in accordance with the provisions of German Stock Corporation Law, the company s Articles of Association and its own Rules of Procedure with the aim of achieving a sustainable added value for shareholders. Lotto24 AG is headed by Petra von Strombeck (CEO) and Magnus von Zitzewitz. Ms von Strombeck is responsible for Corporate Strategy and Development, Marketing, Sales, the B2C (Business-to-Customer) and ASP (Application Service Provider) business fields, Investor Relations, Human Resources and Organisation as well as IT Strategy, Systems, Processes and IT Operation. Mr von Zitzewitz is responsible for the divisions Legal Affairs and Regulation, Finance, Accounts, Taxes, Controlling, Compliance, Risk Management and Communication.
17 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements Supervisory Board The Supervisory Board advises and monitors the Executive Board in its management of business in accordance with the provisions of German Stock Corporation Law and its own Rules of Procedure. It appoints the members of the Executive Board and the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Board include provisions regarding the necessary approval of the Supervisory Board for significant business transactions. Since the company s change in legal form to that of a public limited company (»Aktiengesellschaft«AG), the Supervisory Board has consisted of the members Prof. Willi Berchtold (Chairman), Jens Schumann (Deputy Chairman) and Thorsten Hehl. Directors Dealings and Shareholdings of the Executive Board and Supervisory Board According to Sec.15a WpHG (German Stock Trading Law), members of the Executive Board and Supervisory Board, as well as related persons, are obliged to declare any purchase or sale of Lotto24 AG shares, insofar as the value of the transactions during one calendar year reaches or exceeds EUR five thousand. Lotto24 AG immediately publishes details of such transactions on its website and submits the corresponding voucher to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (»Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht«). The following transactions were reported to Lotto24 AG in the past fiscal year: ISIN DE000LTT0243, Shares Name/company of the reporting party Status Type of transaction Date, location Number Price in EUR Volume in EUR CUATROB GmbH Close relation to the Supervisory Board member, Prof. Willi Berchtold Purchase 27 September 2013, off-market 64, , Jens Schumann Member of the Supervisory Board Purchase 27 September 2013, off-market 303, , Magnus von Zitzewitz Member of the Executive Board Purchase 27 September 2013, off-market 13, , ISIN DE000LTT0029, Subscription Rights Name/company of the reporting party Status Type of transaction Date, location Number Price in EUR Volume in EUR CUATROB GmbH Close relation to the Supervisory Board member, Prof. Willi Berchtold Purchase 20 September 2013, Frankfurt Petra von Strombeck Member of the Executive Board Sale 23 September 2013, Frankfurt 61, , Magnus von Zitzewitz Member of the Executive Board Purchase 18 September 2013, Frankfurt As of 31 December 2013, Mr Schumann held 1,012,500 shares (5.07%), CUATROB GmbH a related company of the Supervisory Board Chairman, Prof. Berchtold held 214,287 shares (1.07%) and the members of the Executive Board together held a total of 105,862 shares (0.53%) in the Company.
18 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG 03. REPORT OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD Throughout 2013, the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG was constantly on hand to advise the Executive Board and monitor its activities. customer contact via all channels data protection goes without saying targeted image-text teasers social media portals account for a considerable share of daily online usage targeted image-text teasers data protection goes without saying top-quality customer service targeted image-text teasers social media marketing
19 Company Share Corporate 12 Governance 03. Report of the 16 Supervisory Board 04. Management 20 Report 05. Financial 58 Statements 17 REPORT OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD ADVISING AND MONITORING MANAGEMENT In the reporting period, the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG regularly monitored and advised the Executive Board in accordance with statutory obligations. The Supervisory Board was directly involved in all decisions of the Executive Board which were of significance for the company. The Executive Board regularly informed the Supervisory Board fully and promptly, in oral and written reports, about all material issues of business planning and strategic development, about the course of events, the company s current situation, including possible risks and the risk management system. Above all, the Executive Board explained the development of the regulatory environment and the resulting effects on the course of business. The Executive Board provided all Supervisory Board members with comprehensive reports about the prevailing conditions, the financial development, the company s current situation and its business policy. Based on these reports of Lotto24 AG, the Supervisory Board was able to discuss in detail, monitor and advise on all important business activities. A total of seven face-to-face meetings and a further nine conference calls were held in fiscal year All members of the Supervisory Board attended each meeting. Moreover, further resolutions on current topics were adopted by circular written consent. Apart from the Supervisory Board meetings, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board was also regularly provided with detailed and up-to-date information by the Executive Board about significant business transactions and discussed various aspects of business policy with the Executive Board. MAIN TOPICS OF DISCUSSION The meetings of the Supervisory Board focused on the following topics: the development of sales and earnings, as well as the financial position, of Lotto24 AG, the current risk exposure, as well as the risk management and compliance management systems corporate planning, including marketing, investment and personnel planning, the preparation and implementation of a rights offering, the development of the regulatory and economic environment in Germany with regard to games of chance and in particular lotteries, the strategic alignment and growth strategy of Lotto24 AG, the course and expansion of business, the setting of targets for Executive Board members for the fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and determination of target attainment for fiscal year 2012, discussion and consultation of all business transactions requiring approval and the continuous improvement of Corporate Governance and its adaptation to new statutory requirements.
20 18 Annual Report 2013 Lotto24 AG COMMITTEES In view of the fact that the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG consists of just three persons, in accordance with the company s articles, the Supervisory Board has not formed any committees, and in particular no audit committee or nomination committee. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY The Supervisory Board discussed in detail the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board issued a Declaration of Conformity acc. to Sec. 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), which is also printed in the Corporate Governance Report. The Declaration states that the Company complied and continues to comply with the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code with the following exceptions: contrary to the recommendation in Section 3.8, the D&O insurance taken out for members of the Supervisory Board does not include a deductible; with regard to the vertical compensation comparison, the Supervisory Board has refrained from implementing the formal recommendations of Section (2) sentence 3; contrary to the recommendation in Section 5.2 (2), no committees of the Supervisory Board have yet been formed; and there are no formal targets regarding the composition of the Supervisory Board as recommended in Section (2) and (3). In addition to their membership of the Supervisory Board of our Company, Mr Schumann and Mr Hehl also have seats on the Supervisory Board of the former parent company Tipp24 SE. In the fiscal year 2013, there were no conflicts of interest arising from this matter or any other matter between the mandate of individual Supervisory Board members and their other activities. According to our examinations, the Supervisory Board has a sufficient number of independent members. In accordance with Sec. 100 (5) AktG, Prof. Berchtold was appointed as a financial expert. AUDITING The annual financial statements for fiscal 2013 of Lotto24 AG, as prepared by the Executive Board in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB), and the separate financial statements of Lotto24 AG and respective management report for fiscal 2013 prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as applied in the EU, and the additional commercial law regulations pursuant to Sec. 325 (2a) HGB, were audited by Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg, which issued an unqualified audit certificate in each case. The audit also included an examination of the respective accounting systems. The Executive Board and auditors provided us with the respective documents in due time. The audit reports of Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft were discussed in detail at the balance sheet meeting of the Supervisory Board on 21 March 2014, which was also attended by the auditor. Moreover, the auditor reported on the chief results of his audit and confirmed that there were no significant weaknesses in the internal control system. The Executive Board explained the annual financial statements of Lotto24 AG, as well as the risk management system. The auditor also reported on the object, type, and scope of the audit, as well as the focus areas and the auditing fees. The Supervisory Board monitored the independence of the auditor and was provided with the corresponding declaration.
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