Bossard Holding AG, the parent company of the Bossard Group, is a joint-stock company under Swiss law with its registered office in Zug. Bossard Holding AG is the only listed company belonging to the group of consolidated companies. It has a direct or indirect interest in the companies listed in the financial report, note 34. Bossard Holding AG (Swiss securities no. 2 386 271 4, ISIN CH0238627142/BOSN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Its stock market capitalization as at December 31, 2017 was CHF 1,751.4 million (2016: CHF 1,088.4 million). The Group’s structure aims to provide optimum support for its business activities within an efficient legal, financial and strategic framework. This means that the structure should be as simple as possible and also transparent to anyone outside the Group. The Bossard Group operates in industrial fastenings technology and generates its entire revenue in this market segment. Further information regarding the group structure are set out in the notes to the financial report, namely note 1, 16 and 17.