We have audited the Consolidated Financial Statements prepared by the BASF SE (until January, 13, 2008, BASF Aktiengesellschaft), Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany, comprising the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of changes in equity, the statement of recognized income and expense, the cash flow statement and the notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, together with Management’s Analysis for the business year from January 1 to December 31, 2008. The preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Analysis in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the E.U., and the additional requirements of German commercial law pursuant to § 315a Abs. [paragraph] 1 HGB [Handelsgesetzbuch „German Commercial Code“] are the responsibility of the parent company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements and on Management’s Analysis based on our audit. In addition we have been instructed to express an opinion as to whether the Consolidated Financial Statements comply with full IFRS.
We conducted our audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with § 317 German Commercial Code and German generally accepted standards for the audit of financial statements promulgated by the Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer [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 the applicable financial reporting framework and in Management’s Analysis 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 Management’s Analysis are examined primarily on a test basis within the framework of the audit. The audit includes assessing the annual financial statements of those entities included in consolidation, the determination of entities to be included in consolidation, the accounting and consolidation principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Analysis. 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 comply with IFRSs as adopted by the E.U., the additional requirements of German commercial law pursuant to § 315a Abs. and full IFRS 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. Management’s Analysis is consistent with the Consolidated Financial Statements and as a whole provides a suitable view of the Group’s position and suitably presents the opportunities and risks of future development.
Frankfurt am Main, February 25, 2009
(formerly KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft