* The management report for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been combined with the Group management report and published in our 2019 Annual Report as well as in the annual financial statements of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The annual financial statements and the combined management report of the Group and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for 2019 are filed with the electronic German Federal Gazette (elektronischer Bundesanzeiger) and are available on the website of the German company register. This combined management report contains certain financial indicators such as operating result (EBIT), EBITDA, EBITDA pre, business free cash flow (BFCF), free cash flow, net financial debt and earnings per share pre, which are not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). These financial indicators should not be taken into account in order to assess the performance of the company in isolation or used as an alternative to the financial indicators presented in the consolidated financial statements and determined in accordance with IFRSs. The figures presented in this combined management report have been rounded. This may lead to individual values not adding up to the totals presented. The separate, combined non-financial (Group) report of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which we issue pursuant to sections 289b–289e and 315b–315c HGB, is available as online version on our website as of April 14, 2020 at www.emdgroup.com/en/cr-report/2019/. It is integrated into the 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report in accordance with DRS 20 subsection 252 (b). We have prepared an overview of the information contained in the combined non-financial (Group) declaration at www.emdgroup.com/nfr19. For reasons of better readability, we do not use gender-specific formulations in this annual report. The chosen male form represents all genders.
Stefan OschmannChairman of the Executive Board and CEO
To our shareholders
Science and technology are the key to progress that will benefit everyone. That is what we mean when we talk about unlocking the positive force of science and directing our actions toward human progress. I am convinced that our company has a strong future. As a leader in science and technology. Successful in business. And always instilled with a strong spirit of responsible entrepreneurship.
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