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Recognition and valuation principles

The unaudited, condensed consolidated interim financial statements as of June 30, 2012 were prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and related interpretations of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) applicable to interim financial reporting, required to be applied in the European Union. The standards and interpretations already mandatory as of January 1, 2012 were observed in preparing the interim financial statements.

In compliance with IAS 34, the company opted for a condensed scope of reporting in the interim financial statements compared with the consolidated annual financial statements. Reference should be made as appropriate to the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2011, particularly with respect to the recognition and valuation principles applied.

Preparation of the consolidated interim financial statements requires that assumptions and estimates be made that have an impact on the amount and recognition of assets and liabilities in the statement of financial position, income and expenses, and contingent liabilities. All assumptions and estimates are made on the basis of conditions prevailing at the reporting date, using methods broadly consistent with those applied in the consolidated financial statements for 2011. The actual figures may differ from the assumptions or estimates if the underlying conditions develop differently than predicted at the reporting date.

The present interim financial statements do not contain any items that are considered unusual because of their nature, scope or frequency and have had a significant impact on assets, liabilities, equity, results for the period or cash flows.

The business of the LANXESS Group as a whole is not subject to pronounced seasonality. However, in light of the business activities of the individual segments, sales and earnings tend to be stronger in the first half of the year. For example, volumes of agrochemical products in the Advanced Intermediates segment tend to be higher in the first six months of the year because of the growing seasons. The businesses with products for the construction industry in the Advanced Intermediates and Performance Chemicals segments are also seasonal in that sales are higher in the summer than in the winter months, when construction activity is lower. In addition, the Material Protection Products business unit also typically posts higher sales of its beverage additives and material protection products in summer than in winter.