The Group’s goal is to minimise financial risk and the cost of capital, whilst preserving the Group’s lasting financial stability and flexibility. In order to maintain its unrestricted access to the capital markets, the Group continues to aim for a credit rating appropriate to the sector.
Building on the principles and aims of financial management, the Supervisory Board approved a financial strategy in March of 2010. In addition to the interests of shareholders, the strategy also takes lender requirements into account. The goal is for the Group to maintain its financial flexibility and low cost of capital by ensuring a high degree of continuity and predictability for investors.