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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 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 2019 to all Executive Board members in office in this fiscal year.

In 2019, the Supervisory Board once again commissioned an independent consultant to review the remuneration of the Executive Board and the remuneration system, in order to take into account changes in the general conditions as a result of the German Act for the Implementation of the 2nd E.U. Shareholder Rights Directive (ARUG II) – which took effect on January 1, 2020 – and the new version of the German Corporate Governance Code of December 16, 2019. On the basis of reviews by the independent consultant, the Supervisory Board will discuss in detail and finalize the new remuneration system for the Executive Board at its meeting on March 17, 2020. The new remuneration system is expected to be submitted to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Continental AG for approval on April 30, 2020. The new remuneration system is not the subject of this remuneration report, which describes the remuneration system that was in place up until December 31, 2019.

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 of the variable remuneration elements, 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 made use of this option for fiscal 2019. A strategic goal was thus determined for all members of the Executive Board on the basis of (i) production quality development for the Automotive Group, (ii) fixed costs for 2019 for the Automotive Group and (iii) the average working capital relative to sales for the Rubber Group. 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). The immediate payment amounts 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. 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 2019 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 2019.

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 27 of the notes to the consolidated financial statements, starting on page 179). 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.

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 2019 in the event of 100% target achievement is shown in the “Remuneration granted” column in the remuneration tables for the Executive Board members for 2019.

Christian Kötz remains entitled to LTI that were granted to him as a senior executive between 2016 and 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 €926 thousand in 2019 for a post-contractual noncompete 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 €52 thousand in 2019 for a non-compete covenant in place from 2015 to 2017. José A. Avila, who left the Executive Board on September 30, 2018, continued to receive remuneration on the basis of his employment contract that ended as planned on December 31, 2019. On this basis, he received payments of €801 thousand in 2019, while another €126 thousand was paid out in 2020 as an immediate component of the performance bonus. In addition, €84 thousand will be converted into virtual shares of the company in 2020 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 (3) of the German Corporate Governance Code.

Dr. E. Degenhart (Board chairman; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (Min) 2019 (Max) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450 1,450
Additional benefits 35 21 21 21 35 21
Total 1,485 1,471 1,471 1,471 1,485 1,471
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 1,500 1,500 0 2,250 750 270
Multiannual variable remuneration 2,550 2,550 0 5,600 1,947 909
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 1,000 1,000 0 2,500 1,073 909
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 1,550 1,550 0 3,100 874 0
Total 5,535 5,521 1,471 9,321 4,182 2,650
Service costs 1,166 1,293 1,293 1,293 1,166 1,293
Total remuneration 6,701 6,814 2,764 10,614 5,348 3,943
J. A. Avila (Board member for Powertrain; Board member from January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2018)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 600 600
Additional benefits 24 24
Total 624 624
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 524 188 0
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,132 546 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 349 145 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 401 0
Total 2,280 1,358 541
Service costs 442 442
Total remuneration 2,722 1,800 541
Dr. R. Cramer (Board member for Continental China; Board member from August 12, 2009 to August 11, 2017)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration
Additional benefits 26 2 2 2 26 2
Total 26 2 2 2 26 2
Performance bonus (immediate payment)
Multiannual variable remuneration 900 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 638 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 262
Total 26 2 2 2 926 543
Service costs
Total remuneration 26 2 2 2 926 543
H.-J. Duensing (Board member for ContiTech; Board member since May 1, 2015)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 29 24 24 24 29 24
Total 829 824 824 824 829 824
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 146 126
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 401 72
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 72
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401 0
Total 2,779 2,774 824 4,608 1,376 1,022
Service costs 634 632 632 632 634 632
Total remuneration 3,413 3,406 1,456 5,240 2,010 1,654
F. Jourdan (Board member for Chassis & Safety; Board member since September 25, 2013)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 39 29 29 29 39 29
Total 839 829 829 829 839 829
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 315 126
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 1,090 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 689 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401 0
Total 2,789 2,779 829 4,613 2,244 1,496
Service costs 657 642 642 642 657 642
Total remuneration 3,446 3,421 1,471 5,255 2,901 2,138
C. Kötz (Board member for Tires; Board member since April 1, 2019)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 600 600 600 600
Additional benefits 19 19 19 19
Total 619 619 619 619
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 527 0 791 348
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,142 0 2,463 0
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 359 0 897 0
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 0 1,566 0
Total 2,288 619 3,873 967
Service costs 708 708 708 708
Total remuneration 2,996 1,327 4,581 1,675
H. Matschi (Board member for Interior; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 18 16 16 16 18 16
Total 818 816 816 816 818 816
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 1,001 126
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 1,065 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 664 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401 0
Total 2,768 2,766 816 4,600 2,884 1,483
Service costs 600 698 698 698 600 698
Total remuneration 3,368 3,464 1,514 5,298 3,484 2,181
Dr. A. Reinhart (Board member for Human Relations; Board member since October 1, 2014)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 20 12 12 12 20 12
Total 820 812 812 812 820 812
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 350 126
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 562 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 161 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401 0
Total 2,770 2,762 812 4,596 1,732 1,479
Service costs 813 776 776 776 813 776
Total remuneration 3,583 3,538 1,588 5,372 2,545 2,255
W. Schäfer (Board member for Finance; Board member since January 1, 2010)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100 1,100
Additional benefits 19 10 10 10 19 10
Total 1,119 1,110 1,110 1,110 1,119 1,110
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 350 126
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,360 1,360 0 2,954 1,112 541
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 638 541
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 893 893 0 1,786 474 0
Total 3,179 3,170 1,110 5,114 2,581 1,777
Service costs 683 741 741 741 683 741
Total remuneration 3,862 3,911 1,851 5,855 3,264 2,518
N. Setzer (Board member for Automotive Board; Board member since August 12, 2009)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration 800 800 800 800 800 800
Additional benefits 40 19 19 19 40 19
Total 840 819 819 819 840 819
Performance bonus (immediate payment) 700 700 0 1,050 476 209
Multiannual variable remuneration 1,250 1,250 0 2,734 1,029 517
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 467 467 0 1,168 628 517
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 783 783 0 1,566 401 0
Total 2,790 2,769 819 4,603 2,345 1,545
Service costs 699 737 737 737 699 737
Total remuneration 3,489 3,506 1,556 5,340 3,044 2,282
H.-G. Wente (Board member for ContiTech; Board member from May 3, 2007 to April 30, 2015)
  Remuneration granted Inflows
€ thousands 2018 2019 2019 (min.) 2019 (max.) 2018 2019
Fixed remuneration
Additional benefits
Total
Performance bonus (immediate payment)
Multiannual variable remuneration 509 36
   Performance bonus (deferral) [3 years] 476 36
   Long-term incentive [4 years] from 2014 33 0
Total 509 36
Service costs
Total remuneration 509 36
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Heinz-Gerhard Wente, who retired on April 30, 2015, was paid commitments of €33 thousand from the 2015 long-term incentive plan and €36 thousand from the long-term component of the 2015 performance bonus in 2019 (PY: €476 thousand from the long-term component of the 2014 performance bonus). Dr. Ralf Cramer, who left the Executive Board on August 11, 2017, still received subsequent additional benefits of €2 thousand, payments from the 2015 long-term incentive plan of €262 thousand and payments from the long-term component of the 2015 performance bonus in the amount of €541 thousand in 2019. José A. Avila, who left the Executive Board on September 30, 2018, was paid commitments of €401 thousand from the 2015 long-term incentive plan and €541 thousand from the long-term component of the 2015 performance bonus in 2019.

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 LTI.

The immediate payment, the deferral (taking into account the reference tables as recommended in Section 4.2.5 (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. Inflows from multiannual variable remuneration (LTI tranches from 2014/2017 onward) that were scheduled to end in the period under review are not paid until the following year. In line with the recommendations of Section 4.2.5 (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 2019, 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 2019
  Remuneration components  
€ thousands Fixed1 Variable, short-term Variable, long-term 2 Total Share-based payment 3
Dr. E. Degenhart 1,471 270 1,730 3,471 -1,493
H.-J. Duensing 824 126 867 1,817 -737
F. Jourdan 829 126 867 1,822 -681
C. Kötz (since April 1, 2019) 619 348 1,015 1,982 127
H. Matschi 816 126 867 1,809 -755
Dr. A. Reinhart 812 126 867 1,805 -688
W. Schäfer 1,110 126 977 2,213 -824
N. Setzer 819 209 923 1,951 -649
Total 7,300 1,457 8,113 16,870 -5,700
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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 2019 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 2019 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 2016 to 2019 long-term incentive plans.

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.


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, 2017 Payment Commitments Number of shares as at Dec. 31, 2018 Payment Commitments Number of shares as at Dec. 31, 2019
Dr. E. Degenhart 14,609 -4,520 6,218 16,307 -5,836 3,512 13,983
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 6,268 -609 3,112 8,771 -3,471 883 6,183
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 8,687 -2,688 1,773 7,772 -3,471 0 4,301
H.-J. Duensing 3,758 0 2,453 6,211 -465 682 6,428
F. Jourdan 7,408 -2,901 3,112 7,619 -3,471 1,475 5,623
H. Matschi 7,229 -2,795 2,681 7,115 -3,471 4,689 8,333
Dr. A. Reinhart 6,676 -677 2,902 8,901 -3,471 1,640 7,070
W. Schäfer 8,687 -2,688 2,902 8,901 -3,471 1,640 7,070
N. Setzer 8,982 -2,643 1,873 8,212 -3,316 2,228 7,124
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 2,230 -2,002 228 -228 0 0
Total 74,534 -21,523 27,026 80,037 -30,671 16,749 66,115
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€ thousands 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 Fair value of distribution Change in fair value Fair value of commitments Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2019
Dr. E. Degenhart 3,408 -1,073 -995 841 2,181 -909 107 418 1,797
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 1,456 -145 -561 421 1,171 -541 66 105 801
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 2,027 -638 -592 240 1,037 -541 67 0 563
H.-J. Duensing 865 0 -368 331 828 -72 -4 81 833
F. Jourdan 1,733 -689 -446 421 1,019 -541 69 176 723
H. Matschi 1,692 -664 -439 363 952 -541 70 559 1,040
Dr. A. Reinhart 1,552 -161 -593 393 1,191 -541 65 195 910
W. Schäfer 2,029 -638 -591 393 1,193 -541 65 195 912
N. Setzer 2,092 -628 -624 253 1,093 -517 62 266 904
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 526 -476 -21 29 -36 5 0 -2
Total 17,380 -5,112 -5,230 3,656 10,694 -4,780 572 1,995 8,481
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Heinz-Gerhard Wente, who retired on April 30, 2015, was paid commitments of €36 thousand (equivalent to 228 units) in 2019. As at December 31, 2019, there were no more commitments. Dr. Ralf Cramer, who was a member of the Executive Board until August 11, 2017, was paid commitments of €541 thousand (equivalent to 3,471 units) in 2019. As at December 31, 2019, there were commitments with a fair value of €563 thousand (equivalent to 4,301 units). José A. Avila, who left the Executive Board on September 30, 2018, was paid commitments of €541 thousand (equivalent to 3,471 units) in 2019. As at December 31, 2019, there were commitments with a fair value of €801 thousand (equivalent to 6,183 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, 2019:

  • Constant zero rates as at the measurement date of December 31, 2019:
    2016 tranche: -0.71% as at the due date and as at the expected payment date;
    2017 tranche: -0.66% as at the due date and as at the expected payment date;
    2018 tranche: -0.61% 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 2020 and 2021; the paid dividend of Continental AG amounted to €4.75 per share in 2019, and Continental AG distributed a dividend of €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 2016 tranche is 24.75%, for the 2017 tranche 30.05% and for the 2018 tranche 27.96%.

Share-based payment – long-term incentive (LTI plans starting with 2017)
The LTI plans starting with 2017 developed as follows:

€ thousands Fair value as at Dec. 31, 20171 Commitment LTI Plan 2018 Change in fair value Fair value as at Dec. 31, 20181 Commitment LTI Plan 2019 Change in fair value Fair value as at Dec. 31, 2019 1
Dr. E. Degenhart 6,467 1,550 -6,318 1,699 1,550 -3,249 0
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018)2 3,053 783 -3,036 800 -800 0
Dr. R. Cramer (until August 11, 2017) 1,576 -1,218 357 -357 0
H.-J. Duensing 2,403 783 -2,386 800 783 -1,583 0
F. Jourdan 3,053 783 -3,036 800 783 -1,583 0
C. Kötz (since April 1, 2019) 359 200 -454 105 783 -888 0
H. Matschi 3,053 783 -3,036 800 783 -1,583 0
Dr. A. Reinhart 2,258 783 -2,241 800 783 -1,583 0
W. Schäfer 3,568 893 -3,525 936 893 -1,829 0
N. Setzer 3,053 783 -3,036 800 783 -1,583 0
H.-G. Wente (until April 30, 2015) 325 -293 33 -33 0
Total 29,168 7,341 -28,579 7,930 7,141 -15,071 0
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1 As at the end of the reporting period, the 2019 tranche was vested at 25%, the 2018 tranche at 50%, the 2017 tranche at 75% and the 2016 tranche at 100%.
2 The commitments from long-term incentive plans were reported in full for J. A. Avila in 2018, as he was still entitled under his existing employment contract. With the termination of the employment contract of J. A. Avila as at December 31, 2019, a portion of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 LTI plans expired. All remaining pro rata tranches had a fair value of €0 as at December 31, 2019.

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, 2019:

  • Constant zero rates as at the measurement date of December 31, 2019:
    2016 LTI plan: -0.70% as at the expected payment date;
    2017 LTI plan: -0.68% as at the due date and -0.65% as at the expected payment date;
    2018 LTI plan: -0.63% as at the due date and -0.60% as at the expected payment date;
    2019 LTI plan: -0.58% as at the due date and -0.55% 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 2020 to 2021; the paid dividend of Continental AG amounted to €4.75 per share in 2019.
  • 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 2017 LTI plan is 29.00%, for the 2018 LTI plan 29.60% and for the 2019 LTI plan 25.99%.

Expenses for retirement benefits
The defined benefit obligations for all pension commitments for the active members of the Executive Board in 2019 are presented below:

  Defined benefit obligations
€ thousands December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Dr. E. Degenhart 16,167 12,613
J. A. Avila (until September 30, 2018) 9,182
H.-J. Duensing 3,572 2,488
F. Jourdan 5,067 3,724
C. Kötz (since April 1, 2019) 748
H. Matschi 8,181 6,184
Dr. A. Reinhart 5,562 3,767
W. Schäfer 12,548 10,511
N. Setzer 7,844 5,562
Total 59,689 54,031
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Please see Note 40 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 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 chairperson 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.

On the basis of the new ARUG II regulations and the new version of the German Corporate Governance Code, the possible adjustment of remuneration for the Supervisory Board is currently under review. If the Executive Board and Supervisory Board consider an adjustment necessary, they will propose to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 30, 2020, an adjusted remuneration system for the Supervisory Board members.

The chart illustrates the composition of the Supervisory Board member remuneration, not including the higher remuneration for the chairman, the vice chairperson 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 2019 as provided for under these arrangements is shown in the following table:

Remuneration of the Supervisory Board
  Remuneration components
  2019 2018
€ thousands Fixed1 Variable Fixed1 Variable
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Reitzle 234 156 239 337
Christiane Benner (since March 1, 2018)2 119 78 101 141
Hartmut Meine (until February 28, 2018)2 20 27
Hasan Allak (since April 26, 2019)2 57 35
Dr. Gunter Dunkel 82 52 84 112
Francesco Grioli (since November 1, 2018)2 122 78 20 28
Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer (until April 26, 2019) 25 16 82 112
Peter Hausmann (until October 31, 2018)2 105 140
Michael Iglhaut2 122 78 123 169
Satish Khatu (since April 26, 2019) 57 35
Isabel Corinna Knauf (since April 26, 2019) 57 35
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold (until April 26, 2019) 26 16 84 112
Sabine Neuß 82 52 83 112
Prof. Dr. Rolf Nonnenmacher 199 130 200 281
Dirk Nordmann2 122 78 125 169
Lorenz Pfau (since April 26, 2019)2 57 35
Klaus Rosenfeld 122 78 126 169
Georg F. W. Schaeffler 124 78 127 169
Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann 121 78 79 112
Jörg Schönfelder2 120 78 121 168
Stefan Scholz2 82 52 84 112
Gudrun Valten (until April 26, 2019)2 25 16 84 112
Kirsten Vörkel2 82 52 84 112
Elke Volkmann2 82 52 84 112
Erwin Wörle (until April 26, 2019)2 25 16 84 112
Prof. TU Graz e.h. KR Ing. Siegfried Wolf 80 52 84 112
Total 2,224 1,426 2,223 3,030
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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.