Annual Report 2023

Notes to the financial statements of
Bystronic AG


General remarks

The financial statements 2023 of Bystronic AG have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Swiss Code of Obligations. The significant accounting policies applied but not required by law are described below.

The financial statements were approved for publication by the Board of Directors on February 27, 2024. They are also subject to approval by the General Assembly.

Financial assets

Financial assets consist of investments with a long-term investment purpose. Loans granted in foreign currencies are valued at the current closing rate.

Derivative financial instruments

Foreign exchange hedging transactions are entered to hedge currency risks arising from operating activities. All open derivatives are recognized at fair value as of the balance sheet date and reported gross in the balance sheet under other receivables or other current liabilities. Changes in the value of derivatives used to hedge recognized underlying transactions are recognized in the income statement in the same way as the underlying transactions.

Interest-bearing liabilities

Interest-bearing liabilities are recognized at nominal value.

Treasury shares

Treasury shares are recognized at cost at the time of acquisition. Treasury shares are recognized as a negative item in equity. In the event of subsequent resale, the gain or loss is credited to legal capital reserves.

Share-based compensation

Share-based compensation to members of the Board of Directors is measured at fair value at the grant date and charged to other operating expenses in the period in which the service is rendered.

Disclosures on income statement and balance sheet items


Dividend payments of the subsidiaries are determined depending on retained earnings and capital requirements. Financial income includes interest income on receivables from investments of CHF 12.9 million (previous year: CHF 6.1 million), interest income from third parties of CHF 5.3 million (previous year: CHF 2.1 million) and a gain on marketable securities of CHF 0.3 million. Other operating income of CHF 0.3 million (previous year: CHF 0.2 million) is related to brokerage fees from insurance companies CHF 0.2 million (previous year: CHF 0.2 million) and further other operating income of CHF 0.1 million.


Financial expenses result from interest on liabilities to investments of CHF 2.3 million (previous year: CHF 0.5 million), currency hedging costs (interest differences) of balance sheet items in foreign currencies of CHF 5.3 million (previous year: CHF 2.4 million) and other hedging costs of CHF 0.4 million, commitment fees for bank loans of CHF 0.3 million (previous year: CHF 0.4 million) and foreign exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents and on receivables from investments of CHF 0.1 million (previous year: CHF 0.3 million). In the previous year, this position also included negative interest on bank balances of CHF 0.4 million. Other operating expenses include current administrative and project costs, capital taxes as well as the fees of the Board of Directors amounting to CHF 1.3 million (previous year: CHF 1.0 million).

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents comprise bank deposits and interest-bearing bonds with a remaining maturity of 90 days or less, mostly in Swiss francs. Marketable securities include time deposits in Swiss francs with a remaining maturity of more than 90 days. Other receivables from third parties include recoverable input and withholding taxes as well as taxes at source of CHF 1.2 million (previous year: CHF 0.3 million) and balances from foreign exchange hedging transactions with banks of CHF 10.3 million (previous year: CHF 12.1 million). In the previous year, receivables from social insurances of CHF 0.1 million were included. Other receivables from investments include the credit balances from currency hedging transactions of CHF 0.3 million (previous year: CHF 0.8 million) and further other receivables from investments of CHF 0.1 million (previous year: CHF 0.5 million).

Non-current assets

Financial assets consist of investments with a long-term investment purpose. Receivables from investments decreased by CHF 8.6 million in the reporting year. Other financial assets from third parties relate to a vendor loan in connection with the sale of Mammut Sports Group AG, which must be repaid by the buyer by January 2027 at the latest. Due to the merge of Conzetta Management AG with Bystronic AG, investments decreased by CHF 0.1 million.


Other short-term liabilities mainly include liabilities from currency hedging transactions to banks of CHF 1.4 million (previous year: CHF 1.8 million) and to investments of CHF 5.5 million (previous year: CHF 7.1 million).


The share capital of CHF 4.1 million (previous year: CHF 4.1 million) is divided into 1,827,000 class A registered shares and 1,215,000 class B registered shares. At the end of 2022, the company held 1,951 class A registered shares  at an average purchase price of CHF 1,145 each. For the participation program, 1,000 class A registered shares were acquired in the reporting year at an average transaction price of CHF 504 each. The Board of Directors was allocated 719 class A registered shares at an average transaction price of CHF 664 each. Members of the Executive Committee and other members of management were allocated 139 class A registered shares at an average transaction price of CHF 658 each. These costs were invoiced to the group companies with which these persons have an employ­ment relationship. The transaction price corresponded to the market value in each case. As of December 31, 2023, 2,093 class A registered shares are held at an average purchase price of CHF 768 each.

Further disclosures

Full-time positions

No employees are employed at Bystronic AG.

Contingent liabilities

CHF 1,000










Sureties and guarantee obligations for subsidiaries





Effective obligations











The investments are listed in note 4.3 of the consolidated financial statements. The voting shares correspond to the capital shares.

Significant shareholders

Auer, Schmidheiny and Spoerry shareholder group










Capital rights





Voting rights










The Auer, Schmidheiny and Spoerry shareholder group consists of Dr. Matthias Auer, Martin Byland, Rudolf Byland, Christina Byland, Caliza Holding AG, Marina Marti-Auer, Marina Milz, Adrian and Annemarie Herzig-Büchler, Sven and Rosmarie Mumenthaler-Sigrist, Jacob Schmidheiny, Margrit Schmidheiny, Felix Schmidheiny, Helen Schmidheiny, Kathrin Spoerry, Christina Spoerry, Heinrich Spoerry-Niggli, Robert F. Spoerry, Ursula Oggenfuss und Jürg Spoerry.

Shareholdings held by members of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and by related persons


Class A registered shares 12/31/2023


Class A registered shares 12/31/2022


Class B registered shares 12/31/2023


Class B registered shares 12/31/2022











Board of Directors


















Dr. Heinz O. Baumgartner, Chairman









Dr. Roland Abt, Member









Dr. Matthias Auer, Member









Inge Delobelle, Member









Urs Riedener, Member









Felix Schmidheiny, Member









Robert F. Spoerry, Member









Eva Zauke, Member


















Dr. Matthias Auer, Felix Schmidheiny and Robert F. Spoerry hold further registered shares under a shareholder agreement within the Auer, Schmidheiny and Spoerry shareholder group.


Class A registered shares 12/31/2023


Class A registered shares 12/31/2022







Executive Committee










Alex Waser (CEO)





Johan Elster





Eamon Doherty





Alberto Martinez










Compensation paid to members of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee is shown in the compensation report.

Share-based compensation

The basic compensation of the members of the Board of Directors is paid in cash and in shares (approx. 50% each) with a four-year vesting period. Neither discounts nor performance components are taken into account for the calculation of the Board of Directors’ share allocation. The average share price over three months from November 1 to January 31 of the respective term of office is used.

In 2023, a total of 719 class A registered shares were allocated to the Board of Directors for the previous year. The valuation was made using a share price of CHF 664 and amounted to CHF 0.5 million. For the share-based compensation component for the reporting year, an expense accrual in the amount of CHF 0.5 million (previous year: CHF 0.3 million) is included in other operating expenses.

Events after the balance sheet date

There are no events after the balance sheet date that require a value adjustment to the assets and liabilities recognized in the balance sheet or that require disclosure.

Proposed apropriation of available earnings Balance sheet