Profit-sharing scheme and stock option plan

Our employees’ strong sense of identification with Fresenius is an important success factor for our Company. In addition to our various compensation models, which differ according to country-specific rules or functions, we wish, through additional benefits, to offer a lasting, value-based incentive to foster a lasting dedication to Fresenius among employees over the long term.

Our employees participate directly in Fresenius’ dynamic growth through our stock-based profit-sharing scheme and stock option plan. Employees in Germany can invest either the full amount of their profit-sharing bonus in shares or two-thirds of the amount in shares. The profit-sharing bonus paid is based on Group operating profit (EBIT) and was €1,749 gross for full-time employees in fiscal year 2009. The table shows the increase in the profit-sharing bonus over the last several years, which reflects the growth of the Fresenius Group.

With our stock option plan, we have a global compensation instrument linking the entrepreneurial responsibility of management to future opportunities and risks. After the change of legal form – and in accordance with the statutes of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA – a total of up to 6,200,000 options on Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA ordinary shares can be issued under the 2008 Stock Option Plan to members of the Management Board and certain other executive officers up to the year 2012. The stock options are subject to a three-year vesting period. The stock options can be exercised if Group net income has been increased at an annual rate of at least 8% during this period. Otherwise, the options granted are forfeited proportionally. In 2010, 1,109,738 stock options were issued under this plan. For further information please see note "Stock options" of this annual report.

PROFIT-SHARING BONUS


  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
1 The profit-sharing bonus is paid retroactively and is based on Fresenius' Group EBIT in the past year.
Profit-sharing bonus1 in € 1,749 1,586 1,526 1,444 1,000
Eligible employees 1,710 1,630 1,690 1,830 1,780

  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
1 The profit-sharing bonus is paid retroactively and is based on Fresenius' Group EBIT in the past year.
Profit-sharing bonus1 in € 1,749 1,586 1,526 1,444 1,000
Eligible employees 1,710 1,630 1,690 1,830 1,780

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