We have audited the consolidated financial statements prepared by KION GROUP AG, Wiesbaden / Germany, – comprising the consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated statement of financial position, consolidated statement of cash flows, consolidated statement of changes in equity and the notes to the consolidated financial statements – and the Group management report combined with the Parent’s management report for the financial year from 1 January to 31 December 2016. The preparation of the consolidated financial statements and the combined management report in accordance with IFRS, as adopted by the EU, as well as the regulations under German commercial law complementarily applicable under Sec. 315a (1) German Commercial Code (HGB) are the responsibility of the entity’s Executive Board. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements and the Group management report based on our audit.
We conducted our audit of the consolidated financial statements in accordance with Section 317 German Commercial Code (HGB) and German generally accepted standards for the audit of financial statements promulgated by the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit such that misstatements materially affecting the presentation of the net assets, financial position and results of operations in the consolidated financial statements in accordance with German principles of proper accounting and in the Group management report are detected with reasonable assurance. Knowledge of the business activities and the economic and legal environment of the Group and expectations as to possible misstatements are taken into account in the determination of audit procedures. The effectiveness of the accounting-related internal control system and the evidence supporting the disclosures in the consolidated financial statements and the Group management report are examined primarily on a sample basis within the framework of the audit. The audit includes assessing the financial statements of the consolidated entities, the determination of entities to be included in consolidation, the accounting and consolidation principles used and significant estimates made by the Executive Board, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements and the Group management report. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Our audit has not led to any reservations.
In our opinion, based on the findings of our audit, the consolidated financial statements of KION GROUP AG, Wiesbaden / Germany, comply with IFRS, as adopted by the EU, as well as the regulations under German commercial law complementarily applicable under Sec. 315a (1) German Commercial Code (HGB) and give a true and fair view of the net assets, financial position and results of operations of the Group in accordance with these requirements. The Group management report is consistent with the consolidated financial statements, complies with the legal requirements and as a whole provides a suitable view of the Company’s position and suitably presents the opportunities and risks of future development.
Frankfurt am Main, 22 February 2017
(German Public Auditor)
(German Public Auditor)