We are very disappointed with the decision of the BAAINBw to exclude C.G. Haenel from the tender procedure and to award the contract to H&K. Throughout the award process, C.G. Haenel behaved professionally and endeavoured to answer all questions regarding the bid transparently, based on facts and away from the media spotlight. Most recently, we provided comprehensive responses to the allegations made against our company, which were supported by an expert report prepared by one of the leading law firms in Germany. Our responses and the expert opinion leave no doubt that all allegations made against Haenel, including the allegation of patent infringement, are unfounded and that the exclusion of our company from the award procedure on the basis of these allegations is unlawful. We are reviewing the BAAINBw’s decision and will take all necessary legal steps to protect our interests.