Supervisory Board Report

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann

Signature: Dear Shareholders

The Aurubis Group generated a good operating result before taxes (operating EBT) of € 298 million in fiscal year 2016/17. In this respect, the accomplishments of the Executive Board, of the management, and of our employees across all departments deserve our acknowledgement once again.

Among the factors to positively impact fiscal year 2016/17 were an advantageous input mix, good availability of copper concentrates, and the concentrate throughput, which was significantly higher than in the previous year, as well as higher refining charges for copper scrap. Higher metal yields with increased metal prices, the increased sales of shapes and flat rolled products as well as positive contributions from the efficiency enhancement programs also added to this. The strong US dollar also contributed to earnings.

The result was negatively influenced mainly by the scheduled shutdown in Hamburg, a surplus of sulfuric acid with corresponding price pressure, as well as a consequence of a lower copper premium and weaker sales of wire rod.

Collaboration between the Supervisory Board and Executive Board

The joint target of the Executive Board and Supervisory Board is to increase the enterprise value of Aurubis AG and its Group companies over the long-term.

With respect to company management, the Supervisory Board and its committees also closely supervised, carefully monitored and advised the Executive Board in 2016/17, and performed the functions incumbent upon it by law, the Articles of Association and rules of procedure. The Supervisory Board is confident that the company was managed lawfully and appropriately. The Supervisory Board was included in all decisions of fundamental importance for the Company promptly and directly, as explained in more detail below.

The Executive Board informed the Supervisory Board regularly, promptly and comprehensively about all of the issues relevant to the company, both verbally and by means of a written monthly report. These topics covered the corporate strategy, the planning process, important business transactions in the company and the Group, the associated opportunities and risks, and issues of compliance.

The Supervisory Board discussed all the transactions that were of importance for the Group in detail on the basis of the Executive Board’s reports. The Supervisory Board agreed on the Executive Board’s suggested resolutions after thorough review and consultation.

The Supervisory Board was continuously informed in detail about the Group’s earnings and employment developments, the individual Segments and the company’s financial position. The Executive Board extensively explained deviations in the business performance from the established plans and discussed the reasons behind them, as well as the initiated measures with the Supervisory Board.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board was also in contact with the Executive Board, notably the Executive Board Chairman, outside of the meetings and communicated with its members about current developments.

Consultations in the Supervisory Board

Three scheduled Supervisory Board meetings (on December 13, 2016, March 1, 2017 and June 7, 2017) and one extraordinary Supervisory Board meeting (on July 20, 2017) took place in fiscal year 2016/17. The fourth scheduled Supervisory Board meeting took place on October 5, 2017, just days after the end of the fiscal year. Three resolutions were adopted by written consent in lieu of a meeting. The participation rate for the Supervisory Board members was 100 %. The Executive Board was not present for part of three Supervisory Board meetings.

The following table shows the members’ participation rate for Supervisory Board meetings and for the respective committees.

Individual disclosure for meeting participation

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Supervisory Board members 3 scheduled/
1 extraordinary meeting
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann (Chairman) 4/4 100 %
Renate Hold-Yilmaz (Deputy Chairwoman) 4/4 100 %
Burkhard Becker 4/4 100 %
Dr. Bernd Drouven 4/4 100 %
Jan Koltze 4/4 100 %
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Faubel 4/4 100 %
Ralf Winterfeldt 4/4 100 %
Dr. med. Dipl.-Chem. Thomas Schultek 4/4 100 %
Dr. Sandra Reich 4/4 100 %
Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt 4/4 100 %
Rolf Schwertz 4/4 100 %
Dr.-Ing Ernst J. Wortberg 4/4 100 %
Personnel Committee 4 meetings  
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann (Chairman) 4/4 100 %
Dr. Bernd Drouven 4/4 100 %
Renate Hold-Yilmaz 4/4 100 %
Dr. med. Dipl.-Chem. Thomas Schultek 4/4 100 %
Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt 4/4 100 %
Ralf Winterfeldt 3/4 75 %
Audit Committee 4 meetings  
Dr.-Ing Ernst J. Wortberg (Chairman) 4/4 100 %
Burkhard Becker 4/4 100 %
Jan Koltze 4/4 100 %
Renate Hold-Yilmaz 4/4 100 %
Nomination Committee 2 meetings  
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann (Chairman) 2/2 100 %
Burkhard Becker 2/2 100 %
Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt 2/2 100 %
Dr.-Ing. Ernst J. Wortberg 2/2 100 %
Technology Committee 2 meetings  
Dr. Bernd Drouven (Chairman) 2/2 100 %
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann 1/2 50 %
Renate Hold-Yilmaz 1/2 50 %
Dr. med. Dipl.-Chem. Thomas Schultek 2/2 100 %
Conciliation Committee did not meet during the fiscal year
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann (Chairman)    
Renate Hold-Yilmaz (Deputy Chairwoman)    
Dr. Sandra Reich    
Ralf Winterfeldt    

The topics regularly covered in Supervisory Board meetings included business performance, human resources in the Group, the development of results and raw materials, foreign exchange and energy markets. The Supervisory Board also dealt with the financial situation and the status of capital expenditure. In particular, the Supervisory Board oversaw the planning of the Future Complex Metallurgy (FCM) project and the ONE Aurubis transformation program, which were presented by employees in the first and second management levels below the Executive Board. A further focus was the development of the new remuneration system and the search for a new Chief Financial Officer. During the meetings, the Chairmen of the Personnel, Audit, and Technology Committees reported on their work, the suggestions made, and the results achieved.

Due to the onset of Mr. Faust’s illness, the rules of procedure of the Executive Board with regard to the allocation of duties were changed by means of a circulated document on November 7, 2016.

In a written resolution circulated to the members, Mr. Faust was temporarily released from duty due to health reasons effective November 24, 2016.

In the meeting on December 13, 2016, the Supervisory Board determined both the compensation and the special compensation for the Executive Board members for fiscal year 2015/16 contingent on the established objectives. Details are explained in this Annual Report in the section entitled Compensation Report.

In the same meeting, consultations focused on the approval of the consolidated financial statements and the separate financial statements for Aurubis AG for 2015/16, including the Corporate Governance report, and the preparations for the 2017 Annual General Meeting. The Executive Board reported on the ongoing business, as well as the inclusion of the FCM and Emerald projects in the advanced planning.

The chairman of the Technology Committee reported on the Committee’s meeting and addressed the status of planning for the FCM project and the degree of implementation of the SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimization and Excellence) project.

In the meeting on March 1, 2017, the Supervisory Board addressed the results of operations after the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year, as well as the developments in the Results Improvement Program for the Business Line Flat Rolled Products. The Executive Board gave the Supervisory Board a comprehensive overview of the ONE Aurubis project status and discussed the Vision 2025. The Supervisory Board approved the tankhouse renovation at the Lünen site.

In the meeting on June 7, 2017, the Executive Board and the respective project managers reported on the status of the plans for the FCM project and other growth projects.

The Supervisory Board approved the construction of an integrated Innovation and Training Center at the Hamburg site, as well as the capital expenditure for comprehensive repair work in Pirdop (Pirdop shutdown 2018) and addressed the draft of the new compensation system for Executive Board members. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board approved the increase of Executive Board salaries by 5.26 % effective October 1, 2017, determined a target quota of 25 % for women in the Executive Board by June 30, 2022, and authorized Prof. Fuhrmann to terminate the Executive Board contract with Mr. Faust.

In the Supervisory Board’s extraordinary meeting on July 20, 2017, the Supervisory Board approved the new organizational structure for the Aurubis Group, which is designed for functionality, as well as the new business distribution plan.

On September 5, 2017, Mr. Rainer Verhoeven was appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer by written consent, with effect from January 1, 2018.


The Supervisory Board set up a total of five committees to fulfill its duties in fiscal year 2016/17, which effectively supported the work in the meetings. The committees prepared the Supervisory Board’s resolutions and topics to be considered in the meetings. The Conciliation Committee did not meet during the reporting year, in accordance with Section 27 (3) German Codetermination Act.

General statements on the composition and working procedures of the Supervisory Board and its committees can be found in this year’s declaration on corporate governance as part of the Aurubis AG’s Management Report.

Mr. Winterfeldt failed to attend in one Personnel Committee meeting, and Ms. Renate Hold-Yilmaz and Prof. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann each failed to attend one Technology Committee meeting.

Work on the Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee met two times during the reporting period. It prepared the competency profile for the Supervisory Board and searched for candidates for shareholder representatives in the Supervisory Board. The Nomination Committee proposed the separate fulfillment of the gender quota to the Supervisory Board, in accordance with Section 96 (2) Sentence 3 of the German Stock Corporation Act for the Supervisory Board election in 2018.

Work within the Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee met four times during the reporting period. It addressed the cancellation of Mr. Faust’s Executive Board contract and the search for a new Chief Financial Officer. It discussed suggestions for the new Executive Board compensation, the Executive Board compensation increase effective October 1, 2017 as well as the gender quota target in the Executive Board.

Work on the Audit Committee

The Audit Committee met four times during the reporting period. The quarterly reports, the separate financial statements, and the consolidated financial statements for the past fiscal year were audited and discussed with the Executive Board. The Audit Committee also addressed the monitoring of accounting and the effectiveness of the internal control and auditing system, as well as risk and compliance management in the Group. The Audit Committee recommended the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH, Hamburg to the Supervisory Board as auditor for fiscal year 2016/17. The Audit Committee authorized the Executive Board to also commission the auditors with additional non-audit services to a limited extent starting October 1, 2016.

The Audit Committee Chairman, Dr. Ernst Wortberg, has special expertise and experience in the application of accounting principles and internal control procedures. He is independent and not a former member of the company’s Executive Board.

Apart from the appointment of the auditors and the agreement of the fee with the auditors, the committee established focal areas of the annual 2016/17 audit, specifically:

  • Presentation of financial variables in light of the ESMA guidelines
  • Notes regarding the effect of new standards on the IFRS consolidated financial statements
  • Review of Aurubis AG’s pension provisions and asset coverage

The first two priorities are also the 2017 focal areas of the German Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel. The Audit Committee furthermore monitored the independence of the auditors, obtained the declaration of their independence recommended by the German Corporate Governance Code and addressed the additional services performed by the auditors. In this regard, the designated auditors were obligated to inform the Chairman of the Audit Committee without delay about any possible grounds for exclusion or lack of impartiality arising during the audit.

The auditors’ representatives attended two Audit Committee meetings and reported on the audit of the annual accounts as well as the new structure of the auditors’report in the consolidated and annual financial statement.

Work on the Technology Committee

The Technology Committee met twice during the reporting period. In addition to overseeing various optimization and development projects, the committee was primarily involved with the FCM project and the implementation status of the SCOPE project. The Executive Board and the respective project managers presented the current status of the planning for these two projects to the committee. Apart from the technical concepts for the FCM project, the committee also discussed the respective investment plans and the profitability calculations.

Corporate Governance and Declaration of Conformity

The regular efficiency review was performed by the Supervisory Board at its meeting on July 20, 2017. Following a detailed discussion, the Supervisory Board determined its efficiency.

The Executive Board reports on corporate governance at Aurubis AG, also on behalf of the Supervisory Board, in accordance with Section 3.10 of the German Corporate Governance Code, in the declaration and in the report on corporate governance, both are parts of the Management Report.

On November 6, 2017, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board issued the updated Declaration of Conformity with the Corporate Governance Code in accordance with Section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act, and made it permanently accessible to the public at Aurubis AG complies with the Code recommendations with two exceptions. Additional information can be found in the Declaration of Conformity.

Conflicts of interest

There were no conflicts of interest among Executive Board or Supervisory Board members that should have been disclosed to the Supervisory Board or announced at the Annual General Meeting. There were no significant transactions with an Executive Board member or parties related to an Executive Board member.

Audit of the separate financial statements of Aurubis AG and the consolidated financial statements

The company’s financial statements prepared by the Executive Board in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB), the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for the fiscal year from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 and the Combined Management Report for the company and the Group have been audited by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Hamburg, in accordance with the resolution passed at the Company’s Annual General Meeting on March 2, 2017 and their subsequent appointment as auditors by the Supervisory Board. The auditor responsible was Mr. Claus Brandt, who audited the Group and the Company for the first time. The auditors have issued an unqualified auditors’ report. The auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs­gesellschaft, Hamburg has been appointed as auditor since fiscal year 2008/09 and audited Aurubis for the ninth time including the audit for fiscal year 2016/17.

The meeting of the Supervisory Board to approve the financial statements was held on December 12, 2017. All members of the Supervisory Board received copies of the financial statements and audit reports, as well as the Executive Board’s recommendation on the appropriation of the net earnings and all other documents in good time before this meeting. These documents were discussed in detail at the Supervisory Board meeting to approve the financial statements. The auditors participated in this meeting, reported in detail on how the audit had been performed and their main audit findings, and were available to provide the Supervisory Board with further information, discuss the documents and make additional comments.

Following a detailed discussion on the auditors’ findings and a thorough consideration of the report by the auditors and the recommendation of the Executive Board on the appropriation of the net income, and on the basis of its own review of and discussion on the separate financial statements of Aurubis AG, the consolidated financial statements, the Combined Management Report for the company and the Group, the Supervisory Board concurred with the results of the audit. The Supervisory Board concluded that no objections need to be raised and, in accordance with the recommendations of the Audit Committee, approved the separate financial statements of Aurubis AG, which were thus adopted, as well as the consolidated financial statements and the Combined Management Report at the meeting on the financial statements. The Supervisory Board concurred with the Executive Board’s recommendation on the utilization of the unappropriated earnings.

Changes in the Supervisory Board and Executive Board

Mr. Erwin Faust was temporarily released from duty due to health reasons on November 24, 2016 until further notice. On June 30, 2017, Mr. Faust resigned from his post as Aurubis AG’s Chief Financial Officer. The Supervisory Board thanks Mr. Faust for his tremendous dedication and wishes him a complete recovery and all the best for the future. With effect from January 1, 2018, Mr. Rainer Verhoeven was appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer.

Hamburg, December 2017

The Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann