Duration of independent auditors’ engagement and tenure of lead audit partner

Ernst & Young AG (EY), Berne, have been the independent auditors of Comet Holding AG since 1999. The lead audit partner, Roland Ruprecht, has been responsible for the engagement since fiscal year 2017. The rotation cycle for the lead audit partner at EY is seven years. The independent audit firm is elected by the Shareholder Meeting for one fiscal year at a time.

Audit fees

EY received the following compensation for services in connection with auditing the consolidated financial statements and as the independent audit firm for most Group companies:

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Audit fees



Including the other audit firms, the total audit fees in the year under review amounted to CHF 428 thousand (prior year: CHF 435 thousand). The audit fees are set annually upon discussion with the Audit Committee and are based on the audit scope at the individual Group companies, any special in-depth audits, and the auditing of protection against specifically identified risks.

Other fees

In the fiscal year, EY received the following compensation for consulting services in connection with accounting and tax matters:

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Monitoring of the independent auditors by the Board of Directors

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors annually reviews the performance, compensation and independence of the audit firm. The Committee also examines the scope of the independent audit, reviews action plans developed to resolve any issues identified in the audit, and recommends candidate independent auditors to the Board to propose for election by the Shareholder Meeting. The Board has not specified a fixed rotation cycle. In selecting the external auditors, particular importance is attached to independence and documented experience.

After the first six months of the year, the Audit Committee at its meeting discusses the unaudited half-year results with the independent auditors. In addition, the annual financial statements are planned and the auditing costs for the fiscal year are approved. Additional meetings are held as needed. After the audit of the annual financial statements, the Audit Committee convenes for a meeting at which it discusses the audited annual report for the fiscal year with the independent auditors. The audit firm reports its findings on the basis of a comprehensive report to the Board of Directors and through the reports of the independent auditors to the Shareholder Meeting. The CEO, CFO and internal auditor take part in the meetings of the Audit Committee. During the year under review the Audit Committee held two meetings.

Communication policy

The Comet Group informs its shareholders, the media, financial analysts and other stakeholders with the greatest possible transparency and based on the principle of equal treatment. The Group publishes annual reports and half-year reports that are prepared in compliance with Swiss stock corporation law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). As well, information is provided to additional audience segments via the following events:

  • To shareholders: in connection with the Shareholder Meeting
  • To media representatives and financial analysts: through press conferences
  • To institutional investors: through road shows and an annual investor day
  • Announcements about events that fall under the ad-hoc disclosure requirements of SIX Exchange Regulation (a division of the SIX Swiss Exchange) are published immediately.

    Key dates

    The dates of the most important publications and events are given below:

    End of fiscal year

    December 31, 2019

    Annual results press conference

    March 19, 2020

    Publication of annual report

    March 19, 2020

    Annual Shareholder Meeting

    April 23, 2020

    End of first half of fiscal year

    June 30, 2020

    Publication of half-year report

    August 13, 2020

    Publication media

    Comet Holding AG publishes semiannual media releases to update investors on its business and financial results. The printed annual report is sent to shareholders on request after they receive the notice of the Annual Shareholder Meeting. For disclosure announcements for stock exchange purposes, Comet Holding AG uses the electronic publication platform operated by the SIX Swiss Exchange. The Group’s website at offers a wealth of information, including details of the Comet Group’s business activities and access to the annual report, media releases, presentations for press conferences, and the Bylaws of Comet Holding AG. As well, anyone may register on the website to automatically receive all press releases in electronic form.


    Nicola Rotondo
    Vice President of Group Controlling
    Herrengasse 10
    3175 Flamatt, Switzerland
    T + 41 31 744 99 47
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    Ines Najorka
    Vice President of Corporate Communications
    Herrengasse 10
    3175 Flamatt, Switzerland
    T + 41 31 744 99 96
    F + 41 31 744 90 90