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Fair value measurement

The following table shows the volumes of assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of the end of the reporting period and the levels of the fair value hierarchy into which the inputs used in valuation techniques were categorized.

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value  
       
€ million March 31, 2013
  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
       
Non-current assets      
Investments in other affiliated companies 4
Non-current derivative assets 13
Other non-current financial assets 1
Current assets      
Near-cash assets 176
Current derivative assets 14
Other current financial assets 1
Non-current liabilities      
Non-current derivative liabilities (9)
Current liabilities      
Current derivative liabilities (29)

The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority (Level 1) to (unadjusted) quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority (Level 3) to unobservable inputs.

The investments in other affiliated companies measured at fair value pertain to shares in the listed company Gevo Inc., Englewood, United States. The item “Investments in other affiliated companies” in the statement of financial position also includes €18 million in non-listed equity instruments whose fair values at the end of the reporting period could not be reliably measured and which are therefore recognized at cost. There are currently no plans to dispose of these investments.

The derivative financial instruments used by LANXESS are mainly traded in an active, liquid market. The fair values as of the end of the reporting period pertain exclusively to forward exchange contracts and are derived from their trading or listed prices using the “forward method.” Where no market price is available, values are determined using recognized capital market pricing methods based on observable market data.

The near-cash assets include units of money market funds that can be sold at any time and are expected to be realized within twelve months after the end of the reporting period.

In the case of financial instruments accounted for using valuation principles other than fair value measurement, the fair value – where this can be reliably determined – is normally the carrying amount. An exception in this respect are the bonds, which have a carrying amount of €1,949 million and a fair value of €2,116 million.

Additional information about the measurement of fair value and about financial instruments is provided in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2012.

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