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AC IMMUNE SA filed this Form 20-F on 03/21/2019
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Deductible temporary differences related to the retirement benefit plan do not expire. Tax losses expiry dates are shown in the table below:



As of

December 31,

in CHF thousands 2018   2017   2016
Tax losses split by expiry date          
December 31, 2018     2,175   2,175
December 31, 2019 16,566   16,566   16,566
December 31, 2020 10,338   10,338   10,338
December 31, 2021    
December 31, 2022    
December 31, 2023 7,628   7,628   7,628
December 31, 2024 25,868   25,868  
December 31, 2025 48,894    
Total 109,294   62,575   36,707


The tax losses available for future offset against taxable profits have increased by CHF 48.9 million from 2017, representing the amount of tax losses that are additionally available as an offset reduced by expiring tax losses in 2018, subject to expiration as disclosed in the table above, against future taxable income.


Consistent with prior years, the Company has not recorded any deferred tax assets in relation to the past tax losses available for offset against future profits as the recognition criteria have not been met at the balance sheet date.


15.Retirement benefit plan


The Company participates in a collective foundation covering all of its employees including its executive officers. In addition to retirement benefits, the plan provides death or long-term disability benefits.


Contributions paid to the plan are computed as a percentage of salary, adjusted for the age of the employee and shared approximately 47% and 53% by employee and employer, respectively.


This plan is governed by the Swiss Law on Occupational Retirement, Survivors and Disability Pension Plans (BVG), which requires contributions to be made to a separately administered fund. The fund has the legal form of a foundation and it is governed by the board of trustees, which consists of an equal number of employer’s and employee’s representatives. The board of trustees is responsible for the administration of the plan assets and for the definition of the investment strategy.


The collective foundation is governed by a foundation board. The board is made up of an equal number of employee and employer representatives of the different affiliated companies. The Company has no direct influence on the investment strategy of the foundation board.


T he assets are invested by the pension plan, to which many companies contribute, in a diversified portfolio that respects the requirements of the Swiss BVG. Therefore disaggregation of the pension assets and presentation of plan assets in classes that distinguish the nature and risks of those assets is not possible. Under the Plan, both the Company and the employee share the costs equally. The structure of the plan and the legal provisions of the BVG mean that the employer is exposed to actuarial risks. The main risks are investment risk, interest risk, disability risk and the life expectancy of pensioners. Through our affiliation with the pension plan, the Company has minimized these risks, since they are shared between a much greater number of participants. On leaving the Company, a departing employee’s retirement savings are transferred to the pension institution of the new employer or to a vested benefits institution. This transfer mechanism may result in pension payments varying considerably from year to year.



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