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Remuneration Report

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This Remuneration Report is a part of the Management Report.

Basic elements of the Executive Board remuneration system
In accordance with the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz – AktG), the plenary session of the Supervisory Board is responsible for determining the remuneration for the Executive Board.

The Supervisory Board reviews the Executive Board’s remuneration regularly. It most recently commissioned an independent consultant in 2016 to review the remuneration system in place since January 1, 2014, and the structure and amount of remuneration for the Executive Board. Based on the results of this review, and after performing its own detailed review and discussions, the Supervisory Board resolved on the adjustments described hereinafter, which took effect as at January 1, 2017. In determining the remuneration of the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board also took account of the remuneration structure that applies in the rest of the corporation and the ratio of the Executive Board remuneration to the remuneration of senior executives and the workforce in Germany as a whole, including its development over time. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 28, 2017, approved the remuneration system in accordance with Section 120 (4) AktG. It was applied in 2018 to all Executive Board members in office in this fiscal year.

Before conducting another review of Executive Board remuneration and the remuneration system, the Supervisory Board intends to wait until the German Act for the Implementation of the 2nd EU Shareholder Rights Directive (ARUG II) and the new version of the German Corporate Governance Code take effect, which is expected to happen in mid-2019 and will have a significant impact on the review.

Remuneration for Executive Board members consists of the following:

  • Fixed remuneration
  • Variable remuneration elements
  • Additional benefits
  • Retirement benefits

The chart below shows an example of the composition of the remuneration for an Executive Board member with responsibility for a division, based on 100% target achievement.

Remuneration of an Executive Board member responsible for a division (example)

Remuneration of an Executive Board member responsible for a division (example)

1 Average figure.
2 Based on a target bonus (here: €1.167 million), for 100% achievement of defined CVC and ROCE targets, maximum of 150% of the target bonus (including achieving any additional strategic targets as well as any correction of the target achievement of +/- 20% by the Supervisory Board), divided into an immediate payment (60%) and deferral (40%).
3 The possible increase in the value of the deferral is capped at 250% of the initial value. The maximum amount shown relates to the maximum payment in the performance bonus at 150% target achievement.
4 Based on achieving average CVC versus planned CVC (max. 200%), multiplied by the degree of achieving the total shareholder return, maximum payment of 200%.

1. Fixed remuneration
Each Executive Board member receives fixed annual remuneration paid in 12 monthly installments. The fixed remuneration of the chairman of the Executive Board was raised as at January 1, 2017, to bring it in line with market development. The fixed remuneration of the other Executive Board members has remained unchanged since 2013. The fixed remuneration, with 100% target achievement, makes up around one-third of the direct remuneration.

2. Variable remuneration elements
The Executive Board members also receive variable remuneration in the form of a performance bonus and a share-based long-term incentive (LTI). A key criterion for measuring variable remuneration is the Continental Value Contribution (CVC), which is a central corporate management instrument (please refer to the Corporate Management section in the Management Report, page 43). The variable remuneration elements, with 100% target achievement, make up around two-thirds of the direct remuneration. The structure of the variable remuneration is geared toward sustainable development of the company as defined in the German Stock Corporation Act and the German Corporate Governance Code, with a future oriented assessment basis that generally covers several years. The share of long-term components amounts to 60% or more of variable remuneration on the basis of the target values.

a) Performance bonus
The performance bonus is based on a target amount that the Supervisory Board determines for each Executive Board member for 100% target achievement. Target criteria are the year-on-year change in the CVC and the return on capital employed (ROCE). For Executive Board members who are responsible for a particular division, these criteria relate to the relevant division; for other Executive Board members, they relate to the corporation. The CVC target is 100% achieved if the CVC is unchanged compared to the previous year. If the CVC has fallen or risen by a defined percentage, this element is reduced to zero or reaches a maximum of 150%. In the case of negative CVC in the previous year, target achievement is based on the degree of improvement. The criteria for the ROCE target are guided by planning targets. This component can also be omitted if a certain minimum value is not achieved. Because of the link with planning, more specific disclosures regarding the target values are not in the company’s interests.

The CVC target is weighted at 60% and the ROCE target at 40% in the calculation of the performance bonus. In addition to the CVC and ROCE targets, the Supervisory Board can determine a strategic target at the beginning of each fiscal year, which is weighted at 20% – reducing the weighting of the other two targets accordingly. The Supervisory Board did not set an additional target for 2018. In order to take into account extraordinary factors that have influenced the degree to which targets are achieved, the Supervisory Board has the right – as it sees fit – to retroactively adjust the established attainment of goals on which the calculation of the performance bonus is based by up to 20% downward or upward. The Supervisory Board considers this adjustment option necessary to account in particular for positive and negative effects on target achievement over which a member of the Executive Board has no influence. It has not yet made use of the discretionary power. In any event, the performance bonus is capped at 150% of the target bonus. This applies irrespective of whether an additional strategic target is resolved.

The performance bonus achieved in a fiscal year is divided into a lump sum, which is paid out as an annual bonus (immediate payment), and a deferred payment (deferral). Under the agreements applicable until December 31, 2013, the immediate payment amounted to 40% of the performance bonus while the deferral amounted to 60%. Since 2014, the immediate payment has amounted to 60% and the deferral 40%. The deferral is converted into virtual shares of Continental AG. Following a holding period of three years after the end of the fiscal year for which variable remuneration is awarded, the value of these virtual shares is paid out together with the value of the dividends that were distributed for the fiscal years of the holding period. The conversion of the deferral into virtual shares and payment of their value after the holding period are based on the average share price for the three-month period immediately preceding the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in the year of conversion or payment. However, the amount of a deferral relating to a fiscal year up to and including 2013 that is paid after the holding period may not fall below 50% of the value at the time of conversion or exceed three times the same value. In addition, the Supervisory Board may retroactively revise the amount paid out for such deferrals by up to 20% upward or downward to balance out extraordinary developments. For deferrals acquired in 2014 or subsequent years, there is no guarantee that at least 50% of the initial value of the deferral will be paid out at the end of the holding period, and it is no longer possible for the Supervisory Board to change the amount to be paid out retroactively. Furthermore, the possible increase in the value of the deferral is capped at 250% of the initial value.

In addition to the performance bonus, a special bonus can be agreed upon for special projects in individual cases or a recognition bonus can be granted. However, a recognition or special bonus of this kind and the performance bonus together must not exceed 150% of the target bonus, and it is also included in the division into immediate payment and deferral. No special or recognition bonus has been granted since 2013.

The amount of the performance bonus to be paid out for fiscal 2018 in the event of 100% target achievement is shown – divided into immediate payment and deferral – in the “remuneration granted” column in the remuneration tables for the Executive Board members for 2018.

b) Long-term incentive (LTI)
The LTI plan is resolved by the Supervisory Board on an annual basis with a term of four years in each case. It determines the target bonus to be paid for 100% target achievement for each Executive Board member, taking into account the corporation’s earnings and the member’s individual performance.

The first criterion for target achievement is the average CVC that the corporation actually generates in the four fiscal years during the term, starting with the fiscal year in which the tranche is issued. This value is compared to the average CVC, which is set in the strategic plan for the respective period. The degree to which this target is achieved can vary between 0% and a maximum of 200%. The other target criterion is the total shareholder return (TSR) on Continental shares during the term of the tranche. To determine the TSR, the average price of the Continental share in the months from October to December is set in relation to the beginning and the end of the respective LTI tranche. In addition, all dividends paid during the term of the LTI tranche are taken into account for the TSR (please refer to Note 30 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, starting on page 180). The degree to which this target is achieved is multiplied by the degree to which the CVC target is achieved to determine the degree of target achievement on which the LTI that will actually be paid after the end of the term is based. The maximum amount to be paid out is capped at 200% of the target bonus.

In 2013, in anticipation of the plan to be implemented from 2014, the Supervisory Board already granted an LTI to the Executive Board members in office, with the exception of Frank Jourdan. Its conditions correspond to those that applied to the 2013 LTI plan for the senior executives. In addition to a CVC target, this plan did not have a share-based target but did have a target relating to free cash flow in the last year of the term. The 2013 LTI plan is described in detail in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in the section on employee benefits (Note 26). Frank Jourdan and Hans-Jürgen Duensing remain entitled to LTI that were granted to them as senior executives between 2010 and 2013, and between 2011 and 2014, respectively.

Starting from January 1, 2017, the target amounts for the performance bonus and the LTI were increased to raise the total remuneration of the Executive Board members to the middle of a remuneration range of comparable companies in each case.

The amount of the LTI to be paid out at the end of the plan’s term for fiscal 2018 in the event of 100% target achievement is shown in the “remuneration granted” column in the remuneration tables for the Executive Board members for 2018.

3. Additional benefits
Executive Board members also receive additional benefits, primarily the reimbursement of expenses, including any relocation expenses and payments – generally for a limited time – for a job-related second household, the provision of a company car, and premiums for group accident and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability insurance. The D&O insurance policy provides for an appropriate deductible in line with the requirements of Section 93 (2) Sentence 3 AktG. As a rule, members of the Executive Board must pay taxes on these additional benefits.

Continued remuneration payments have also been agreed for a certain period in the event of employment disability through no fault of the Executive Board member concerned.

4. Retirement benefits
All members of the Executive Board have been granted post-employment benefits that are paid starting at the age of 63 (but not before they leave the service of the company) or in the event of disability.

From January 1, 2014, the company pension for the members of the Executive Board was changed from a purely defined benefit to a defined contribution commitment. A capital component is credited to the Executive Board member’s pension account each year. To determine this, an amount equivalent to 20% of the sum of the fixed remuneration and the target value of the performance bonus is multiplied by an age factor representing an appropriate return. The future benefit rights accrued until December 31, 2013, have been converted into a starting component in the capital account. When the insured event occurs, the benefits are paid out as a lump sum, in installments or – as is normally the case due to the expected amount of the benefits – as a pension. Post-employment benefits are adjusted after commencement of such benefit payments in accordance with Section 16 of the German Company Pensions Law (Betriebsrentengesetz – BetrAVG).

In the employment contracts, it has been agreed that, in the event of premature termination of Executive Board work, payments to the Executive Board member that are to be agreed, including the additional benefits, shall not exceed the value of two annual salaries or the value of remuneration for the remaining term of the employment contract for the Executive Board member. There are no compensation agreements with the members of the Executive Board in the event of a takeover bid or a change of control at the company. Dr. Ralf Cramer, who stepped down from the Executive Board on August 11, 2017, received compensation for non-competition in an amount of €1,396 thousand in 2018 for a post-contractual non-compete covenant that was still in place in that year. Heinz-Gerhard Wente, who retired on April 30, 2015, still received back payments of compensation for non-competition in an amount of €551 thousand in 2018 for a non-compete covenant in place from 2015 to 2017. José A. Avila, who left the Executive Board on September 30, 2018, still receives remuneration on the basis of his employment contract that was due to end on December 31, 2019. On this basis, he received payments of €205 thousand from October 1 to December 31, 2018, while another €88 thousand was paid out in 2019 as an immediate component of the performance bonus. In addition, €59 thousand will be converted into virtual shares of the company in 2019 as a long-term component of the performance bonus.

Individual remuneration
In the tables below, the benefits, inflows and service costs granted to the members of the Executive Board are shown separately in accordance with the recommendations of Section 4.2.5 para. 3 of the German Corporate Governance Code.

Dr. E. Degenhart (Board chairman; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450
Additional benefits 13 35 35 35 13 35
Total 1,463 1,485 1,485 1,485 1,463 1,485
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 1,500 1,500 0 2,250 2,098 750
Multiannual variable remuneration 2,550 2,550 0 5,600 2,702 1,684 1,947
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 1,000 1,000 0 2,500 1,264 1,073
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 1,438
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 1,550 1,550 0 3,100 1,684 874
Total 5,513 5,535 1,485 9,335 4,165 3,782 4,182
Service costs 1,123 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,123 1,166
Total remuneration 6,636 6,701 2,651 10,501 5,288 3,782 5,348
J. A. Avila (Board member for Powertrain; Board member since January 1, 2010)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 600 600 600 800 600
Additional benefits 19 24 24 24 19 24
Total 819 624 624 624 819 624
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 524 0 785 1,050 188
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,132 0 2,439 1,643 772 546
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 349 0 873 990 145
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 653
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 772 401
Total 2,769 2,280 624 3,849 2,462 1,822 1,358
Service costs 607 442 442 442 607 442
Total remuneration 3,376 2,722 1,066 4,291 3,069 1,822 1,800
Dr. R. Cramer (Board member for Continental China; Board member from Aug. 12, 2009 to Aug. 11, 2017)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 493 0 0 0 493
Additional benefits 254 26 26 26 254 26
Total 747 26 26 26 747 26
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 428 0 0 0 599
Multiannual variable remuneration 405 0 0 0 1,252 697 900
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 285 599 638
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 653
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 120 0 0 0 697 262
Total 1,580 26 26 26 1,999 1,296 926
Service costs 787 0 0 0 787
Total remuneration 2,367 26 26 26 2,786 1,296 926
H.-J. Duensing (Board member for ContiTech; Board member since May 1, 2015)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 21 29 29 29 21 29
Total 821 829 829 829 821 829
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 828 146
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 105 141 401
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 105
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 141 401
Total 2,771 2,779 829 4,613 926 969 1,376
Service costs 645 634 634 634 645 634
Total remuneration 3,416 3,413 1,463 5,247 1,571 969 2,010
F. Jourdan (Board member for Chassis & Safety; Board member since September 25, 2013)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 28 39 39 39 28 39
Total 828 839 839 839 828 839
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 1,050 315
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 219 772 1,090
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 88 689
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 131
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 772 401
Total 2,778 2,789 839 4,623 1,047 1,822 2,244
Service costs 663 657 657 657 663 657
Total remuneration 3,441 3,446 1,496 5,280 1,710 1,822 2,901
H. Matschi (Board member for Interior; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 8 18 18 18 8 18
Total 808 818 818 818 808 818
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 905 1,001
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 1,643 772 1,065
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 990 664
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 653
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 772 401
Total 2,758 2,768 818 4,602 2,451 1,677 2,884
Service costs 731 600 600 600 731 600
Total remuneration 3,489 3,368 1,418 5,202 3,182 1,677 3,484
Dr. A. Reinhart (Board member for Human Relations; Board member since October 1, 2014)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 6 20 20 20 6 20
Total 806 820 820 820 806 820
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 979 350
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 562
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 161
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401
Total 2,756 2,770 820 4,604 806 979 1,732
Service costs 861 813 813 813 861 813
Total remuneration 3,617 3,583 1,633 5,417 1,667 979 2,545
W. Schäfer (Board member for Finance; Board member since January 1, 2010)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100
Additional benefits 9 19 19 19 9 19
Total 1,109 1,119 1,119 1,119 1,109 1,119
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 979 350
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,360 1,360 0 2,954 1,756 912 1,112
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 972 638
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 784
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 893 893 0 1,786 912 474
Total 3,169 3,179 1,119 5,123 2,865 1,891 2,581
Service costs 783 683 683 683 783 683
Total remuneration 3,952 3,862 1,802 5,806 3,648 1,891 3,264
N. Setzer (Board member for Tires; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 18 40 40 40 18 40
Total 818 840 840 840 818 840
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 632 476
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 1,522 772 1,029
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 869 628
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 653
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 772 401
Total 2,768 2,790 840 4,624 2,340 1,404 2,345
Service costs 966 699 699 699 966 699
Total remuneration 3,734 3,489 1,539 5,323 3,306 1,404 3,044
H.-G. Wente (Board member for ContiTech; Board member from May 3, 2007 to April 30, 2015)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2017 2018 2018 (min.) 2018 (max.) 2017 2018
          Payment in 2017 Payment in 2018  
Fixed remuneration
Additional benefits
Total
Performance bonus (immediate payment)
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,125 256 509
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 822 476
   Long-term incentive [4 years] until 2013 303
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 256 33
Total 1,125 256 509
Service costs
Total remuneration 1,125 256 509
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Heinz-Gerhard Wente, who retired on April 30, 2015, was paid commitments of €256 thousand from the 2014 long-term incentive plan and €476 thousand from the long-term component of the 2014 performance bonus in 2018. Dr. Ralf Cramer, who left the Executive Board on August 11, 2017, still received subsequent additional benefits of €26 thousand, payments from the 2014 long-term incentive plan of €697 thousand and payments from the long-term component of the 2014 performance bonus in the amount of €638 thousand in 2018.

The disclosures on benefits granted and inflows are broken down into fixed and variable remuneration components and supplemented by disclosures on the service costs. The fixed remuneration components include the non-performance-related fixed remuneration and additional benefits. The variable performance-related remuneration components consist of the immediate payment from the performance bonus as a short-term remuneration component and the two long-term components: the deferral of the performance bonus and the LTI.

The immediate payment, the deferral (taking into account the reference tables as recommended in Section 4.2.5, para. 3 of the German Corporate Governance Code) and the LTI are each recognized as remuneration granted at the value of the commitment at the time it is granted (equivalent to 100% target achievement). The remuneration elements are supplemented by disclosures on individually attainable maximum and minimum remuneration.

The inflow recognized in the year under review comprises the fixed remuneration components actually received plus the amounts of the immediate payment to be received in the following year that had been determined at the time the remuneration report was prepared. Disclosures on the two long-term components – the deferral and the 2013/17 LTI tranche – relate to actual payments in the previous year. Inflows from multiannual variable remuneration that was scheduled to end in the period under review, but would not be paid until the following year, apply to the LTI tranches from 2014/ 2017 onward. In line with the recommendations of Section 4.2.5 para. 3 of the German Corporate Governance Code, service costs in the disclosures on inflows correspond to the amounts granted, although they do not represent actual inflows in a stricter sense.

In fiscal 2018, the members of the Executive Board neither received nor were promised payments by a third party with respect to their activities on the Executive Board.

Remuneration of the Executive Board in 2018
  Remuneration components  
€ thousands Fixed1 Variable, short-term Variable, long-term 2 Total Share-based payment 3
Dr. E. Degenhart 1,485 750 2,050 4,285 -5,821
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018)4 624 188 909 1,721 -2,966
H.-J. Duensing 829 146 880 1,855 -2,094
F. Jourdan 839 315 993 2,147 -2,767
H. Matschi 818 1,001 1,451 3,270 -2,264
Dr. A. Reinhart 820 350 1,016 2,186 -2,079
W. Schäfer 1,119 350 1,126 2,595 -3,251
N. Setzer 840 476 1,100 2,416 -2,729
Total 7,374 3,576 9,525 20,475 -23,971
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1 In addition to cash components, the fixed remuneration includes non-cash elements, such as benefits relating to international assignments and in particular any related taxes paid, company cars and insurance.
2 Long-term component of the variable remuneration that is converted into virtual shares of Continental AG to ensure a focus on sustainable development of the company and benefits granted under the 2018 long-term incentive plan.
3 Long-term component of the variable remuneration that is converted into virtual shares of Continental AG to ensure a focus on sustainable development of the company, the granting of the 2018 long-term incentive plan, as well as the changes in the value of the virtual shares granted in previous years and in the value of the 2015 to 2018 long-term incentive plans.
4 Because Mr. J. A. Avila left the Executive Board as at September 30, 2018, the remuneration is reported pro rata up until this date. The commitment from the 2018 long-term incentive plan is reported in full in variable long-term remuneration and in share-based remuneration, as Mr. J. A. Avila is still entitled under his existing employment contract.

Remuneration of the Executive Board in 2017
  Remuneration components  
€ thousands Fixed1 Variable, short-term Variable, long-term 2 Total Share-based payment 3
Dr. E. Degenhart 1,463 2,098 4,387 7,948 4,979
J. A. Avila 819 1,050 2,136 4,005 2,433
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 747 599 1,172 2,518 735
H.-J. Duensing 821 828 1,440 3,089 1,951
F. Jourdan 828 1,050 1,614 3,492 2,441
H. Matschi 808 905 2,039 3,752 2,392
Dr. A. Reinhart 806 979 1,436 3,221 2,158
W. Schäfer 1,109 979 2,330 4,418 2,707
N. Setzer 818 632 1,857 3,307 2,262
Total 8,219 9,120 18,411 35,750 22,058
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1 In addition to cash components, the fixed remuneration includes non-cash elements, such as benefits relating to international assignments and in particular any related taxes paid, company cars and insurance.
2 Long-term component of the variable remuneration that is converted into virtual shares of Continental AG to ensure a focus on sustainable development of the company and benefits granted under the 2017 long-term incentive plan.
3 Long-term component of the variable remuneration that is converted into virtual shares of Continental AG to ensure a focus on sustainable development of the company, the granting of the 2017 long-term incentive plan, as well as the changes in the value of the virtual shares granted in previous years and in the value of the 2014 to 2017 long-term incentive plans.


Share-based payment – performance bonus (deferral)

The amounts of variable remuneration converted into virtual shares of Continental AG for members of the Executive Board changed as follows:

units Number of shares as at Dec. 31, 2016 Payment Commitments Number of shares as at Dec. 31, 2017 Payment Commitments Number of shares as at Dec. 31, 2018
Dr. E. Degenhart 16,480 -6,123 4,252 14,609 -4,520 6,218 16,307
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 8,874 -4,794 2,188 6,268 -609 3,112 8,771
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 9,063 -2,904 2,528 8,687 -2,688 1,773 7,772
H.-J. Duensing 465 3,293 3,758 0 2,453 6,211
F. Jourdan 6,799 -427 1,036 7,408 -2,901 3,112 7,619
H. Matschi 11,060 -4,794 963 7,229 -2,795 2,681 7,115
Dr. A. Reinhart 4,148 2,528 6,676 -677 2,902 8,901
W. Schäfer 10,869 -4,710 2,528 8,687 -2,688 2,902 8,901
N. Setzer 10,167 -4,208 3,023 8,982 -2,643 1,873 8,212
E. Strathmann (until April 25, 2014) 4,239 -4,239
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 6,211 -3,981 2,230 -2,002 228
Total 88,375 -36,180 22,339 74,534 -21,523 27,026 80,037
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€ thousands Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2016 Fair value of distribution Change in fair value Fair value of commitments Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2017 Fair value of distribution Change in fair value Fair value of commitments Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2018
Dr. E. Degenhart 3,151 -1,264 545 976 3,408 -1,073 -995 841 2,181
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 1,699 -990 245 502 1,456 -145 -561 421 1,171
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 1,731 -599 314 581 2,027 -638 -592 240 1,037
H.-J. Duensing 88 21 756 865 0 -368 331 828
F. Jourdan 1,292 -88 292 237 1,733 -689 -446 421 1,019
H. Matschi 2,117 -990 344 221 1,692 -664 -439 363 952
Dr. A. Reinhart 785 186 581 1,552 -161 -593 393 1,191
W. Schäfer 2,082 -972 338 581 2,029 -638 -591 393 1,193
N. Setzer 1,945 -869 322 694 2,092 -628 -624 253 1,093
E. Strathmann (until April 25, 2014) 820 -875 55
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 1,196 -822 152 526 -476 -21 29
Total 16,906 -7,469 2,814 5,129 17,380 -5,112 -5,230 3,656 10,694
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Heinz-Gerhard Wente, who retired on April 30, 2015, was paid commitments of €476 thousand (equivalent to 2,002 units) in 2018. As at December 31, 2018, there were commitments with a fair value of €29 thousand (equivalent to 228 units). Dr. Ralf Cramer, who was a member of the Executive Board until August 11, 2017, was paid commitments of €638 thousand (equivalent to 2,688 units) in 2018. As at December 31, 2018, there were commitments with a fair value of €1,037 thousand (equivalent to 7,772 units).

Owing to the individual arrangements specific to the company, there are certain features of the virtual shares as compared to standard options that must be taken into account in their measurement.

A Monte Carlo simulation is used in the measurement of stock options. This means that log-normal distributed processes are simulated for the price of Continental shares. The measurement model also takes into account the average value accumulation of share prices in the respective reference period, the dividends paid, and the floor and cap for the distribution amount.

The following parameters for the performance bonus were used as at the measurement date of December 31, 2018:

  • Constant zero rates as at the measurement date of December 31, 2018:
    2015 tranche: -0.73% as at the due date and as at the expected payment date;
    2016 tranche: -0.69% as at the due date and as at the expected payment date;
    2017 tranche: -0.62% as at the due date and as at the expected payment date.
  • Interest rate based on the yield curve for government bonds.
  • Dividend payments as the arithmetic mean based on publicly available estimates for 2019 and 2020; the paid dividend of Continental AG amounted to €4.50 per share in 2018, and Continental AG distributed a dividend of €4.25 per share in 2017.
  • Historic volatilities on the basis of daily Xetra closing rates for Continental shares based on the respective remaining term for virtual shares. The volatility for the 2015 tranche is 33.10%, for the 2016 tranche 27.20% and for the 2017 tranche 23.84%.

Share-based payment – long-term incentive (LTI plans starting with 2016)
The LTI plans starting with 2016 developed as follows:

€ thousands Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2016 Commitment LTI Plan 2017 Change in fair value Fair value as at Dec. 31, 20171 Commitment LTI Plan 2018 Change in fair value Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2018 1
Dr. E. Degenhart 3,578 1,550 1,339 6,467 1,550 -6,318 1,699
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018)3 1,640 783 630 3,053 783 -3,036 800
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017)2 1,640 120 -1842 1,576 -1,218 357
H.-J. Duensing 1,138 783 482 2,403 783 -2,386 800
F. Jourdan 1,640 783 630 3,053 783 -3,036 800
H. Matschi 1,640 783 630 3,053 783 -3,036 800
Dr. A. Reinhart 1,026 783 449 2,258 783 -2,241 800
W. Schäfer 1,938 893 737 3,568 893 -3,525 936
N. Setzer 1,640 783 630 3,053 783 -3,036 800
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 251 74 325 -293 33
Total 16,131 7,261 5,417 28,809 7,141 -28,125 7,825
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1 As at the end of the reporting period, the 2018 tranche was vested at 25%, the 2017 tranche at 50%, the 2016 tranche at 75%. The 2015 tranche was vested at 100%.
2 With the departure of Dr. R. Cramer from the company as at August 11, 2017, a portion of the commitments of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 LTI plans expired. The commitment in 2014 of €550 thousand decreased to €497 thousand, resulting in a fair value of €717 thousand as at December 31, 2017, down by €77 thousand. The commitment in 2015 of €550 thousand decreased to €359 thousand, resulting in a fair value of €490 thousand as at December 31, 2017, down by €260 thousand. The commitment in 2016 of €550 thousand decreased to €222 thousand, resulting in a fair value of €222 thousand as at December 31, 2017, down by €327 thousand. As part of the 2017 LTI plan, a partial commitment of €120 thousand remains for Dr. R. Cramer, with a fair value of €147 thousand as at the measurement date.
3 The commitments from long-term incentive plans are reported in full for Mr. J. A. Avila, as he is still entitled under his existing employment contract.

A Monte Carlo simulation is used in the measurement of the TSR target criterion. This means that log-normal distributed processes are simulated for the price of Continental shares. The Monte Carlo simulation takes into account the average value accumulation of share prices in the respective reference period, the TSR dividends paid and the restriction for the distribution amount.

The following TSR parameters were used as at the measurement date of December 31, 2018:

  • Constant zero rates as at the measurement date of December 31, 2018:
    2015 LTI plan: -0.81% as at the due date and -0.71% as at the expected payment date;
    2016 LTI plan: -0.70% as at the due date and -0.68% as at the expected payment date;
    2017 LTI plan: -0.65% as at the due date and -0.59% as at the expected payment date;
    2018 LTI plan: -0.55% as at the due date and -0.48% as at the expected payment date.
  • Interest rate based on the yield curve for government bonds.
  • Dividend payments as the arithmetic mean based on publicly available estimates for the years 2019 to 2021; the paid dividend of Continental AG amounted to €4.50 per share in 2018.
  • Historic volatilities on the basis of daily Xetra closing rates for Continental shares based on the respective remaining term for virtual shares. The volatility for the 2015 LTI plan is 30.56%, for the 2016 LTI plan 30.03%, for the 2017 LTI plan 24.30% and for the 2018 LTI plan 25.90%.

Expenses for retirement benefits
The defined benefit obligations for all pension commitments for the active members of the Executive Board in 2018 are presented below:

  Defined benefit obligations
€ thousands Dec. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2017
Dr. E. Degenhart 12,613 11,718
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 9,182 8,076
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 4,024
H.-J. Duensing 2,488 1,778
F. Jourdan 3,724 2,990
H. Matschi 6,184 5,495
Dr. A. Reinhart 3,767 2,884
W. Schäfer 10,511 9,634
N. Setzer 5,562 4,836
Total 54,031 51,435
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We refer to Note 39 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for details of pension obligations for former members of the Executive Board.

Remuneration of the Supervisory Board
Article 16 of the Articles of Incorporation regulates the remuneration paid to members of the Supervisory Board. It likewise has a fixed and – as the Supervisory Board is directly involved in decisions of fundamental and long-term importance to the corporation – a variable component. By way of connection with earnings per share, the variable component is aligned with the sustainable development of the company. The chairman and vice chairman of the Supervisory Board and the chairs and members of committees qualify for higher remuneration.

In addition to their remuneration, the members of the Supervisory Board are also paid attendance fees and their expenses are reimbursed. The D&O insurance policy also covers members of the Supervisory Board. As recommended by the German Corporate Governance Code, their deductible also complies with the requirements of Section 93 (2) Sentence 3 AktG that apply directly to the Executive Board only. The Supervisory Board also intends to review the remuneration of the Supervisory Board once the German Act for the Implementation of the 2nd EU Shareholder Rights Directive (ARUG II) and the new version of the German Corporate Governance Code have taken effect, which is expected to happen in mid-2019, and to propose amendments at the 2020 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting if necessary.

The chart illustrates the composition of the Supervisory Board member remuneration, not including the higher remuneration for the chairman, the vice chairman and committee members.

Remuneration of a Supervisory Board member (example)

Remuneration of a Supervisory Board member (example)

1 Basis for calculation: €90 for each cent of earnings per share over €2, calculated as an average of the last three years.

In the reporting year, there were no consultant agreements or other service or work agreements between the company and members of the Supervisory Board or related parties.

The remuneration of individual Supervisory Board members in 2018 as provided for under these arrangements is shown in the following table.

Remuneration of the Supervisory Board
  Remuneration components
  2018 2017
€ thousands Fixed1 Variable Fixed1 Variable
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle 239 337 237 329
Christiane Benner (from March 1, 2018)2 101 141
Hartmut Meine (until February 28, 2018)2 20 27 123 164
Dr. Gunter Dunkel 84 112 82 110
Francesco Grioli (from November 1, 2018)2 20 28
Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer 82 112 82 110
Peter Hausmann (until October 31, 2018)2 105 140 121 164
Michael Iglhaut2 123 169 123 164
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold 84 112 82 110
Sabine Neuß 83 112 82 110
Prof. Dr. Rolf Nonnenmacher 200 281 197 275
Dirk Nordmann2 125 169 123 164
Klaus Rosenfeld 126 169 123 164
Georg F. W. Schaeffler 127 169 126 164
Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann 79 112 80 110
Jörg Schönfelder2 121 168 123 164
Stefan Scholz2 84 112 82 110
Gudrun Valten2 84 112 82 110
Kirsten Vörkel2 84 112 82 110
Elke Volkmann2 84 112 82 110
Erwin Wörle2 84 112 82 110
Prof. KR Ing. Siegfried Wolf 84 112 80 110
Total 2,223 3,030 2,194 2,962
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1 Including meeting-attendance fees.
2 In accordance with the guidelines issued by the German Federation of Trade Unions, these employee representatives have declared that their board remuneration is transferred to the Hans Böckler Foundation and in one case to other institutions as well.

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