In the antitrust proceedings relative to railway superstructure material, in early July 2012, the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) imposed fines totaling EUR 124.5 million on four manufacturers and suppliers of rails for having entered into anti-competitive agreements to the detriment of Deutsche Bahn AG. EUR 8.5 million of these fines were levied against companies belonging to the voestalpine Group. This result confirms voestalpine’s status of cooperating witness for the major part of the proceedings and the comparatively small fine concerns marginal segments only. Therefore, the antitrust proceedings involving for the most part Deutsche Bahn have now been resolved. At a later date, the German Federal Cartel Office will examine the deliveries of railway superstructure material to regional and local customers. From today’s perspective, it is still too early to estimate when a final decision regarding these additional issues can be expected.
The provision created for the antitrust proceedings and associated actions and costs as well as for the closure of TSTG Schienen Technik GmbH & Co KG in the annual financial statements 2011/12 in the amount of EUR 205.0 million was reduced essentially by the amount of the fine of EUR 8.5 million. The remaining provisions are still considered to be appropriate.