To the shareholders of J. Lauritzen A/S
We have audited the annual report of J. Lauritzen A/S for the financial year 2005, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU and additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports.
The annual report is the responsibility of the Company's Board of Directors and Executive Management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the annual report based on our audit.
Basis of opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with Danish Standards on Auditing. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance that the annual report is free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the annual report.
An audit also includes assessing the accounting policies used and significant estimates made by the Board of Directors and Executive Management, as well as evaluating the overall annual report presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Our audit did not result in any qualification.
In our opinion, the annual report gives a true and fair view of the Group’s and the parent company’s financial position at 31 December 2005 and of the results of the Group’s and the parent company’s operations and cash flows for the financial year 2005 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU and additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports.
Copenhagen, 21 March 2006
KPMG C. Jespersen