2. General Information
The consolidated financial statements of the Bayer Group as of December 31, 2015, were prepared by BayerAktiengesellschaft (Bayer AG) according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), London, and the interpretations of the IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC), both as endorsed by the European Union and in effect at the end of the reporting period. The applicable further requirements of Section 315a of the German Commercial Code were also taken into account.
Bayer AG is a global enterprise based in Germany. Its registered office is at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1, 51368 Leverkusen. Its material business activities in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials took place in the reporting period in the HealthCare, CropScience and Covestro subgroups. The activities of the various segments are outlined in Note .
A declaration concerning the German Corporate Governance Corporate governance comprises the long-term management and oversight of the company in accordance with the principles of responsibility and transparency. The German Corporate Governance Code sets out basic principles for the management and oversight of listed companies. Code has been issued pursuant to Section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act and made available to stockholders.
The Board of Management of Bayer AG prepared the consolidated financial statements of the Bayer Group on February 16, 2016. They were discussed by the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG at its meeting on February 23, 2016, and approved by the Supervisory Board at its plenary meeting on February 24, 2016.
In the income statement and statement of comprehensive income, statement of financial position, statement of cash flows Cash flow Key indicator for assessing a company’s financial strength; in addition to gross cash flow, the statement of cash flows also reports the cash flow from operating activities (net cash flow), which shows the amount of funds available from operating activities for financing investments, repaying debts or distributing dividends. The cash flows from investing and financing activities are also reported. and statement of changes in equity, certain items are combined for the sake of clarity. These are explained in the Notes. The income statement is prepared using the cost-of-sales method. Assets and liabilities are classified by maturity. They are regarded as current if they mature within one year or within the normal business cycle of the company or the Group, or are held for sale. The normal business cycle is defined for this purpose as beginning with the procurement of the resources necessary for the production process and ending with the receipt of cash or cash equivalents as consideration for the sale of the goods or services produced in that process. Inventories and trade accounts receivable and payable are always presented as current items. Deferred tax assets and liabilities and pension provisions are always presented as noncurrent items.
The consolidated financial statements of the Bayer Group are drawn up in euros. Amounts are stated in millions of euros (€ million) except where otherwise indicated.
The financial statements of the individual consolidated companies are prepared as of the closing date of the Group financial statements.