8. Auditor

8.1. Duration of the mandate and term of the chief auditor

The General Meeting elects the auditor for terms of one year. Ernst & Young Ltd, Lucerne, was elected auditor of HOCHDORF Holding Ltd and its subsidiaries for 2016. Bernadette Koch has been the chief auditor since 2014. Ernst & Young Ltd has been the auditor since 2014.

8.2. Audit fee

Calculated on an accrual basis, the expenses of the auditor Ernst & Young Ltd for the audit of the individual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2016 amounted to approximately CHF 152 thousand.

8.3. Additional fees

Additionally, expenses of CHF 10 thousand are included in the reporting period for consulting services of Ernst & Young Ltd.

8.4. Instruments for supervising and controlling the audit

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors assesses the performance, invoicing and independence of the external auditors and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Every year, the Audit Committee checks the scope of the external audits, the audit plans and the relevant processes and discusses the audit results with the external auditors. In 2016, the chief auditor attended two meetings of the Audit Committee.