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Proxy Report - 19/04/2018

Item 3: We recommend to oppose the discharge of the Management Board due to our concerns triggered by the two profit warnings issued by the Company in financial years 2017 and 2016.

Item 6: We recommend opposing the share repurchase authorisation requested by the Company as we consider it currently not being in shareholders' interest.

General: On 18 March 2018, the Company disclosed that CEO Jürg Oleas had informed the Supervisory Board that he is not seeking to extend his term of office beyond 31 December 2019 and had suggested to leave the Management Board at the AGM 2019 "in order to allow a swift change in leadership". According to the Company, the Supervisory Board will commence a formal selection process for a successor without delay, with the intention to appoint him or her by the end of 2018.

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GEA Group AG

GEA Group focuses on the development and production of process technology and components for production methods. Co. segments include: GEA Food Solutions, which manufactures machinery for preparing, marinating, processing, cutting, and packaging meat, poultry, and other foods; GEA Farm Technologies, which manufacturers product solutions for milk production and livestock farming; GEA Mechanical Equipment, which concentrates in separators, decanters, valves, pumps, and homogenizers; GEA Process Engineering, which designs and develops of process solutions for the pharmaceutical, and chemical industries; and GEA Refrigeration Technologies, which concentrates in refrigeration technology.

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