17 Contingencies, Other Financial Obligations and Other Risks


Contingencies are potential obligations based on past events, the existence of which will not be confirmed until the occurrence of one or more uncertain future events that are beyond the Group’s influence. Present obligations, moreover, can likewise be contingencies if the likelihood of an outflow of resources is not strong enough to justify the formation of a provision and/or the amount of the obligations cannot be estimated with sufficient reliability. The values assigned to contingencies correspond to the degree of liability that exists on the statement of financial position date.

The contingencies and other obligations shown below are nominal values.

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The guarantees essentially concern the external financing of associated companies. The joint venture with Dow Corning accounts for €115 million here. These guarantees do not apply in connection with the issuance of shareholder loans from joint venture partners in 2012 and 2013, or with the planned elimination of external financing in 2013. In addition, there are guarantees for customers’ advance payments to former subsidiaries or joint ventures from which WACKER was released by the purchaser but for which no transfer to the purchaser has occurred.

In view of the present financial situation of the companies for which WACKER has taken on guarantees, utilization of these guarantees is unlikely.

Other Financial Obligations and Other Risks

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Obligations from rent and operating leases





Due within one year





Due between one and five years





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Lease payments occasioned by operating leases










Total expected minimum lease payments from subtenancies




Under rental agreements and operating leases, the Group leases property, plant and equipment, motor vehicles and IT equipment. These leases generally have terms of between three and five years. Tenancy agreements for office space, property, plant and equipment, etc. have considerably longer terms.

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Obligations from orders for planned investment projects (commitments)





Obligations from orders for planned investments (commitments) amount to €431.9 million (2011: €580.2 million) and mainly concern investments in the polysilicon segment.

Long-term purchasing commitments of some €118 million annually (2011: €150 million) enable the Group to ensure capacity utilization at its joint ventures with Dow Corning and Samsung.

Within the framework of its raw-material supply, WACKER has entered into long-term agreements to purchase strategic raw materials, electricity and gas. As a result, the company has, on balance, other financial obligations in connection with minimum purchasing obligations in the amount of €2.41 billion (2011: €1.85 billion). The increase over the previous year’s figure is due to new long-term supply contracts to secure raw materials and energy (mainly electricity and ethylene) and to the renewal of existing contracts. The agreements have terms of between one and nine years.

The Group receives government subsidies for investment activities. These subsidies are granted on condition that a certain number of jobs be created or maintained at certain sites. If these contractual commitments are not fulfilled, any funding received must be paid back either in full or in part. The period for which the Group has to fulfill its contractual commitments is limited.

WACKER is occasionally involved in legal or arbitration proceedings as well as official investigations and procedures. Pending proceedings can have a negative impact on WACKER’s earnings, net assets or financial position. At the present time, WACKER does not expect any significant negative effects from pending proceedings.