Management Report

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS MANAGEMENT REPORT
Forward-Looking Statements

This management report contains forward-looking statements and information based on the beliefs of, and assumptions made by, our management using information currently available to them. Any statements contained in this report that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, and projections about future conditions and events. As a result, our forward-looking statements and information are subject to uncertainties and risks, many of which are beyond our control. If one or more of these uncertainties or risks materializes, or if management’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results could differ materially from those described in or inferred from our forward-looking statements and information. We describe these risks and uncertainties in the Risk Factors section. 

The words “aim,” “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “counting on,” “is confident,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “want,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions as they relate to us are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements include, for example, those made in the Operating Results section, our quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk pursuant to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), namely IFRS 7 and related statements in our Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Risk Factors section, our outlook guidance, and other forward-looking information appearing in other parts of this report. To fully consider the factors that could affect our future financial results, both our Annual Report and Annual Report on Form 20-F should be considered, as well as all of our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date specified or the date of this report. Except where legally required, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information that we receive about conditions that existed upon issuance of this report, future events, or otherwise unless we are required to do so by law. 

This report includes statistical data about the IT industry and global economic trends that comes from information published by sources including International Data Corporation (IDC), a provider of market information and advisory services for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets; investment bank Goldman Sachs; the European Central Bank (ECB); the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This type of data represents only the estimates of IDC, Goldman Sachs, the ECB, the IMF, the OECD and other sources of industry data. SAP does not adopt or endorse any of the statistical information provided by sources such as IDC, Goldman Sachs, the ECB, the IMF, the OECD or other similar sources that is contained in this report. In addition, although we believe that data from these companies is generally reliable, this type of data is inherently imprecise. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on this data. 

Basis of Presentation

This management report of SAP AG and its subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us,” “our,” “SAP,” “Group,” or “Company”) has been prepared in accordance with sections 315 and 315a of the German Commercial Code and German Accounting Standards No. 5, 15, and 17. The management report without its Corporate GovernanceInformation Concerning Takeovers, and Compensation Report sections is also a management commentary complying with the International Accounting Standards Board’s Management Commentary practice statement. 

All of the information in this report relates to the situation on December 31, 2011, or the fiscal year ended on that date, unless otherwise stated. 

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