Financial accounting and reporting

Fresenius prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP). As of the 2005 fiscal year, Fresenius, as a publicly traded company based in a member country of the European Union, has been required to prepare and publish its consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) pursuant to Section 315a of the German Commercial Code (HGB). Our largest subsidiary, Fresenius Medical Care, prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We therefore publish our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP and our statutory consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS. This enables us to disclose our financial results to all our shareholders in a comparable and transparent manner.

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