Darmstadt, Germany, September 25, 2017 – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced has taken first place in the “Investors’ Darling” ranking, a capital market competition held annually by the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Chair of Accounting and Auditing, Professor Henning Zülch) and the German business journal “Manager Magazin”. The assessment covered the capital market communication of 160 companies included in various DAX indices. The key criteria are the extent to which a clear picture of the strategy is conveyed and whether a company reports transparently on its economic position. In 2016, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, had already achieved second place among the companies included in the German DAX 30 blue-chip index before moving to the top this year.

“We attach great importance to comprehensible and transparent capital market communication and are pleased that this is being recognized. We deliberately pursue dialogue-oriented communication. A constant exchange with the financial community is very important to us,” said Marcus Kuhnert, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The assessment assigns a weighting of 40% to the quality of the annual and quarterly reports. The capital market perspective (investor survey and share price performance) and Investor Relations work (of which 20% goes to IR presentations and 10% to the IR website) each have a weighting of 30%.